Oastbrook Estate in Sussex has released its second vintage Sparkling Rosé from 2015, which joins the boutique producer’s Sparkling Rosé 2014 and its still Pinot Gris 2018.
The new 2015 is a red fruit dominated rosé made from a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier with pronounced strawberry and cream flavours on the finish.
Owner and winemaker America Brewer comments, “Our premium Oastbrook wines offer a special twist on classic blends. This latest English traditional method sparkling is another exceptionally refined rosé, which we are launching just in time for Christmas. Oastbrook’s 2015 bubbles are sophisticated and elegant – perfect for toasting good times with great friends.”
Aged for seven months in stainless steel before being bottled in 2015, the first tranche of this wine was disgorged in September 2019 with only 8g of dosage per litre. Oastbrook Estate Sparkling Rosé 2015 has spent 40 months on lees. The wine is a deep pink colour and has developed dense notes of a fresh bouquet of red fruit, peach and brioche. With a complex nose and palate, there is a smooth mouthfeel and a long, fresh finish that particularly echoes the red fruit and brioche.
Neighbours of Bodiam Castle in Sussex, Oastbrook Estate is run by America Brewer. In 2013, after returning to England following seven years in Hong Kong, she and her partner Nick bought the estate, which was formerly a Guinness hop farm. America studied Viticulture & Winemaking at Plumpton College and has planted 4.5 hectares of vineyards growing different varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Her first release was Oastbrook’s 2014 Sparkling Rosé.
Pair Oastbrook Estate Sparkling Rosé 2015 with pan-fried salmon steaks, juicy duck breasts, roast white meats including festive turkey, or a comforting pudding such as raspberry cobbler and lashings of creamy custard. RRP £38.00 from Oastbrook.com.
About Oastbrook Estate
America Brewer, originally from Brazil, today takes care of most of the vineyard work at Oastbrook Estate, with Lora the vineyard dog by her side. While Oastbrook’s vines grow, America is working to craft award-winning sparkling and still wines made from Sussex grapes.
From spring through to late autumn, Oastbrook Estate is open for vineyard tours for visitors seeking a wine experience, which incorporates a tasting of the wines paired with local cheeses.
Guests looking to stay longer can book into Oastbrook’s vineyard hobbit house, which is the Quirkiest Place To Stay 2019 (Eviivo awards). This luxurious and cosy accommodation offers a magical atmosphere with two double bedrooms, an open plan living area with kitchen and a private outdoor seating area complete with its own hot tub. A footpath to the river leads onto pubs and Bodiam Castle, and with so much to explore nearby, visitors can be as energetic or as lazy as they like. Starting in 2020, Oastbrook will also start to host weddings.