At Gusbourne, still wines are only produced in truly exceptional years. They are produced in very limited quantities, exclusively crafted from grapes selected from their own vineyards. This year, Gusbourne have released new vintages of their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Guinevere, with new additions to the collection – an 809 clone Chardonnay and a Barrel Selection Pinot Noir due for release soon, alongside the latest addition to their portfolio, Cherry Garden Rosé.
Cherry Garden Rosé
This is the second vintage of still rosé produced at Gusbourne, their first debuting last year from the 2018 harvest.
Crafted from specially selected parcels of Pinot Noir, all from their Cherry Garden vineyard in Kent, the grapes for our Cherry Garden Rosé 2019 were hand-picked, gently destemmed and slowly fermented to create a delicate floral rosé, with indulgent texture and poise. Attractively light and pale, the nose is dominated by wild strawberry and stone fruit, complemented by subtle hints of floral violets and wildflowers.
Cherry Garden Rosé 2019 will be released later this spring, priced at £25 a bottle.
Gusbourne’s Pinot Noir 2018 is soft, yet rich and clean, showing all the classic aromas of ripe strawberry, morello cherry and earthy spiciness. Elegantly balanced on the palate, the underlying characters here are purity alongside a richness and depth of fruit. Attractive wild raspberry and cranberry combine with real finesse. Tight and focussed, there are smoky notes too with hints of herbal minerality. The wine finishes with crunchy, fresh black fruits and soft, supple tannins.
This wine is first allocated to our Gusbourne Reserved customers and then made available for purchase from the cellar door, The Nest, as well as a selection of on-trade listings. This week, and for the first time, the Pinot Noir 2018 will be available for a limited online release, priced at £35 a bottle.
During a tasting of their still wines prior to blending and bottling, a number of barrels displayed special quality and increased depth of flavour. Gusbourne’s winemaking team decided to bottle these barrels separately to make Gusbourne’s first Pinot Noir Barrel Selection 2018.
It is on the palate where uncommon English Pinot character emerges in this wine, with dark, brambly fruits dominating – blackberries, blackcurrant, blueberries and violets. Silky, rich and intense, this wine is elegantly balanced, pure and rich. Tight and focussed, but held together with real finesse, there are smoky oak features in evidence on a multi-layered palate. The finish is crunchy, supported by fresh black fruits and soft, supple tannins.
Once our Gusbourne Reserved members have confirmed their allocations, they be releasing their first Pinot Noir Barrel Selection 2018 at £45 a bottle later this spring on our website and from our cellar door, The Nest.
Brimming bright gold in the glass and offering a nose of citrus, elegant stone fruit and creamy butter, Gusbourne’s Chardonnay Guinevere 2017 shows all the classic traits one would expect of a barrel fermented cool climate Chardonnay, along with a more plentiful generosity of rich, ripe fruit. A linear smoky minerality is evident throughout the palate and balances well with warm oak notes of candied citrus fruits and oatmeal on a multi-layered finish.
This April, Gusbourne are also releasing a single-vineyard Chardonnay that is produced from the 809 ‘musque’ Chardonnay clone. This is the first crop of this clonal variety that has been used in their wine since it was planted in our Bottom Camp vineyard in Kent during 2015. Chardonnay 809 2018 displays a truly interesting and unique profile of flavours more commonly associated with the Muscat grape.
A seductive nose shows perfume of white orange blossom flowers, melon, peach and white pepper. On the palate, citrus is more prevalent, with tangerine zest coming to the fore alongside golden apple and pear. Fresh and lively on the palate, it has abundant length.
The Chardonnay wines will be available at £25 per bottle, for purchase directly online while the limited-stocks last.