Gusbourne Estate Rosé 2013
The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. In 2004, Andrew Weeber took over the estate with a clear vision and a single goal: to create English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe. The first vines were planted that year. In 2010 the debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2006 and Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2006 were released to critical acclaim. Gusbourne quickly earned a reputation as a producer of outstanding quality wines, with accolades from some of the industry’s most exacting critics.
Gusbourne Estate has become a standard-bearer of high quality English sparkling and still wines. The estate has been awarded the IWSC English Wine Producer of the Year in 2013 and their wines continue to go from strength to strength.
The estate sits on the low slopes of the ancient Kentish escarpment at Appledore. The extensive two-hundred-hectare Estate is on a single site with twenty hectares under vine cultivation with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. They are currently planting a further ten hectares of these Champagne clone vines, placing the extent of the plantings amongst the largest vineyards in England. The entire Estate consists exclusively of south-facing slopes, thereby ensuring that for most of the summer months the vines bask in a relatively warm and dry local microclimate. Located only 6 miles from the coast, the sea has a moderating influence on the weather, providing a long growing season. Together with the Estate’s clay and sandy loam soils, these particular conditions help ensure the production of exceptional-quality grapes.
The first mention of Gusbourne Estate dates back to 1410, when John de Gosborne’s will was filed. Subsequently the estate passed to Philip Chute, a man of distinction and great wealth who won fame and the gratitude of Henry VIII at the siege of Boulogne on September 14th, 1544. He had served as the standard bearer to the men of arms of the King’s Band. ‘Goosbourne’ as it was known then, carried the characteristic three-geese crest that now adorns the small parish church in Appledore. Today they pay tribute to their heritage by using the same three geese on all of their bottles.
Gusbourne Estate Rosé 2013
$118.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
With a delicate salmon pink colour, this wine displays aromas of fresh red fruits, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry, with subtle oral notes. On the palate, the wine is vibrant, with flavours of summer berries, dark cherry, red apple, and nectarine. Bright acidity and a creamy mouthfeel enhance the fruit character, with hints of brioche and pastry.
|Grape Varieties||Pinot noir|
|Age of Vines||13 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked, whole-bunch pressed and naturally settled for 24-36 hours. 10 days at 18-20 degrees using specialist sparkling wine yeast. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with small % in old oak barrels for complexity. 100% MLF.|
|Elevage||Minimum of 28 months on lees in bottle|
|Soil Type||Clay and sandy loam|