Rathfinny Estate, Sparkling Rosé 2016

£27.00 (75cl)

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Lees aging 24 months. Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C. Malolactic fermentation 100%. Budburst was timely, though it was very wet prior to flowering which, as a result, was slightly later than usual. However, we had a successful fruit set, despite July and the early part of August coming in cooler than normal. The second half of August brightened up with some very warm days, with this dry weather continuing throughout September until the end of the season, we picked in the latter part of October.

Tasting note

Vivid coral in hue, Rathfinny Rosé has a lifted nose of wild strawberries and mandarin zest, giving way to a rich mousse of Rainier cherries and candied red apple skin, and a silky, strawberry shortcake finish.

About the producer

The Rathfinny Wine Estate was established by Mark & Sarah Driver in 2010 with the express intention of producing some of the world’s best sparkling wine. Located near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex; one of England’s exceptional natural landscapes; Rathfinny occupies a perfect south-facing slope just three miles from the sea. Its climate, chalk soils and aspect make it probably the most perfect place to produce wine in a region that is already producing some of the best, award winning English sparkling wines. With a state-of-theart winery capable of producing over one million bottles annually, the Drivers’ aim to achieve quality levels that will see their Sussex
Sparkling wine gain international recognition.

The region is now widely regarded as producing some of the world’s best sparkling wines and has the ultimate intention of making “Sussex” synonymous with high quality English Sparkling Wines. Rathfinny’s first 50 acres of vines were planted in April 2012 in the full expectation of having up to 400 acres of the 600 acre Estate under vines. June 2018 sees the very first launch of Rathfinny Sussex Sparkling wine with the three of the world’s principal grape varieties used for its production – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

Decanter Magazine (

This is a year younger than the other three cuvées – while the winemaking team want autolytic notes, the philosophy is that rosé should equally sing of summer. This really does. Very moreish indeed – a brilliant rose hue, with an almost exotic weight of red berry fruits. A blend of 63% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Meunier, this includes 7% Pinot Noir still red wine blended in; unlike the other wines, this is aged for a year less (24 months), and given 4g/L dosage. It's darker and more structured than the previous release, and there is a juicy, lively fruit character to it. The perfect choice for afternoon tea. (Tasted by Amy Wislocki (at New Malden, Surrey, 15 May 2020) Points: 91. Date Tasted: 15/05/2016

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