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Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2018

Tasting Notes: Soft, yet rich and clean, this wine shows all the classic Pinot Noir 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.

Origin: Kent
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
ABV: 12.50%

Producer Profile

The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese and can be found in our local parish church in Appledore - nowadays, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of our heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing our pursuit of uncompromising quality. 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. Gusbourne quickly earned a reputation as a producer of outstanding quality wines, with accolades from some of the industry’s most exacting critics. A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment allows us to sit comfortably between old and new world winemaking, while at the same time bringing our own exacting quality standards to the process. Respect for the vineyards, the fruit and the natural elements involved in winemaking means that our approach favours minimal intervention.

Grape Profile

Pinot noir is a red skin grape variety originating from Burgundy, France. It is a thin-skinned variety that prefers cool climate vineyards and translates into light to medium body wines with profound aromas and complex layers of flavour, a fairly delicate tannin structure and good acidity.

Pinot noir is grown all over the world – it’s most famous regions outside of Burgundy are Oregon, Sonoma Coast, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and it is one of the key ingredients of traditional method sparkling wine. Pinot Noir represents 26% of the vineyards planted in the UK. It is indespensible for English sparkling wine production, but with each year and is becoming increasingly proming for still red wines as well.

Region Profile

Location: Grapes come from Boot Hill Vineyard. A south facing ancient escarpment in Appledore, Kent. Soil is Clay and sandy loam. Microclimate:
Warm and dry with close proximity to the coast.

Viticulture

Good levels of winter rainfall left the soil in optimum condition for the upcoming season. Bud burst in mid-April was followed by a period of abundant warmth and early flowering in June. In early August the fruit was thinned, and 50% dropped, to intensify flavour and concentration as well as ensure optimum quality. Warmth and sunshine from June to September meant the fruit was of an outstanding quality and picked at the perfect time. Pruning Method:

Vinification

Clones:
828, 777 and 115.
Processing:
5 days cold soak. 100% destemmed. Fermented on skins at 22°C for 14 days in stainless steel tanks.
Barrel Ageing:
9 months in French oak, 20% new, 80% old.
Malolactic:
100%
Bottling Date:
7th August 2019

Suggested Food

Lamb rack, Seared duck breast, Roast pork belly, Beetroot risotto

Try it with...

Roast duck with rhubarb chutney by Nigel Slater