Rathfinny Wine Estate Classic Cuvée Brut 2016 £29.50
Lovely as an aperitif or with homemade fish and chips!
TYPE: Zesty acidity and creamy texture with rich, biscuity notes
TEMPERATURE: 6-8°C Well Chilled
ABOUT: Extending to over 93 hectares in the South Downs, just three miles from the Channel this family owned vineyard benefits from a semi-continental maritime climate and free-draining chalk soils, providing the ideal conditions to ripen grapes for sparkling wine. Sarah and Mark Driver at Rathfinny use only estate-grown fruit for their four traditional-method sparkling wines: Classic Cuvée, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Rosé. Each of their wines is produced and labelled as a vintage wine.
The hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed grapes are vinified with as little intervention as possible and a low dosage to preserve the purest expression of place and vintage. This preservation of character starts in the vineyard, says Sarah Driver. “We aim to be a sustainable wine producer. As a result, we take the stewardship of our land seriously. All our buildings are constructed using locally-sourced materials, such as flint from the vineyards, and we have worked with Natural England and the South Downs National Park to implement a programme of improvements to enhance wildlife habitats and reclaim areas of natural chalk grassland, as well as creating wildlife corridors throughout the vineyard.”
The 2016 Classic Cuvée was fermented solely in stainless steel and, like all Rathfinny’s base wines, went through malolactic fermentation. It was aged on lees in bottle for 36 months prior to disgorgement. The black grape character gives it nice depth and ensures great balance and elegance with 5g/l dosage.