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Sparkling Rose

Rathfinny Estate - Sparkling Rose 2017

England
Sparkling Wine from East Sussex · England
Price: £32.95
Case Rate: £32.95
Ex Tax: £27.46
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Wine Region: East Sussex
Winery: Rathfinny Estate
Wine Maker: Jonathan Médard
Grape: Pinot Noir Blend
Grape Percentage: 63% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 16 pts  JancisRobinson.com
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Country:
Wine Region: East Sussex
Winery: Rathfinny Estate
Wine Maker: Jonathan Médard
Grape: Pinot Noir Blend
Grape Percentage: 63% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

A Rose with a stunning cerise hue. The Rose Brut 2017 delivers a vibrant nose of cranberries and redcurrants, a ripe perlage of cherry-skin and Japanese wineberries, with lifted notes of quince on the finish.

Food matching

Although a stunning pairing with the tart notes of a rhubarb crumble, the additional structure of the 2017 vintage makes this Rosé a phenomenal partner to sweet and sour Asian dishes.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 16 pts

2017 is their third vintage of rosé. Mark Driver likes to release a bit younger – he wants autolysis but doesn’t want them to overdevelop and take away from the fruit. ‘Rosé should be very expressive – it’s often drunk outside, in summer … so it needs to be expressive enough for that.’ 63% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier, 19% Chardonnay. (Although about 7% of the Pinot Noir is Pinot Précoce, or Frühburgunder.) 24 months on the lees, dosage 4 g/l, disgorged 31 January 2020. 12,000 bottles. I love the deep colour. No wan catwalk rosé here. Smells like Turkish delight and summer strawberry soup. Packed with fruit, sharp and sweet, lemon peel and crushed raspberries and nectarines. Mark says rhubarb, and I like that – it has an earthiness. Especially on the finish. Has quite a bit of chew and a light fresh-herbs note, chopped chervil. Fine line of mushroom in there, lingering on the finish. But the main impression on the finish is licking raspberry-scented rock salt. A real appetite whetstone of a wine. I'd love this with a slice of triple-cream cheese and damson syrup.