Gusbourne Rosé Brut 2016
Sommelier favouite sparkling wine from Kent ; elegant and complex
Region | Kent, South East
Grape Variety | Chardonnay
, Pinot Meunier
, Pinot Noir
From lean to rich and creamy, this noble grape can produced a diverse range of styles. Unoaked styles are crisp, lean and minerally - pairing well with sushi and risotti. Oaked sttles with more bolder flavours, pair well with linguini vongole, halbut, pork loin, rich root vegetables and mushrooms. Medium bodied with medium acidity, typical aromas include yellow apple, pineapple, citrus, vanilla and butter.
Sister grape of Pinot Noir; adds fruity aromatics to a wine blend; synonymous with being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Champagne.
Light in colour and body with a silky fruit intensity of raspberry and cherry and a touch of spice when oak aged. Pairs well with roasted flavours
Style | Complex
A wine that changes shape in your mouth and in the glass as its swirled around. A wine with many layers of flavours that start one way, then open up on the mid-palate and deliver a lengthy finish. All great wine is complex, and all complex wines are age worthy. If a wine is over worked or over extracted, it will not age well all great wine starts with top-quality grapes that have a good intensity of fruit, medium-high level of acidity and medium-high level tannins. Ultimately the fruit, acidity and tannins/oak need to be in balance in order for the wine to develop and age well. Factors that can influence complexity include viticultural practices (grape varieties, lowering yields, irrigation, and winemaking practices (grape skin maceration, micro-oxygenation, lees stirring, further ageing). If your preference is for more complex style wines, look out for wines with elegant and savoury notes such as aged Burgundy, Barolo, Champagne.
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Delicate pink in appearance, with soft summer berries and floral notes on the nose. The palate shows bright red fruits, driven by ripe strawberries, fresh cherries and redcurrants, with a crisp freshness and creamy, rounded texture on the finish.