Given that our perennial quest is to produce only the finest wines, we have to wait until we're sure of an exceptional year.
Our processes in the vineyard are as exacting for our still wine as for our signature sparkling Blanc de Blancs. For our still wine, we choose vines carefully from specific plots with heavier soils in Kent. The wines will spend 9-10 months in barrels, so using clones that will stand up to the oak is critical. We select only the best grapes from Burgundian clones from each bunch of Pinot and Chardonnay by green harvesting, which means we cut away and lose a third of every growing bunch to increase the intensity of those chosen to continue on the vine. This produces wine made in the soil without manipulation later in the cellar – the true expression of Gusbourne terroir.
And if nature conspires against us during the growing season, and we know a still wine wouldn’t be exceptional? We don't make it.
Our Pinot Noir 2018 displays depth of flavour and dark, brambly fruits, with a silky, rich intensity and elegant balance. Our Chardonnay Guinevere 2017 has a linear smoky minerality evident throughout the palate that balances well with warm oak notes of candied citrus fruits and oatmeal on a multi-layered finish.
All of our wines purchased online receive complimentary delivery to all mainland UK destinations with no minimum order requirement.
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The Science of Wine Tasting
When we share a bottle of wine, what makes us detect or respond to certain flavours and aromas? There’s the objective science behind why wine tastes as it does – and a whole set of subjective factors that affect our individual preferences.
Gusbourne Estate Tours: One for Wine Lovers
Led by one of our friendly, knowledgeable Nest tour hosts, this small-group, four-hour visit round some of our hidden corners – followed by a tutored tasting with lunch – is designed for those keen to learn what makes Gusbourne wines so special.