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 2018 Pinot Noir displays depth of flavour and dark, brambly fruits, with a silky, rich intensity and elegant balance. Our 2018 Chardonnay Guinevere has plentiful generosity of rich and ripe fruit, offering an enticing nose of citrus, elegant stone fruit and butter. These wines are the result of a wonderful warm season that ripened the fruit into the greatest concentration of flavour.
Our multi-award-winning still wines are always made in very small quantities. They're first allocated to our Gusbourne Reserved customers, and then usually only to visitors to The Nest, our cellar door and tasting room in Kent. Occasionally, the wines are also available to purchase via a limited online release. Subscribe to our email updates for exclusive access to our limited-edition wines.
All of our wines purchased online receive complimentary delivery to all mainland UK destinations with no minimum order requirement.
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