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.
We've just released two new still wines, the result of two wonderful warm seasons that ripened the fruit into the greatest concentration of flavour. Our 2018 Pinot Noir displays depth of flavour and dark, brambly fruits, with a silky, rich intensity and elegant balance. Our 2017 Chardonnay Guinevere is generous in pure citrus and stone fruits, with hints of buttery richness.
In similar vein, still wine additions to the collection arriving soon include an 809 clone Chardonnay and a Barrel Selection Pinot Noir, alongside our latest Cherry Garden Rosé 2019.
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.
We currently have available Pinot Noir 2018, Chardonnay Guinevere 2017, and Cherry Garden Rosé 2019, as well as a special previous vintage release of Chardonnay Guinevere 2013. All of our wines purchased online receive complimentary delivery to all mainland UK destinations with no minimum order requirement.
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Harvest is one of the most exciting times to visit Gusbourne. Book one of our Discovery or Estate Tours between 26th September and 4th October for an extra-special experience.
Late Night Openings
Drop by the vineyard after-hours for a glass of Gusbourne on Saturdays this August.
A Wine in Time: Cork and Lees Ageing
Soil. Grapes. Weather. All critical elements in winemaking. But equally important is time. Time in the vineyard. Time in tanks, barrels and bottles. Time developing into perfection in a glass. What happens at each stage of the wine ageing process has a profound effect on how the finished wine tastes. So what exactly is the difference between cork ageing and lees ageing?