At Gusbourne, we have been reflecting on our past vintages - how they change, develop and the contrasts as well as similarities between them. Inspired by this, we are releasing a series of vintage pairs for you to taste. They offer a fascinating comparison to our most recently released wines and highlight the subtle differences between the still and sparkling versions of the same grape variety. This is the third in our Vintage Pair series. Explore our first pair from 2013 here and our second from 2014 here.
The 2016 vintage yielded fruit of exceptional quality, with a concentrated and intense depth of flavour. Our Vineyard Manager, Jon Pollard, recalls that “2016 was an exceptional vintage, similar to 2008 given it yielded very fine fruit that was high in sugar and acid.” Our Pinot Noir 2016 and Blanc de Noirs 2016 provide a unique comparison between a still and sparkling Pinot Noir, as well as excellent examples of the 2016 vintage.
Our Pinot Noir 2016 shows classic aromas of red fruits, with ripe strawberry and morello cherry. On the palate there is plenty of attractive red fruit character, with wild raspberry and cranberry alongside some gamey and smoky notes too, with soft, supple tannins.
Trophy winner for Best Pinot Noir at the Wine GB Awards in 2019, enjoy it now or lay it down in your cellar for a rare treat in a few years' time.
Displaying great finesse in the glass, our Blanc de Noirs is expressive on the nose with fine-tuned notes of dried candied fruits and violet flower. Crunchy, crisp cox apple, fresh cherry and raspberry, taut, pure and clean citrus acidity all combining with great precision. There is real intensity and weight here on the palate, but the balance is such that it remains delicate and neat on the refreshing and long, persistent finish.
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