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Rathfinny - Classic Cuvée, Traditional Method, Sussex, United Kingdom (2018)

Rathfinny - Classic Cuvée, Traditional Method, Sussex, United Kingdom (2018)

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Grapefruit, red apple and brioche on the nose. The palate has real focus with zesty acidity and creamy texture. Rich, biscuity notes lead to tangerines, almonds and a refreshing finish.

REGION UK > Sussex
GRAPE(S) Pinot Noir 50%, Pinot Meunier 15% and Chardonnay 35%
FORMAT 750ml Bottle
ABV 12.5%

Often referred to as the vintage of the decade, 2018 was one of the warmest summers on record. A mini heatwave developed from April onwards, bringing on early flowering and the dry weather promoted good fruit set.

New temperature records were set in July and August and despite heavy rain in early September, the weather during harvest in October was very favourable.

30 months aging on the lees, 5g/l dosage. 

Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex was founded in 2010 by husband and wife, Mark and Sarah Driver. Once a working arable farm, the first vines were planted in 2012 and today Rathfinny comprises over 230 acres of predominantly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

Rathfinny Estate is located in the South Downs National Park in southern England. It occupies the main part of Cradle Valley, on a south-facing slope close to the iconic Cuckmere Valley, just three miles from the sea and the famous Seven Sisters cliffs.

The thin, clay loam soils over chalk are free draining and very similar to the Champagne region of France. The chalk provides a ready source of water for the vines during the drier summer months. The proximity to the sea helps mitigate frost risk, a major problem in cooler climate vineyards in northern Europe.

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