Celebrate with Sussex Sparkling
2022 has been a phenomenal year for English Sparkling Wines. From the sun-drenched summer weather which blessed vineyards across the country, to Sussex’s ‘Champagne-moment’ – receiving an appellation for high quality wines – there’s never been a better time to drink a glass of Sussex.
All vintage, low intervention and made in the Traditional Method, a bottle of English bubbly from Rathfinny is the perfect addition to the Christmas table this year. The portfolio available this winter season features the 2018 wines, widely regarded as the ‘Vintage of the Decade.’
Notoriously ‘Brut’ in style, very little sugar is added to Rathfinny wines (less than 6.1g/l!) due to the pristine quality of the natural fruits. Super food-friendly, these wines will go down well with a Christmas meal or savour to raise a glass on New Year’s Eve. Gift boxes and vouchers are also available for gifting.
Read on to discover our festive gift guide.
Sussex Sparkling Gift Ideas & Food Pairings
2018 Blanc de Noirs
Our highly acclaimed, signature sparkling 2018 Blanc de Noirs is a true collectors item from the sensational 2018 vintage. When it comes to food pairings, this sparkling boasts enough depth to pair perfectly with wintery main-courses such as roast chicken, venison and duck. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to a cheese and charcuterie board.
2018 Blanc de Blancs
From a limited production of the very best hand-picked Chardonnay grapes, the Blanc de Blancs is an elegant sparkling, ideal for pairing with seafood dishes.
A lime-gold beading delivers a vibrant nose of mock orange and lemon thyme, a complex palate of fresh kiwi and candied kumquat zest, with a grapefruit sherbet finish. This refined sparkling wine meshes sublimely with the sweet delicacy of butter-braised lobster, with the velvet-texture of a goat’s cheese and fig tartlet or tastes simply divine with oysters.
2018 Classic Cuvée
Our ‘house-style’ Classic Cuvée has a striking gold neck wrap that sparkles with festive celebration and represents ‘Rathfinny in a glass’. This vintage is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier.
Extremely versatile, the Classic Cuvée is the ultimate partner to the Christmas Day roast chicken or turkey, whilst also lending itself to the gamey flavours of duck prosciutto or comforting vegetarian dishes such as macaroni cheese and truffle risotto.
Rosé isn’t just for summer. The 2018 Rosé is the perfect party drink or dessert pairing. Despite popular perceptions that Rosé is a sweet drink, this sparkling Rosé has just 5.3g/l of sugar so it’s all about the fruit and salinity. This vintage is a beautiful accompaniment to the bright flavours of popular festive canapes such as duck and ginger spring rolls and fruit-based desserts like white forest roulade, the perfect show-stopping dessert for the festive season.
For celebrations and larger parties, a magnum of sparkling provides a real element of theatre. With longer bottle-ageing, magnums develop exciting new flavour profiles that are sure to excite a discerning wine lover and makes an undeniably spectacular gift or treat to enjoy with a group of family and friends. One magnum bottle serves two glasses each in a group of six.
We offer one monetary Rathfinny voucher that can be redeemed against all experiences across our Estate. From dining at the Tasting Room and Flint Barns, to an overnight stay, wine purchases and tours, give the gift of choice this winter.
Christmas at Rathfinny
Catch up with friends, family or colleagues in the heart of our beautiful Vineyard and toast the season with a glass of Sussex. We’ll be serving a special festive menu throughout December at the Tasting Room and Flint Barns. Or why not extend your stay with a short break package, subject to availability.