We’re bottling our first wines next Monday and Tuesday. Sarah and I had a final taste yesterday and they’re tasting really good. The Sussex sparkling is a pure Chardonnay ‘Blanc de Blanc’, it’s a great base wine, with good acidity and body which will age really well. This wine will stay in the bottle, on the yeast lees, for about three years, until the end of 2017 or early 2018. Our first still wine is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay and this will be sold through the Gun Room in Alfriston from early June, under the label Cradle Valley. I’ll let you when it hits the Cellar Door and you are welcome to come in for a tasting!
The Classical Music Festival, rated as one of the best festivals in the world by Condé Nast http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/culture/best-festivals/page/festivals-in-june – is taking on a life of it’s own, gaining lots of publicity and the tickets are selling fast.
So of you wanted to book tickets you’d better get on and do it before it’s sold out! I’m busy choosing the wines for the Friday night gala dinner! You can book via the website – http://rathfinnyestate.com/events/ Come along for a one-off, or better still, book a weekend ticket and join us for lunch on the Sunday.
The Vineyard is really taking shape – the new vines by the new entrance are being staked and the trellising will go in soon. The vineyard crew are busy bud thinning and finishing off replants, grass cutting and generally getting the vineyard looking good. Meanwhile vines are putting on a bit of growth and you can start to see the flowers developing.
The Flint Barns Café is now open at weekends and the accommodation is attracting lots of interest from walkers and visitors to the South Downs. Sawdays called it a Posh Hostel, a ‘Poshtel’ – you can book here.
We have also opened the Rathfinny Trail and the posts will go up soon – I promise. So you can park at the High and Over car park, above the white horse, and take a leisurely stroll along Cradle Valley to the Flint Barns for a ‘Winemakers Lunch’ or ‘Tipsy Tea’.
That’s it for now… got to go and taste more wine – well someone needs to!!