Rathfinny Wine Estate
Rathfinny Reserved

Rathfinny Reserved 2017 Classic Cuvée.

An exclusive opportunity to reserve an allocation of our exceptional 2017 Classic Cuvée, which will be released in 2021, featuring the perfect blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

The demand for our first releases has made it difficult for wine lovers to buy our wines by the case, so we have set aside a limited amount (800 cases) of our 2017 Classic Cuvée which can be reserved from today for collection in 2021.

The minimum order is 4 cases of 6 x 75cl bottles (ie 24 bottles at £19 each) or 4 cases of 3 x 150cl (ie 12 magnums at £39 each) (or a mix of bottles and magnums). Prior to release of the wines, you will be required to make an additional payment of excise Duty and VAT. See frequently asked questions below for more details.

DETAILS ON THE 2017 VINTAGE. Spring in 2017 started very early with temperatures in March reaching over 200C causing a very early bud-burst. Luckily, at Rathfinny, we avoided the late spring frost at the end of April that decimated vineyards across northern Europe as far south as Rioja, leading to a 30% reduction in overall yields that year. We have the south-facing slopes and proximity to the English Channel to thank for that. The rest of the summer was a normal English summer but the real driver for the exceptional vintage lay in the spectacular warmth of September when we had several days of 300C heat which ripened the grapes to a perfect level for our Sussex Sparkling wines.

We started harvesting in mid-October and had our largest harvest since we began, securing grapes of fantastic quality with negligible disease, thanks again to our position by the coast with its associated breeze.

THE WINE. Our 2017 Classic Cuvee is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir, 17% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier.

The wines were whole-bunch pressed and fermented predominantly in stainless steel tanks and required no chaptalisation (addition of sugar for the primary ferment), due to the perfect balance of sugars and acidity in the grapes.

Some of the wine was aged in two year old French oak barrels and the wines were blended and bottled in June 2018.

Secondary fermentation has taken place and the wines are now resting, in the bottle, on their yeast lees in our temperature-controlled cellar developing autolytic flavours. The wines will then be disgorged in early 2021 and will be ready to enjoy.

Tasting notes: Resplendent gold in appearance, it delivers heady notes of freshly-baked sourdough, spiced-apricots and star anise on the nose, a luxuriant palate of poached quince and red orchard apples, and a nuanced, nectarine finish.

  • Winemaker: Jonathan Médard
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Tartaric acid: 7.8g/l
  • Ph: 3.06