Our Signature Sussex Sparkling
2018 Blanc de Noirs
Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Noirs is the fourth vintage of our signature blend, made from predominately Pinot Noir grapes, which are hand-harvested and the wine is aged for 30 months in the bottle.
At Rathfinny we believe every vintage produces Sussex Sparkling wine that is a true expression of the year, offering an insight into a unique year on our single site Vineyard in Sussex.
“The ripeness of 2018 expresses itself in an exquisite balance: the wine shows generosity of body, of fruit, while remaining absolutely sleek, taut and brisk. The finish sounds a beautiful and serene note of harmonious freshness.” Anne Krebiehl MW, Falstaff
We believe our Sussex Sparkling is best experienced when accompanied by the finest food, whether in the world’s best restaurants or at home with friends and family.
This delightfully fruity style matches beautifully with intensely umami-sweet flavours delivered by steamed barbecue pork buns, crispy duck with hoisin sauce or Japanese Nimono dishes.
Rathfinny 2015 Blanc de Noirs & dry aged duck supreme, figs, black cabbage and port jus at Le Gavroche
Rathfinny 2016 Blanc de Noirs & roasted pork belly, hispi cabbage, onions, lentils and cider from our Flint Barns Dining Room restaurant
- Release Date.
- May 2022
- 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
- Lees Ageing.
- 30 months
- Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C
- Malolactic Fermentation.
- Fining Agent.
- Tasting Note.
- Translucent saffron in colour, delivering an expressive nose of mulberry and almond blossom, a mouth-filling perlage of baked blueberry and russet pear, giving way to a lively clementine finish.
- Food Match.
- This delightfully fruity style matches beautifully with intensely umami-sweet flavours delivered by steamed barbecue pork buns, crispy duck with hoisin sauce or Japanese Nimono dishes.
- 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 and we picked very clean fruit with an ideal balance of sugars and acidity for our Sussex sparkling wines.
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