Our Classic Sussex Sparkling

Classic Cuvee 2016 surrounded by cheeses
Our house-style Sussex Sparkling


Our first vintage of our Classic Sussex Sparkling is made from a blend of predominantly Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, aged for 36 months in the bottle.

At Rathfinny we believe every vintage produces Sussex Sparkling wine that is a true expression of the year. An insight into a unique year on our single site Vineyard in Sussex.

This is pure and focussed. It’s all about fruit, with precision and intensity. Zesty, citrussy, with hints of cherries and pear fruit – Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com

Rathfinny Classic Cuvée

Food Pairing

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.

Our Classic Cuvée is flexible and versatile with food, particularly enhancing the flavours of fish and chips, a grilled prawn linguini or a home-cooked chicken pie.

Classic Cuvée food pairing

Rathfinny &

Rathfinny 2016 Classic Cuvée & Potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, sage and pine nuts from our Flint Barns Dining Room restaurant

Fish and chips

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Rathfinny 2016 Classic Cuvée & South Coast battered haddock, triple cooked chips and peas from our Tasting Room Seafood Kitchen

Seven Sisters cliffs
Product Sheet

Classic Cuvée 2017

Release Date.
May 2021
65% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Meunier
Lees Ageing.
36 months
Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C
Malolactic Fermentation
Fining Agent
Tasting Note.
Light ochre in colour with a vibrant nose of red heirloom apples and baby ginger, giving way to a rich mousse of Mirabelle plums and orange sherbet with a bright, pomelo finish.
Food Match.
This wine is a stunning accompaniment to the earthy herbaceous notes of tarragon and wild mushrooms or with the gamey flavours of venison carpaccio.
2017 sparkling wines are in relatively short supply due to a harmful late spring frost that impacted most of northern Europe that year. However, the south-facing aspect and proximity to the coast of Rathfinny’s vineyards protected us greatly. Following an early budburst, the grapes benefitted from a long ripening period and a phenomenal ‘Indian summer’. An unseasonably warm September produced fantastic ripe fruit, with great flavours, balanced acidity and sugar levels.
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Rathfinny Classic Cuvée
Classic Cuvée

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