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

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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 2016

Release Date.
May 2020
57% Pinot Noir, 22% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier
Lees Ageing.
36 months
Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C
Malolactic Fermentation
Fining Agent
Tasting Note.
Radiant lemon in hue, with an expressive nose of fresh red orchard apples, a creamy tangerine mousse punctuated by toasty notes of almond brittle, and a honeydew melon finish.
Food Match.
Our classic sparkling gravitates towards the deep and earthy notes of truffle-infused arancini or a cep and onion tart, though meshes phenomenally with the comforting creaminess of a fish pie.
Budburst was timely, though it was very wet prior to flowering which, as a result, was slightly later than usual. However, we had a successful fruit set, despite July and the early part of August coming in cooler than normal. The second half of August brightened up with some very warm days, with this dry weather continuing throughout September until the end of the season. We picked in the latter part of October.
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Rathfinny Classic Cuvée
Classic Cuvée

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