A brand new release, made from the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay 46%, Pinot noir 41%, and Pinot meunier 13%, the Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2008 has clear lemon-gold colour, a soft, elegant mousse and persistent bubbles. The nose lends itself to orchard fruit and blossoms, with brioche and rhubarb and custard. The palate is fruity, with stone fruits such as apricot showing through. A well developed wine with an exceptional finish.
Gusbourne Estate's 200 hectares sits on the low slopes of the ancient Kentish escarpment at Appledore. The 21 hectare vineyard's location offers ideal climate, aspect and soil profiles, enabling the grape quality to be of the highest standard.
The estate has a great deal of history, dating back as far as 1410, when John de Gosborne's will was filed. Philip Chute, who received the estate, was a man of distinction and great wealth who won fame and the gratitude of Henry VIII at the siege of Boulogne on September 14th 1544, where he had served as the standard bearer to the men of arms of the King's Band.
"Goosbourne" as the estate was known then, carried the characteristic three geese crest that now adorns the small parish church in Appledore. Tribute is paid today by using the same three geese on all of Gusbourne's bottles.
Gusbourne Estate Wines
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A BRAND NEW RELEASE, the Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2008 is made from 100% Chardonnay. It's appearance is of a lovely pale gold, with enduring, steady streams of tiny bubbles rising from base of the glass. The nose is immediately biscuity, almost Rich Tea-like, and has the expected fresh citrus aromas, which pair beautifully with the yeastiness. A nice surprise in the aroma department is a touch of salty seaweed, giving the nose a superb complexity. The palate begins with a gentle, creamy mousse, then the crisp acidity of the Chardonnay hits, followed by softening sweet honey tones. This wine is delicate and elegant, perfectly developed and balanced. One to stock up on...
- Bottle price: £29.99 add to basket
Young and fresh, the Gusbourne Sparkling Rosť 2008 has a pale autumnal pink colour, and offers some lovely spicy, red berry aromas. On the palate the wine is dry, harmonious and persistent. This English sparkling wine is extremely well balanced and is very interesting and distinctive.
- Bottle price: £15.99 add to basket
Gusbourne's Pinot noir is testament to what can be done extremely well here in the not-so-sunny climes of England's fair shores. This light, spicy and downright fruity wine offers the drinker a lovely example of a variety that will continue to blossom as climate change alters wine growing regions. The nose offers up woody, red fruit with notes of tobacco, and is followed by a fruit-driven palate (cherries, redcurrants), with a well-balanced acidity supported by fairly delicate, but well-structured tannins.
- Discounted: £39.95 add to basket
We're offering two superb wines from the excellent Kentish producer, Gusbourne Estate. Gusbourne are one of the top producers of English sparkling wine and consistently grow some of the best grapes in the country. This is in a large part owing to their fantastic vineyard site on gentle south facing slopes near Romney Marshes. Their Sparkling Rosť 2008 is a beautifully coloured wine with delicious strawberries and cream on the palate followed by sweet cherry flavours. With over 3 years on lees, this wine is perfect for drinking now, perhaps as a pre-Easter supper aperitif... The Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2010 is a delightful and delicate red. Fairly light in colour the nose offers hints of oak and tobacco, and red berries. On the palate, spicy redcurrants and blackberries are evident, making this gorgeous English red the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb.