Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Noirs

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Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Noirs is the fourth vintage of our signature Sussex Sparkling, made from predominantly Pinot Noir grapes, grown and hand-harvested on the Estate.

There will always be a limited production of our premium Sparkling Blanc de Noirs as we source the best grapes from across the Vineyard to blend these wines. As a result, all customers are limited to a maximum of three bottles each.

Gift boxes available on 75cl single bottles of Sussex Sparkling for extra special presentation. Additional £2.50 charge.

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“Our Blanc de Noirs is the wine Sarah and I set out to produce at Rathfinny. It’s our signature wine, a wonderful blend of predominantly Pinot Noir with a small quantity of Pinot Meunier. It has a lovely golden hue, a lovely nose of rich red fruits and on the palate.” Mark Driver, co-owner of the Rathfinny

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.

View the tasting notes.

Vintage

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.

Blanc de Noirs 2018 Pouring in a Restaurant

Critical Praise

“Ripe and juicy notes of fresh red and yellow apple come with a buttery shortbread note and an enticing overtone of candied redcurrant. The palate is wonderfully taut, has real tension, softened by very fine, lively bubbles which will only get creamier with more time in bottle. 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

“Liquorice nose. It’s hard to believe the dosage is so low, because the ripeness and roundness of fruit on this wine is exceptional. Pin-point-fine bubbles snap the lemon and blueberry fruit into taut lines. There’s a cool stoniness, like mossy concrete; an almost imperceptible peppery nuttiness; and then the wine momentarily widens into sweet pear before narrowing into a piercing finish.” Tamlyn Currin for jancisrobinson.com

“Seriously elegant and will keep for a while.” Helena Nicklin, The Three Drinkers

Release Date

May 2022

Blend

85% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier

Lees Ageing

30 months

Fermentation

Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C

PH

3.11

TA

6.2g/l

Dosage

3.5g/l

Malolactic Fermentation

100%

Fining Agent

Isinglass

ABV

12%

Single & Case Options

2x 75cl Bottles, 3x 75cl Bottles, 75cl Bottle No Gift Box, 75cl Bottle With Gift Box

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