Rathfinny 2018 Classic Cuvée


Rathfinny 2018 Classic Cuvée is the third vintage of our classic, ‘house-style’ Sussex Sparkling, made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes grown and hand-harvested on the Rathfinny Wine Estate.

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


Introducing Rathfinny 2018 Classic Cuvée

Our bestselling Classic Cuvée has a striking gold neck wrap that sparkles with celebration and represents ‘Rathfinny in a glass’. This vintage, made in the Traditional Method, is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, aged for 30-months in the bottle.

Tasting Note

A buttermilk golden hue beckons in a nose of ginger-dusted white plums on cinnamon toast, a rich palate of white apricot and crème pâtissière with nuances of preserved Meyer lemon on the finish.

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Food Match

The 2018 vintage is a superbly versatile foil to the fresh flavours of linguini with clams and fennel right through to duck prosciutto and ham hock terrine.


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, encouraging 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. During harvest we picked very clean fruit with an ideal balance of sugars and acidity for our Sussex sparkling wines.

Critical Praise

“It’s the winery’s best release yet.” Susy Atkins for Decanter

“This wine – the third release and from one of the best vintages of the decade – really shows what the estate is capable of: a pinot-dominated blend, exuding poise and finesse, with finely chiselled flavours of citrus, apricots and hints of cream. Complete class in a glass.”Terry Kirby, The Independent 

2018 Rathfinny Sussex Sparkling on the Beach Portrait
Release Date

February 2022


50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier

Lees Ageing

36 months


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







Malolactic Fermentation


Fining Agent




Single & Case Options

75cl Bottle No Gift Box, 75cl Bottle With Gift Box, Sussex Sparkling Case (12 x 75cl), Sussex Sparkling Case (6 x 75cl), Sussex Sparkling Half Case (3 x 75cl)

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