Rathfinny Blanc de Noirs 2015 has an enticing blush that sets the scene for perfumed peony and wild strawberry on the nose, while on the palate, its rich mousse of raspberries and toasted almonds gives way to a caramelised red-apple finish.
Rathfinny Blanc de Noirs ’15 is an outstanding pairing partner to the delicate and warming flavours of Asian-style crab cakes, with a fruit-forward versatility that also matches sublimely with richer dishes such as slow-cooked Sussex lamb.
Spring arrived late in 2015 after a cold winter, both budburst and flowering were a week later than 2014, but we had a reasonable flowering and a warm summer which helped ripen a small crop. We began harvest on the 19th October and despite the rainfall in August and September the fruit was very clean and of good quality.
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Critical Praise for the Blanc de Noirs 2015
“Made from a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier, the Blanc de Noirs opens with a distinctly spicy notion of tart nettle and pepper-edged hedgerow fruit on the nose. The palate is brisk and fresh, revealing a sleek, statuesque structure and very fine mousse with beautifully integrated acidity. There is real substance at the core. The finish is appetising, dry and mouth-watering. It is the hedgerow fruit and spice that makes this so beautifully English. It is lovely now but promises to be even better with more bottle age.” Anne Krebiehl, The Buyer