Rathfinny Rosé Brut 2017


Rathfinny Rosé Brut 2017 is the third vintage of our expressive Sussex Sparkling, with a red-fruit style that beautifully showcases the increased presence of Pinot Noir within the blend.


Tasting Note

A Rosé with a stunning cerise hue. The Rosé Brut 2017 delivers a vibrant nose of cranberries and redcurrants, a ripe perlage of cherry-skin and Japanese wineberries, with lifted notes of quince on the finish.

Food Match

Although a stunning pairing with the tart notes of a rhubarb crumble, the additional structure of the 2017 vintage makes this Rosé a phenomenal partner to sweet and sour Asian dishes.


2017 was an exceptional vintage, but is in relatively short supply in the UK because of difficult growing conditions that affected most of northern Europe; a late spring frost badly affected many vineyards from Champagne to Rioja in northern Spain. Fortunately, the south facing aspect and proximity to the coast of Rathfinny’s vineyards, protected them from this frost event. After an early budburst the grapes benefited from a long ripening period and a phenomenal ‘Indian summer’, with unseasonably warm September weather producing fantastic ripe fruit, with great flavours and balanced acidity and sugar levels.

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Critical Praise for the Rosé Brut 2017

“That initial hit of tart, primary hedgerow fruit, followed by a whiff of raspberry leads onto a more sonorous palate. Fine, lively, youthful bubbles are the unifying element between vivid briskness and mellower, only slightly autolytic fizziness. The palate is creamy and brisk at the same time, promising resonance with just a little more age. Lovely red fruit is captured and presented in pristine fashion. Lovely, animating and lively.” Anne Kriebhl, The Buyer

“This is a foody number and it is brave enough and opinionated enough to launch itself at whatever dish you fancy and I venture it will come up smiling, too, such is the character and persistence of this strident rosé.” Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com

“2017 began with frosts, then there was a mediocre summer followed by a very warm September which gave great ripeness. Quite a full pink/orange in colour. This is really elegant and fruity with cherries and redcurrants as well as sweet pear and apple fruit. There’s some nice citrus here, too, with good acidity. I like the texture and purity here: it shows lovely elegance with a supple, delicate fruitiness.” Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

Release Date

May 2020


63% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Meunier

Lees Ageing

24 months


Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C. Blended with Pinot Noir aged in French oak for colour.







Malolactic Fermentation


Fining Agent




Single & Case Options

Sussex Sparkling 75cl Bottle, Sussex Sparkling Case (6 x 75cl), Sussex Sparkling Half Case (3 x 75cl)

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