Quietly acknowledged as a strong vintage year for English Sparkling Wine, 2016 will be remembered for its warm, sun-filled summer and early autumn days. They presented ideal conditions for producing fruit of outstanding quality at our vineyards in Kent and West Sussex.
At Gusbourne we’ve been releasing award-winning vintage Blanc de Blancs since 2006, with our 2013 release the most awarded to date. And while we’re not ones to make predictions, we are exceptionally proud of our Blanc de Blancs 2016. Like all our vintage wines, it’s a true expression of our terroir, made exclusively from grapes hand-picked in our own vineyards. In fact, Head Winemaker Charlie Holland says this vintage’s delicious roundness makes the 2016 his favourite so far. “It’s absolutely knockout. A brooding, fuller, intellectual wine.”
The unique conditions of the year – a mild spring and a warm, dry summer – produced a generous abundance of fruit by early August. At which point the vineyard team dropped around half the fruit – a technique that intensifies the flavour and concentration of the remaining grapes in the run-up to harvest, which began in early October.