Gusbourne releases its latest vintages

Gusbourne has released its latest vintages of Blanc de Blancs and Brut Reserve.

The English wine producer is introducing Blanc de Blancs 2015 and Brut Reserve 2016, which have each been crafted from more than 120 base wines, which were blind tasted over the course of six weeks.

The 2015 vintage experienced an early April bud burst that led to a good start in the season, followed by good weather throughout flowering. Cooler weather in August meant a later than average veraison, which enabled the grapes to retain acidity while still developing full flavour potential.

The Blanc de Blancs 2015 (rrp: £59) is pale gold in colour with a “gentle yet persistent” mousse, blending classic Chardonnay notes of zesty citrus fruit, green apple, preserved lemon and ripe pear on the nose, according to the producer.

The wine has enjoyed 42 months ageing on its lees and it has mouth-watering mineral notes and elegance, a “true expression of the terroir of our vineyards in Kent”.

A mild spring in 2016 resulted in mid-April bud burst, with warm and dry weather during flowering and an abundant fruit set. Early August veraison enabled the grapes to develop intense flavour and concentration.

Brut Reserve 2016 (rrp: £39) has spent 36 months on its lees and is deep gold, dark and rich, with a delicate mousse and perfume of honeyed green apples with hints of white peach and toasted nuts.

The palate is fruit driven, with red apples, poached pears and bright red berry fruit. It displays “subtle flavours of peach and developed toasty notes of freshly baked bread, roasted nuts and apple pie” before a long, elegant and rounded finish.

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2015 and Brut Reserve 2016 are now available via the producer’s website and at its tasting room in Kent, The Nest. They are soon to be stocked by prestige retailers and independent, specialist local wine merchants across the UK and beyond, and in a number of leading restaurants.

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