Mark and Sarah walking through the vines

April 25, 2018

Rathfinny launches its first Sussex Sparkling wines

After eight years of planning, planting, winemaking and ageing, Rathfinny Wine Estate is very proud to announce the release of its first Sussex Sparkling wines; a Blanc de Blancs 2014 and a Rosé Brut 2015.

Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 by husband and wife Mark and Sarah Driver, co-owners, on the site of a working arable farm, and is now producing Sussex Sparkling wines that rival the best ‘Traditional Method’ sparkling wines in the world.

Rathfinny’s first Sussex Sparkling wines, produced conforming to the strict Sussex PDO guidelines, which ensure provenance as well as quality, were bottled in early 2015. They will be launched at Somerset House (London) on 24th April and officially released to the trade on the 1st June.

Brand Ambassador Rob Buckhaven said: “We’re very proud of our first sparkling wines and to be launching onto the world stage at such a pivotal moment in the trajectory of English sparkling wines is beyond exciting.

“Our 2014 Blanc de Blancs, made from one hundred percent Chardonnay has been aged for thirty-six months on the yeast lees. It has wonderful aromas of peach on the nose, with a delicate citrus-fresh palate. The 2015 Rathfinny Rosé has a stunning light-coral tone, a nose of Chantilly cream-drizzled strawberries and a long, elegant peachy finish.”

Mr Driver said; “It’s taken eight years of hard work to get to this point. It’s just fantastic to be able to share our first sparkling wines with everyone.

“The wines are a superb reflection of our fantastic terrior. We want to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the last eight years to get us to this point. It’s been worth it.”

As well a wine producer the Estate is a popular destination for visitors, walkers and wine enthusiasts, offering organised Vineyard tours from the Winery and wine tastings currently at the Gun Room in Alfriston, whilst the Flint Barns provide considerately designed ‘home from home’ accommodation and sought-after Sunday lunches. During the summer months, as well as the tours, the Estate hosts popular-residency ‘pop ups’ with up and coming chefs.

Sarah Driver, co-owner of Rathfinny, said; “The world of wine is as much about providing a great experience as about producing fantastic wines and that’s what we aim to give everyone that visits the Rathfinny Wine Estate.”

With renowned winemaker Jonathan Médard from Épernay, and Cameron Roucher from New Zealand managing the Estate, Rathfinny looks set to achieve quality levels that will see its Sussex Sparkling wines winning awards the world over.

Rathfinny’s first sparkling wines, a Blanc de Blancs and a Rosé will be released in June 2018 and targeted at premium on-trade and independent off-trade accounts. A plan for international export will see Rathfinny selling up to 50 per cent of its production to key overseas markets within Europe, Asia and North America immediately upon release.

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