Gusbourne Latitude ’51 Degrees’

£190.00

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WINEMAKER : Charlie Holland, Gusbourne

REGION :  Sussex, Kent

GRAPE : Chardonnay 67%, Pinot Noir 33%

VINTAGE : 2016

ABV : 12%

NOTES : Ridiculously good sparkling from England

We have a lot of love at Opheem for Gusbourne. Over the years, like most restaurants, we have sampled all the delights of the impressive English sparkling market but the profile of Gusbourne’s wines left a mark. When they first released their prestige example FiftyOneDegrees North last year, we got a bottle and it blew us away. The winemaker himself put it best for us by saying “There was a time a while ago when people would say ‘You’ll never compete with Champagne’ but gradually, over the years, English wine has delivered.”

Rich and gold in colour with a big presence on the nose; you can smell freshness, touch of yellow stone fruits, bit of nuttiness and depth. Refreshing on the palate with lots of flavours but nothing overpowering. It’s soft peachy notes with ripe apples and soft texture. Sparkling wine as a rule is an easy pairing with Indian food (… any food for that matter, let’s be fair) and it always manages to balance spice perfectly. This goes with everything as tends to be a go to should we have any friends come to the restaurant for something different but something great.

WINEMAKER : Charlie Holland, Gusbourne

REGION :  Sussex, Kent

GRAPE : Chardonnay 67%, Pinot Noir 33%

VINTAGE : 2016

ABV : 12%

NOTES : Ridiculously good sparkling from England

We have a lot of love at Opheem for Gusbourne. Over the years, like most restaurants, we have sampled all the delights of the impressive English sparkling market but the profile of Gusbourne’s wines left a mark. When they first released their prestige example FiftyOneDegrees North last year, we got a bottle and it blew us away. The winemaker himself put it best for us by saying “There was a time a while ago when people would say ‘You’ll never compete with Champagne’ but gradually, over the years, English wine has delivered.”

Rich and gold in colour with a big presence on the nose; you can smell freshness, touch of yellow stone fruits, bit of nuttiness and depth. Refreshing on the palate with lots of flavours but nothing overpowering. It’s soft peachy notes with ripe apples and soft texture. Sparkling wine as a rule is an easy pairing with Indian food (… any food for that matter, let’s be fair) and it always manages to balance spice perfectly. This goes with everything as tends to be a go to should we have any friends come to the restaurant for something different but something great.

WINERY & PRODUCTION

2016 was a great year in the region for growing. With some clever vineyard management, the quality of grapes was excellent. They’re whole bunch pressed and naturally settled for 24 hours then fermented in stainless steel with 21% fermented in oak barrels for a bit more complexity before a minimum of 67 months on the lees. Gusbourne have a great attitude for the future. They like to take risks, they hold a significant amount of reserve wine to see how things might develop. They want to represent the category and be regarded as a Krug like figure for English sparkling. They take no prisoners and offer vintage only as a selection itself. We are always super interested to see how far they can come and with wines like this, they’re doing the country proud.