GBW Wine of the Month: January 2020
This is the second vintage of sparkling rosé from America Brewer’s Oastbrook Estate, set in the heart of Sussex, just a stone’s throw from Bodiam Castle.
Once again, she has teamed up with Dermot Sugrue on the winemaking side but this vintage has a very different make-up to the first vintage. It’s a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, with a lower dosage of 8g/l.
This energetic bottle opens with a bold, deep pink hue and an intense nose of dried cranberry, fruits of the forest and a little bit of dried meat and savoury funk. This rosé means business!
The palate is bold, nuanced, and intense; there’s lots of ripe cranberry, wild raspberry, sour cherry and winter spice. It’s expansive and involving, so much so that it can stand up to indulgent foods such as duck liver parfait and roasted meats. With orange peel and spiced notes on the lengthy finish, this is a real wine lover’s rosé. Outstanding.