On tasting this fine wine, Hugh Johnson exclaimed “Is this the best English white?” It’s from the Rathfinny Wine Estate, near Alfriston in Sussex. Founders Mark and Sarah Driver are ambitious and it shows in the superb quality of this elegant white.
This is an exciting fine white from Rathfinny, blending the two white Pinot grapes. The estate was founded in 2010 by Mark and Sarah Driver. Mark, a former hedge fund manager, and Sarah, a writer, searched hard for the perfect location and found it – a superb, south-facing site in Sussex, just three miles from the sea and protected from strong winds by a rock face above. The soils are chalky, ideal for both still and sparkling wines. They planted vines, and made their first still wine in 2014. Just last year they released a fine fizz. With 74 hectares of vineyard, Rathfinny are one of the most important wine estates in England and a highlight on the UK fine wine trail. With ripe pear underscored by crisp citrus, this is a fine food white.
"Restrained, saline nose and crunchy pear aromas. Very pleasant and well balanced whistle-clean fruit"
Richard Hemming for 2016 jancisrobinson.com
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