Busi Jacobsohn: 'Cuvée Brut' 2018
Susi and Douglas Jacobsohn’s family estate in East Sussex faces south-west so is ideally suited for producing English sparkling wine. Since their first vintage release their wines have been critically acclaimed. This Cuvée Brut is based on a majority of Chardonnay with equal parts Pinots Noir and Meunier.
The 2018 Cuvée Brut is made up of 60% Chardonnay, and 20% each Pinots Meunier and Noir. Suitable for vegans (not fined using animal-derived products). Crisp and rounded, this English sparkling wine has lovely fresh citrus acidity with green apple notes backed up by a flinty minerality.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Oysters, Seafood|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2025.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. The base wines goes through malolactic-fermentation before 2nd fermentation in bottle. It spends 20 months on the lees before disgorging.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12|
Susi and Douglas Jacobsohn's single-vineyard estate sits nestled in the rolling hills of East Sussex's High Weald at Eridge, close to Tunbridge Wells. Part of the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the family team began releasing sparkling wines from the 2017 vintage. Their 5 hectares are planted with 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier (across a number of clones) and currently make a traditional and rosé blend.
The family have exciting plans to release further blends and are committed to sustainability by reducing their carbon footprint, using biomass heating and solar power, plus exporting unused power back to the grid. They intervene as little as possible in the vineyard using minimal sprays and aim to increase biodiversity as much as possible.
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