Wine Reviews, Decanter.com, 16th April 2021
Rathfinny Wine Estate, Blanc de Blancs 2017, England
Rathfinny's location a stone`s throw from the Sussex coast protects their vines from the worst vagaries of the English climate, meaning that they were protected by the late spring frosts in 2017.
This is the second release of the blanc de blancs, made from eight different clones of Chardonnay, vinified separately. The vines are grown on chalky soils, and the grapes for this vintage were picked in late October after a long hang time.
The ripeness of the fruit meant that no chaptalisation was necessary, but the wine did undergo malolactic fermentation to round it out and add some lactic notes. There`s a weight of ripe fruit on the nose and palate, almost tropical in character.
It`s rich and mouthfilling, with fresh acidity and a lick of salinity. Amy Wislocki