Albion Gets Serious: English Sparkling Wine (Jul 2020)

The 2016 Rosé from Gusbourne has a slightly deeper salmon/bronze hue than I was expecting, but with a fine mousse. The bouquet does not mess about, delivering strawberry and light peachy aromas. Not amazingly tense, but clean, and if you like your rosé fruity instead of steely, then you will be pleased. The palate is fresh on the entry, offering red cherries, orange peel and lemon zest, armed with lively acidity. The rather spicy finish just feels a little heavier than I would have liked. But otherwise this is a fine sparkling rosé to enjoy over the next 4–5 years.