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Gusbourne Fifty One Degrees North 2014
United Kingdom
Kent - United Kingdom
James Suckling
  • S$438.00

Wine Type: Sparkling Wine
Grape Variety: 64% Chardonnay & 36% Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014
Aging Potential: Drink now
Serving Temperature: 8 ~ 10 °C
Alcohol Level: 12.0%

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Appledore, Kent


In the 2014 vintage, an early bud burst was followed by good weather until the end of June, resulting in successful flowering. Much needed rain in August helped compensate for the dry conditions earlier in the year. This ensured a fruitful and early vintage, which was completed by 7th October. Our Vineyard Manager, Jon Pollard, suggests that the success of 2014 was a combination of nature and meticulous nurture. “Veraison was about ten days ahead of normal, and it was a smaller crop than in previous years. This was partly due to weather conditions at fruit set, but also a result of deliberately dropping around 20% of selected bunches in the vineyard. By reducing the quantity of grapes left on the vine, we boosted the remaining fruit’s concentration and ripeness.” Our Chief Winemaker, Charlie Holland, believes 2014 was a watershed moment. “2014 convinced me that our wonderfully unique blend of soils and climates could consistently create outstanding ripeness. The fruit was perfectly ripe and we found more pronounced stone and orchard fruit flavours alongside the typical English citrus fruit. A harmonious blend of perfect natural acidity and sugars was achieved effortlessly. No fining or intervention was required. We simply focused on producing the best quality possible and let the fruit express itself.

  • “Mineral notes, of course – typical of Gusbourne wines
  • Creaminess on the palate – texturally this is a very interesting wine in the mouth. As well as the fruit character, there’s also these toasty, spicy, butterscotch and nutty tertiary notes that reveal themselves.”
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