The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese and can be found in their local parish church in Appledore – nowadays, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of their heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing pursuit of uncompromising quality.
The estate sits on the low slopes of the ancient Kentish escarpment at Appledore. The extensive two hundred hectare Estate is on a single site with twenty hectares under vine cultivation with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.
In 2010, the debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2006 and Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2006 were released to critical acclaim. Gusbourne quickly earned a reputation as a producer of outstanding quality wines, with accolades from some of the industry’s most exacting critics.
A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment allows us to sit comfortably between old and new world winemaking, while at the same time bringing our own exacting quality standards to the process. Respect for the vineyards, the fruit and the natural elements involved in winemaking means that their approach favours minimal intervention.
All of the grapes used in their winemaking are sourced solely from Gusbourne Vineyards.
Gusbourne Estate have 60 hectares at Gusbourne Estate in Kent and 30 hectares in West Sussex that are planted with the 3 classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Aligned with their vision to create the finest wines they possibly can, they choose to plant predominantly Burgundian Clones in their vineyards.
This means that they produce lower yields than other classic clones, but the resultant fruit is riper and has significantly more flavour, making their grapes ideal for the production of fine sparkling wine. The distinct terroir and exceptionally mild microclimates of their surroundings add their own depth and complexity to their wines, and they aim to allow the combination of site, soil and hard work in the vines to reflect in every bottle.
Very recently, Gusbourne Estate has joined Business News Japan Awards 2020 and won Two GOLD Medal Awards and a SILVER Medal Award.
Brut Reserve, 53% Pinot Noir/40% Chardonnay/7% Pinot Meunier, Kent/England, 2015
Awarded Gold by Business News Japan
Gusbourne best-selling wine is a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Brut Reserve 2015 enjoyed 36 months ageing on its lees, and it demonstrates all of the character we have learned to associate with the grapes that we pick from our vineyards in Kent. It is dominated by leafy, earthy, tertiary notes. It reveals a unique fruit profile that features golden, yellow, soft orchard fruits and ripe pears. It offers restraint and a gentle generosity.
Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay, Kent/England, 2015Rosé, 54% Pinot Noir/32% Pinot
Awarded Gold by Business News Japan
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2013 English Sparkling 75cl is a first class English sparkling wine from one of the finest sparkling producers in the country. Gusbourne select the finest Chardonnay, exhibiting natural minerality and age for a minimum of 36 months before release, ensuring that the wine delivers both elegance and finesse.
Meunier/14% Chardonnay, Kent/England, 2015
Awarded Silver by Business News Japan
Gusbourne distinctive English Rosé is a delectable wine made from a blend of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
Rosé is unique to each growing season, a direct reflection of English summer and the grapes used to craft it. Delicate pink in appearance, with soft summer berries and floral notes on the nose. The palate shows bright red fruits, driven by ripe strawberries, fresh cherries and redcurrants, with a crisp freshness and creamy, rounded texture on the finish. We like to think of this as the perfect expression of halcyon days.
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