Chardonnay Guinevere 2019 – Gusbourne.
“Gusbourne’s 2019 Chardonnay Guinevere: A Breathtaking Expression of English Winemaking Excellence”
Gusbourne Estate, nestled in the heart of England’s burgeoning wine region, has been making waves in the world of fine wines. One of their standout offerings is the Gusbourne 2019 Chardonnay Guinevere, a wine that embodies the essence of English winemaking craftsmanship. In this review, we will delve into the captivating world of the Gusbourne winery and explore the intricacies of their 2019 Chardonnay Guinevere.
About the Winery
Gusbourne Estate, located in Kent, England, is a beacon of excellence in the British wine scene. Established in 2004, this boutique winery has swiftly gained international recognition for its commitment to producing top-quality sparkling and still wines. The estate is characterized by its picturesque surroundings, with meticulously maintained vineyards that stretch across the rolling hills of Kent.
The winery’s dedication to sustainability is evident in their practices. Gusbourne employs organic and biodynamic farming techniques, prioritizing the health of their vines and the land they cultivate. This holistic approach is reflected in the purity and balance of their wines, including the 2019 Chardonnay Guinevere.
Gusbourne’s state-of-the-art winemaking facility combines modern technology with traditional methods. Here, the grapes are hand-harvested, and great care is taken in the vinification process to ensure the highest possible quality.
About the Wine
The 2019 Chardonnay Guinevere from Gusbourne is a testament to the winery’s commitment to excellence. This single-estate, still white wine is crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, which are hand-picked from the estate’s vineyards. The wine is named after the legendary Guinevere, a nod to the winery’s English heritage and the Arthurian legends.
In the glass, Gusbourne’s Chardonnay Guinevere exhibits a pale, golden hue with glimmers of green, signifying its youthfulness. The wine’s clarity suggests meticulous winemaking, and it entices the eye with its vibrant, elegant appearance.
Upon swirling, the wine releases a captivating bouquet of aromas. Fresh green apple and citrus notes dance harmoniously with subtle hints of white peach and a delicate touch of toasted almond. The nose is clean and inviting, promising a crisp and refreshing experience.
On the palate Guinevere lives up to its aromatic promise. It strikes an impeccable balance between richness and finesse. The Chardonnay grapes reveal themselves with a delightful medley of flavors, including ripe pear, lemon zest, and a gentle minerality that reflects the terroir of the estate. A judicious use of oak aging lends a delicate creaminess, along with hints of vanilla and a touch of hazelnut.
The wine’s acidity is vibrant and refreshing, adding a zesty quality that makes it a delightful companion to a variety of dishes. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving the palate with a lingering impression of citrus and a subtle toastiness.
This Chardonnay is a versatile wine that pairs wonderfully with an array of culinary delights. Its bright acidity and complex flavors make it an excellent match for seafood dishes, such as buttery lobster or seared scallops. Additionally, it complements roasted chicken with herbs and creamy pasta dishes exquisitely.
In the realm of English still wines, the 2019 Guinevere shines brightly as a testament to the Gusbourne’s commitment to quality and excellence. This wine marries the elegance of Chardonnay grapes with the unique terroir of the Kent region, resulting in a remarkable expression of English winemaking.
Gusbourne Estate, with its dedication to sustainability and traditional winemaking methods, stands as a beacon of hope in the English wine renaissance. Their 2019 Guinevere reflects their passion for producing world-class wines, inviting wine enthusiasts on a journey of discovery through the enchanting world of English viticulture. Although known for their exquisite sparkling wines this Chardonnay shows that their potential and talent widely extends that.
We award this legendary Chardonnay with a 93-point DWA score.
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Taste date: September 2023
Score: 93/100 DWA Score