- Written by Nicholas Breeze Nicholas Breeze
- Published: 17 April 2020 17 April 2020
The first time I met Oastbrook Wine Estate’s owner, America Brewer, was at a consumer tasting in central London. As more and more people gathered around the Oastbrook table, myself among them, with glass held aloft in the position to receive a taste, America handed me an unopened bottle, saying, ‘Please, can you open this and pour?’ As she continued battling with the other flank of the tasting table.
I poured for all the people around and then sampled the unknown sparkler myself. Greeted with a burst of ripe fruit and softer than usual acidity for English wine, the blend of Pinot Noir and Auxerrois was both attractive and more-ish.
Before moving on, I handed over my contact info and one way or another we met again last week on Zoom.
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Although America exudes energy when talking about her wines and the business she has been building up on the East Sussex/Kent border, the true test of enthusiasm is in what is achieved behind the scenes.
Finally settling in southern England after much globetrotting with her husband for a number of years, as well having her daughter in the throes of full-time education, America spied a neighbour's vines and was inspired to start asking questions. It was her husband, Nick, who first suggested a WSET course to learn more and, with Plumpton College being not so far away, the allure of viticulture and winemaking was too much to resist.
America collaborated with other winemakers prior to planting her own vineyard and decided from day one that the quality had to be high even if this means waiting for several years before releasing the wines.
First vines planted in 2018
The Hobbit House - Oastbrook's on-site accommodation - currently closed due to the COVID19 lockdown
The severe impact of the virus
Oastbrook’s 4 wines of the estate
Pink takes precedence?
English Pinot Noir in Balmy Vintages
How many bottles are currently produced at Oastbrook?
Oastbrook wines are available to their website: https://www.oastbrook.com/
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