After months of work and preparation, Oastbrook founder America Brewer was pleased to officially launch our first wine at a celebratory party on the estate.
Gathered amongst friends, family and special guests, America shared her story of developing the Oastbrook Rosé 2014 Brut with acclaimed winemaker Dermot Sugrue.
The sparkling rosé is made from Pinot Noir and Auxerrois grapes with expressive red fruit characteristics. It was paired with capanés of whipped goats curd, walnut, honey and thyme on millers fruit toasts and smoked salmon, dill, lemon and crème fraiche on rye toast by Kristi Collins and her Kent-based catering company Seasons, Wild & Free.
Guests were treated to a mixture of entertainment which paid homage to America’s Brazilian heritage. Masters of capoeira got everyone clapping and signing along in rhythm.
Brazilian dancer Elisangela Mahogany then treated guests to a demonstration and lesson in Samba. She has a rich experience in the lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin and brought the carnival atmosphere to the party!
The celebrations took place on the Oastbrook estate, at our hobbit house which is located next to the vineyard. Guests toured the luxury getaway and had a chance to appreciate the detailed work that has gone into making it a gem of a location for those looking to book something special for a quiet retreat.
Among the guests was Melanie De Matos, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hoffman & Rathbone fine English sparkling wines and owner of The Cherry Barn, a beautiful wedding venue based nearby on Clayton Farm in Rye.
Also present was Tony Milanowski, Lecturer of Oenology at Plumpton College, who was America’s lecturer during her time studying at the college, photographer Michael Birt and Corinn Niccol; manager of The Curlew Restaurant in Bodiam, one of our favourite local haunts and a stockist of Oastbrook wines.
The evening was a great success and we were delighted to receive so much interest and support at our launch event.