Oastbrook Estate is an idyllic English vineyard set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, close to Bodiam Castle. America Brewer, who is originally from Brazil, has fond memories of an ancient vine that crept up the side of the house she lived in as a child in Bahia. She used to climb the old, twisted vine and enjoyed picking the fresh, succulent grapes. America’s childhood passion for vines was reignited in 2018 when she planted the vineyard at Oastbrook Estate. The beautiful farm is steeped in heritage, complete with an original Oasthouse and its distinctive conical roof. Iron was smelted here in Roman times from the ironstone that lies on the surface of the fields and the iron is also responsible for the creation of a natural spring on the farm. There are several natural brooks dotted around the estate- Gypsy Brook, Channel Brook and perhaps the most poetic Oastbrook, from which the wine takes its name.
The Oastbrook Estate vines are grown at a relatively low altitude of between six to 30 metres above sea level in a south facing vineyard in East Sussex, where the temperate microclimate produces premium grapes. The vines are planted in a freedraining soil atop a sandstone ridge; however, the proximity of the Rother River which frames the estate, imbues the land with deposits of clay and silt. The vines are trained on a double Guyot replacement cane which allows for good exposure to the sun and encourages photosynthesis. The philosophy is to produce vibrant wines which express the Sussex terroir; the vines are cultivated sustainably and mechanical intervention is favoured over chemical application. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity.
The Pinot Gris grapes were destemmed and underwent light maceration before being gently pressed. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures, allowing the purity of fruit to shine through. The wine was matured in stainless steel tanks for nine months prior to bottling, to ensure freshness and vibrancy.