Gusbourne Rosé

Wild strawberries on the nose, the bubbles in Gusbourne's Rosé are both fine and lively. Drawn solely from the 2008 vintage, this is full of raspberry, cherries and strawberries, has lasting texture and a mouthwatering finish.

Gusbourne RosePleasingly versatile, it has the fizz to open proceedings as an aperitif and the structure to welcome fish and chips – as we did – shellfish, tempura or Asian-inspired salads.

Balanced and poised, this comes from a charmed area of Kent, not far from both Chapel Down and Biddenden.

Owner Andrew Weeber leaves the vineyards in the charge of the delightfully unflappable Plumpton-educated Jon Pollard, with the grapes sent off to RidgeView's award-winning cellars for vinification. Work should begin soon on Andrew's own cellar, and if his plans come to fruition, this will prove a charming visit. As well as an upmarket tasting bar, he will be displaying some of his extensive art collection. We'll keep you posted on progress.

This is Gusbourne's first pink sparkler, but we reckon it is likely to prove as popular as its other wines – the first vintages of both its whites began collecting gongs on release last year and continue to do so. With only 2500 bottles produced, catch while you can – and leave some for me!

£24.99; available from Gusbourne online shop; see web for online Gusbourne stockists, but I can't guarantee they will all have the rosé. Best to call before to check!