|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
BEST IN SHOW - Time spent on lees after secondary fermentation pays huge dividends for English sparkling wine, endowed as it always is with high natural levels of acidity. That's a lesson triumphantly proved by this 2011 Blanc de Blancs, with its soft mousse, lifted, almost floral aromas and deft weave of apple, tangerine and pear fruits rippled through with yeasty, bready richness. Its concentration, poise and length are impressive and position the wine well against the stiffest competition. It's vibrant and giving now, but will hold well if stored correctly and given still more time over the next decade. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 98 Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (May 2019)
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Magical winemaker Dermot Sugrue has a clear passion for Blanc de Blancs sparklers - and evidently a huge skill too! This 2011 is pretty much the perfect glass of fizz. Brisk and fresh - but with no seering acidity. Such a measured feel disguises the underlying power and push. This is intense, loaded with white fruit, some pert honeysuckle, firm apple flesh and hard pears. The natural bite of English fruit ripened in an English summer is perfectly delivered here to the glass making it near irresistible. This is delicious now - but has all the guts and power to last for those able to resist for another 5 years for sure.L&S (Jun 2019)
Ready to drink now, this 2011 Blanc de Blancs crafted by winemaker Dermot Sugrue, is showing a beautiful if fast development with ripe orchard fruit and pastry aromas. The palate is rich, broad and creamy: this is certainly not the fizz you want as an aperitif, rather requiring some rich nourishment to support its weight. Lingering spicy finish with hints of candied ginger. Rating: 90 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com (Dec 2019)
Susan Barrie MW: Very refined with roasted nut aromas and lovely minerality. Beautiful creamy character. Stylish, exciting, accomplished. Simon Field MW: Vanillin nose, mandarin and peaches, palate extravagant and rather delicious. This is a delight. Andy Howard MW: A lot of evolution here, combined with smoky, subtle oak notes. Complex and succulent on the palate, with good weight. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 Rating: 96-100 Decanter Magazine (Aug 2019)
The beautiful family-run Wiston Estate is nestled in the heart of England’s rolling South Downs in West Sussex. The vineyard lies on an exceptional, south-facing chalk escarpment similar to Champagne, and planted to the classic grape varieties Chardonnay,Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Employing time-honoured methods, Wiston produces sparkling wines of exceptional finesse and quality.
Wiston Estate has been in the hands of the Goring family since 1743 and is presided over today by Harry and Pip Goring. The estate is managed by their son Richard and both he and his wife, Kirsty, are now involved in the day to day running of the vineyard and winery. It was Pip’s long-held conviction that the estate held the potential to grow high quality grapes. The 16-acre vineyard, planted in 2006, was the fruit of her dream and tenacity. Wiston Estate is a family venture, small in scale, impressive in aspiration and unrelenting in pursuit of quality. Under the aegis of award-winning winemaker Dermot Sugrue, the tight-knit team spares no effort in the vineyard or winery.
As part of a larger agricultural estate with the utmost respect for nature, Wiston’s vineyard is run according to a strict philosophy of sustainability. The team’s pioneering efforts include the installation of solar panels at the winery as a source of renewable energy. Similarly their use of a Boisselet cultivator allows them to manage root and weed growth by returning them gently to the soil, rather than resorting to ‘quick fix’ chemical herbicides and synthetic fertilisers.
The vineyard is planted on an escarpment of pure chalk, similar to the renowned 'Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. Wiston Estate’s vintage wines are picked by hand and gently pressed in England’s only traditional Coquard press, one of the few outside France’s Champagne region. The tiny yields (15 hl per hectare) are critical to Wiston Estate’s purity, focus and elegance, and their aspiration to create a new benchmark for English sparkling wine.
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