2014 Blanc de Noirs Brut

Grapes Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin United Kingdom, England
Classification English Sparkling Wine
ABV 12%

Luxurious W. Sussex bubbles from the Irish winemaking virtuoso Dermot Sugrue Wiston Estate Blanc de Noir[s] Brut 2014, West Sussex (12%)

Irish winemaker whizz Dermot Sugrue was at the Goring family’s Wiston Estate in the heart of the rolling South Downs for 16 years but recently left to focus on his own venture, Sugrue South Downs, as well as continuing to consult for numerous other estates. This rousing release from his back catalogue is a whistle-clean, hedonistic vintage brut, with a cocktail of Seville orange, rhubarb, Braeburn apple and macadamia nut with prodigious length and aftertaste. It will make a superb match for (cold) seafood – think caviar and sashimi.

It was left on its lees for around 54 months and will likely develop new tricks for the patient. A striking, dreamy and lip-smacking sparkler from a ripe vintage. One to celebrate a new job/home or a special anniversary/birthday, perhaps. Super-smart wine, ogling perfection in the eye.
James Viner, Times of Tunbridge Wells (Jun 2022)

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Pinot Noir (66%) and Pinot Meunier (34%) from Wiston’s Findon Park vineyard were co-pressed and fermented in a mixture of five- and six-year-old Burgundy oak barrels with selected yeasts. Thanks to the ideal ripeness of the 2014 vintage, malolactic conversion was blocked. Bottled in July 2015, sur lattes for four and a half years, before being disgorged in December 2020. Dosage 8 g/l. Rich, brocade, and tasting and smelling so intensely of orange that it's almost marmalade. Trace of toast. Long and deep. This is stunning. Spiced Seville-orange bitterness, but the roaring depth of that fruit and its acidity is magnificent. Don’t drink it too cold. This is a fire-sipping wine. Bring on the Comté. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 Rating: 17.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2021)

Wiston Estate

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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