WISTON ESTATE

2015 Cuvée Brut English Sparkling Wine

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Grapes Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin United Kingdom, England
Classification English Sparkling Wine

Bravo to Wiston (and all the other producers who do it) for putting the disgorgement date and dosage on the back label. Golden colour. Fine sparse bead but very tight and sharp. Very toasty nose. The barrel ageing has made a huge impact on this wine, nose and palate. It’s rich and spicy, deeply golden in flavour, grilled brioche, golden peaches, satsumas and saffron. It rolls across the tongue like trumpet and drum, silvery notes slipping through old gold, intent, piercing. A very, very sophisticated sparkling wine. Good Value. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2020)

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2015 Wiston Estate Cuvée is a wine that finally knows where is sits in the pursuit of perfection. While this is not a perfect wine it is a very impressive creation indeed. What I noticed when I tasted this wine was that it has that tiny bit of magic that I was searching for, but never found, in previous vintages.

This shows me that something has happened at Wiston – a realisation if you will. I have no idea what this might be, only they will know, and I doubt they will share, why should they? But what excited me about this wine is not only its elite pedigree but its self-confident swagger, complete control, and lack of any arrogance or bluster and this has allowed it to bare its soul to the taster. This is a stunningly honest piece of wine-making.

Made from 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier and fermented in a mixture of old Burgundy barrels, it remained on its lees for three years and was treated to only 8g/l dosage. Released in January this year, this is a pivotal wine for Wiston and I am certain that it will shock anyone who tastes it. Drinking now, it will age gracefully for five to eight years, too. I urge anyone who reads this note to track this wine down because I hope that you will see in this wine what I do. It is genuinely impressive.

Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2020)

Intensely spicy and oaky, very full on but showing good depth of spiced red apple and cream. Richly textured and creamy. Highly Recommended.Decanter Magazine(Dec 2019)

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.

Six of the best from ENGLAND

Much is made of the strata of chalk soil that hosts the vineyards of Champagne, that runs under northern France and the Channel to re-emerge in Kent and Sussex as the Downs, and many of England’s vineyards cling to that very chalk soil. But, crucially, we have the climate, on the very margins of where grapes can be persuaded to ripen, to produce the tart base wines that are ideal for high quality sparkling wine production. All that, the classic grape varieties and much expertise and even more enthusiasm has propelled England to the forefront of the sparkling wine world. In this case we've got wines from five different estates, all with something to say on the subject, and the case includes a couple of cheeky rosés because we do it so well.

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