2017 Cuvée Brut
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Meunier. With the same cepage as the wonderful 2015 we are delighted with this very worthy follow-on. Loaded with sleek richness and beautifully reviving lift. That signature Wiston grace and filigree texture is in abundance in this complex and delicious English fizz.. L&S (Dec 2021)
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Despite a warmer than average March, the 2017 growing season will forever be remembered for the fierce late spring frosts in April and May, which caused significant damage to many of our peers’ buds. However, our Findon Park vineyard tends to bud later than most and the steeper slopes mean that ground frosts tend to roll away from the vines. As a result we luckily only lost a couple of our Chardonnay vines to frost damage in 2017. A much-welcomed warm June and a mostly dry late summer/autumn resulted in good sugar and acidity levels at harvest, which started on 29th September and was finished by 17th October. Although 2017 was an unusual year, it was characterised by a very good, ripe crop with lower yields. Our coquard basket press is brilliant for styles like this, allowing each variety to show boldly. Each of the varieties were fermented separately in aged Burgundy barrels. They were rested on lees until spring, then blended and fermented again in-bottle for a cool, slow three years. The first bottles were riddled and disgorged in 2021, and like all our wines, aged on cork to finish.Winemaker's notes (Oct 2021)
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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