Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs 2010, England

Disgorged 2017. All Chardonnay from the Sussex Chalk at Wiston. One of the first vintages here, made by Dermot Sugrue. 

Tangy stewed apple, lime sherbet. Some putty and nougat, a little marine and with a flash of agave vegetality that is not obtrusive. Very tangy citrus syrup on the palate, which has hit a good point on the ageing curve. The style here is less oxidative than more modern Wiston vintages – more oak and less SO2 now? – which, for my money, suits the fruit better, allowing it to hit this sort of point in bottle. 16
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Wiston NV Brut, England

2015 Base. 1/3rd each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged July 2017. 

This is Wiston’s entry level wine, of which the the 2014 base was very solid. It is all stainless steel and includes some bought-in fruit, unlike the vintage cuvées. The 2015 feels more open in style than I remember the 2014. Some baked red apple and a nut-oil oxidative streak behind behind floral honey and orange. A slightly unyielding nature despite some softening maturity. Is this as fresh as the 2014 base? 15

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Wiston Estate Cuvée 2015

(45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier) This 100% oak-fermented wine is an intense, bold creation with flashes of spicy butter, roasted peaches, pears and redcurrant. This honey-nut richness and oxidative breadth is coming through already here, staked down by forceful acidity and a complex, drying finish. Some will prefer this, some the NV; I would say it’s a question of style as much as anything.


Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

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Wiston Estate Rosé 2014

Rosé 2014 is quite wintery in tone now, with sharp, slightly acetic red fruits and an interesting cola/herb element. Based on two showings it has developed quite oxidatively and probably needs drinking sooner rather than later. The Ashling Park Rosé 2014, also made by Sugrue, has the same issue.


Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

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Wiston Estate Brut NV, 2014 Base

A third each of the classic varieties, 80% based on the 2014 vintage with 20% reserve wines from 2009 and 2013. This spends nine months in tank before bottling, and has developed lovely ripples of creamy lemon, apricot and grapefruit with clean, flinty freshness, fresh white butter and subtle bakery aromas. It is such a contrast to the vintage wine! Beautifully done, and not at all rushed. Good value too.


Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

Wiston Estate Rosé NV, 2014 Base

Rosé NV 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier is the counterpart (with the same vintage base) to the NV tasted above. Sappy, ripe red cherries and grapefruit with delicious poached strawberries and redcurrants, it is made in a refined, clean style with some ground almond richness.


Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

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Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs 2015

This is pre-release but showing very well already, with ripe yellow grapefruit and white peach fruit wrapped up in magnolia blossom. There’s some richness of dried apple and a lovely springy mousse too, finishing with amazing focus and length. This feels perfectly balanced between the more open, richer oak-led style and something tighter and fresher; in time I’m sure it will live up to previous releases.


Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

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Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2013

47% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier. This claims to have been disgorged in December 2018, 2 weeks before landing on my doorstep! There are a few more layers of flavour here; a tasting-menu of apple (creamy roast bramleys, charred green apple, blossom….), lemon meringue and a touch of clementine, some crystal fruits and apricot too. It seems more Chardonnay-influenced than the numbers suggest (but that’s the vintage as well). Really insistent on the palate, the acid plays along with some lovely autolytic texture. It’s quite contained at the moment, but will probably hit its peak in something like 2-4 years


Date Tasted : 31/03/2019

Wiston Estate Cuvée 2009

60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Meunier from Wiston’s original Findon site, 1/3 vinified in young and old oak. No malo, 8g/l dosage. This wine is a complex, shimmering beauty on the nose. I’m aware I have a lot of notes for it, but it just kept throwing things at me over the course of a few hours. Starting off with dried, sharp apple and pear tatin (just catching around the edges), it opened up with sweetness of apricot, white chocolate meringue and ratafia, starfruit and orange bitters. Then there are all these lovely nuances; savoury earth and spice from bay leaf and sea salt, perfume from tonka bean and sweet jasmine, a bit of fluffy, funky autumnal quince. Just so enchanting.

The palate jumps in with this developed orchard fruit tinged with charred citrus and post-disgorgement richness, clinging for its life on a speeding train of powerful, engulfing acidity. It’s a bit Jekyll-and-Hyde with this openness and austerity co-existing; whilst the nose is layered and complex, the palate plays close to the edge (probably just getting away with it). On this showing I would be inclined to drink it within the next couple of years – I think it will develop wonderfully from an aromatic/flavour perspective for sure. There’s not really anything quite like this on the market at the moment, and the whole acidity/integration/age/cohesion dynamic is something we’re all still learning about with English wines. If you’re inquisitive about English Sparkling Wine it’s something you have to try


Date Tasted : 03/03/2019