“Wiston's 2015 Blanc de Blancs is one of the finest English sparkling wines that I have encountered... to date. It was picked from October 22 to November 3 after a warm, dry October, the yield 15hl/ha, 50% fermented in stainless steel and 50% in old Burgundy barrels and aged on the lees for nine months. Dosage is 8g/L. This has a fantastic bouquet of bewitching scents of lime, green apple, honeysuckle and slithers of tinned peach, all beautifully defined. The palate does not disappoint, delivering exquisite balance, wonderful focus and a touch of mineralité toward the harmonious finish. Now this is how you make a great Blanc de Blancs.” Neal Martin, Vinous July 2020
"From chalk soils on the South Downs, this is Chardonnay grown on the steepest part of the vineyard. Base wine is half in barrel, half stainless steel. Dosage is 8 g/l, disgorged in September 2019. This is linear and fine, with a powerful core of citrus fruit. It’s pristine and very linear with high acidity, but this acidity is well integrated. The fruit is so linear and pure with amazing focus. Great concentration to this wine, which is one of England’s finest." Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com 15th April 2020
"Rich and broad and voluptuous. Like the creamiest Greek yogurt folded through with the malty, fudgey depth of buckwheat honey. A brush of butterscotch, the savoury nuttiness of toasted buckwheat, but the acidity flashes through this wine with diamond-cut dominance so that, despite the richness, it is fiercely racy. Incredible persistence. Wiston is making very ambitious, serious sparkling wines. Drink 2020 – 2027." Tamlyn Currin, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com 9th April 2020
“A new, pure chardonnay, sparkling release from another excellent English estate.” Wines of the Week Victoria Moore, Telegraph 10th April 2020
"A new vintage of Wiston Blanc de Blancs is always something to be celebrated (this is only the third vintage Blanc de Blancs from the Sussex superstars). This carries all the hallmarks of being another Dermot Sugrue classic, incorporating a 50/50 approach to stainless steel and Burgundy oak barrel ageing, to bring structure and texture to the wine.
The nose on the latest Wiston Blanc de Blancs is a little bit tight on release, with pear, clean orchard fruit and a light honeyed note, opening up to suggestions of toasted almond.
The palate on this feels more developed and rounded than the nose suggests. Classic, precise apple and pear flavours and zingy citrus notes that lead to rounded almond nougat richness, make this very welcoming already in youth. It ends on a lengthy, lean, mineral and grapefruit peel finish. This latest Wiston is showing lots of potential already but it is really going to start to sing with a few more years in the bottle." John Mobbs, GreatBritishWine.com 11th March 2020
“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.” Tom Hewson, Six Atmospheres December 2019