"[...] 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 winemaking.
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, MatthewJukes.com 15th April 2020
"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 Drink 2020 – 2027." Tamlyn Currin, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com 9th April 2020
"...the flavour of the Cuvée Brut 2015 is fresh, alive, sophisticated. What I love about writing about sparkling wine is trying to describe it, especially this one with a lovely balance dosage of 8g (between champagne’s brut and extra brut). Yes, there is “English Orchard, nectarines, honey and brioche” as the Wiston Estate website says of the Cuvée 2015. With 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier, this has a lingering crispness with a honeyed undertone. This and the Cuvée Brut NV are my go-to if you want an English sparkling wine that makes you say, “Where’s my credit card? I need more of this.” It’s a bottle you feel smart for buying and luckier to drink it." Karen Krizanovich, Civilian Global April 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 December 2019
“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.” Tom Hewson, SixAtmospheres December 2019