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Wiston Brut NV: BUY NOW

“This scooped the IEWA trophy for best sparkling wine. It’s a fresh fizz with green apples and citrus that’s lively, but with an underlying yeasty richness.” Susy Atkins, The Week May 2019

“With the talented Dermot Sugrue at the winemaking helm, West Sussex’s Wiston Estate has surged to the front of the increasingly competitive English fizz pack, this non-vintage blend showcasing a super-dry, incisive multi-layered house style.” David Williams, The Guardian June 2017 (Best Buy out of the ‘10 Great Sparkling Wines & Champagnes’ recommended)

Wiston Estate Blanc de Noirs 2010: BUY NOW

“This rich, complex single-vineyard wine has aromas of apple and hints of strawberries, rhubarb and nectarines on the palate, along with brioche and nutty influences, with a return to fruitiness for the elegant finish. Made from barrel-fermented pinot noir, with unceasing fine bubbles, you know you’re drinking something very special right from the first sip. And yet this is their first ever vintage blanc de noirs. Don’t hang around though – only 3,000 bottles were made by this family-owned South Downs vineyard.” Kate Hilpern, The Independent May 2018 

“From its stunning golden colour to its compelling smoky aromas, this is arguably England’s finest Blanc de Noirs to date. Sumptuous and multi-layered, with spiced lemon acidity and rich savoury undertones, it shows enormous finesse and is an absolute joy to drink.” ‘Supreme Champion 2018’, ‘Top Sparkling Wine 2018’ & ‘Top Blanc de Noirs 2018’ WineGB Awards 2018, Country Life Magazine 30th May 2018

Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs 2011: BUY NOW

“Very refined with roasted nut aromas and lovely minerality. Beautiful creamy character. Stylish, exciting, accomplished.” Susie Barrie MW, Decanter Magazine September 2019 (Top rated wine in their Global Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Panel Tasting)

“Time spent on lees after secondary fermentation pays huge dividends for English sparkling wine, endowed as it always is with high natural levels of acidity. That’s a lesson triumphantly proved by this 2011 Blanc de Blancs, with its soft mousse, lifted, almost floral aromas and deft weave of apple, tangerine and pear fruits rippled through with yeasty, bready richness. Its concentration, poise and length are impressive and position the wine well against the stiffest competition.  It’s vibrant and giving now, but will hold well if stored correctly and given still more time over the next decade. Drink 2019-2028” Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (Best in Show, Rated 98 Points out of 100 which was the highest score in the competition, only awarded to 6 wines)

Wiston Estate Cuvée 2009: BUY NOW

“If you’re ever looking to convince a sceptic that English sparkling wine is a serious quality fizz, then the wines from Wiston Estate are a great, safe pick. If we look across our Global Wine Masters competitions, this producer – based in Sussex – has consistently picked up top scores when judged blind by Masters of Wine against the world’s great sparkling wine regions, above all, of course, Champagne.

In our latest sparkling wine competition, it was the 2009 vintage expression that picked up a Gold medal from our exacting judges, a beautiful mature expression of bottle-fermented wine using grapes from the chalk slopes of the South Downs, carefully crafted by highly-respected English fizz winemaker, Dermot Sugrue.

The sparkling is showing wonderfully now, with flavours of toast, grilled nuts, cream and citrus, finishing with all the refreshment of a freshly-sliced apple – a hallmark of English fizz.

If this appeals – along with the bold and beautiful packaging – then you can buy the wine direct from Wiston for £35.50, and serve it ‘blind’ to those who still think that England can’t produce a great sparking wine.” Patrick Schmitt MW, The Drinks Business April 2019

“Softly scented freshness has hints of lemon zest and ripe yellow apple. On the palate, these flavors unfold and are joined by a well of creamy depth that lends another dimension to freshness and fruit. This echoes with richness and aromatic complexity: stone, earth, yeast and citrus create layers of flavor and expression. Savor this, and let it happen to you. The finish is seemingly endless. Lovely now, certain to develop. Drink 2018–2028.” Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast October 2018

Wiston Estate Rosé 2014: BUY NOW

“Exceptional English fizz. Winemaker Dermot Sugrue (who I’m dubbing ‘The Wiston Piston’) here crafts the one to win all hearts with.” ‘Wine of the Week’ Olly Smith, Event Magazine 11th February 2018

“One of my all-time favourite English Sparkling Wines, it doesn’t get much better than this. There’s ripe notes of peaches, raspberries and a dollop of cream that make me want to re-visit time and time again.” Adrian Smith, The Independent February 2018

“Evocative redcurrant notes play on the nose. They become more intense on the palate where lively fizz lets them mix with lemon and pink grapefruit zestiness. This wine is lively and fresh but the exuberant surface is supported by a firm and taut structure of subtle autolysis that provides the perfect backdrop for all the tart, refreshing berry fruit. It offers freshness, joy and verve in one tidy, neat package. Lovely now, it will develop.” Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast

Wiston Estate Cuvée 2013:

“Made by talented Dermot Sugrue, whose wines get better and better, using grapes grown on the South Downs, this white sparkling wine is a pinot noir-based blend (47%) with chardonnay (33%) and pinot meunier (20%). Like all Sugrue’s wines it has taut definition and a lively tang but there are also some lovely, warmer, honeyed notes, too.” Victoria Moore, The Telegraph February 2018

“From the chalky soils of the South Downs, this is a lovely wine with ripe citrus and pear fruit with some appley notes. The brisk acidity is countered by a hint of sweetness on the finish. Lemony and linear, this is really serious.” Jamie Goode, Sunday Express June 2017

Wiston Blanc de Blancs NV: BUY NOW

“Delicious palate, the depth of the orangey flavour, the crisp, taut grapefruity acidity and the core of bright apple, all brimming with finesse, elegance too in the fine and persistent mousse. 91-92/100” Tom Cannavan

Wiston Rosé NV: BUY NOW

“This is a joyous warm-weather fizz striking just the right balance between accessibility and interest. Its perfumed nose hints at summer fruits (redcurrants and raspberry) before a creamy, textured palate adds gravitas.” Hamish Anderson, The Telegraph

 Articles:

Sign on the bottom line: Catnip to ‘homeless’ grape growers – Matthew Jukes, Vineyard Magazine October 2019. “Wiston’s cheeky, early-drinking rosé manages to gather gravitas and palate depth while not overstepping the mark on weight or power. This is very clever indeed. Dermot Sugrue is the wizard behind (or, more often, in front of) the scene.”

Global Blanc de Blancs Sparkling: Panel Tasting Results – Simon Field MW, Decanter Magazine September 2019. “Vanillin nose, mandarin and peaches, palate extravagant and rather delicious. This is a delight.”

English vineyards are taking on the French – so does the wine measure up? – Victoria Moore, The Telegraph June 2019. “Sussex (sussexwineries.co.uk) is home to some of the best-known and most impressive names in English wine. […] Tours (£20pp) at Wiston Estate (wistonestate.com) begin with tea, coffee and biscuits before going on to explore part of the Goring family’s 6,000 acre estate.”

Bottoms up – wine industry is booming – Nick Moseley, The Argus June 2019. “James Thomson of the recently opened Wild Flor in Church Road, Hove, said: “English sparkling wine is a massive deal in Brighton while still wines lag behind. We pour Wiston’s 2011 Blanc De Blancs in parallel with one of the best counterparts champagne has to offer. With the new wave of serious, well-aged and powerful wines, it is now quality over novelty and English wines are delivering that.””

Wine Review: English wines from the Bacchus grape – Will Lyons, The Times June 2019. “Leading the way is [English] sparkling wine, of course, with estates such as Nyetimber, Gusbourne, Hambledon, Herbert Hall, Harrow & Hope, Wiston and many more delivering credible, in some cases world-class, examples. The next hurdle will be mastering still wine.”

Everybody’s going mad for British bubbles – Annabel Sampson, Tatler Magazine April 2019. “Wiston Estate, with its enticing labels are designed to replicate the plasterwork of the Great Hall at Wiston House, commissioned by Sir Charles Goring (the Gorings own the Wiston Park Estate) in the mid-18th century. At Wiston they have a tradition Coquard press which is one of only four outside of France and is unique to the UK. This could be the secret to their refreshing, red-berried fizzing flavor.”

This year’s English winners – Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com May 2018. “Wiston Estate in West Sussex, owned by the Goring family seen here with their winemaker Dermot Sugrue (centre), won the top Supreme Champion trophy for its sparkling Blanc de Noirs 2010, beating 230 other English and Welsh wines to the title.” BUY NOW

Pét nat set or cava crew? Find your Valentine’s fizz tribe? – Victoria Moore, The Telegraph February 2018. “The most highly regarded producers of English sparkling wine include Coates & Seely; Nyetimber; Ridgeview; Wiston Estate; Camel Valley; and Hambledon. For a special bottle, look out for some of the later-released cuvées, such as Wiston Estate’s Blanc de Blancs 2010 or Coates & Seely’s La Perfide.”

Jefford on Monday: England’s Marlborough moment – Decanter September 2016. Andrew visited us here at Wiston and tasted all our current wines. His article includes tasting notes, of which his favourite was the 2010 Blanc de Blancs “Outstanding ivy-leaf finesse and a touch of dried wild mushroom, tool: pure, long, refined scents.  On the palate, very light, creamy, graceful, elegant and lifted; virtuoso, resonant acidity, with a faintly saline hint; fine, feathery textures (half fermented in older oak barrels; no malo).  Restrained, fine-grained, convincing.  94”

Ten of the World’s best sparkling Rosés – The Drinks Business September 2016 (Wiston Rose 2011 – number 7). We were delighted to feature in this list: “One of the most exciting newcomers to the English wine scene, this pink fizz from Wiston Estate in Sussex shows the quality potential of the island nation when it comes to sparklers. Using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a touch of Pinot Meunier grown on the chalk soils of the South Downs, this wine has plenty of red berry fruit and the crisp apple freshness of cool-climate fizz. But it also has a creamy texture and bready flavours due to extended ageing on the lees and barrel fermentation. The 2011 vintage is one to go for, as the harvest benefitted from a warm dry September.”

14 of the World’s best sparkling Wines – The Drinks Business August 2016 (Wiston Blanc de Blancs 2010 – number 5). It’s always a delight when English wines are compared with the best in the world, not just within our own shores: “The estate’s first vintage Blanc de Blancs, the Chardonnay is sourced entirely from its single vineyard and is aged for nearly 4 years, which gives it a great balance of freshness and fullness of flavour. It has a lively nose with English meadow and baked apple aromas, a moreish texture and extreme finesse.”

Decanter – January 2017 (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3)

Telegraph Magazine – 26th November 2016

Caterer – It’s a smash! – 25th November 2016. Author: Roger Jones of The Harrow, Little Bedwyn

Corking English Wines – Daily Mail 3rd September 2016 (full page)

Table Talk Producer Profile

Olly Smith in The Mail on Sunday

Jamie Goode in the Sunday Express

Tomas Clancy in Sunday Business Post April 2016

Rose Murray in The Scotsman December 2015 and ‘wineries to watch’ Jan 2016

Jancis Robinson in the FT November 2015

Anthony Rose in The Independent June 2015

Olly Smith in The Daily Mail March 2015

Victoria Moore in The Telegraph March 2015

Fiona Beckett in The Guardian May 2014

Aston Martin Magazine Autumn 2014

Social Pantry interviews Pip

Easy Jet Magazine August 2014