- Blend 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage 2017
- Bottling Our wines are bottled the summer after harvest, which is the moment they begin their second fermentation, which gives them their bubbles and evolved character. 2018
- Alcohol 12%
- Dosage The dosage indicates the amount per litre of sugar in the 'liqueur de dosage', a mixture of wine and sugar added to the bottles when they are disgorged at the end of the ageing process, to ensure balance and harmony in the final blend. 8 grams per litre
- Food Pairing Smoked haddock tart, roast chicken, shallot tart tatin
A BEAUTIFULLY FOCUSED WINE WITH FANTASTIC AGEING POTENTIAL
Wiston Estate’s 2017 Cuvée has a filigree texture that retains our signature precision and elegance. A cacophony of nectarines, honey and brioche make this a real treat to sip away an evening with. Its opulent style and focus allows for a gastronomic adventure too. The wine was awarded a Gold Medal at the WineGB 2022 Awards.
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.
With enticing notes of fragrant English orchard fruits, nectarines, honey, toasted hazelnuts and brioche, this latest release of our Vintage Cuvée has impressive depth and complexity, retaining our cuvée’s signature precision and elegance. Displaying a delightful creaminess on the finish, this wine is drinking beautifully now, yet also has superb ageing potential.
In the press
I recently enjoyed a bottle with friends and it blew my mind. Lovely level of toastiness, plenty of zingy thrills. Outstandingly sumptuous, lingering elegance of flavours. Seriously good value.