- Blend 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage 2018
- 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. 2019
- 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. 9 grams per litre
- Food Pairing Roasted Duck Breast, Cherry and Chicory salad, BBQ Monkfish, Chorizo and Shellfish Bisque
A ROSE THAT TYPIFIES THE POISE AND BALANCE OF THE 2018 HARVEST
“Demure, elegant and sophisticated, Wiston has made a rock ‘n’ roll rosé with a dark colour and a powerful, rich and full palate… will bring droves of wine-savvy people to their knees.” – Matthew Jukes, June 2023.
The wine itself is a deep orangy pink sparkling rosé with red fruits on the nose, cherries, blood orange and hints of wild roses. Very typical of the fruit forward 2018 vintage. Rose petal on the pallet with a refreshing acidity, an abundance of red fruits and a hint of brioche and vanilla.
The 2018 harvest, which has gone down in recent folklore of UK grape growing. A year when the stars aligned. A four-week window of exceptional weather around flowering helped create a bountiful crop (approx. 70% more than average) with exceptional level of ripeness. Who’d have bet on that in late February when we welcomed the Beast from the East?! The good weather persisted, through October, when the grapes were hand harvested. The whole bunches were gently pressed in the Coquard to preserve delicate fruit flavours and aromas. The juice was fermented in old French barrels and stored for nine months before bottling. The wine was then aged for 3.5 years on lees. A young release by Wiston standards, but the poise and balance of the 2018 harvest is already shining through.
In the press
This is not an envelope-pushing wine; it is an envelope-shredding wine. Its best years are ahead of it because it has serious potential thanks to the acid engine underpinning the glorious bittersweet red berry fruit. I love this wine, and I hope other wineries take note because this style of rosé will bring droves of wine-savvy people to their knees.