Wiston Estate, Blanc de Blancs
ENGLAND – SOUTH DOWNS
The Wiston Estate has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743. Its 6000 acres straddle the chalky slopes of the South Downs and the flat clay soils of the weald.
Sussex beef herds, grazing sheep and arable crops have been part of the Estate landscape for centuries but it was not until Pip arrived that the ancient Roman idea of planting vineyards in Sussex became a reality for Wiston.
As Harry Goring says, “No one seemed particularly interested in hundreds of acres of barley and wheat but plant 16 acres of vineyard and people are fascinated”.
Winemaker Dermot Sugrue is the scientific artist who has honed the unique flavours of Wiston wine. His unwavering commitment to purity and a desire to express the terroir of the vineyard makes him slightly nerve wracking for sales executives but the ideal partner for the Goring family. He was the wine maker at Nyetimber until 2006 when he came and joined Harry and Pip to create the new winery at Wiston.
‘One of our favourites and a delightfully fresh and vibrant balance of the 2010 and 2011 vintages. The chardonnay in this wine strikes notes that would get Thom Yorke smiling.’
“Great nose with plenty of passion fruit and pineapple balancing the bready, leesy notes. Crisp, fresh and very dry.”
Zack Charilaou (Head Sommelier -Gaucho’s)