Wiston Estate, Rosé Vintage
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.
‘In 2011 we had an extraordinarily warm September combined with low yields. These were the perfect conditions to ripen the grapes and enable us to create Wiston’s inaugural Rosé. This is made up of 57% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. This wine has been barrel fermented with minimal intervention and expresses this unique year with a taste of fresh strawberries balanced by the crisp profile of the Chardonnay. The perfect reminder of English summer.’
“Rich, refined, very appealing and attractive style. Hugely drinkable with long acid-toned finish backed up by just the right amount of sweetness.” Decanter World Wine Awards