Proper fizz that. Much softer bubbles than prosecco, gorgeous Amber colour with peachy taste. Quaffed it up in the sun with Carol and Andy and The Meal. Good choice, especially on offer at £20 Waitrose (normally £27). — 12 days ago
C&B tasting with Oz Clarke — a month ago
Lovely soft mousseux, pinot noir very noticeable and a sharp green fruit taste. — 6 months ago
By some measure the most impressive and unique English sparkling wine I’ve tried to date, Dermot Sugrue’s 2014 ‘Trouble With Dreams’ is a fabulous standard-bearer for the potential of English wine, and for the terroir of the South Downs in particular.
Deep golden in colour, the wine has medium effervescence and opens with gorgeous aromas of almonds, pastry, burnt butter, pear and red apples. The palate is profoundly complex, with a gorgeous display of acidity on entry that transforms to a broad, nutty mid-palate and a creamy, very lengthy finish.
Production is tiny - Dermot Sugrue’s main focus is at Wiston, where the vineyards are far bigger - and hence TWD retails for around £45, which can be considered at the pricier end of the spectrum for English sparkling. Nonetheless this represents superb value in my opinion and is a wine that should continue to age well. — 3 days ago
Amazing wine found at a wine farm whilst out on a walk. — 3 months ago
Sparkling bright acidity, med sweetness, low-med alcohol, crisp green apples, high minerality — 5 months ago
My second time trying Wiston Estate’s NV, this time in a new, more stylish bottle. Based (I’m fairly sure) on the 2018 vintage, my experience this time round is largely similar in my conclusion that this is a high quality, great value English sparkling wine that sits at the entry level of Wiston’s portfolio.
The nose takes some coaxing, gradually revealing tight-knit aromas of apple tart and burnt butter.
The palate is taut, very precise with incredible purity of fruit, a medley of Granny Smith apple, lemon sherbet and lime juice. The acidity is notably high in this bracing wine that I find goes extremely well with seafood pasta. — 3 days ago
Mini bottle — 2 months ago
Second time trying a wine from Wiston Estate in Sussex, and a wholly different experience to boot. This vintage (2014) rosé comfortably stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any of the pink Champagne I’ve had in recent years, and is the most memorable sparkling rosé I’ve tasted since Krug NV some years ago.
The wine’s aromas are dominated by the Pinot Noir that comprises 68% of the cuvée, with dried cherry, rose petal and cranberry, as well as a touch of earthiness. The palate is generous, savoury but with beautifully ripe fruit, medium bodied with mouthwatering acidity and a long, sumptuous finish.
This really is impressive stuff and I encourage anyone new to English sparkling to seek out this splendid wine. — 4 months ago