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Wiston Estate Sparkling Rose, South Downs 2011

Country: England
Region: Sussex
Type: Sparkling
Producer: Wiston estate
Grape: Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2011
Body: Medium bodied
Alcohol: 12%
Sweetness: Dry

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Quite possibly the best English sparkling ever made. We would happily drink this instead of any rose Champagne you placed in front of us, including Krug (but possibly excluding Dom Perignon Rose 1982). Divine. Wiston is the most exquisitely beautiful soft fine sparkling Rose.

Tasting Notes

Quite possibly the best English sparkling ever made. "The Rose 11 has entered a new phase in its development. The youthful exuberant red fruits which made it so attractive when disgorged early are now giving way to beautiful toasty Chardonnay complexity (one third of the blend is super ripe Chard) and this is now driving the wine, with the pinots entering a more autumnal phase, sour cherry and the like.The texture is just beautiful now, it is showing its quailty to be not just long lived but still with fantastic aging ahead of it - just shows you cannot beat ripe fruit from an excellent vintage." 57% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier 2011 was an exceptional year with low yields and a high degree of ripeness in the fruit. Winner of no less than four Golds this year: at Decanter Wine Awards; Sommelier Awards; Drinks Business Rose Awards; International Wine Challenge. The wines are made by Wiston’s winemaker Dermot Sugrue from Goring estate’s own grapes grown at Washington, Pulborough, West Sussex using a traditional Coquard press, one of four outside of France and the only one in use in the UK. As Sugrue explains: “Gentle pressing enables extraction of the very highest quality. This is at the heart of our winemaking philosophy: to maximise the purity of the juice at pressing, followed by minimum intervention in the winemaking process so the wine can best reflect its vineyard’s origin.” 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 where Sussex beef herds, grazing sheep and arable crops have been part of the Estate landscape for centuries. But it was the arrival of Harry Goring’s South African born wife Pip in 1972 that the idea of planting a vineyard took hold. In 2006, a vineyard plot was selected and planted with the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier across 16 acres. It lies on a periglacial dry river valley on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk, closely resembling the physical and chemical composition of the Côte de Blancs in Champagne.

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