Wiston Estate Brut West Sussex England

SKU #1328334 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This gold-hued non vintage Brut is a classic example of the stellar quality of English fizz. Initial gun smoke notes morph into more opulent aromas like honeyed apple, citrus peel and toasted hazelnut. The rapier acidity is cheek sucking and tongue-tingling but lends freshness to the creamy textural weight and adds to the long, tangy finish. All elegance and class, this is highly food friendly but also totally delicious on its own. (CP) Inner quote mark (5/2023)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Brut from Wiston has been a go-to English sparkler for some time now. The bunches are pressed using a traditional Coquard basket press. It has a steely, malic bouquet of dew-speckled Granny Smith apples, wet limestone and a touch of petrichor. It is almost like a Blanc de Blancs, reserved yet engaging. The palate is full of tension thanks to the driving acidity, though it is in no way a shrill sparkling wine. It is just sharp, with vivacious green apples intermixed with gooseberry and a touch of grapefruit on the finish. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Flinty white fruits and toast on the nose, the Brut NV is an almost equal blend of the three Champagne grapes. It has a great mousse combined with yeasty creaminess on the palate, thanks to four years of ageing on the lees. Crunchy green fruits and lime peel are sprinkled with white pepper spices, followed by a moreish finish. (SW) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A base of 2015, 40% reserve wines. Equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from their estate vineyards in the South Downs in West Sussex. Yields just 15 hl/ha. Aged on lees in bottle for three years. Fresh orchard fruit, buckets of it, but also traces of honey and brioche and pistachio bring richness and sweetness. Finishes with a scalpel-sharp etch of acidity. *Good Value* (TC) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

K&L Notes

Praise from Neal Martin in Vinous: "Having regaled English sparkling wine to Antonio the previous day, it was only right that we chose a bottle of Non-Vintage Wiston Brut to commence. Wiston is one of the UK’s best producers and their sparklers genuinely give champagne a run for their money (and I write that as a person that criticized the category for many years). This equal blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay was on form, perhaps even better than the bottle I tasted last year, brimming over with Granny Smith apples and a welcome twist of bitter lemon on the finish." (05/2018)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2022 | Send Email
If you're gonna try just one English Sparkling wine to see what all the fuss is about...it should be this one...and it won't be your last! I've extensively tasted English wines from dozens of top producers over the last couple decades and in my opinion Wiston Estate stands head and shoulders above the rest. The commitment to quality here is second to none. This dedication to consistent excellence is perfectly illustrated by the long-term investment in their non-vintage program from the outset. Learning from centuries of experience in neighboring Champagne, Wiston recognized that the blending of vintages would not only create more consistency in their wines, but also better value for their customers. By holding back reserve wines for their non-vintage program, these wines have so much depth and complexity versus any of their peers. This incredible family estate on the grounds of a 16th century manor house captures the very best of the deep chalk soils so famed for the production of sparkling wines. They utilize traditional techniques such as basket pressing, barrel maturation for their base wines and very long ageing on the yeast lees. The Wiston Estate Brut has that magical combination of bright zesty citrus fruit, crunchy apple, baked bread, oyster shell, hazelnut, marmalade toast. Racy, electric acidity, lovely toasty nutty aromas and flavors that linger forever on the saline mineral finish. It's the real deal, the complete package, and it's under $30!
Top Value!

By: Alexandre Tweedie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2022 | Send Email
Sparkling wine....from England...? Don't worry, I had the same question when I was sat with this glass of Winston Estate's Brut, and was happily surprised at the result! With an attractive nose of bright cereal grain, and a *sharp* slice of acid on the palate, my eyes were opened to the possibilities tucked away within the UK. An exciting and accessible way step out from the "comfort zone" of French Champagne, Winston Estate offers a glimpse into the shrouded world of English wine. Take a chance, cross The Channel, and Winston will welcome you with open arms.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2018 | Send Email
As a big fan of sparkling wine generally, I am always eager to see what different regions bring to the table. Lately, I have fallen in love with the truly fabulous wines coming from England. Wiston Estate is one of the top producers there, and this NV Brut is a great example of the unique quality of English sparkling wine. The wine feels quite dry on the palate with lively acidity and heavily laden with chalky minerality. On the palate the fruit is surprisingly round, with pleasant apricot and nectarine dominating. Well worth putting a bottle or two aside for your next sparkling adventure!

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