The Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2016 is now drinking beautifully with enticing notes of honeyed citrus, toasted almonds and brioche. The 2016 Cuvée has impressive depth and complexity, with that signature precision and elegance in spades. Displaying a delightful creaminess on the finish, this wine is delicious now. However, it will also mature beautifully for a decade or more in the cellar.
A cool May and June in the 2016 growing season meant a slow start for the vines, which led to lower than average yields in our Findon Park Vineyard. The cool weather continued into July and the first half of August. A much-welcomed burst of heat in late August and a mostly dry Late Summer/Autumn resulted in good sugar and acidity levels at harvest, which was completely dry throughout—and allowed us to let the grapes hang until late October. Although 2016 was by no means an easy vintage, the long ripening and lower yields gave grapes with perfectly balanced ripeness and acidity—making for an exceptionally fine Cuvée.
Our coquard basket press is brilliant for styles like this, allowing each variety to show boldly. Each of the varieties were fermented separately in aged Burgundy barrels. They were rested on lees until spring, then blended and fermented again in-bottle for a cool, slow five years. The first bottles were riddled and disgorged in 2022, and like all our wines, aged on cork to finish.
Enjoy your Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut with smoked haddock tart, roast chicken or shallot tart tatin