A new vintage of Wiston Blanc de Blancs is always something to be celebrated (this is only the third vintage Blanc de Blancs from the Sussex superstars). This carries all the hallmarks of being another Dermot Sugrue classic, incorporating a 50/50 approach to stainless steel and Burgundy oak barrel ageing, to bring structure and texture to the wine.
The nose on the latest Wiston Blanc de Blancs is a little bit tight on release, with pear, clean orchard fruit and a light honeyed note, opening up to suggestions of toasted almond.
The palate on this feels more developed and rounded than the nose suggests. Classic, precise apple and pear flavours and zingy citrus notes that lead to rounded almond nougat richness, make this very welcoming already in youth. It ends on a lengthy, lean, mineral and grapefruit peel finish. This latest Wiston is showing lots of potential already but it is really going to start to sing with a few more years in the bottle.