Although this is a non vintage wine, all the fruit for this release has come from the 2010 vintage, which saw ideal flowering conditions and a warm summer. The harvest was brought in early. 2010 was a very good year for both still and sparkling wines.
The fruit came from two vineyards, which are located on the South Downs in Sussex. Both sit above the 50th parallel and are influenced by a cool, coastal climate. The soils are dominated by South Downs chalk which provides superior drainage for the vines, as well as imparting great elegance and finesse to the wines. The vines are planted to a density of 4,000 vines per hectare and are trained according to the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) method with single Guyot and double Guyot pruning. The vineyards are carefully managed to encourage maximum sunlight exposure in this capricious climate.
Dermot Sugrue is not exactly a new name in the English wine industry but he is certainly a winemaker at the top of his game. Born in Ireland in 1974, he studied Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton Agricultural College before completing two seasons working at Chateau l'Eglise-Clinet and Chateau Leoville-Barton. In 2003 he joined Nyetimber and was appointed winemaker in 2004. Over the following years he oversaw Nyetimber's emergence as one of the world's greatest sparkling wine producers. From Nyetimber he moved to Wiston Estate in 2006 to work with the Gorings of West Sussex.