Sugrue The Trouble With Dreams 2014
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Following vintages in the UK he completed two seasons working in Bordeaux, at Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol and Chateau Leoville-Barton, St Julien. He joined Nyetimber in 2003 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.He worked the 2006 vintage in Champagne for Jacquinot & Fils before joining Harry and Pip Goring to set up Wiston Estate winery, which is where he also crafts Sugrue. Dermot is also the winemaker for a number of highly respected wines produced under contract at Wiston, including Digby Fine English, Jenkyn Place and new producer Black Dog Hill as well as a good number of others.
WINEMAKING: This 2014 Trouble With Dreams was bottled in July 2015 and aged for 5 years and 3 months before disgorging with 6g/L dosage in September 2020. A signature TWD blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, approximately half of which was aged in 500 L French oak barrels and half in stainless steel, this still has potential for further development, however is arguably at the absolute peak of its beauty right now.
TASTING NOTES: “So creamy, on both the nose and palate, like a bowl of roasted oatmeal stirred with thick cream and golden baked apples. Broad brush strokes of flavour lying against long, crisply defined, arrow-sharp acidity. Almost like cool melted butter with finely zested lemon peel and something a little herbal … summer savory. Fine, complex wine.” Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, July 2019