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Wine is emotion. And every release of "The Trouble With Dreams" is emotional.

11 years after what should have been the inaugural vintage of The Trouble With Dreams from the vineyard that Dermot planted to initially make wine for the monastic order of Catholic priests at Storrington Priory, the 2019 vintage marks a new and significant development we could not be happier about. Whilst the hopes of the 2008 vintage were dashed when virtually all the grapes were devoured overnight by birds ("that's the trouble with dreams", Prior Fr Paul McMahon had demurred...) exactly 10 miles west of Storrington a larger vineyard of older vines on extremely chalky ground were preparing for just their second crop in an exceptional terroir... Coldharbour Vineyard. We have sourced brilliant fruit from Coldharbour since 2015 for our Cuvee Boz Blanc de Blancs, in 2018 for our Rose Ex Machina, and this 2019 release of The Trouble With Dreams is the first time Coldharbour fruit is featured here, making 30% of the blend. Since 2019, Coldharbour fruit features in all our vintages, and we have been managing the site directly since 2023.

Around a decade ago the first ‘Trouble with Dreams’ vintages went on sale - the 2009, 2010 and 2011, rapidly gaining critical acclaim and widely proclaimed as the best sparkling wines in the UK. Every subsequent vintage has had big shoes to fill, and we’re delighted to say the 2019 ‘Trouble' is bang on form, in fact, more precise and thrilling than ever, with mineral geology at its core and yeast-complexed fruit providing a dazzling tapering finish. It displays all the qualities of fruit picked at peak possible maturity before the horrible rains set in after 12th October that year. The initial release of this wine was disgorged in early January 2024, with dosage of just 6g/L, only 7,500 bottles of this landmark wine were produced.

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CEPAGE: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir

VINEYARDS: 50% Mount Harry Vineyard, East Sussex, planted 2006 on clay loam overchalk, approx. 70m above sea level30% Coldharbour Vineyard, West Sussex, planted 2005 on clay with flints over chalk, approx 65m above sea level. Storrington Priory Vineyard, West Sussex, planted 2006 on sandy loam over chalk and greensand, 50m above sea level

YIELD: Good yield due to no spring frosts and healthy flowering, average yield across all vineyards in excess of 6 000kg/ha; bottles produced 7,500

VINIFICATION: 50% in 500 Litre Burgundy barrels of various ages, 50% fermented in stainless steel, with partial MLF

MATURATION: Bottled in July 2020 and first disgorged January 2024 at 6g/L, after 3.5 years on lees

ANALYSIS: Residual sugar: 6g/L. 12% abv


It was a bit of divine inspiration that led to this exceptional wine. The monastic order of Catholic priests at Our Lady of England Priory in Storrington West Sussex looked out one day and realised that the land they had could have potential for planting vines. Father Paul McMahon reached out to Dermot with a proposition to plant and nurture a small vineyard at the foot of the South Downs and make wine for the priests. Dermot, always having an eye on the future, spoke with Father McMahon and told him that he’d love to plant a vineyard and make wine for the priests, and perhaps in return, he could take a percentage of the grapes to create his own wine. The delighted Father McMahon agreed immediately.

The grapes were a great success, such a success that the birds flying over the vineyard devoured them all, thus ending the hopes of a 2008 vintage. All their dreams, it seemed, at that point at least, were, quite literally, away with the birds. ‘That’s the trouble with dreams’, demurred Father McMahon, but undeterred, and seeing the great potential to make a single vineyard wine, Dermot pressed on.

The first release from the Sugrue South Downs was a 2009 vintage. The now greedy-bird-protected grapes were another great success. The priest’s statement had always stuck with Dermot though, and when the first bottles of wine were produced, they were named after the quiet musing of Father McMahon. ‘The Trouble with Dreams’ 2009 vintage went on sale in 2013 and rapidly gained critical acclaim.



Wine of the Week by Tamlyn Currin on in September 2022: The Trouble with Dreams 2014/17 England.

“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,, July 2019

“Sugrue South Downs is the personal project of Dermot Sugrue, the Wiston Estate winemaker who’s also behind a number of top English sparkling wines. This English fizz is an appealing light golden colour with evident bottle age and reveals lots of complexity and layers of stewed apple and spice on the nose and palate. There is a saline edge to the wine and a really pleasing structure and mouthfeel with a grilled nuts finish. An assured wine to linger over. Pairs nicely with: Aperitif, nuts, cheese, seafood. 95 Points.” 

Sam Caporn MW (@mistressofwines for @winegang), February 2019

“There’s a wealth of biscuit, oatmeal and nutty complexity, whilst the texture is smooth, creamy and enveloping. This wine is so diverse and broad that it will put a huge smile on your face. A fantastic wine, and dare I say it, in its youth, The Trouble with Dreams 2014 is drinking even better than 2013 did on release.” 

John Mobbs, Great British Wine, August 2018

“A lemony spear of sunlight charged with the bracing freshness of the clearest skies. I’ve already bought a case of this sheer brilliance.” 

Olly Smith

“Dermot Sugrue is the best winemaker in England.” 

Steven Spurrier, June 2018

“DWWA Trophy winning winemaker Dermot Sugrue’s wines are consistently exceptional” 

Susie Barrie, MW

“The lingering, bracing, lemon biscuit flavours make this one of the best English sparklers yet” 

Jane MacQuitty, The Sunday Times August 2013


WineGB Boutique Producer 2020, 2021 & 2023.

WineGB Awards 2021 – Double Gold

SMV Canada Gold 2019

International Wine Challenge Gold 2018

Independent English Wine Awards Trophy 2017

Decanter Top 50 Wines of the World 2015

Decanter Trophy 2014


“Five years after this incredible vintage, widely reported as the best ever in the UK, the 2018 “Trouble” displays all the qualities of the excellent growing season – effortless ripeness, balance and poise – and the typical characteristics of this now firmly established wine style: precision, purity, drive and freshness, and a focussed textural balance that can only be achieved with fermentation in large, old Burgundian barrels.

Floral and expressive, first batch was disgorged in January 2023 and released in June 2023 with six months on cork.”

Dermot Sugrue