For 25 years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world...
A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the very first producer of English sparkling wine to craft wines made exclusively from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. In 1988, Nyetimber planted its first vines and today, the House is regarded as one of England’s finest wine producers. Owner and Chief Executive Eric Heerema and winemaker Cherie Spriggs are committed to producing wines of a Grande Marque standard. Each bottle of Nyetimber is crafted from one hundred percent estate-grown grapes.
The Tillington vineyard is located in the middle of the South Downs National Park, on the narrow greensand strip formed during the Cretaceous Period. The geology is of prime importance here since it has determined the characteristics of the shallow soil above - excellent underlying drainage, low natural fertility - and influences the development of the vine roots. The Chardonnay & Pinot Noir vines grow on a south facing slope, ranging between a 5% and 10% incline to capture the sunlight. Every operation from pruning to picking is carefully performed so that the grapes reveal the site‘s uniqueness.
The monthly mean temperatures were precisely in line with the monthly averages of the last decade. As a result, the vines progressed as expected. Flowering started around the middle of June under good conditions, véraison during the last week of August and harvest early in October. Thanks to the fine weather in August (40% less rain compared to the average) and September (30% less), the status of the grapes was good, which enabled picking at optimum ripeness, with the luxury of being able to pick fruit until the end of October. Since there was no frost damage and the fruit set was excellent, the 2009 yield was the highest ever recorded.
The vinification philosophy at Nyetimber is to emphasise the specific characters from each of the vineyards. The Tillington wine was made possible due to the separation of each section of the vineyard throughout the entire vinification process. The Pinot Noir in this wine was picked on the 8th of October 2009 and the Chardonnay on the 17th of October. The yeast fermentation lasted around 12 days followed by a malolactic fermentation of five weeks. Following bottling the wine was aged on its lees for three years.
Light gold and hints of silver colour with tiny bubbles on the eye. The nose begins with the toasted topping of crème brulee and meringue before the wine continues with time in the glass to open and build in intensity. Flavours of strawberry and cherry emerge. A great example of both power and freshness on the palate. Flavours of mandarin and pastry proceed to a finish which is long and balanced and which introduces a flavour of vanilla.
79% Pinot Noir
|Region||West Sussex, Southern England|
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