Nyetimber

West Sussex, west sussex

Nyetimber is based in the heart of West Sussex, on what is regarded as a perfect site for the production of sparkling wine. The estate was established in 1988, with just over 14 hectares planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Ever increasing demand for Nyetimber's sparkling wines led to considerable vineyard expansion from 2006 onwards. Nyetimber now has eight carefully selected vineyards across Sussex and Hampshire, with a total of 160 hectares under vine.

The estate is owned by Dutchman Eric Hereema who, with his winemaker Cherie Spriggs, has installed an impressive cellar. All their grapes are estate grown and pressed parcel by parcel by a Magnum press imported from Épernay in Champagne. Based in the South Downs in West Sussex, Nyetimber’s vineyard holdings now include land in Hampshire and Kent, mostly over limestone which is favoured for is good drainage and low vigour. The vines are rigorously managed to ensure good flavour concentration and de-leafing is carried out to maximise the exposure of the grapes to sunlight. Cherie Spriggs won the IWC 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' in 2018; she is the first winemaker outside of Champagne and the first woman to achieve this impressive accolade.

Nyetimber was the first producer to produce English sparkling wine exclusively from the ‘Champagne varieties’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Their flagship, the Classic Cuvée, was moved to a multi-vintage blend in 2016 and is aged more than three years on lees. It shows spicy and toasty aromas and a wonderful development on the nose. The palate is elegant and complex, with aromas of honey, almond and pastry. Nyetimber also provides a code on the back label of each bottle: entering the code on its website will provide a precise chronology of each bottle from the moment is was bottled to when it was riddled and disgorged.

The Blanc de Blancs went through full malolactic fermentation, which has given the wine a subtle richness of character. It shows a great combination of floral and citrus notes with deeper notes of pastry and brioche. The rosé pairs well with food and has a delicate nose of anise and fresh red berries, and a silky palate of redcurrants, raspberries and cherries. The demi-sec adds a unique element to their portfolio, a wonderful accompaniment to creamy desserts or afternoon tea. The 'Tillington' is from a single vineyard located in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The plot's south-facing aspect, natural fertility and drainage helped produced grapes of exceptional quality. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it spent three years on the lees, creating flavours of toast and vanilla to complement the crisp citrus aromatics.

In 2018, to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Nyetimber also launched two Prestige Cuvées, a white and rosé. These are named ‘1086’ after the Estate’s first mention in the Domesday book and have been ten years in the making. Immediately excelling in blind tastings and receiving lavish critical praise, they have cemented Nyetimber’s place as a leader in the world of sparkling wine.

 

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