Nyetimber is based in the chalky South Downs in Hampshire and West Sussex, with over 150 hectares, spilt into 8 different sites, their vineyards are located on south facing slopes in the lee of the Downs. Grapes are solely sourced from their own vineyards.
A small portion of the Chardonnay for this wine was fermented and aged in new oak barrels. This wine spent more than five years ageing on lees in the cellars before ridding and disgorging in the autumn of 2016.
12.0% – dosage 10g/lt
Now to 2021
Nyetimber is now broadly regarded as England’s finest sparkling wine. In the last five years or so, these wines have emerged from an already high base to a new level of refinement and quality. Owned by Eric Heerema, the winemaking team for the last seven years has been headed up by the highly talented Canadian winemaker Cherie Spriggs and her husband Brad Greatrix. Pascal Marty is the estate’s French viticulturist.
The key to success has been, in Cherie's words, the “nit picking” and focusing on every aspect of quality and selection from the vineyard to the blending and ageing. And to put this into stark context – Cherie refused to make any wine at all in the difficult 2012 vintage, because she felt the fruit and resultant wines were simply not good enough to go under the Nyetimber name and label. We must say the 2010 vintage faired much better!
Wonderful aperitif, or try with shellfish and sushi.
In the press
Gold - International Wine Challenge 2017
Gold Outstanding - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017: "Energised, vibrant and beautifully balanced, with delicate floral notes over baked, honeyed fruit and a lively finish. This is an enjoyable and impressive example of current English winemaking, and still has a future of interesting development ahead of it."