Blanc de Blancs

West Sussex

Nyetimber

For 30 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 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.

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Vineyards

Several different clones and rootstocks were selected to spread the harvest period and widen the range of flavours in the wines. The vineyards benefit from a specific microclimate, planted as they are on the north side of the Downs to protect them from the southerly coastal winds. Soils here are chalky and sandy similar in composition to the soils of Champagne. Due to the marginal climate a longer hang time is necessary to allow for better accumulation of flavours.

Vintage Information

While the start of the growing season brought average conditions, the summer was warm, especially in June and August with some hot days. However, the end of the season was cooler than average, especially in October and drier, with hardly any rain. The fruit was hand-picked in the middle of October.

Vinification

After harvest the grapes were loaded into one of four Coquard Presses imported from Epernay. The computer-controlled programmes are altered according to the vintage and different varieties to allow for variations in skin condition and bunch density. The must was transferred into stainless-steel tanks with each vineyard section kept separate. Fermentation lasted approximately 12 days for the base wines from which the wines destined for the final blend were selected. The second fermentation took place in bottle and it then spent five years on its lees before riddling and disgorging and at least six months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Golden colour with delicate bubbles. Classic aromas of peach and citrus, along with floral notes and almond pastry characters fill the nose. The wine starts with lovely lemon and lime flavours. The bubbles and texture of the wine create a nice blend of body, balance and freshness. Classic and elegant.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2003
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region West Sussex, Southern England
Winemaker Dermot Surgrue & Cherie Spriggs
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 10.5g/l
Residual Sugar 12g/l
Wine pH 2.9