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

The monthly mean temperatures correspond precisely to 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 health of the grapes was good, which enabled Nyetimber to pick them at their optimum ripeness, with the luxury of picking fruit until the end of October.

Vinification

Each vineyard parcel is treated uniquely, from picking to gently pressing to vinification in separate tanks. Such attention to detail allows for a wonderful diversity of base wines when blending decisions are made in the spring following the harvest. All wines are crafted according to the strict rules of the traditional method, aged for extended periods of time on the lees and given sufficient post-disgorgement time before release. Full malolactic fermentation was carried out for the 2009 vintage which has given it a slightly richer character.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour with tiny, delicate bubbles. Floral and lime aromas lead on rich notes of pastry and brioche. On the palate, fresh citrus flavours are balanced with an underlying minerality and a toasty intensity. Very fine and elegant with a long, complex finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region West Sussex, Southern England
Winemaker Cherie Spriggs
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 8.5g/l
Residual Sugar 10.5g/l
Wine pH 2.94