Anyone who knows anything about English fizz, even those that don’t, know that Nyetimber have long been a force to be reckoned with…
Beginning their production with their first vintage 1992, Nyetimber have gone from strength to strength picking up awards nationally and internationally on a regular basis. Over the years, winemakers have come and gone, but the quality has remained, long keeping Nyetimber ahead of the pack of fantastic sparkling wine producers in the UK. Without the likes of Nyetimber, along with RidgeView, there would not be the range of quality wines that are in existence today, nor would there be the growth in the market. Nyetimber are among a number of producers that have paved the way for more recent players to join a strong market.
We have recently been granted almost sole access to sell a couple of the Nyetimber library magnums – the 1996 Blanc de Blancs and the 2005 Classic Cuvée. These magnums are not easy to come by. The standard bottles are even out of circulation now (although I’m sure Nyetimber may have a few stashed in their personal library!), and we are lucky enough to be one of the only stockists of these two classic English sparkling wines from England’s top producer… These wines are stars in their own right, having picked up awards aplenty.
8 years after its production, in 2004, the Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 1996 was hugely successful at the UK Vineyard Association awards, picking up a number of trophies and medals. Making it a contender on the international stage, the wine received a gold medal at the IWSC the same year. In 2006, it picked up a silver medal at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in France, cutting its teeth against some of the finest Blanc de Blancs in the world.
Obviously with its extended ageing in bottle, the 1996 Blanc de Blancs benefits from complex autolysis and lees contact offering classic notes of toast on the nose with rich, creamy texture on the palate. Coupled with honey, citrus and minerality aromas, this wine has a golden tinge and slow small bubbles making it a crisp and elegant sparkling wine of great finesse with a long and distinguished finish. Pure class.
The 2005 Classic Cuvée followed the hugely successful vintage of 2003. 2005 was another fantastic Summer for grapes, with flowering taking place in June unchallenged by the elements that viticulturists have nightmares about, as well as a superb ripening period in the late Summer / early Autumn. Picking up silver medals at the UKVA, IWSC and Decanter World of Wine awards, all in 2010, this wine’s credentials don’t need justifying.
Produced from the classic Champagne blend of Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grapes, this wine displays gently spiralling bubbles through a bright golden hue. The aroma of sweet almond, toasted croissants, vanilla and citrus fruits fill the nose. The palate echoes flavours of orange and vanilla with a long dry finish. The bubbles bring roundness yet also freshness to the wine.