Wine of England. Quality Sparkling Wine. Tasting Notes. Vibrant antique red rose colour, hint of copper tones, lovely tiny bubbles. Red mango, honey, hints of star anise, cardamom and alyssum. Red liquorice, red cherry&currant flavours. High intensity, with lovely round and full but soft texture. Finish is very long and full with red currant and hints of shortcrust pastry. 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 status of the grapes was good, which enabled us to pick them at their optimum ripeness, with the luxury of being able to pick fruit the end of October. Since there was no frost damage and the fruit set was excellent, the 2009 yield was the highest ever recorded. For over 25 years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the very best in the world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the very first producer of English sparkling wine to craft wines made exclusively from the three celebrated varieties found in Champagne: 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 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 of estate-grown grapes. Nyetimber uses only its own grapes from its own vineyards, each of which was deliberately selected to be south-facing sandy or chalk soils similar in composition to those found in Champagne. All Nyetimber vineyards are located in the lee of the South Downs which affords them shelter from the coastal winds. Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. Every single grape is picked by hand at the optimal time, a decision that is made on a parcel by parcel basis.