Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, English, Sparkling Wine
Product of England. Quality Sparkling Wine. Tasting Notes. Pale gold, great clarity and tiny bubbles. Aromas of fresh melon, meyer lemon, proving bread, sweet pea flowers&vanilla. Fresh apricot and melon flavours on the palate and lovely tiny bubble texture. Apricot and bread flavours continue on the long finish. The wine has all the balance and structure needed to age for many years to come. 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 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 until 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 world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the very first product 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 Cheri 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 with either sandy of 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.
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