The wines of Nyetimber, England


The wines of Nyetimber, England

Nyetimber are probably the most famous winery in the UK, and along with a good number of other English sparkling wine producers, they were present at the ProWein fair in Dusseldorf this week. I popped along to try through their range, including a first look – for me – at the new prestige 1086 cuvées.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée NV
The 2014 base, with 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013. 10.5 g/l dosage. This has lovely toast and spice notes with pear and apple, as well as a citrus core. Generous and harmonious with lovely brisk acidity giving balance to the richer elements. 92/100

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2013
This was the first wine released in 1996 with the 1992 vintage. Taut and focused with some generosity, this has harmonious citrus fruit with lovely tension and brightness. Has some subtle toast and some sweet pear and white peach. Some creaminess too. 93/100

Nyetimber Tillington Single Vineyard 2013
This was England’s first specific single vineyard bottling when it was released. The Tillington vineyard is 13 hectares in size, but just 5 of these are used for this wine, and it’s the third release. Three years on the lees, 9.7 g/l dosage. Lean, taut, precise and very elegant with some cherry and plum notes, a nice sappy green hint, and lovely well integrated acidity. The Pinot Noir (three quarters of the blend) really shines through with its fresh cherry notes. Fine and fresh with a lovely expanding finish. 94/100

Nyetimber 1086 2009
This is a prestige cuvee named after the Doomsday book reference to the Nyetimber estate. Nine years on the lees and disgorged September 2018. This is the expression of the entirety of the vintage, and it’s a blend of all three grapes. Complex and expressive with some toast, some herbs, and fine citrus, pear and apple fruit. There’s a richness here, with a luxurious, complex mouthfeel and a long, toast-laced finish. But despite the richness, there’s some precision too. It’s still quite linear, and there’s a bit of structure, too. Very fine. 94/100

Nyetimber 1086 Rosé 2010
25% Chardonnay, 75% Pinot Noir, dosage 8g/l, 18% red Pinot Noir in the blend. Pink/orange colour, with attractive cherry, herb and spice notes. Has some fennel/anise notes, and a touch of Turkish delight. Nice savoury edge with precision and focus. This has a long, dry finish that just keeps on going, and lovely layered spiciness, as well as faint sappy notes. Serious stuff that’s possibly the best English sparkling wine I have tried. 95/100

Nyetimber Rosé NV
Based on 2014 vintage with some 2013. Fresh, detailed and sappy with expressive cherry and plum notes and a really appealing green sappiness. Lovely linear palate with expressive fruit, keen acidity and a hint of sweetness balancing things out. Very fine. 93/100

Nyetimber Demi-Sec NV
Chardonnay, with 38 g/l dosage. Lovely fruit here: generous yet fresh with citrus, pear and table grape. Nice precision and detail, lying under the sweet fruit. Lovely balance here with briskness and lovely sweetness that integrates very well. Refreshing, fruity and quite delicious. 92/100

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