Awarded 95 points and Gold status at the 2019 IWC (International Wine Challenge) in May 2019 (see blue link below for review and their tasting note).
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee - IWC 2019 award and review
Winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, is central to every decision that gets made at Nyetimber. She assesses each and every handpicked vineyard individually. This means choosing the optimal time to harvest the grapes, supervising their gentle pressing and their eventual vinification in stainless steel tanks. This level of knowledge allows her to make informed decisions about blending wines the following spring.
Southern England is perfect for the production of sparkling wine. The chalk seam that supplies Champagne grapes with the perfect green sand and chalky soil to flourish is the very same that runs under the lee of the South Downs. This is where, sheltered from the coastal winds, Nyetimber's vines are planted across eight separate sites. The climate here allows for the slow ripening of their grapes, allowing them to achieve the optimum level of acidity for the wine, as well as the complexity and finesse that they strive for. At Nyetimber they only use grapes from their own vineyards. Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. And if they aren’t up to standard? They simply won’t use them.
All Nyetimber's wines are made according to the traditional 'méthode champenoise', ageing them for extended periods of time and giving the bottles sufficient post-disgorgement time before release.
Nyetimer Classic Cuvée is a lovely pale gold colour with gentle and fine bubbles. The aromas are toasty, spicy and complex, showing wonderful development after spending more than three years on its lees in the cellar. The palate supports the complex aromas and is enriched with the flavours of honey, almond, pastry and baked apples. This sparkling wine is very elegant with a great combination of intensity, delicacy and length.