|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
As recommended by Jancis Robinson in her Christmas fizz roundup;'First vintage to have Canadian winemaker Cherie Spriggs in charge and first since 1998 to be treated to 100 per cent softening malolactic fermentation, which is A Good Thing.' A new level up for Nyetimber which has a claim to be the top English sparkler. L&S (Dec 2012)
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79% Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Muted compared to the Blanc de Blancs, although orchard fruits and a hint of yeasty character come through. Some nice orangey fruit too. On the palate it has plenty of texture and flavour, those nicely developed, softening and oxidised, bruised apple notes are delightful Rating: 90 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com
Chardonnay-dominated from a 174ha estate, this shows a poised, classy nose with ripe melon, lemon sherbert and a mealy tinge. Very nicely defined with breezy citrus fruit and a tinge of pineapple.Decanter Magazine
Like L&S in 2018 Nyetimber are celebrated an important 30th anniversary. In 1988 as Lea & Sandeman was founded, the vines were being planted here in West Sussex. Few vineyards in England are better placed to exploit the similarity between the soils of the South Downs and those of the Champagne region in France than Nyetimber in West Sussex. But it took a couple from Chicago - Stuart and Sandy Moss - to bring the dream to life when they bought Nyetimber Manor in 1986. Vineyards followed from 1988 onwards, and the first vintage released was the 1992.
Nyetimber is now owned by Eric Heerema who already owned a vineyard in West Sussex when he bought Nyetimber in 2006 and had already identified more land for planting. All were amalgamated into Nyetimber which, now, comprises some 350 acres, all planted to Chardonnay and the Pinots Noir and Meunier, making it at the time the biggest vineyard in England.
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