2013 Tillington Vineyard Brut
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
Pleasingly pale, with a fine bead of soft, well-integrated bubbles that fill the nose with aromas of wild strawberry, some perky red berries and a very gentle, soothingly doughy, autolytic note. In the mouth the fine brightness continues, this is not heavy nor too firm but there is a gentle intensity and then a wonderful soft feel, which is so inviting. There's great elegance too, a mineral drive gives a muscular push that counters the warm softer side perfectly. Leaving an impressive imprint on your palate. 74% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay. L&S (Jun 2018)
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The 2013 Tillington Single Vineyard, a blend of 24% Chardonnay and 76% Pinot Noir, was disgorged December 2017. It offers toasted almonds, crushed strawberry and traces of dried honey on the nose, and later just a touch of beeswax. The palate is taut on the entry with sour lemon, honey and pralines, just the right amount of bitterness and a taut if slightly uncomplicated finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jul 2020)
I am a huge fan of 2013 Nyetimber Tillington Single Vineyard. Winemaking husband and wife team Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix discovered a great parcel of Pinot at their Tillington site during their usual pre-harvest walks around the vineyards. They cut it with 20% Chardonnay and bottled it as a top end vintage sparkler. I can tell you that it is a star – effortlessly beautiful, balanced and graceful.Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Oct 2018)
Pungent and slightly smoky nose. Very mouth-filling and much riper and broader than the average English fizz. Clean and fresh on the finish though it could perhaps be a bit denser. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2018)
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 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, and the first to use only these three Champagne varieties
Eric's greatest act was probably the hiring of married couple Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrex in 2007, who are both winemakers, with Cherie taking the 'head winemaker' role. The couple, who had tasted a bottle given to them by Cherie's parents and recognised the potential, have, as the Nytimber website puts it 'been integral to building Nyetimber into a sparkling wine producer that rivals the best in the world'.
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