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The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. Its earliest beginnings saw it first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Then there was the planting of the first vines, almost exactly 900 years later. Most recently, there was the decision in 2006 that Nyetimber wines deserved an audience on the world stage.
Nyetimber is in the fortunate position to own one hundred percent of our vineyards and all of our wines are produced from the 170 hectares we have planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Nyetimber's vineyards were the first to be devoted exclusively to the holy trinity of Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir.
A millennium might have passed since our name was coined as 'Nitimbreha', likely referring to a newly timbered house or perhaps a small timber plantation. But the most significant developments for this House have taken place in a single decade with our winemaking team among the most proficient in the world.
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, our vines are planted across eight separate sites.
The climate here allows for the slow ripening of our grapes, allowing us to achieve the optimum level of acidity for the wine, as well as the complexity and finesse that we strive for. Unlike most other Houses, at Nyetimber we use only our own grapes from our 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, we simply won't use them.
Our winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, is central to every decision that gets made. She assesses each and every handpicked vineyard individually. This means choosing the optimal time to harvest the grapes, and supervising their gentle pressing and eventual vinification in stainless steel tanks. This level of intimacy allows us to make the most informed blending decisions the following spring.
We craft all our wines at Nyetimber according to the traditional method, aging them for extended periods of time and giving the bottles sufficient post-disgorgement time before release. Since each and every decision along the way has an impact on the eventual flavour of our wines, we are careful to do everything ourselves, in the way we believe it should be done.
Cherie is our chief winemaker. While she has vast experience producing quality wines all over the world, Cherie was drawn to Nyetimber many years ago while still living in Canada. Cherie's training included postgraduate studies at the Wine Research Center in Vancouver, and subsequently at Adelaide University. She worked in McLaren Vale and the Hunter Valley in Australia, Central Otago in New Zealand, Oregon and on Vancouver Island before joining Nyetimber with her husband Brad in 2007.
On 20th January, 2014, Nyetimber, England's finest sparkling wine producer, began releasing bottling, riddling and disgorgement dates. Over the course of 25 years, Nyetimber has established itself as a pioneer and has become known for its integrity and perfectionism. This new initiative has been implemented in an effort towards greater transparency and to demonstrate Nyetimber's continued endeavour for quality.
Bottling, riddling and disgorgement are very important stages in sparkling winemaking. Sharing all three dates will provide consumers with a precise chronology of each wine bottle, including time aged on the lees and post-disgorgement ageing.
Eric Heerema, Owner and CEO says "As the most prestigious English sparkling wine producer, we have a responsibility for transparency and at Nyetimber, we pride ourselves on going over and beyond the standardised practices established by the world's most renowned sparkling wine producers."
Bottles of Classic Cuvee 2009 have a new back label with a code and message directing consumers to www.nyetimber.com/wineinfo to discover their wine's story. The website has been set up so that connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike will find it easy to navigate, useful and informative.
Cherie Spriggs, head winemaker adds "We didn't feel that disgorgement date alone would give an accurate indication of the story and taste of the wine therefore we felt that sharing all three dates would enable consumers to better understand the process involved in creating a bottle of Nyetimber."