So we’ve been looking (and tasting!) for a fabulous English sparkling wine for a while now, there are some wonderful ones to choose from- and lots that rival some of the best French Champagnes too! But I think we have a winner… Nyetimber! Nyetimber’s single aim is to make premium sparkling wine that could rival Champagne, and it really does. Based in West Sussex and Hampshire, Nyetimber is now the largest vineyard in the UK, with 438 acres under vine and the only one to produce premium sparkling wine from estate-grown fruit.
Across eight separate sites, Nyetimber are the first wine producers to exclusively grow the classic Champagne mix of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. Each vineyard are deliberately selected to be south-facing and much like in Champagne, their location provides the perfect green sand and chalky soil the grapes flourish in. Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure best flavour development before picking. Every single grape is picked by hand ensuring only top rated grapes are selected. Founded in 1988, they are already regarded as one of the best English wine producers.
They have a great range of sparklers but we have chosen our two favourites to add to our list. They are also available by the glass to if you just want a little tipple…
Demi – Sec
This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Treading the fine line between sweetness and freshness, this wine is at once crisp, citric, elegant, refreshing and satisfyingly rich, with lemon, mineral and honey aromas perfectly complementing the palate. A great aperitif, especially if you are partial to a sweeter Prosecco, and also wonderful with light, fruity dessert and even light cheese.
Blanc de Blancs 2007
A lovely bright straw yellow colour with hints of green and a fine bead with delicate mousse. On the nose powerful aromas of lemon and baked apple, jasmine, butter and vanilla with hints of caramel and marzipan. There is a clean fresh green apple on the palate quickly followed by classic Chardonnay characters of baked lemon and minerals. The mousse is soft and gives a lovely delicacy to the wine. The long finish is buttery and toasty – a sophisticated and elegant wine.
I could go on, but the best thing is to come and try it for yourselves!