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NYETIMBER CLASSIC CUVE 2008 NYETIMBER CLASSIC CUVEÉ 2008

For over 20 years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the very first producer of English sparkling wine to craft wines made exclusively from the three celebrated varieties found in Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. In 1988, Nyetimber planted its first vines and today, the House is regarded as one of England's finest wine producers.

VINEYARD
Nyetimber uses only its own grapes from its own vineyards, each of which was deliberately selected to be south-facing with either sandy or chalk soils similar in composition to those found in Champagne. All Nyetimber vineyards are located in the lee of the South Downs that affords them shelter from the coastal winds.

Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. Every single grape is picked by hand at the optimal time, a decision that is made parcel by parcel.

In 2008, budburst was delayed due to lower temperatures than average in April (-1.5°C). Early frosts caused minor damage but only in some Chardonnay blocks. Temperatures were then close to average until fruit set, however, the ripening period was cooler than average (-1.5°C in September and October) delaying harvest, which occurred during the second half of October. 2008 was a challenging vintage in terms of botrytis, as it was the wettest vintage in 10 years. Consequently, extremely strict selection was made to only pick the best fruit, resulting in yields much below average, but great tasting fruit being used for the wine.

GRAPE VARIETIES
79% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Meunier

VINIFICATION
Each vineyard parcel was treated uniquely, from picking to gentle pressing to vinification in stainless steel tanks. Such attention to detail allowed for an extremely judicious selection when blending decisions were made in the spring following the harvest. All wines are crafted according to the strict rules of the traditional method, aged for extended periods of time on the lees and given sufficient post-disgorgement time before release. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur.

TASTING NOTE
Delicate bubbles pervade this light golden wine, filling the nose with aromas of lemon tart, biscuit and floral notes. The palate has a rounded mouthfeel, echoing the nose with flavours of lemon tart and pastry. The citrus character reappears on a long and fruity finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    12% (9 units of alcohol)




Per Bottle 29.99

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