English Wine Week Food Pairing: Day 5

The final wine in our English Wine Week food pairing series is the indulgent Nyetimber Cuvee Chérie Demi Sec. We’ve paired with peach tartlets, but this wine is so very versatile thanks to the fine balance between sweetness, fruit and acidity, that it pairs beautifully with a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes.

Nyetimber Cuvee Chérie

REGION: Sussex   GRAPES: Chardonnay

Just recently been relaunched as Cuvee Chérie, this Demi Sec from Nyetimber is a multi-vintage Chardonnay blend of a 2013 base, with 23% reserve wines from a further four vintages.

The nose is packed full of opulence, with aromas of apricot, tangerine skin, sweet pastry and toasted nut; characters that also follow through on the palate. While having a high residual sugar of 38g/l, the Nyetimber has got a wonderfully crisp cut-through to balance the sweetness and a soft, giving mouthfeel.

The acidity and depth of flavour ensure that this is not overwhelmed by the sweetness of a dessert pairing, but a perfect compliment to the sticky baked peach and crumbly pastry that I have paired it with.

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Spiced Peach Tartlets (Makes 4)

Ingredients: 2 Ripe Peaches, Apricot Jam, 1 Tablespoon Caster Sugar, Pinch of Cinnamon & Nutmeg, 4 small Pastry Cases

Method:

  1. Chop peach into thin slices, place in a bowl and dust with caster sugar, cinnamon and grated nutmeg.
  2. Gently arrange peach slices inside the pastry cases
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven at 180-190oC, then remove and allow to cool
  4. Mix two tablespoons of apricot jam with equal parts sparking wine, heat gently in a saucepan
  5. Glaze tartlets with jam and wine mix before serving

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