I recently had the opportunity to re-visit Nyetimber for a tour around the vineyard and tasting of their latest wines. It was a great time to visit, a few weeks prior to harvest and also a first chance to try the estate’s new Multi Vintage Classic Cuvée – a blend of wine from the 2011 harvest with approximately 30% reserve wines.
The bottle I brought back with me was made up of 71% 2011, 11% 2010, 7% 2009, 6% 2008 and 5% 2007, and had spent over 4 years on the lees before being disgorged in June. All of this information can be found out through Nyetimber’s innovative Learn About Your Bottle feature.
Right from the pouring it’s clear that the reserve wines have added to the Classic Cuvée formula, imparting a subtle golden colour.
On the nose, citrus and stone fruit with wonderful sweet brioche richness – it just leaps from the glass and grabs you with both arms ready to draw you in!
The palate opens up with brisk acidity, crisp lemon zest leading to wonderful ripe apricot flavours with stunning depth. A clean mineral streak followed by lasting nutty and pastry complexity.
The Multi Vintage blending brings a newfound structure to the Classic Cuvée. It’s just so perfectly poised and balanced, with an underlying richness and development that just wasn’t possible from a single vintage without significant bottle ageing.