During a recent conversation with winemaker Cherie Spriggs, she explained to me how she wanted to create a wine that typifies two exceptional vineyard plots. The intention is also to help people to understand what Pinot Noir brings to a sparkling wine blend, by excluding it, unlike Nyetimber’s famous Classic Cuvée blends.
Is there a slightly warmer hue from the high proportion of Pinot Meunier, or is it the mind playing tricks? Either way the wine looks hugely inviting, with fine streams of tiny bubbles.
The nose is quite unique, the playful mineral and red fruit character of the Pinot Meunier, perhaps even hints of floral with the clean cutting Chardonnay.
This wine’s true beauty is in it’s diverse palate – from the expected brisk acidity and citrus bite to full ripe pear and apple fruit flavours. But there’s also a really strong savoury undertone – bitter nut complexity that is not so much weighty, but deep. There’s a hidden red currant twang in there too as well as a wonderful clean mineral streak running through it all.
The length impresses greatly; hints of pastry throughout, but an underlying clean mineral streak and playful red fruit tang both keep this tantalising and intriguing.