A rare chance to delve into the history of one of England’s most iconic winemakers, this batch of Blanc de Blancs 1998 was discgorged and released to order exclusively for Lay & Wheeler.
The first and most noticeable thing about this wine is the deep golden colour – the wine’s near 20 year maturity showing in this beautifully warming hue.
Onto the nose; rich, unctuous and ripe! Sweet honey, dried apricot with pastry and nut notes.
The palate was still surprisingly crisp and punchy, partnered with a wonderful mixture of stone fruit, baked apple and honey. A slightly savoury, almost figgy character was evident throughout, as the flavor took a nutty biscuit tone on the finish.
The fizz was pronounced and fine initially, but you can’t hang around too long as it tended to dissipate quickly in the glass.
A truly unique wine – a huge talking point at a recent wine evening I presented a bottle at.
What this wine shows is that English Sparkling can age and develop in ways only previously achieved by the established Champagne producers. I can’t wait to see how the 2009, what I feel is Nyetimber’s finest Blanc de Blancs to date, will age over the next 10-15 years.
This wine’s price (£150) and presentation makes a huge statement but it’s Nyetimber’s quality and precise approach that makes it a standout.
Drinking superbly right now, but will be truly exceptional with more time in the bottle.
An exceptionally balanced Blanc de Blancs from Nyetimber that is only just entering its stride and with a long life ahead.
A deeper rosé with rich wild strawberry, raspberry and a hint of winter spice.
Honeyed pastry notes add weigh to a clean mineral backbone in this delicate but expressive Rosé.
A hugely impressive and appealing wine demonstrating sublime integration and development.