Blanc de Blancs
The vineyards of Nyetimber share similar characteristics with the best sparkling wine vineyards in the world. Greensand and chalk soils allow the vines to flourish across the south of England in Sussex, Hampshire, and Kent. The planting of the first vines was in 1988 of classic sparkling wine grapes – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Eric Heerema became the Owner and Custodian in 2006 and recruited Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs and Winemaker Brad Greatrix to share his vision of crafting the finest English sparkling wines that would compete in the world stage. Tasting this beautifully made sparkling wine from England, the results show that Eric, Cherie, and Brad may have achieved their vision.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, sparkling pale golden color and tiny bubbles that rise in the glass. Delicate aromas of a French patisserie, citrus, with floral, vanilla, and toasty tones. The palate is complex displaying ripe orchard fruit of pear and apple, yeasty with a creamy texture, a touch of lemon zest and plenty of minerality and amazing balance. This beautifully crafted Sparkler from England finishes with a freshness that is persistent and long. A wonderful discovery during our tasting that has expanded my world of wines. It is worth seeking out and if you can find it…I would most assuredly give this sparkler a Bit of a Go!
By Perry Miroballi