Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2009


 TROPHY - IWC 2016/GOLD - IWC 2016


Pale gold in colour with tiny, delicate bubbles. Floral and lime aromas lead on rich notes of pastry and brioche. On the palate, fresh citrus flavours are balanced with an underlying minerality and a toasty intensity. Very fine and elegant with a long, complex finish.

Several different clones and rootstocks were selected to spread the harvest period and widen the range of flavours in the wines. The vineyards benefit from a specific microclimate, planted as they are on the north side of the Downs to protect them from the southerly coastal winds. Soils here are chalky and sandy. Due to the marginal climate a longer hang time is necessary to allow for better accumulation of flavours.

The winter was wetter and warmer than usual. April was also warmer (+2⁰C in comparison to the past decade) but very dry. Consequently, budburst was early in 2007. The high rainfall in June & July (+100%) resulted in a lower fruit set than usual. Every month from June to October was cooler than average, especially July, August and October. September and October were also dry (-50%). These conditions were perfect for a slow, fine ripening. One would have expected a late harvest, but picking occurred during the first half of October, thanks to the good balance between yields, at 7,000 kgs per hectare and foliage canopies.

After harvest the grapes were loaded into one of four Coquard Presses imported from Epernay. The computer-controlled programmes are altered according to the vintage and different varieties to allow for variations in skin condition and bunch density. The must was transferred into stainless-steel tanks with each vineyard section kept separate. Fermentation lasted approximately 12 days for the base wines from which the wines destined for the final blend were selected. The second fermentation took place in bottle and it then spent five years on its lees before riddling and disgorging and at least six months in bottle before release. 


12% abv
Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2009
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