Robert Parker 93
Disgorged in July 2016 with nine grams per liter dosage, there are some 2,600 bottles of Nyetimber’s 2009 1086 Vintage. The wine has certainly turned out well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of warm biscuits, honeyed yellow orchard fruit, pastry cream and macadamia nut that mingle in a classy and understated bouquet. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and complete, with an elegantly textural attack, good depth at the core and ripe but racy structuring acids, displaying a delicate mousse and a precise, nicely defined finish. This is among the most structurally complete English sparkling wines that I’ve tasted to date, and the fact that this reflects the viticulture and winemaking of two decades ago offers considerable basis for optimism about how the wines being made at Nyetimber today will turn out.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029
The 2009 Nyetimber 1086 was the first vintage, bottled in March 2010 and disgorged in October 2016. The fragrant, slightly minty bouquet displays fine delineation and touches of undergrowth permeating the citrus fruit, quite complex and cerebral. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and a broad opening thanks to the longer lees aging. Lightly spiced toward the finish with just a hint of chai tea. This is a fine English sparkling wine that could give several more years of drinking pleasure.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030