Available as a vintaged white wine (2009) and rosé (2010), Nyetimber’s latest effort is calculated to raise the prestige of British bubbly to the next level.
As the irrepressible threat of climate change continues to prove a thorn in Champagne producers’ collective sides, the Brits are going in for some delicious schadenfreude. Take Nyetimber as an example: the English sparkling wine producer took home a bunch of accolades in 2019 (winning three gold medals at the IWC); and, this year, intends to raise its profile exponentially with the release of ‘1086’. Named in honour of the date on which the Domesday Book was published — and in which the Nyetimber estate is mentioned by name — 1086 is the house’s most expensive bottling to date.
According to Nyetimber CEO Eric Heerema, the goal of this prestige cuvée was to create a product capable of competing against other world-class sparkling wines — notably from Champagne. A decade in the offing, both the white and rosé styles are produced using 100 percent estate-grown fruit, painstakingly sourced from a selection of 90 greensand parcels located in West Sussex. “1086 translates the determination of our incredible team to create a product like no other” says Heerema. “English sparkling wine has gone from strength to strength and I’m thrilled that Nyetimber is at the forefront of this movement in Hong Kong.”