NYETIMBER PROVIDES A PRECISE CHRONOLOGY OF EACH BOTTLE FROM THE MOMENT IT WAS BOTTLED, TO THE MOMENT IT WAS RIDDLED, TO THE MOMENT IT WAS DISGORGED.
The process of bottling takes place over no more than a few weeks for each product to maintain product consistency. In this process, a yeast culture, wine and some sugar are mixed together and put into a bottle with a crown seal, the wine will then be ready for its second fermentation and this is when the bubbles that we all love in sparkling wine will appear. Since the very beginning, Nyetimber has insisted on long periods of ageing in our cellars before release in order to give depth and complexity to our wines. In our perfect cellars, the temperature is constantly kept between 12 – 13 degrees Celsius and our wines are zealously protected from light, noise and vibrations. All our wines are kept on their lees until the optimal flavours for the individual wine have been reached
Riddling is a very important step in the traditional method of producing sparkling wine. Prior to disgorgement, the riddling process slowly turns the bottles from a horizontal to a vertical position while simultaneously rotating the bottle, causing the yeast to gently slide down the side of the bottle and collect in the neck. At Nyetimber we use gyropalletes to ensure consistency. When the riddling process is complete, each bottle is in an upside down vertical position and is referred to as ‘on-point’ or ‘riddled’.
Our wines are disgorged by state-of-the-art machines to ensure accuracy and consistency. The process of disgorging involves three major stages. First, removing the yeast collected at the top of the bottle. We then add a small amount of dosage liqueur for balance and complexity. The dosage liqueur is a wine and sugar solution which is always tailored to the specific wine, and like all sparkling wine houses, remains a closely guarded secret. Finally, the cork is inserted and a wire hood is applied to close the bottle. Adequate post-disgorgement ageing time is essential before release, but the wine will continue to improve as it ages under cork.Find out more