Nestled among the picturesque landscapes of West Sussex lies one of Nyetimber’s cherished vineyards – Tillington. This hidden jewel has yielded a refined wine that embodies the essence of its exceptional terroir. The Tillington Single Vineyard 2014, the fourth vintage of this unique sparkling wine, stands as a testament to the harmonious marriage between nature’s bounty and the craftsmanship and innovation of our winemakers.
The term “single vineyard” refers to a wine where all the grapes used for production come exclusively from a particular vineyard reflecting a sense of place… and therein lies their beauty. You get the character of the vintage and the character of the place in one glass. In a single vineyard wine, every variation determined by nature or winemaker, no matter how small has an impact on the final product.
Tasting the Tillington Single Vineyard 2014 sparkling wine is a unique experience. Its light gold hue is adorned with delicate, fine bubbles. The bouquet dances with wild strawberry aromas intertwined with subtle floral notes, which gracefully transition to richer layers of pastry and praline. The palate boasts the generosity of ripe red apple and apricot, harmoniously complemented by hints of zesty citrus. The wine’s fruit-forward character seamlessly blends with intricate almond nuances, culminating in a lingering finish that showcases both depth and finesse.
This vintage tells a tale scripted by nature’s rhythm. The Tillington Single Vineyard 2014’s journey began with a warm start to the year, leading to an early budburst that heralded a remarkable vintage. A succession of fine, warm weather carried through July, allowing for timely flowering and fruitset. A cooler August moderated the tempo, delaying veraison, while a warm September paved the path for gradual ripening of the two grape varieties – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Harvest commenced in early October, the culmination of warm, favourable conditions that nurtured an extraordinary harvest, brimming with ripe fruit flavours and impeccably balanced acidity.
This vintage boasts a rich structure that harmonises elegantly with weightier fish like monkfish and John Dory. The interplay between the wine’s refined intricacies and the textures and flavours of the dishes creates a memorable combination that leaves a lasting impression.
The Tillington Single Vineyard 2014 is more than a wine; it’s an ode to terroir, a chronicle of a vintage, and an artistic masterpiece. Nyetimber’s commitment to excellence radiates through every facet of this exceptional creation – from the vineyard’s integration into the Sussex landscape to the masterful touch of our award-winning winemakers.
Enjoy a glass (or bottle) of Tillington Single Vineyard 2014 and immerse yourself in a voyage through time and nature, all encapsulated within the confines of a bottle. Here’s to Tillington – a celebration of a place, and a testament to Nyetimber’s timeless legacy of crafting extraordinary wines.