Nyetimber Demi-Sec NV
Here's something original on the English sparkling wine front - a demi-sec rather than brut fizz from those Sussex pioneers, Nyetimber.
With aromas of candied fruit and rich honey on the nose, this feels like it could be special. And it is.
Honey notes dance with bubbles in the mouth, with lemon meringue pie and a dash of tangerine peel. The extra depth made this a great match with lightly chillied goats cheese – thanks James at Brookes Restaurant for this suggestion – and became even more moreish with cauliflower and aubergine pakora.
Sticklers for quality – it was Nyetimber who decided not to harvest this year, so disappointed were they with the state of the crop - these wines spend five years on the lees after the bottle fermentation before release. Not a common enough practice this side of the channel due to demands of customers and cashflow.
12%, £35, Harvey Nichols nationwide, Sparkling English Wines