Nyetimber has taken the decision to scrap its entire 2012 harvest to preserve the quality of its production.
As a result of this year’s unusually poor weather conditions, the West Sussex vineyard has declared that the “quality and volume of the 2012 harvest does not meet the required standard” in a statement. This has been an “exceedingly difficult decision” but the grower has not hesitated to scrub the harvest.
“There is no question that this is the right one. Given that we grow 100% of the grapes that go into Nyetimber wines, we are able to make the choice of whether or not to harvest,” the statement added.
Cherie Spriggs, Nyetimber winemaker, says: ““The decision to not make wine from 2012 is a difficult one, not just for me but for our whole team. However, we all know that maintaining quality is paramount. My first obligation as the winemaker is to ensure the quality of Nyetimber’s wines, and we have collectively come to the decision that the grapes from 2012 cannot deliver the standards we have achieved in the past and will again in the future.”
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