Oliver Smith has always had a respect for the work of his local vineyard, and upon arrival at The Samling as General Manager, was determined to showcase the exceptional sparkling wines being produced in the UK.

Having grown up on the fringes of Nyetimber Estate in West Sussex, he is proud to work at the only hotel in the North of England, with a Wine Cellar that stocks the entire range of Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines, including the 1086 Prestige Cuvée.

Named 1086, after the year in which the ancient Nyetimber Estate was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book as ‘Nitimbreha’, the two vintage-dated prestige cuvees set a new standard and vindicate all who doubted English wine.

“Finally we can say 1086 out loud,” said Brad Greatrix, Winemaker at Nyetimber together with Cherie Spriggs, Head Winemaker, referring to the years they had to keep this exciting project secret.

To ensure each wine meets their desired expectations, they mature the wines for more than three years. They will abandon an entire year’s harvest rather than compromise standards. Their Demi-Sec is a gentle wine, and the only one of the stable that is paired with desserts at The Samling.

From planting to harvesting, Nyetimber are constantly challenged by the British climate. Yet their ambition never wavers, as they continue to self-impose high standards of wine making and take top awards at prestigious international competitions.

Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs won Sparkling Winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge in 2018, having been nominated twice in the previous three years. It is the first time the award has been given to a producer outside of the Champagne region during a blind tasting.

The 1086 prestige cuvees are an expression of owner Eric Heerema’s vision and his confidence in England's ability to produce world-class sparkling wines. We would wish nothing less for guests; long may the relationship continue.