A new vintage of the famous and much loved Oxney still Chardonnay. Creamy and fresh mouthfeel supported by backbone of acidity with citrus zest, nuts and fresh oats. Not fined or filtered.
Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
The 2020 growing year had a tough start for us. After a glorious Spring we had severe frost on May 13th and the buds were frosted. But after that we had a typical growing season with a mix of sun and rain through the spring and summer. The frost led to reduced yields.
The fruit was picked October 6th, pressed and fermented on old oak. Some fermented using wild yeasts. 100% malolactic fermentation. During fermentation the barrels were periodically stirred. Bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
Lovely example of cool climate Chardonnay. The nose has complex aromas of stone fruits, hazelnut and toast. On the palate some richness comes through, with a creamy mouthfeel supported by a backbone of acidity and flavours of citrus zest, nuts and fresh oats.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay (100%)
Alcohol (ABV): 12%
TA: 6.4 g/l
SO2 (free): 30mg/l
Closure: Diam 10 cork
Soil Association Certification: GB-ORG-05
Six miles north of Rye, in the village of Beckley in the south east corner of East Sussex, Oxney Organic Estate has been producing award-winning organic wines since 2014. The first vines were planted in 2012 by founders Kristin Syltevik and Paul Dobson, who run Oxney as part of a wider organic farming estate. Today Oxney is the largest estate producer of organic English wines. Oxney wines are crafted as a showcase for the naturally high-quality grapes grown in the vineyard. In the winery – a converted Grade II oasthouse – interventions are kept to a minimum to promote full fruit expression.
Planted between 2012 and 2018, Oxney’s 14 hectares of vines are located on a warm, sheltered site six miles from the English Channel and 17 metres above sea level. Vines are planted on a gentle southwest-facing slope, which maximises sun exposure and aids ripening. An adjoining ancient oak forest provides natural wind protection, helping to create excellent conditions for growing high-quality organic grapes. Four varieties are planted – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc. The soil is Tunbridge Wells sand – a fine sand and silt loam – above clay bedrock.
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