Zesty, mineral and profound
Rated 20/20 by Matthew Jukes, this is the wine that still English whites are now judged against. Every sip reveals subtle new depths. The precise line of pure citrus acidity provides focus, but cushioned by softer notes of stone fruits, hazelnuts, oats and an elusive lick of butterscotch.
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Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
2018 will be remembered as a year with extraordinary quantities and quality of grapes, for Oxney and the English wine scene overall. After the Beast From The East had departed, spring sprung with a vengeance. The early summer was very hot and very dry, with no rain for three months. Colder, wetter weather arrived briefly in August but the sun soon returned and we started picking in late September – very early for us.
The Thomson block produced incredible fruit – so good the badger devoured two whole rows at the back! The fruit was hand-picked on 10th October, then whole-bunch pressed and fermented in old oak (50% using wild yeasts) with periodic lees stirring. 100% underwent malolactic conversion. We bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Lovely example of cool-climate Chardonnay. The nose has complex aromas of stone fruits, hazelnut and toast. There is a pleasing richness on the palate, with the creamy mouthfeel supported by a backbone of acidity and flavours of citrus zest, nuts, butterscotch and fresh oats.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay (100%)
Alcohol (ABV): 12.5%
TA: 6.4 g/L
Closure: Screw top
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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