Classic 2017 Magnum
Zero dosage, doubly delicious
Classic sparkling wines tell the story of the vintage. 2017 is all about harmony. The blend is 40% Pinot Noir 38% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier, providing a satisfying balance between baked apple flavours, citrus freshness and structure. Lees ageing contributes yeasty richness. We disgorged these limited-edition magnums in a brut nature style, with zero dosage. Delivered in our wooden magnum gift box (included in price).
Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
The vineyard was hit with severe spring frosts for the first time in 2017, damaging many of our buds and impacting yield. From this low point, things improved dramatically. The warm, dry weather stretched from late spring through to a lovely Indian summer, leaving us with a small crop of beautifully ripe grapes at harvest.
In 2017 we hand-picked our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes from our Dobson and Thomson blocks in early to mid October. Each parcel was whole-bunch pressed and fermented separately. All wines underwent malolactic conversion; 16% of the blend was fermented and aged in old Burgundy barrels to add complexity. The base wines were blended and bottled for the second fermentation in February 2018, before spending over 30 months on lees.
Disgorged late in magnum bottles, the 2017 Classic shows similar complexity to the brooding 2016, but with extra freshness and finesse. Ripe orchard fruits are balanced by crisp acidity and a rich autolytic character (pastry, brioche, biscuit). The soft, generous mouthfeel is pure Oxney.
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (38%), Pinot Meunier (22%)
Alcohol (ABV): 11%
Closure: Diam 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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