Toasty, golden and complex
Our Classic sparkling wines tell the story of the vintage. 2018 is all about harmony. The blend is 45% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay giving generous baked apple flavours but also a neat balance between freshness and weight. Time on lees adds a rich pastry note. Essentially, the most delicious glass of apple pie you’ve ever tasted.
Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
2018 was a perfect vineyard year – no spring frosts, excellent flowering weather and a great summer resulting in super quality grapes.
Made from Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes hand-picked late September 2018. Each parcel was whole-bunch pressed and fermented separately. All wines underwent malolactic conversion; some were fermented and aged in old Burgundy barrels to add complexity. The base wines were blended and bottled for the second fermentation in Spring 2019, before spending a minimum of 36 months on lees prior to release.
Freshness and elegance combines heavenly with the autolytic characters from 36 months on lees. Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir gives depth and baked apple flavours and combined with the citrus from the Chardonnay this typifies the Oxney style.
Grape varieties: Pinot Meunier (45%), Pinot Noir (35%) and Chardonnay (20%)
Alcohol (ABV): 11.5%
Dosage: 3 G/L
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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