Classic Chardonnay 2017
Perfectly English sparkling Chardonnay
This is our first vintage of Classic Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay, so in essence a blanc de blancs. Made with very ripe fruit from the Indian summer of 2017 and lovely lemon and citrus notes on the palate pairs amazingly with the brioche characters from 36 months on lees.
Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
2017 brought the first spring frosts to the Oxney vineyard, in common with much of England and large parts of France. These frosts were severe and dramatically reduced our yield. Fortunately, the season turned sunny and warm in late spring and stayed that way through a gloriously long summer. We harvested a small crop, but fruit quality was exceptional.
Made from Chardonnay grapes hand-picked early- to mid-October 2017 from our Dobson and Thomson blocks. 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 February 2018, before spending a minimum of 36 months on lees and three months on cork prior to release.
Razor fine lemon and citrus combines heavenly with the autolytic characters from 36 months on lees. We’re excited about our first sparkling Chardonnay – it is for sure going to be a corner stone wine here at Oxney.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay (100%)
Alcohol (ABV): 11%
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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