Classic Pinot Meunier 2017
Pinot Meunier takes the stage
This has to be one of our most exciting experiments yet. We’ve taken the least celebrated of the three main Champagne varieties and nurtured it into something deliciously idiosyncratic. An extremely limited release but if you’re one of the lucky few to secure a bottle, this is a wine you’ll talk about for a long time to come.
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.
We picked our Pinot Meunier from the Thomson block in October 2017, gently pressed the juice from whole bunches and fermented it in barrel for several weeks. Over that time we trialled batonnage to stir the lees and add complexity to the base wine. Bottled in June 2018, disgorged in October 2020 and released in a recently-disgorged style to promote full freshness and complexity.
Where to start? On the nose, the aromas flit seductively from cherries and frangipane to Christmas cake to heather honey through to nutty Edam cheese. The palate is clean and dry but unveils layers of soft red cherry fruit, marzipan, toast and kirsch. The texture drifts elusively from tangy to creamy in the course of a single sip.
Grape varieties: Pinot Meunier (100%)
Alcohol (ABV): 11.5%
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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