Oxney Classic 2017
Toasty, golden and complex
Our Classic sparkling wines tell the story of the vintage. 2017 is all about harmony. The blend is 38% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 22% Pinot Meunier, 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.
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Organic, Vegan, Contains sulphites
We experienced our first spring frosts in the vineyard in 2017 and they were widespread and severe, not just in England but across large parts of France. This cost us a lot of our buds and subsequent yield. Fortunately, that was the worst of things. It stayed warm and dry from late spring through to a lovely Indian summer, which left us with beautifully ripe grapes, albeit a small crop.
Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier 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 24 months on lees and three months on cork prior to release.
Where the Pinot-dominant 2016 was rich and brooding, the harmonious 2017 has real finesse… but still plenty of complexity. Ripe orchard fruit aromas are balanced by crisp acidity and pronounced autolytic notes of biscuit, brioche and pastry. The soft, generous mouthfeel is pure Oxney.
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir (40%), Pinot Meunier (22%), Chardonnay (38%)
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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