East Sussex, England
Oxney Organic Estate- 2016
Hand-picked Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and matured on its lees for 18 months prior to release. To add further complexity, a component was fermented and aged in used French barrels. Light golden colour with a fine and delicate mousse. The nose is fresh, with subtle notes of warm honey, stone fruit and a lovely floral lift. On the palate there is lovely tension between creamy texture and vibrant acidity, all supported by a backbone of minerality with flavours of fresh bread and ripe orchard fruits. The finish is long, focused and precise.
Gold Medal - Drinks Business Organic Masters 2017 (2014 vintage)
Silver Medal - Drinks Business Organic Masters 2017 (2015 vintage)
17/20 - JancisRobinson.com, 'Certified organic. 20% Chardonnay, 51% Pinot Noir, 29% Pinot Meunier from the Dobson and Thomson blocks. Each parcel was whole-bunch pressed and fermented separately with all the wines also going through malolactic fermentation (MLF). A component was fermented and aged in used French oak barrels. The base wine was bottled for secondary fermentation in February 2016 and riddling and disgorging started August 2017 after a minimum of 18 months on lees. It then spent three months on cork prior to release. Dosage 5.6 g/l, TA 8.1 g/l. Winemaker Ben Smith. Baked apples. Orange blossom. Delicious! Brioche, just a little toasted, lime marmalade zinging through the middle. Plump for an English wine! Round bottom. Peachy but still with teeth-clenching acidity on the finish. Very good stuff! Drink 2018-2021' Tamlyn Currin, June 2018 (2015 vintage)
Recommended in GQ Magazine, 'It's official. English wine is having a moment and Oxney Organic is leading the way in the sparkling stakes, creating a light, sparkling wine combining hand-picked pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes. The result? A distinctive sparkling wine with fresh stone fruit on the nose and a subtle honeyed sweetness.' Millicia West, April 2019
17/20 - JancisRobinson.com, 'Absolutely lovely cream and apple scent with a smoky tone too. Spicy and yeast on the palate – delightful and typically English.' Richard Hemming MW, April 2019 (2015 vintage)
Oxney Organic Estate
Oxney is a mixed farm created by Kristin Syltevik and Paul Dobson, with the Kristin looking after the wine and Paul running the arable and livestock aspects. The whole estate is organic and run with a sustainable and natural approach. ‘Cover crops’ of plants, flowers and herbs are used between the vines to encourage potential pests away from the grapes, and they generate heat from coppiced wood chip. The vineyards are comprised of 21 acres Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc vines which produce a range of still and sparkling wines. The winery is in a Grade II listed oast house that now has the latest winemaking equipment to produce top quality organic English wine. It’s a great location for vineyard tours and wine tastings.
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