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 â€“ International Wine Challenge 2019, â€˜Lovely toasty autolytic nose of russet apple and pear. Broad, nutty and bright with a long, creamy finish. Built to last.â€˜ Panel Chair: Joe Wadsack. Co-Chair: Tim Atkin MW (2016 vintage)
17/20 â€“ JancisRobinson.com, â€˜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 2018-2021â€˜ Tamlyn Currin, June 2018 (2015 vintage)
Recommended in GQ Magazine, â€˜Itâ€™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.â€™ Millicia West, April 2019
17/20 â€“ JancisRobinson.com, â€˜Absolutely lovely cream and apple scent with a smoky tone too. Spicy and yeast on the palate â€“ delightful and typically English.â€˜ Richard Hemming MW, April 2019 (2015 vintage)
Top 50 Most Influential UK Wines â€“ Mathew Jukes, â€˜Oxney ticks every single box and a few more that I am probably unaware of too.Â The entire portfolio of new releases this summer is amazing and these wines are made with unmistakable care and attention.Â They are, prepare yourself for a much-maligned expression, definitive crowd-pleasers, in flavour terms, but there is serious detail here too.
The use of the word Classic on the label hints at the blend â€“ 45% Pinot noir, 47% Pinot meunier and 8% Chardonnay.Â This is a silky-smooth wine with obvious Bland de Noir tendencies.Â The nose alone is worth the entry price, but the creaminess on the palate would not only entrance a connoisseur, but it would also convert a wine novice to its cause in just one sip.
This warm welcome is seldom experienced in young English sparkling wine.Â Only the forensically detailed will spot the â€˜left handâ€™ wound muselet.Â I have never seen this in my three decades in the wine business and it clearly points to a hand-made product stunningly designed and appealing to all, this wine could be so bland and centrist, but instead it is utterly thrillingâ€™Â (2016 vintage)
Â East Sussex, England
Oxney Organic Estate
Chardonnay,Â Pinot Meunier,Â Pinot Noir
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