OATLEY VINEYARD Wine Information Sheet:                                        Jane’s 2014

 

Oatley Jane’s 2014


Grape variety:  Madeleine Angevine (100%)

Quality status:  English Wine PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (Certificate ref: STPDO 10928)

Grape source:   Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset. Vineyard parcels: Madeleine upper block, Madeleine lower block. Trained on 90 cm-high originally spur-pruned cordons, now 75% converted to double guyot with just those covering long gaps remaining, mainly in the bottom block.

Awards: 

Bronze Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016. Citation: “Captivating aromas of hedgerow fruits, blackcurrant leaf and nettles, and ample, clean, fresh, zingy citrus and herbal enjoyment on the palate. Light and quaffable.”

Bronze Medal, International Wine Challenge 2016. Citation: Floral and spring-like aromas with a light-bodied fresh and appetising finish.”

Silver Medal: UKVA Wine of the Year Competition 2015. Citation: Fresh, zesty character, complex, good fruit, long apple finish.”

Bronze Medal: SWVA competition 2015. Citation: “Very pale green, spritz,  gooseberry, apple, pear, light, gentle structure, creamy, crisp acidity, attractive floral finish”

Growing Season:  An exceptionally good growing year for grapes in England led to the sobriquet “The English Vintage of Dreams”. Warm spring after a mild but very wet  and stormy winter with famous floods in Somerset. No spring frost. A lot of flower but early bunch stem necrosis reduced the fruit set on the first clusters of the Madeleine Angevine - a commonly reported problem that year. This affected the yield but not the final quality. June and July were hot and  mostly dry, setting the fruit well, Aug cooler with some showery spells, enough rain to swell the fruit, September very warm and dry to ripen the fruit, mostly sunny and, unusually, with no wasps to trouble the thin-skinned Madeleine. A little bird-take on the row ends from blackbirds and on low-hanging bunches from pheasants.

Harvest: 21st Sep 2014. Grapes on harvest day and loading the trailer pictured above, Jane’s blogpost about the harvest day here >>. Weather dry, sunny and warm 21C max. Grapes, clean, good condition, no wasp, little bird damage, no disease.

Vinification:  Winemaker: Steve Brooksbank, Bagborough Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6SX. Crushing/pressing 22nd Sep. Free-run juice: sugar 75 Oechsle, acid 8.5 g/l acid, vinified in stainless steel tanks. Bottled 30 Mar 2015: clear, 400g 75cl Bordeaux bottles sealed with high quality traditional cork. Label FSC certified Tintoretto paper. 2496 bottles made.

Release Date:  21 Sep 2015  


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Analysis


  1. Alcohol 11.41%

  2. Total acidity 6.2 g/l

  3. pH 3.22

  4. Sugar < 1.0 g/l

  5. Total dry extract 17.7 g/l

  6. Free sulphur dioxide 26 mg/l

  7. Total sulphur dioxide 82 mg/l

  8. Copper < 0.10 mg/l

  9. Iron 0.3 mg/l

  10. Yeasts, bacteria, moulds: nil

  11. protein stability: stable

  12. chill stability: stable


Independent post-bottling analysis by Campden BRILtd, Coopers Hill Rd, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4HY, conducted 24th Apr  2015