Grape variety: Kernling (100%) (pictured in background, half-ripe)
Quality status: English Wine - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) (Ref: STPDO 10928)
Grape source: Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset. Kernling upper block, vines planted 1986, cane-pruned on 90cm-high wires, vertical-shoot-positioned. and Kernling lower block, also planted 1986, cane-pruned on 150 cm wires, hanging canes.
Silver Medal UKVA Wine of the Year Competition Jul 2016. Citation: Clean, positive, shiny fruit, fresh fruit character, pleasant, good acid lift on finish”
Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2016. Citation: “Fragrant and floral wine, bright and clean with a hint of marzipan on the nose, lots or easy lemon fruit and subtle tropical flavours.
An exceptionally good growing year for grapes in England, dubbed “The English Vintage of Dreams”.
Warm spring after a mild but very wet and stormy winter with famous floods in Somerset, though not at Oatley. 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, October benign. A ferocious pheasant attack in the last week took about 10% of the crop despite perimeter netting and regular chasing out with Milo-the-Collie.
•Alcohol 11.10 %
•Total acidity 7.3 g/l
•Sugar 1.7 g/l
•Total dry extract 19.6 g/l
•Free sulphur dioxide 30 mg/l
•Total sulphur dioxide 107 mg/l
•Copper 0.31 mg/l
•Iron 0.6 mg/l
•Yeasts, bacteria, moulds: nil
•protein stability: stable
•chill stability: stable
Independent post-bottling analysis 23 Apr 2015 by BRI Corkwise Ltd, Coopers Hill Rd, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4HY
Kernling grapes in the hopper, 27 Oct 2014