OATLEY VINEYARD Wine Information Sheet:                                           Leonora’s 2011


Oatley Leonora’s 2011

Grape variety:  Kernling (85%), late-harvest Madeleine Angevine (15%)

Quality status: English Regional Wine - Protected Geographical Indication

Grape source: Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset. Kernling upper block, cane-pruned on  80cm-high wires, vertical-shoot-positioned. and Kernling lower block,  cane-pruned on 150 cm wires, hanging canes. Lower Madeleine Angevine block, late-harvest grapes from post-frost re-growth.


Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 BRONZE MEDAL. Citation “Aromatics of lime, rich apricots and a touch of petrol. Some lemon and citrus flavours on the finish. Full, Dry and slightly spritzy.”

International Wine Challenge May 2013 BRONZE MEDAL. Citation: “Really grapey notes, clean light apple fruit on the palate. Nice and elegant.”.

Decanter World Wine Awards May 2013: Bronze Medal.  Citation: Fresh, crisp and zingy with stone fruit and citrus flavours alongside an attractive structure.”

UKVA Wine of the Year competition Jun 2013: Bronze medal.

SWVA Competition Sep 2012: Bronze award. “. Clean, fresh nose, grapefruit in mouth. Some spritz, fresh acidity, pleasant fruit. Good length.

Growing Season:    An early, warm spring, a late frost, a cold flowering and a none-too-warm ripening. The Kernling rose above it all, literally in the case of the frost. Set its fruit well despite the cool July. The bunches were smaller than 2010, and we thinned the shoots and fruit on the cooler lower block mercilessly to get the ripening up with the top, which worked well thanks to a hot spell at end Sep. The pickers were selective to make sure we only had the ripest.  The crop was  80% of the 2010 yield. After the Kernling we picked the late Madeleine grapes from shoots that re-grew after the 4th May frost. Tricky picking: small bunches twisted around lots of small shoots but the crew stuck to it heroically.. The grapes were pressed separately but the Madeleine  acid was too low to ferment separately and they were vinified together.

Harvest: 16th Oct 2011. (pictured above, blogpost about the day here>>) Sunny, warm (17C), breezy, . Grapes (pictured eve of harvest Kernling top right, Madeleine below), clean, consistently ripe, very good condition. Free-run juice: Kernling sugar 82 Oechsle, acid 11 g/l, Madeleine 76 Oechsle, acid 6 g/l.

Vinifcation:    Winemaker: Steve Brooksbank, near Shepton Mallet, Som BA4 6SX. Crushing/pressing 17th Oct 2011. Vinified in stainless steel tanks. Bottled 9 Mar 2012 without added sulphites in lighter weight (410g) “autumn leaf” 400g 75cl Burgundy bottles sealed with best quality cork. 2032 bottles made. Labelled with FSC certified Tintoretto paper.

Release Date:    July 2013

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  1. Alcohol 11.88%

  2. Total acidity 8.1%

  3. pH 2.98

  4. Sugar <1.0 g/l

  5. Total dry extract 18.8g/l

  6. Free sulphur dioxide 10 mg/l

  7. Total sulphur dioxide 57 mg/l

  8. Copper 0.11 mg/l

  9. Iron 0.5 mg/l

  10. Yeast, bacteria, mould: nil

Independent post-bottling analysis by Corkwise Ltd, Coopers Hill Rd, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4HY, conducted 2nd Apr  2012

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