The Madeleine was harvested 2 weeks later than 2014, and the Kernling, which fortunately was carrying a small crop or it might not have ripened at all, at around the usual date, on 25th of October, with good sugars but the skins still quite pale and acidity rather high. We have learned not to leave the Kernling beyond the end of October as there is little further ripening and the quality starts to suffer. Our neighbouring shoot had not put out young pheasants this year so bird losses were minimal.
Jane's blogpost about the Madeleine harvest day here >>, and the Kernling here>>
Winemaker: Steve Brooksbank, Bagborough Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6SX. Madeleine crushing/pressing 5 Oct. Free-run juice: sugar 66 Oechsle, acid 7.5 g/l acid.
Kernling crushing/pressing 26th Oct, free run juice 75 Oe, acid 15 g/i.
Wines vinified separately in stainless steel tanks.
Blended, filtered and bottled 30 Mar 2015: clear, 400g 75cl Bordeaux bottles sealed with top quality traditional cork. Label FSC certified Tintoretto paper. 2677 bottles made.
Release Date: 24th May 2016
Silver Medal: UKVA Wine of the Year Competition 2015. Citation: “Very pale green, clean, herby, good balance, long finish, warm ginger spice on nose, gingerbread/grapefruit on palate. Attractive.”
Bronze Medal: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017. Citation "Well composed wine fruity with currents, freshness well balanced with a marriage of fruits and acidity."
Gold Medal: Independent English Wine Awards 2019. Judges comments: "Honeysuckle floral nose with touch of warm apple. Good acidity, nice mouth feel, nice finish - limes, citrus fruit with a touch of honey. Elegance and finesse".