English Wine PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (Certificate ref: STPDO 21172)
Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset. Vineyard parcels: Kernling upper block, Kernling lower block. Planted by hand 1987 by the Awty family and tended by them ever since. Upper block double Guyot trained on 90 cm-high wire, verticalshoot positioned. Bottom block DG pruned on 160 cm high single wires, hanging canes.
Grown on sustainable principles, no herbicides or insecticides. Some fungicides applied as preventives early in the year, well below permitted levels, using integrated pest management principles to keep them to the minimum. Only our own farmyard manure, hay mulch and chipped hedge-trimmings as fertiliser, highly biodiverse environment, hand tended and picked, with minimal soil compaction.
Budburst was slightly late after a wet winter and a cold, snowy spell in early spring, "The Beast from the East". No late spring frosts though, and then suddenly in early May the weather changed and we had record warm and sunny weather from May through September, with the occasional rainy few hours to swell the grapes. The yield was one of our highest ever but even so the crop was exceptionally ripe and in perfect condition.