English Wine PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (Certificate ref: STPDO 21630)
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 Guyotpruned, trained on 90 cm-high wire, vertical shoot positioned. Bottom block double Guyot 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.
The pandemic year. Budburst was early after a dry, warm winter and sunny spring. Minor damage in the lower block from a frost on 12 May. The crop was moderate in size after a coolish season in 2019 led to only medium-sized bunches and often only one per cane. Although the summer was not spectacularly good, the early start, sunny April and May led to our earliest ever flowering starting on 12 June. This with the medium yield made it an early ripening year. The crop was ripe and in perfect condition after more-than-usually thorough deleafing by lockdown-escaping volunteers.