OATLEY VINEYARD Wine Information Sheet:                                        Jane’s 2016


Oatley Jane’s 2016

Grape variety:  Madeleine Angevine (100%)

Quality status:  English Wine PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (Certificate ref: STPDO 11479)

Grape source:   Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset. Vineyard parcels: Madeleine upper block, Madeleine lower block. Trained on 90 cm-high wire, pruned to double guyot. No herbicide or artificial fertiliser. Some fungicides, well below permitted levels, applied on integrated pest management principles.


No results yet. Entered UK Wine Awards 2017.

Growing Season: Buds were early after a warm winter but a spell of frosty nights in Apr slowed things up to a week behind normal. We had a few frosted shoots in the lower Madeleine block but only a slight loss of yield overall. Early summer was showery but a hot spell in July finished off the fruit-set nicely.  Ripening continued a little late but then a wonderful dry, warm autumn ripened the fruit fast and well and the Madeleine Angevine grapes were harvested in the last week of September, as normal. Quality was fantastic – no disease, a few bunches damaged by wasps but no general wasp attack. A very few bird losses at very top by the hedge.

Harvest: 25th Sep 2016. Grapes pictured above, a week before harvest and the half-loaded trailer at coffee time on harvest day.  The trailer was under a marquee to ensure the grapes stayed dry. Jane’s blogpost about the harvest day here >>.  Weather mainly dry, sunny and warm with the odd light shower, 19C max.. Grapes, clean, exceptional condition, no wasp, little bird damage, no disease.

Vinification:  Winemaker: Steve Brooksbank, Bagborough Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6SX. Crushing/pressing 26th Sep. Sugar 73 Oechsle, acid 8.5 g/l acid. Vinified in stainless steel tanks. Bottled 28 Feb 2017: clear, lighter weight (400g) 75cl Bordeaux bottles sealed with high quality traditional cork. Label FSC certified Tintoretto paper. 1700 bottles made. We have kept a little of this wine back in our barrique, for future blending and to keep the barrique in good condition. (The best way to keep a barrel hydrated and fresh is to keep wine in it)

Release Date:  1 May 2017  

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  1. Alcohol 11.52%

  2. Total acidity 7.4 g/l

  3. pH 3.12

  4. Sugar < 1.0 g/l

  5. Total dry extract 18.0 g/l

  6. Free sulphur dioxide 27 mg/l

  7. Total sulphur dioxide 64 mg/l

  8. Copper < 0.10 mg/l

  9. Iron 0.18 mg/l

  10. Yeasts, bacteria, moulds: nil

  11. protein stability: stable

  12. chill stability: stable

Independent post-bottling analysis by Campden BRI Ltd, Coopers Hill Rd, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4HY, conducted 3rd Apr 2017