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Oatley Jane’s 2017

Grape variety:  Madeleine Angevine (100%)

Quality status:  English Wine PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (Certificate ref: STPDO 20353)

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.


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Growing Season: Budburst was unusually early after a mild winter. There was a spring frost on 27th April but it was thankfully slight (-1C for an hour) and although we lost a few buds in the bottom corner of the Madeleine Angevine the effect on the yield was not significant. The fruit-set was early, quick and even because of the early start plus a hot spell at the end of June and start of July at flowering.  It was our earliest harvest ever, 17th September, and even so the grapes were riper than we normally pick the Madeleine. We aim to harvest slightly green to give a fresher wine.

Harvest: 17th Sep 2017. Grapes pictured above, were in excellent condition The trailer was under a marquee to ensure the grapes stayed dry andpout of the sun. Jane’s blogpost about the harvest day here >>.  Weather mainly dry, sunny and warm. The odd light shower was forecast but didn’t materialise, 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 18th Sep. Free-run juice: sugar 76 Oechsle, acid 8.5 g/l acid. Vinified in stainless steel tanks. Blended with the one barrique’s worth (225 litres,about 15%of the total) - of the same wine which had been barrel matured in our Seguin Moreau”Fraicheur” barrique to give a little extra structure. This barrique is specially made for light white varietals and has staves of very lightly toasted fine-grained French oak and heads of acacia wood to give a little extra brightness of flavour.

Bottled 28 Mar 2018: clear, lighter weight but slightly taller and heavier than previously (410g) 75cl Bordeaux bottles sealed with high quality traditional cork. Label FSC certified Tintoretto paper.

1496 bottles made.

Release Date:  2 June 2018  

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  1. Alcohol 11.64%

  2. Total acidity 5.2 g/l

  3. pH 3.42

  4. Sugar < 1.0 g/l

  5. Total dry extract 17.0 g/l

  6. Free sulphur dioxide 27 mg/l

  7. Total sulphur dioxide 81 mg/l

  8. Copper < 0.10 mg/l

  9. Iron 0.16 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 24th May 2018