Cellar Selection 2015

£14.95 inc. VAT

Winemaker’s Notes

Not produced in 2014, this wine is unique in our range being exposed to the influence of oak. Our Ortega grapes ripen early and after whole bunch pressing we ferment them in second hand French oak barrels in order to impart a hint of oak. We then stir the lees for several weeks in order to develop a richer, fuller wine style. The Ortega is then blended with 15% Chardonnay, resulting in a complex, rounded and expressive wine.

Serving Suggestion

This wine would match well with simple fish or chicken dishes.



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Description

The growing season of 2015 was more challenging than 2014. Growth on the vines (bud burst) started later and the summer months were generally a bit cooler and wetter. This meant that in order to achieve the maximum possible ripeness in our grapes we picked on average 2 weeks later than in 2014 – we did not complete our harvest until the very end of October. Saved by a good September, the key to achieving good quality grapes in 2015 was to ensure the vines were cropping lightly. This we did through early season ‘shoot thinning’ and late season ‘green harvesting’, overall picking 15% less volume than in 2104 – on some varieties 20% less. Diligent canopy management, including leaf removal was essential to maximize the opportunity for sunlight and warmth to reach the developing grapes.

Whilst our grapes did not reach the same high ripeness levels as in 2014, they still ripened well and were excellent for making sparkling base wine and have produced some very pleasing elegant still wines, with lively and zesty acidity, harmonious balance and good length. Good to drink now, they will improve further after a few months in bottle as the aromas’ develop and open up.

Wine Facts

Grape Varieties: Ortega, Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12%
Total Acidity: 6.9g/l
Residual Sugar:<1.0g/l pH: 3.4

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