Oxney Diary

1 July 2016

Our Rosé wins top trophy – officially the best still rosé

Our Rosé wins top trophy – officially the best still rosé picture

The Oxney English Pinot Noir Rosé was awarded the Waitrose rosé trophy for the most outstanding still rosé wine at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition this week. “Lovely, elegant, sophisticated, great balanced raspberry fruit and lemony acidity” said the judges. We couldn’t agree more! To stock up for the summer see our new online shop at www.oxneyestate.com/shop or take a trip down and see us in Hobbs Lane.

The 2015 rosé is our second vintage and made by winemaker Ben Smith with David Cowderoy as consultant winemaker.  Clean and healthy fruit was harvested late October despite some challenging conditions during the end of summer 2015. The grapes were crushed and destemmed and left to soak in the press for twelve hours.  After fermentation the wine went through partial malolactic fermentation to naturally reduce the acids and add texture.

This trophy is an incredibly important endorsement of the work the team is doing in the winery and the vineyard. The rosé has been very popular with our customers – last year’s vintage sold out in six weeks – so we realised it was a very special wine!