CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

We're keeping FREE DELIVERY on mainland UK orders for now. Delicious, international award-winning dry white English wines from Cannington, Somerset delivered to your doorstep. Shop now >>

Bottles carefully and hygienically handled and packed using disposable gloves on a sanitised work surface.

Additionally for residents of our home postcodes TA5 and TA6 only, COMMUNITY 5% DISCOUNT on our mainstream wines as a thank you for wonderful support during lockdown. To find this offer, head to our LOCAL Page.

BREAKING NEWS: We're taking visit bookings and selling vouchers again!

As of 18th July 2020 we are OPEN FOR TOURS, PICNICS and TASTINGS by appointment only. Covid-secure. One party only at a time. Contactless payments. All outstanding visit vouchers will be honoured regardless of expiry date. Details on our Visit Page.

Contact us by e-mail or phone 01278 671340 for an appointment.

TASTING THE 2018s

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Wow! Enjoyed tasting our 2018s...

Last Tuesday we drove the hour to Steve Brooksbank’s winery near Shepton Mallet to taste our 2018s after their last racking. It was, you may remember, the absolute best year for English growers in memory. And our memory goes back further than most, to 1985. We’ve been looking forward eagerly to tasting the wines since harvest.

No disappointment either, as you can see in Steve the winemaker (left) and Iain the grower’s faces.

The Madeleine is longer and fuller than usual, with more tropical fruit, but less green freshness. Aficionados of our crisp green “Jane’s” May be less impressed, but it is in truth a more distinguished wine which will complement food rather than a summer quaffer. Not that there’s anything wrong with summer quaffing....

The Kernling is the gem though. It didn’t need to be deacidified, for only the 2nd time ever, and is pure, clean and elegant. We’ll aim to cellar it for at least 2 years to let the flavours develop but it promises to be really special.

The wine will be bottled mid March and come home on a pallet lorry. Lots of it so we need to reorganise the wine store ready. And trim the overhanging trees in our tunnel-like lane so the lorry can get through.

And we have some wonderful family news. Our daughter-in-law Paula, with our elder son Ned, gave birth safely to twins at the end of January in Southampton. Edith and Albert. All doing really well. So happy for them and in awe of how well they are coping. So from nought to three grandchildren in 15 months! Liv in Copenhagen is now toddling and starting to rise to the challenge of learning to talk in three languages (Danish at nursery, Norwegian with mamma and English with pappa). Hope to see all three cousins together at Oatley before too long.

Froala