Chapel Down – Orange Bacchus 2014

Orange Bacchus 2014 Book Cover Orange Bacchus 2014
Chapel Down

A most curious wine and unlike any other English white I have tried, more and more enjoyable with each taste.

The nose felt quite closed initially, the trick is not to over chill as it does open up and reveal a very unusual nose of dried flower, citrus peel and spiced nut.

Initially very dry with flavours of stone fruit and apple. Most noticeable is an underlying layer of rich nuttiness, a slight bitterness with citrus zest hints and an abstract almost menthol-like quality.

Whilst nuanced and complicated, it’s not too heavy like some wines in this style can be. What surprised me was how lasting the flavours were, the texture of the tannin really lingers and adds an extra dimension.

A must try for anyone looking for a more challenging and unusual still English wine.

Winemakers Description:

This wine was left to wild ferment in contact with the skins in the same way that a red wine is made. This extracts additional aroma and flavour compounds alongside tannins which adds complexity. The resulting wine offers intense aromas of smoky stewed apple together with hints of citrus rind and an almond-like bitterness on the palate leading to a rich complex finish.


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