LDN CRU Bacchus 2014
London (Various Grape Origins)
1900 bottles produced from Bacchus grapes supplied by Sandhurst Vineyards. This was 60% tank fermented combined with 40% wine that was barrel fermented.
The wine retains the rich floral and tropical aromatics of Bacchus, whilst having an intriguing vanilla and toasty edge thanks to the texture induced by oak aging and battonage.
Very good acidity with a crisp citrus bite; lemon juice, lime zest with green apples and a good mix of tropical fruit flavours. Very interesting texture on the mid taste, which leads to a vanilla and elderflower finish.
I wouldn’t have guessed this was a Bacchus, the uniqueness made it one of the highlights from the lineup for me.
The significance of our 2014 Bacchus shouldn’t be understated. Not only was it our first foray into vinifying English grapes, making a truly English wine in the process, but also shows that we are capable of producing expressive, aromatic whites; an important milestone.
The wine itself is a fine balance of texture and freshness, from barrel and tank fermented components, that champions the delicate varietal character of Bacchus, in what was widely regarded as the vintage of a generation. Elderflower, nettles and cut grass are all prominent with a lemon pith edge. Good texture on the mid-palate, owing to its partial oak fermentation, is followed by lip-smacking acidity. A great summery wine that will pair nicely with seafood.
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