Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve 2014

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  • £14.00
  • 12.5%
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A more defined and nuanced Bacchus?

This has all the aromatic heritage of the Bacchus grape; tropical fruit, grapefruit and lime on the nose with green grassy Sauvignon Blanc-like hues.

The palate seems weightier than I recall the previous vintage being. Bright and punchy pineapple, green apple and lime flavours with slightly mouth-coating texture.

Then a real tang, grapefruit bitterness with greener grassy notes again. Hints of pepper that I can only liken to (rather unusually) fresh green rocket, slight hints of tannin maybe from partial whole bunch pressing?

Surprisingly long finish, I love how it dances in between tropics, citrus and green notes with lots of lingering intrigue. Definitely more textured than most Bacchus.

John Mobbs

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