This month has seen Hidden Spring take a bold step forward with the launch of a brand new winery. The East Sussex producer, re-established in 2015 by new owners David McNally and Chris Phipps, is working towards an annual production volume of 25,000 bottles with sparkling wine releases targeting 2020.
I had the chance to sample the latest still wine from Hidden Spring, this gorgeous, youthful Bacchus 2017.
On pouring this wine, I was immediately reminded of why I enjoy Bacchus so much. Spring-fresh aromas of citrus fruit, pear and grass fill the air with light floral tones.
This wine is delicately textured, loaded with bright, zingy lime and grapefruit up front, before softening to riper tropical fruit notes with a mellow weight thanks to partial barrel fermentation and 9 months spent on lees. There are grassy and mineral notes to finish, rounding off a delightfully textured Bacchus.