Albourne Estate has made some fantastic wines over the last few years, and their Bacchus has always been a standout. So I was very much anticipating this brand new, lightly sparkling Bacchus made using the Charmat/tank fermentation method.
The Albourne has all that classic Bacchus varietal character, with cut grass, elderflower and green citrus aromas.
To taste, it’s got a brilliantly clean and zingy greeting, with developed flavours of pear, green apple and tangy grapefruit.
What I enjoyed about this wine was the balance of fresh, crisp acidity and low sugar (4g/l ) compared to other Charmat method wines I have tasted. It’s a very pure, dry expression of Bacchus but with the added lift of the light bubbles.
Brisk, bold but subtly tempered acidity integrates nicely with rich peachy and apricot flavours.
Notes of thyme and sage add a savoury component that would pair well with many summer dishes.
Impressive length with profound yeasty complexity on the finish.
A fun, fruity and playful wine with an underlying red berry fruit purity that remains firmly true to Albourne Estate's established stylistic expression.
A delicious first ever sparkling wine from Alison Nightingale's Albourne Estate.
Almost rosé in colour, this is a lively White Pinot with lots of red berry character.