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Bacchus Block

From the small Dog-Leg plot at Great Whitman’s Vineyard, this 100% Bacchus wine was isolated for its intense and powerful grapefruit freshness, broad tropical-fruit notes and herbal undertones.

WINEMAKING NOTES

When deciding when to pick our Bacchus grapes we either aim to pick them before the grapes are considered ripe, or once the grapes are considered overripe. These Bacchus Block grapes are from some very ripe fruit, which had a kiss of botrytis (noble rot). After crushing and destemming, the juice was left in contact with the skin before being gently pressed and cold settled for over 48 hours. The juice was then inoculated with a T. delbrueckii yeast strain, which helps reveal thiol-type varietal aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Once this fermentation was underway the wine was co-inoculated with a S.cerevisiae yeast strain, specifically selected for its ability to reveal a thiol which has aromas of box wood and herbs. 20% of the wine was fermented in old oak barriques, with the remainder in stainless steel tanks.

TASTING

Clear, pale lemon in colour.

NOSE: Clean, intense and powerful grapefruit freshness, broad tropical-fruit notes and herbal undertones.

PALATE: A long, citrus-dominated finish with a good mouth and great length.

STYLE: Aromatic dry white 

ABV: 11.45% Vol   Acidity: 7.73g/L TA   pH: 3.32   RS: 3.9g/L   Variants: 100% Bacchus   

MLF: Inhibited   Volume: 2,784 bottles   Vintage: 2015   Vineyards: Great Whitmans Dog-Leg plot (Essex)    

PDO/PGI: PDO   FERMENTATION VESSELS: 20% fermented in old oak barriques, 80% Stainless steel.

AWARDS:

REVIEWS:

“This is a real powerhouse of a Bacchus. Intense & powerful citrus, rich green & tangy grapefruit notes. Bold & punchy!” John Mobbs, GreatBritishWine.com

“Fresh bubblegum nose with a whiff of snapped pea pods, and super freshness and precision on the palate. Light and elegant style, with crisp apple zing, soft sweet citrus notes & a pleasing herbal-mineral influence,” Decanter (92 points)