A refreshing and lively English wine showing zesty flavours of elderflower, green pepper and passion fruit enlivened by a herbaceous finish.
Essex, Great Britain
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 6.3
Winemaker: Piers Greenwood & Rastilav Miklos.
Piers Greenwood is a bit of a visionary, he planted his vineyard in Purleigh, Essex in 1969, which makes it one of the oldest in the UK. The vineyard benefits from a very special microclimate and Purleigh is one of the warmest and sunniest spots in the country. Today New Hall Vineyard has 40 hectares under vine and one of the largest plantings of Bacchus in the UK. Winemaker Piers has won the prestigious UK Winemaker of the Year Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and his highly acclaimed and award-winning wines showcase English Wine at its best.
2018 experienced a long, warm and dry growing season, which enabled the grapes to reach excellent phenological maturity and flavour concentration. The grapes were in good, healthy condition at harvest and have produced wines with excellent varietal typicity.
The vines grown at New Hall were carefully selected and have been planted at only 12 to 24 metres above sea level on well-sheltered, southern facing slopes of a shallow valley. Over the years this site has proven itself to be an almost ideal place for the growing of vines in England, producing above average crops of high quality grapes with naturally high sugars each year. Bacchus is a grape that needs to be picked before becoming over-ripe to retain its intense and distinctive grapey flavours. The vineyard comprises London clay soils, from the Tertiary age, with chalk concealed below the clay deposits. The fruit is harvested by hand when it has reached optimal maturity.
The fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at cool temperatures to retain the freshness. The wine was left on its lees for approximately one month, adding texture, body and complexity to the resulting wine. This was made in an unoaked style to order to retain the purity of fruit and aromatics from the Bacchus variety.
From the oldest plantation of Bacchus in England, this wine displays intense aromas of elderflower, red apple and melon. Refreshing on the palate, with green pepper and passion fruit notes and a refreshing minerality.
Perfect served chilled as a refreshing apéritif, or with white meat and fresh fish dishes.