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2018 Bacchus, New Hall Vineyards

2018 Bacchus, New Hall Vineyards
ref. NEWH180 MAY19

Wine Variety: Bacchus is a twentieth century crossing of another (Silvaner x Riesling) cultivar and Muller-Thurgau. The fruit of Bacchus ripens early, so it has been welcomed in the cooler vineyards of the world, especially Germany and the UK. Another grape, Optima, has been found to have exactly the same parentage, so produces wine of a similar style. Bacchus tends to lose its acidity when fully ripe.

Wine Region: It appears that there was some form of grape cultivation in the warm period between the second and third ice ages, as both seeds and pollen from that time have been discovered by archaeologists. It is likely that the Romans also grew grapes - most probably for wine - as that period in history was also warmer. And there was a further golden age of English wine making between the 11th and 14th centuries. The modern wine industry in the UK started after the war with vineyards planted to the sort of arcane varieties that would ripen with some consistency in the British climate (including this one: Bacchus). Much of the trade now focuses on sparkling wine and many of the UK's vineyards have been turned over to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as a result. 

Wine Producer: The first vines were planted at New Hall in 1969 with the first wine being made two years later: a grand total of 18 bottles! The following year three tonnes of fruit were picked and a program of expansion commenced to cope with these new volumes. Since then, awards have been won and further expansion has taken place. Sparkling wine production has - perhaps predictably - commenced. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Bacchus
  Producer
Producer:
New Hall Vineyards
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9.5°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
10.5%
  Country
Country:
England
  Appellation
Appellation:
Essex
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
East Anglia
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 9.5 degrees C i.e. fridge cold (which I think is about right, in this instance). Super-pale, almost water white. The nose is a deliciously fresh and nicely defined expression of crisp orchard fruit and green orange. I find apples, especially, and hints of grapefruit. The palate has nice density of fruit along its really decent length. Acidity is held within and as something of the green apple/grapefruit about it, yet it is not overly prominent. This is both light and has presence, a lovely cut of citrus freshness remains. A refresher: perfect on its own and superb for summer salads.

#3wordtastingnote: super-fresh, low alcohol, summer

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