In a nutshell: A fragrant and rounded English white from the heart of Sussex.
The lowdown: Bacchus isn't a particulary well known grape variety but over the last few years it's become something of an English speciality when it comes to still white wines. In our cooler climate it has the capability of making quite complex and very interesting wines. This example from the Bolney Estate is a good case in point. It's nicely crisp and fragrant with aromas of capsicum, gooseberry, lychee, citrus with hints of exotic spice. There's lime and apple on the palate with a good acidity and excellent persistence on the finish.
When to drink: Perfect as an aperitif it also suits fish like dover sole, or salmon, or try with a Thai green curry.
The estate, located in the village of the same name on the edge of the South Downs about 30 minutes north of Brighton is in the heart of England's wine producing district.
Established back in 1972 it predates the current upsurge in the English wine industry however under Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, and who now heads up the winemaking operations the estate has kept its finger on the pulse of modern practices and standards. Without doubt Bolney ranks among the foremost of English wine estates in both quality and ambition and they've done much to raise the reputation of English wine as a whole.
In contrast to many they don't concentrate on sparkling wines alone and they also produce high quality still red whites and rosés to the same exacting standards many of which are repeat award winners.