English wine producer Chapel Down has released a sparkling version of its popular Bacchus expression.
The new Sparkling Bacchus has been developed to “extend knowledge and understanding of the grape variety”, which according to Chapel Down, is widely becoming known as England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc.
To make the new variant – the seventh expression of Bacchus that Chapel Down produce – grapes from 2018’s harvest were cool fermented before being carbonated at bottling.
Chapel Down Sparking Bacchus 2018 (12% ABV) is described as a fresh and aromatic white wine with intense aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and elderflower. On the palate, tropical fruit and fresh acidity combines with a touch of sparkle.
The sparkling wine is suggested served well chilled or with a splash of Chapel Down Bacchus Gin.
Head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire said: “Deciding to carbonate the wine and not to put it through traditional method was a considered choice as I wanted to retain the youthful aromatic components which Bacchus showcases so well.
“It’s not a wine to discuss and debate for hours or a wine to cellar for years to come, it’s an uncomplicated and very refreshing wine to open and enjoy this summer.”
Mark Harvey, Chapel Down’s managing director for wine and spirits, said: “Bacchus thrives in England and has become something of a ‘poster grape’ for our young, wine growing region.
“Having produced several expressions of still wines, we’re excited to release this sparkling version in time for the summer season!”