In a nutshell: A fragrant and rounded English white from Sussex.
The lowdown: Bacchus is quite an English speciality with the capability of making quite complex sines. This, from Bolney, is 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.