Lyme Bay is a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wines, Fruit Wines, Ciders, Meads and Liqueurs from their home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.
Bacchus is somewhat of a baby when it comes to the wine world. Originally created in Germany in the 1930s, the Bacchus grape is believed to be a combination of a Riesling-Silvaner crossed with Müller-Thurgau and was not commercially available in wines until the 1970s. By comparison, Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes used for wine, dating back to Ancient Rome, so it just goes to show how much of a ‘new kid on the block’ that Bacchus is!
But today, it is the UK’s fourth most planted grape variety behind Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, going from strength to strength in recent years and has somewhat cemented itself as the flagship English wine.
The 2021 Bacchus blend included fruit from Essex, Kent, and Hereford. Extended skin contact was used on specific parcels to enhance phenolics, before each parcel was fermented in individual lots at temperatures ranging from 12°C to 17°C, with selected yeast strains. After racking, the wines were selected and blended, then left to rest on fine lees before final filtration and bottling in May 2021.
Clear, pale lemon / light straw in colour. A heady nose of elderflower with an abundance of citrus, green mango and blackcurrant leaf. A fresh and zesty wine, with a balanced, rounded body. Crisp acidity adds excellent structure to the palate and lifts the light tropical and citrus character.
Perfect with Vegan ‘fish’ & chips and minted peas…