Hidden Spring, Bacchus, East Sussex, UK, 2018
At the southern edge of the Weald, where it cascades head long towards the coast, nestles the small vineyard of Hidden Spring.
The new owners David and Chris have looked to breathe new life into this site. A veteran of the English wine scene, having been planted over 30 years ago, it was until recently more campsite than vineyard. It has been rescued from this ignominy, the campsite swept away and 24,000 vines newly planted. Working the land themselves, managing the winemaking and doing their own bottling, it is quite clear this is more than just another hobby business. This is an obsession. Their ambition is clear and the future looks very exciting.
Hidden Spring Vineyard is on a south facing gentle slope with clay over sand. Vines are Vertical Shoot Position trained. Whilst they are not organic their approach is certainly minimal intervention. Altitude is between 65 and 78m above sea level and they are located on the edge of the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty.
Whole bunch pressed to maximise quality pneumatic press, fermented at low temperature to retain varietal character and volatile aromas. Approx 10% fermented in oak barrels the rest in stainless steel tanks. Aged on lees for 5 months before sterile filtration and bottling. Cold stabilised over the winter.
Type: French Burgundy Oak 300L
% wine oaked: 10
% new oak: None
This stylish Bacchus delivers fresh aromas of elderflower, pear and white peach. Finely balanced with a crisp fresh palate offset by a round generous mouth-feel, the gentle minerality is matched with flavours of apricot, greengage and hints of passionfruit.
Perfect as an aperitif, with salads, asparagus and hard cheese.
6 x 75cl