Sharpham Bacchus Stop Ferment, Devon
Our favourite Sharpham white wine! So much so, we wrote it up for Concierge Magazine (check it out via our ‘Press’ tab).
This off dry white is the perfect partner to a warm summers day or Thai cuisine or both! There is a lovely perception of sweetness, just a touch, and a glorious fruit profile offering lycée, melon and a touch of pineapple. Summer time bliss!
|Wine||Bacchus Stop Ferment|
|Style||off dry with pronounced aromatics|
|Ageing||6 months in stainless steel|
Stopham Pinot Gris 2018, Sussex
This multi award winning Pinot Gris is the flagship wine of the famed Sussex winery, Stopham. Simon Woodhead is the man behind the Stopham operation closely followed up by his assistant winemaker Tom Bartlett. Simon left his career working on sensors for McLaren F1 to pursue his love of viticulture. Now he combines his skills in precision with his passion all under one ‘victorian barn’ roof.
There’s a bit of a joke in the industry that you don’t want to go up against Stopham’s Pinot Gris! It has won consecutive awards including Gold during the 2018 and 2019 IEWA. As such, it is the estate’s flagship wine! This deliciously off-dry white offers a delicate floral character offset against rich stone fruit aromatics. Full bodied and incredibly food friendly; pair with mildly spiced and fragrant Thai cuisine.
|Wine||Stopham Pinot Gris|
|Style||off-dry, intensely aromatic with a fruity complexity and a full body|
Stopham Pinot Blanc 2019, Sussex
A personal favourite here at Bacchus and back at the Estate, too, with Marie Davies holding it close to her heart. Stopham’s Pinot Blanc received its first accolade in 2020 for their 2018 vintage, when it snatched the IEWA trophy for ‘Best Overall English Wine’. Another trophy for the ‘fit to burst’ Stopham cabinet!
The wine has a strong backbone of acidity, expressed as zippy lime and juicy grapefruit, which holds the wine together. Beautiful tropic notes of honeydew melon and ripe green pear complement each other sumptuously. On the finish, a subtle nuttiness and spicy notes of cardamon and fennel. A wine to pour (and pour) over!
|Wine||Stopham Pinot Blanc|
|Style||dry, aromatic, complex and balanced|
Stopham Bacchus 2018, Sussex
The Bacchus grape variety is now as quintessentially English as cucumber sandwiches and Pimms or strawberries at Wimbledon! Not only does it reflect our cool climate in the same way that Riesling does in the Mosel or Pinot Gris in Alsace, it offers a fabulous point of difference for English wine in a unique expression.
The Stopham Bacchus puts purity of fruit at centre stage with orange peel and grapefruit citrus notes in abundance. There’s a pleasing and moderate level of acidity and combined with 5g/l of residual sugar (still dry), it leaves our palate pleading for more! A fantastic introduction into the Bacchus variety.
|Style||dry with moderate acidity and a touch of sweetness|
Sharpham Pinot Gris Wild Ferment, Devon
|Wine||Sharpham Pinot Gris Wild Ferment|
|Style||wild ferments and a low interventionist approach offers complexity and intrigue|
|Ageing||minimum of 24 months skin contact, 6 months in stainless steal|
Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2018, Kent
|Wine||Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier|
|Style||a unique ‘blanc de noirs’; complex and full bodied with a creamy finish|
Sharpham Estate Selection, Devon
A light and dry white wine that shows aromas of green apple, lemon zest, gooseberry and a slight ‘grassy’ nuance. The palate is very fresh and clean with a citrus driven acidity.
|Style||dry and vibrant white|
|Ageing||8 months in stainless steel|
Sharpham New Release 2020, Devon
Producers either side of the equator are reporting fantastic harvests for 2020 (a little welcome news given everything else 2020 offered us). Sharpham are quick to bolt too with their Beaujolais Nouveau style white wine.
A little over 1300 bottles have been produced so when we say, it’s gone, it truly has gone.
From vine to bottle in under 8 weeks, this delightful blend of Madeleine Angevine, along with a small proportion of Bacchus, delivers a crisp, fresh and deliciously fruity dry white wine. There is the added bonus of a Vinho Verde esque light spritz too that is retained after fermentation. This adds to the enjoyment of this fantastic wine that is produced with the intention of enjoying young.
|Wine||Sharpham New Release|
|Style||Light, fresh, fruity and very drinkable!|
|Variety||Blend: Madelein Angevine & Bacchus|
|Ageing||4 weeks in stainless steel|
|Price||£14.10 (only 3 bottles left in stock)|
To look at: super-light lemon with a soft spritz,
To smell: clean fruits of the purest nature preserved by a short fermentation in stainless steel,
To taste: vibrant and racey with fresh citrus, pears and apples which are followed by lush grapefruit, peach and melon on the back pallet. The finish is giving while the wine remains moreish due to a touch of residual sugar.