England: White

Sharpham Bacchus Stop Ferment, Devon

Our favourite Sharpham white wine! So much so, we wrote it up for Riqueza 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 touch of sweetness on the palate and a glorious fruit profile offering lycée, melon and a touch of pineapple. Summer time bliss!

WineBacchus Stop Ferment
StyleOff-dry with pronounced aromatics
VarietyBacchus
Vintage2019
Winemaking6 months in stainless steel
ABV11%
Price£17.00

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.

WineStopham Pinot Gris
StyleOff-dry, intensely aromatic with a fruity complexity and a full body
VarietyPinot Gris
Vintage2018
WinemakingStainless steel
ABV11%
Price£16.00

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!

WineStopham Pinot Blanc
StyleDry, aromatic, complex and balanced
VarietyPinot Blanc
Vintage2019
WinemakingStainless steel
ABV11.5%
Price£15.00

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.

WineStopham Bacchus
StyleDry with moderate acidity and a touch of sweetness
VarietyBacchus
Vintage2018
WinemakingStainless steel
ABV11%
Price£15.00

Sharpham Pinot Gris Wild Ferment, Devon

WineSharpham Pinot Gris Wild Ferment
StyleA wild ferment and a low interventionist approach offers complexity and intrigue
VarietyPinot Gris
Vintage2019
WinemakingMinimum of 24 months skin contact, 6 months in stainless steal
ABV11.5%
Price£17.00

Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2019, Kent

A unique ‘Blanc de Noirs’ still wine made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes grown on the estate owned Roman Road vineyard. This wine not only delights serious wine enthusiasts but everyday wine lovers also.

A truly gastronomic wine which expresses itself with poached fruits, balsamic nuances and a creamy mouthfeel.

WineSimpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier
StyleComplex and full bodied with a creamy finish
VarietyPinot Meunier (Clones 798 & 799)
Vintage2019
WinemakingGentle whole bunch pressing, aromatic yeasts and MLF, time to rest on the fine lees prior to bottling
Residual sugar: 2 g/l Acidity: 3.95 g/l
ABV12.5%
Price£18.50

Simpsons Roman Road Chardonnay 2020, Kent

If you’re looking for a wine that has previously grabbed people’s attention, then look no further… the 2018 vintage of the Simpsons Roman Road received a Platinum Medal and the highest accolade of ‘Best in Show’ at the 2020 International Wine Awards! And this, most recent vintage is a stunning follow-up which is perhaps unsurprising given the stunning growing conditions that year’s harvest enjoyed.

Inside the glass, expect to find ripe fruit expressed as, both, tropical and citrus along with delicious notes of butterscotch and cedar.

WineSimpsons Roman Road Chardonnay
StyleElegant, refined and complex
VarietyChardonnay (Clone 548)
Vintage2020
WinemakingPrimary fermentation and MLF in stainless steel
Barrel ageing: 25% in one year old French oak
Residual sugar: 1.1 g/l Acidity: 4.7 g/l PH: 3.27
ABV13%
Price£26.00

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.

WineEstate Selection
StyleDry and vibrant white
VarietyMadeleine Angevine
Vintage2019
Winemaking8 months in stainless steel
ABV11%
Price£15.00

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.

WineSharpham New Release
StyleLight, fresh, fruity and very drinkable!
VarietyBlend: Madelein Angevine & Bacchus
Vintage2020
Winemaking4 weeks in stainless steel
ABV11.5%
Price£14.10 (only 1 bottle left in stock)
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