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Albourne Estate Bacchus 2018


  • Country: England
  • Region: West Sussex
  • Grape: 100% Bacchus
  • ABV: 12%
  • Awards/Accolades: 2014 vintage - UK Wine of the Year Trophy UKVA: 2016 vintage: IWSC Silver Medal
  • Good to know: Vegan

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Tasting Notes


We are confident that 2018 will be as exceptional as the earlier vintages of this Sussex Wine; we will write it up as soon as it arrives! We are taking orders for this wine at the 2019 price!

Albourne Estate Bacchus 2017 is now in very short supply; the vintage quantity was severely affected by the late frosts in 2017. When this vintage is sold do take a look at Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve which is in a similar style.

Alison’s Bacchus has subtle aromas of elderflower and nettles, together with grapefruit and tropical fruit hints, giving it a style reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The vibrant palate has elderflower, citrus and tropical hints and excellent length.  A brilliant English white wine which is refreshing, full-flavoured with a lovely, long, elegant and zesty finish. It is beautifully poised and balanced.

Just ready in early June 2017, it will develop its complexity in bottle through the year. If you are a fan of English wine – or you don’t believe English wine can be just as good as comparably priced white wine from other countries – you should try this high-quality Bacchus at our competitive price.

Albourne Estate has just under 30 acres (11 hectares) in gently rolling hills near Hassocks, in West Susse, with stunning views to the Devils Dyke. In the early 2000s Alison decided that she wanted to spend more time with her young family. She left her high-flying job and moved with her husband to Sussex. She was always interested in wine and wanted to find a career that would fit around her family. She completed a degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College in 2007 and after much searching in Hampshire, Devon and Sussex she found a suitable local site for a vineyard in 2009. Since then, her wines have won many awards including UK Wine of the Year Trophy in 2015.

The striking labels feature wildlife that are regularly seen in the Albourne Estate and are painted by a local artist. The Bacchus label features a Buzzard. We also stock Albourne Estate Selection 2014 which features a stunning Green Woodpecker on its label.

Food match: Fish, shellfish, sushi to Fish & Chips!  It is great with goats cheeses and other mild cheeses.  Above all it is a terrific aperitif.

Reviews of 2015 Vintage:

Matthew Jukes in Part 2 of his Compendium on English Wines published in the Daily Mail Weekend Magazine on 10 September wrote:-

“This is a tangy, refreshing Bacchus with real flair and precision”  Matthew Jukes

Winning the UK Wine of the Year Trophy at the UK Vineyards Association (UKVA), (having already won two Trophies and a Gold Medal at the UKVA Wine of the Year Competition) was a fantastic achievement considering that this wine was selected from over 320 entries of sparkling and still English wines. It also won a Silver Medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). In both competitions the wines are blind-tasted by panels of experts, many of whom are Masters of Wine (MW).

Reviews of 2014 vintage;

“This wine won a Gold and 2 Trophies at the English and Wales Wine of the Year Competition 2015, and it is easy to see why with its crisp and aromatic with strong hints of elderflower. It would be all too easy to mistake it for a Sauvignon Blanc on the nose; it has strong white currant fruit on the palate and an attractive, delicate finish. It seems super-clean, finishes bone dry…I think this is the best still English wine I’ve tasted.”

Richard Hemming MW; www.jancisrobinson.com Aug 2015


“The nose is enough to draw you in with its grassy notes, elderflower and lime and then flashes of tropical fruit vibrancy of passion fruit and grapefruit. Georgeous flinty undertones almost reminiscent of a great Sancerre. The palate delivers in spades; it’s bone dry with all sorts of Sauv like hints of grapefruit and gooseberry. Rich mineral flavours, texture and elegance and just wait until you get to the lengthy finish.”

John Mobbs; www.greatbritishwine.com 2015


“[Bacchus] makes gloriously tangy, citrussy wines. [Albourne Estate’s] is an epic version.”

Matthew Jukes; Daily Mail 17 October 2015

Read more about Albourne Estate in our News and Views pages.