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Chapel Down Bacchus 2015


  • Country: England
  • Region: Kent
  • Grape: 100% Bacchus
  • ABV: 12.0%
  • Awards/Accolades: Gold Medal UK Wine Awards 2017; Decanter Silver Medal 2017: IWSC Silver 2017

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Tasting Notes

Chapel Down Bacchus 2015 has had rave reviews from a number of competitions. After the exceptional 2014 vintage in England; the 2015 vintage is also stunning. This is definitely a must-try English wine of great quality.

Aromas of English hedgerows, melon and elderflower which intermingle with gooseberries. These are followed by a full-flavoured, appealing fruity and zingy palate with gooseberry and elderflower hints.  A crisp, dry, fresh English wine packed with fruit and amazing length.  It’s like a cross between a high class Sauvignon Blanc and a top Verdejo from Rueda (Spain) ( a great accolade from us!), The flavours go on and on!

Chapel Down’s talented head wine-maker, Josh Donaghay-Spire uses the respected whole-bunch pressing method with this wine, which retains its aromatic purity. It spends three months on its lees in tank before bottling in March 2016.

Bacchus is one of the most successful grapes grown for English still wines and is often likened to the Sauvignon Blanc of England! If you enjoy good kiwi Sauvignon or full-flavoured Sancerre, you should try this! Lovely now, this wine will develop its complexity. Made from grapes grown in Chapel Down vineyards in Sussex and Kent.

Food Match:  Perfect with goats cheese, salads, seafood or Thai dishes.

“A gooseberry fired from a catapult, this floral home-grown white is joyfully splendid”.   Olly Smith June 2016

“From England’s fourth most planted grape variety, this is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. It displays green apple, gooseberry and freshly cut grass. It is light, crisp and fresh with a tangy edge and some elderflower notes on the finish.”     Drink 2017 to 2018.  Decanter Tasting Panel 2017

Sells in other merchants £12.99 – £13.99:  Bush Vines competitive price £11.75.