The wine scene in England is still pretty young by international standards. We're making superb English wines, but unlike the French, with thousands of years of history, we maybe haven't got a full understanding of which parts of England are best suited to which styles of wine.
I think it possible though that South Devon may turn out to be the best place to make English white wines. Sharpham Wines Sandridge Barton estate have been doing just that for over forty years. The vineyard is in a south facing bowl just above the River Dart.
This award winning Bacchus took gold at the Wine GB awards and it is an example of how good still English wines can be.
Stop Ferment literally means that the ferment is stopped. The fermentation tank is closely monitored and tasted frequently in order to detect the perfect balance of natural grape sweetness and tingly acidity. The tank is then cooled to below five degrees to stop the fermentation.
On the nose it is bright and floral, reminiscent of the wines of Alsace or Germany, yet undeniably English with it's scent of elderflower and green apple.
In the glass it has the palest hints of colour. On the palate it is off-dry and well balanced with just a flash of sweetness upfront. This English wine is a spring hedgerow in a glass. Glorious.
Recently reviewed by Stephen Skelton MW
"I thought that the wine was very good and I really like this style of wine. Stop-ferment wines are so much more harmonious than wines which have been sweetened by other means. Bone-dry Bacchus from high-acid grapes don’t always work for me, and a little residual rounds them out."