Grape Variety: 100% Bacchus
Alcohol Percentage: 11%
Climate: Maritime climate, one of the sunniest and warmest areas of England
Ageing: Whole bunch pressed, cool-fermentation then took place in stainless steel tanks, ensuring the retention of the primary fruit aromas. A small percentage of the blend was in contact with the lees before blending and filtration.
Color: Pale yellow with slight greenish hues
Nose: Delicate aromas of jasmine, elderflower and ripe grapefruit
Palate: Beautifully balanced, the wine is a delight on the palate with mineral notes through to a long ﬁnish that draws out sweet pineapple and grapefruit
Bolney Wine Estate Lychgate Bacchus 2021
Rodney and Janet Pratt were pioneers of their time and all that Bolney is today is a testament to their grit and determination to go against the grain to fulfil their vision. Rodney, a chemical engineer who continued his professional career in the rubber industry alongside his vine growing, describes how he came to discover his passion for winemaking during placement at Gutenberg University, ‘We spent most of our six months in the vineyards of Louis Guntrum. He was the person who showed us all, there was a difference between Niersteiner Domtal, Liebfraumilch and Mateus rosé and real wine.’
Back on British soil, Rodney had a vision. “I had this marvellous idea – let’s go and find somewhere to live that’s got a few acres of ground and we can plant a vineyard, and I shall retire at 45.” With Janet’s support, they purchased a run-down smallholding, on the outskirts of the village of Bolney, north-west of Burgess Hill – and over 50 years transformed the Estate into what it is today.
Their dedication to the ethos ‘Guided by nature since 1972′ has helped this winery rise to become known as the pioneers of English wine whilst being awarded the UK Wine Producer of the Year in 2012.