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Wine of the Month – June 2020

Hush Heath’s take on England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc, Balfour Liberty’s Bacchus, has a refreshing complexity

The winemakers at Hush Heath, in Staplehurst, Kent, love a back story and their Balfour Liberty’s Bacchus 2018 was not only picked and pressed by the vineyard’s wine club members but also named after the estate’s ‘head dog’, Liberty.

Typical of Bacchus, this is a refreshing still white featuring aromas of elderflower and gooseberry with some strong grassy notes coming through, along with hints of rose petal.

However, it also presents a depth and complexity not so commonly found in wines made from this grape thanks to the winemakers, Owen Elias and Victoria Ash, experimenting with oak and wild ferments during fermentation.  

The result is a rich, dry wine with hay, gooseberry and green apple all carried through on the palate to a long, refreshing finish.

Great to drink on its own on a warm summer’s day or with mezze-style spreads of salami, ham, artichoke etc. A good wine for a picnic.

The facts

Vineyard: Hush Heath, Staplehurst, Kent

Grape Varieties: 100% Bacchus

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing Potential: Enjoy now

Price: £20

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