"Ben Smith, head winemaker at Penn Croft, has a rather impressive CV. He made 2018 Oxney Chardonnay – my first and only 20/20 scoring English wine. He also made 2020 Penn Croft Pinot Blanc – another stunner I wrote up in Vineyard Magazine’s March issue earlier this year. This new release reverts to England’s most nostalgic grape variety, Bacchus. And no surprise, Ben has a different take on this grape than the crowd. He manages to layer mint, cucumber and elderflower alongside every-changing hints of exoticism. Delicious, magical, shape-changing and bone dry, it gains its class from its sensational fruit and a cunning 25% barrel ferment portion in 4th fill neutral oak. There is even a deft 10% MLF to soften the mid-palate making the texture sheer heaven. Drop Ben a line if you want to secure some stock of this beautiful wine."
- Matthew Jukes as featured at: matthewjukes.com
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