Freedom of the Press Bacchus 2020 is a dry wine with aromas and flavours of citrus, pear, a little almond blossom, pine nuts, some minerality, and a hint of aromatic herbs. It is a clean, fresh, linear wine with a bit of ‘zip’, an elegant subtlety, and a good mouthfeel. Perfect for picnics, aperitifs, salads, fresh sheep and goats cheese and even vintage cheddar and seafood. We think this wine would also pair nicely with spicy or aromatic food.
12% Alcohol. Serve at around 10 degrees C, ideally leave it open for half an hour before drinking. Drink within the first year or two of release.
Freedom of the Press Bacchus 2020: The technical bits
The grapes were harvested at Martin’s Lane Vineyard in the Crouch Valley in Essex on 21st September in beautiful condition and at a sugar level of 77 Oe (on average, bunches vary a little). This ripeness suited the intended style very well. Any riper and the wine would be quite ‘exotic’. Any less ripe and it would tend to grass and elderflower. This is the sweet spot of fruit, elegance and drinkability.
A medium length fermentation to dryness at around 15-16 degrees C, 90% in steel, 10% in sandstone amphora. The very minimal handling, and an approach that reduces oxygen uptake has also left a little residual CO2 from tank fermentation that never escaped, you may note some tiny bubbles on first opening which quickly disappear. This adds to the zip, mouthfeel and freshness – it also helps protect the wine. This is a natural outcome of the process which we chose to leave in the wine, it is not fermentation in bottle, nor is it an artificial addition. Total sulphite (SO2) is less than 70mg/l, the free portion, at bottling, was 34 mg/l.
Instead of using a plastic or tin capsule, Freedom of the Press have simply placed a paper sticker over the bottle top. A capsule is not a requirement and is of no advantage to the wine, it is however a waste of resources. The paper sticker keeps the bottle top clean, and completes the ‘look’. This combination is the best for the wine and the environment.