Made from Bacchus grapes grown at Missing Gate Vineyard in Essex’s Crouch Valley this aromatic and textured wine brings plenty to the party. Expect a punchy and bright wine with notes of fleshy grapefruit and gooseberry, and racy green apple acidity. The perfect summer serve. Enjoy while gazing up at the stars!
Picked by hand on 16th October from a single vineyard site in the heart of the Crouch Valley the Bacchus fruit was clean and bright. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice was racked into 227-litre American oak barrels (ex-Burgundy, fourth/fifth use) and fermented in barrel for six months with occasional stirring to move the lees through the wine – adding body and texture.
Gutter&Stars’ winemaker and founder Chris Wilson had wanted to start his own winemaking business for some time, and over the past three years searched for the perfect site for a small-scale urban winery in Cambridge, the city he’s lived in with his family since 2013. In 2020 a golden opportunity came up to house the winery in the basement of a Grade II listed windmill less than a mile from the city centre, and work began turning this octagonal cave into the city’s first winemaking facility. The winery is housed in the mill’s basement. It’s the perfect spot in some ways (a 15°C ambient temperature, a good drainage system, bags of character) and challenging in others (low ceiling height, single phase power, narrow-ish door).