"Bethnal Bubbles 2.1 is a dry hopped sparkling wine made from English Solaris grapes, hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Citra after the first fermentation, then bottle fermented to go fizzy. Left of lees then riddled and disgorged but left slightly cloudy. Zero dosage - so no sugar additions.
We made Bethnal Bubbles 1.1 and 1.2 in 2017 and 2018 – these were wines made from Herefordshire Seyval Blanc and hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. If you recall this wine was made from grapes picked for sparkling so quite acidic. The hop choice was also aimed to bring out the citrus notes and it was a lemon peel punch of a wine, wrapped in hops.
Bethnal Bubbles 2.1 is an altogether different beast. The wine for this version is made from the grape Solaris, grown in Hertfordshire. Solaris is a more aromatic grape variety than Seyval and the grapes for this wine were picked for a still, so it is more rounded, less acidic and a little more textured. The hop blend is also different. We did trials with Opus, Galaxy, Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, Nelson and a few other before picking the 50/50 Nelson Sauvin/Citra mix up.
Bethnal Bubbles 2.1 is a slightly more approachable version but no less hoppy or bold. It’s punchy and aromatic like a very hoppy fresh craft IPA. Notes of elderflower, mango, gooseberry and tropical fruits on the nose. On the palate it’s medium palate weight, textured, medium acidity and structured. The slightly hazy complexion adds to the palate weight and finish. It’s a refreshing drop that leaves you wanting more. Dangerously sessionable, but beware, it’s 12% alcohol."
Renegade Urban Winery Evolution Bethnal Bubbles 2.1 2018
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