The white grape with green credentials
At Poulton Hill we grow grapes that you may not have heard of if you are a lover of French, Italian or New World wines.
Although many people now know Bacchus as a grape that has been embraced by the English wine industry, not so many will have heard of Phoenix. Indeed, according to Great British Vineyards Guide, UK vineyards produced 25.10 hectares of Phoenix in 2017, compared with 165.20 hectares devoted to Bacchus in the same year.
Phoenix is a hybrid grape, developed in Germany in the 1960s, which is a crossing of Bacchus with the hybrid grape Villard Blanc.
Like Bacchus, Phoenix grows incredibly well in a cool climate and is disease resistant. This means that fewer agrochemical treatments are needed for the vines, making it a more environmentally friendly option as well.
At Poulton Hill, our Phoenix wine is a blend of 85% Phoenix, with 15% Seyval Blanc. The Phoenix grapes are relatively big, making a lighter flavoured wine with high acidity and lower alcohol levels. Our Phoenix is just 10.5% ABV.
Poulton Hill Vineyard’s Phoenix has herbaceous hints and notes of lychee, elderberry and gooseberry, and it is a wonderful aperitive and a great accompaniment to fish, white meat and cheese.
We love Phoenix so much here at Poulton Hill, I even named my dog after the grape!
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