The Bacchus Frizzante 2018 is made from grapes grown in last year’s harvest, which the estate rates as its best ever.
Frizzante wines differ from the usual sparkling wines in that they have gentler “bubbles” or mousse.
Vineyard owner Alison Nightingale has produced 3,500 bottles of the limited edition 2018 vintage. She said: “The grape has a natural exuberance and a lightness of touch.”
The softer more subtle bubbles mean the wine can be bottled with a screw cap because of the lower pressure, rather than the heavier weighted glass with a cork and wire cage used for sparkling wine.
Alison says that the Frizzante is ideal as an aperitif, with cheese, olives, nuts and salami, or on its own. Its screw cap ensures a perfect seal so that it does not have to be drunk all at once.
Alison said: “It is very drinkable because of its lightness, and would appeal to people who like Prosecco.”
Bacchus Frizzante 750ml, which is suitable for vegans, is available at £14.95 from Albourne Estate’s cellar door, its website, and independent retailers in Sussex including Hennings Wine Merchants, South Downs Cellars, The Butlers Wine Cellar and Quaff Fine Wine Merchant.