Evolution by Renegade - Bethnal Bubbles 2.1
Grapes grown in Hertfordshire, England
Grape variety: Solaris
Hop Flowers: Nelson Sauvin (2019 crop) & Citra (2019 crop)
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.
Why is it called Evolution and not Renegade?
We wanted to draw a line between wines made from 100% hand harvested fresh grapes brought to the winery in London and made into wines that people would clearly identify as wines (albethey innovative, different, and game changing) AND products where we have pushed the boundaries of winemaking to a point that make them less of a pure wine and more of an innovative winey drink. A hopped wine is a clear example of this. The use of hops is not permitted in traditional winemaking rules and as such, we need to clearly label this product as an aromatised wine based drink, despite it being made only from grapes.
Evolution is a sister brand. The label is clearly from the same business but rather than showcasing the customers on our bottles, these wines showcase the pets of our customers. The first wines have the eyes of dogs but expect to see more birds, cats and other creatures as time goes by.
The dog is called Daisy and she's a weimaraner
We are bringing out more products under the Evolution brand later this year and next.
If anyone cares, this wine, like all our wines, is vegan friendly. This doesn't mean they wave to vegans in the street, they are just made without the use of any animal based winemaking products.