Litmus Wines launches Litmus Orange

01 September, 2016

Litmus Wines has launched its first branded ‘Orange’ wine, produced from English grapes.

The UK-based international wine business consultancy has brought out Litmus Orange, produced from 100% hand-harvested English Bacchus from the 2015 vintage grown at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.

Litmus Orange was crafted using a historical production method of fermenting and ageing white wines on their skins. This method was widely practiced in Italy until the 1950s.

Founder and director John Worontschak said: “Litmus Orange is a striking wine: straw gold in colour with orange hues, and a distinct nose with grassy, quince and hazelnut overtones. In the mouth it has an unusual pithy tannin structure. Although disorientating at first, it is harmonious and smooth with good acidity and an incredibly long finish. The wine will continue to develop over time, but even now it is a great match for oily meats and spicy dishes.”

Litmus Orange joins the other ultra premium English still wines in the Litmus portfolio: Litmus Element 20 and Litmus White Pinot. The range has been crafted to highlight the complexity and elegance that can be captured from grapes grown in cool climates. Litmus Orange is available now from Litmus Wine Agencies and will retail from £20 per bottle.




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