Evolution by Renegade – Bethnal Bubbles 2.1
Grapes grown in Hertfordshire, England
Grape variety: Solaris
Hop Flowers: Nelson Sauvin (2019 crop) & Citra (2019 crop)
This innovative blend of 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.
Bethnal Bubbles 1.1 and 1.2 Were made 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 brings 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.
Renegade pushed their recipe with Bethnal Bubbles 2.1, with a 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.