Litmus Wines has unveiled its 2019 Orange bacchus style as well as its 2014 vintage Element 20, described as “the best yet” by winemaker John Worontschak. 

The Litmu 2019 Orange Bacchus wine is described by Worontschak as “rich, complex and quirky without being unapproachable”.

He said: “This is my third orange wine and I feel I am getting the hang of producing the style I want, namely, to express the phenolic richness that fermentation on skins affords whie avoiding the oxidative characters that often dominates this wine style.”

The wine is produced from Kentish grapes. The unpressed grape must is pumped into a stainless-steel vessel where both primary and secondary malolactic fermentation ensues. Ten per cent of the wine is then fermented in old oak for back blending. The dry wine remained on skins for 16 weeks without S02 until draining. 

The wine will be available this spring priced at £15.99 at selected Waitrose stores. 

The producer is also releasing its Litmus 2014 Elelment 20 wine. Element 20 us Litmus’ flagship wine, and the largest volume wine produced in the range.

Traditionally it is a blend of Bacchus and Chardonnay but the 2014 is a deviation from the norm because it includes Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc sourced from Essex.

Worontschak said: “The 2014 Element 20 is a mature white wine that demands attention.”

The blend comprises 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Gris and 30% Pinot Blanc. The vintage was fermented separately in one to five-year-old French oak barriques and then left on the lees for a further eleven months with minimal intervention before blending and bottling.

Element 20 is named after the 20th element on the periodic table, calcium, paying homage to the chalky soils of which wine was grown.

The Litmus 2014 Element 20 wine is available to purchase now at selected Waitrose stores for £16.99. The full range is available at Harvey Nichols, Hedonism, The Ivy, Virgin Wines, Kerridge’s and independent wine merchants.