We've been making a sparkling lilac wine, inspired by Jeff Buckley's Lilac wine song, (there are other versions of the song lilac wine, but this is definitely our favourite)
In fact we have been playing the song constantly on loop in Yarde's Wild Winery while we made this batch. It is such a chilled and mellow song, perfect for creating a moody, inspiring, working atmosphere.
Lilac flowers were picked from the side of our wild winery in Stoke Gabriel. We used the common 'lilac' coloured plant first , Syringa vulgaris., and then added a white variety Syringa vulgaris 'Madame lemoine' a few weeks later when that came into flower, as it had an even more powerful scent.
We're not sure how it will turn out yet, but the fragrance was wonderfully intoxicating as we picked the flowers and infused it with water, sugar, lemon and yeast to make the sparkling wild wine.
Really excited about the potential flavour and aromas, but disappointingly, the wine isn't lilac coloured.. So I might have to squeeze a few wild blackberries into it in late summer, to improve the colour, and make it pinky-purple.
I've only made a single batch of 200 litres. So we will only have 266 champagne bottles available in year or two's time.