Each year the major trade bodies judge thousands of wines, awarding medals to the stand-outs. While we don't buy wine just because they won gongs, it is still nice when our choices are recognised! Here we offer a mixed case of award winners:
Three Choirs, Classic Cuvee, Gloucestershire - SWA GOLD
An interesting blend of Seyval and Pinot Noir, traditionally made: a dry, subtle and classy example that illustrates Englands growing expertise in Sparkling Wine.
Custoza Bianco, Valle dei Molini - SWA GOLD
Fascinating blend of Trebbiano Toscano, Tocai Friulano, Garganega, Chardonnay and Manzoni: ripe tropical and orchard fruit, pronounced minerality, really fresh and complex.
Gros Manseng, Rigal, Vin Orange - SWA SILVER
a great introduction to 'Vin Orange' (white wine made like red wine, with extended skin contact.) Made with wild yeasts, minimum intervention and minimal sulphur, it has a golden hue, a nose full of white peach and citrus aromas and a long, complex, slightly toasted finish.
Trinca Bolotas, Peso de Herdade, Alentejo - DWWA PLATINUM
A wine that has long had a following in Deillah, vibrant red in colour. Great aromatic intensity dominated by ripe red and black fruits (blackberries, raspberries and black plums). Full bodied, with good tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish.
'Quercus', Cabernet Merlot, Goriska Brda, Slovenia - SWA GOLD
Goriška Brda is just across the Italian border, and the wines are viticulturally one and the same. Angela Muir MW consults on the winemaking; the result is fresh, modern wine that offer an extra terroir-driven complexity and elegance, unusual for the price
Otto Bucce, Dezzani, Piemonte - GILBERT & GAILLARD GOLD
Literally meaning '8 skins', Ottobucce refers to the 8 grapes which have been blended to make this wine. Complex on the nose with delicate aromas of red fruits, vanilla and fine spices. Soft on the palate.
Award Winners Mixed Six £76 (Price if bought separately £83.94)
Award Winners Mixed Twelve £149 (Price if bought separately £167.88)