The rich vein of form that our wines hold in international competitions has continued this week, with the results of the 2017 Sommelier Wine Awards having been made public, as well as two more winners for us from the International Wine Challenge.
The Sommelier Wine Awards are the premier wine competition in the UK for the on-trade and as members of the Society of Vintners for Scotland, four of our exclusive wines were entered and did very well indeed.
The results were:
Irene Morales Grand Reserve Chardonnay – GOLD MEDAL Toasty, nutty and buttery, with floral blossom hints on the nose,’ began Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, who was impressed with this Gold Lister’s ‘full body, food-friendly richness and depth, with some ripe stone fruits and gentle citrus on a complex palate’. ‘Spicy, leafy notes, beautiful acidity and amazing complexity, with vegetal and red apple hints, and it’s good value, too,’ added The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira. Plateau’s Federico Forte saw this as a versatile match for either seared monkfish or chicken.
San Giorgio Pinot Grigio – BRONZE MEDAL
‘Fresh melon and apple, very juicy acidity, refreshing on the palate with a touch of spice and grassy character,’ said Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, while team leader Andrea Briccarello found ‘slight richness with plenty of citrus and nicely balanced’.
Los Vinateros Crianza – COMMENDED
Jules Feraud Brut NV – COMMENDED
Whilst we’re happy to tell you how excellent our wines are, it’s great to see them being recognised as such by independent experts.
Other wines available through our membership of the Society of Vintners also did well including:
Michel Leon Riesling – GOLD MEDAL
This was ‘fresh and mineral, with grapefruit character and citrus, dry and a little austere on the palate but shows minerality and lime, with a smoky finish’, said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, while team leader Laurent Richet MS also noted ‘lemon-lime fruit, Granny Smith apples, notes of pineapple and a mineral finish’. Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers thought it would match salt-baked sea bream perfectly.
Parlez-Vous Cabernet Franc Rose – GOLD MEDAL
Showed ‘nice cranberry and berry fruit on the nose’, according to Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, who found ‘plenty of punchy redcurrant and rhubarb character on the palate, all really well knitted together’, with team leader Jade Koch highlighting ‘warm ripe peach notes, tart acidity and an apple crunch on the finish, juicy with some elegance’. ‘Duck or rabbit stew would match well,’ concluded Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski.
Over at the International Wine Challenge there was success for:
Chablis L’Onciale – SILVER MEDAL
The judges described it as “Benchmark, classic Chablis, firm and steely lemon hints with intense minerality and a juicy long finish.”
Tinamou Pinot Noir was COMMENDED.