Sommelier Wine Awards 20202 Results Are In…
The Sommelier Wine Awards is Britain’s only ‘on-trade’ wine competition with all wines tasted blind & awarded accolades based on food-friendliness, versatility, typicity, personality & value for money. Judges for the Sommelier Wine Awards are a mix of buyers, consultants & sommeliers who work for restaurants, hotels & other on-trade premises. (Judging took place prior to the COVID-19 outbreak & lockdown).
Despite the current nationwide closure of the on-trade, the list of winners from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards has been published, & we are delighted that thirteen wines from our portfolio have received either gold or silver medals, with another seventeen picking up either the bronze or ‘commended’ awards.
While we may not be able to enjoy these wines in our favourite restaurants & bars right now, we raise a toast to the team at Imbibe for publishing the results & to the sommeliers & buyers who helped with the judging (a tough job but someone’s got to do it I suppose).
Congratulations to all the winning wines & we hope it will not be too long before we are enjoying a bottle of one of these in our favourite on-trade establishments again, but for the mean time you can always enjoy them at home…
Sommelier Wine Awards ‘Gold’ Medal Winners
Collavini ‘Broy’ Friulano/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc / Italy / £34.99
“The terroir is present & rocking here. This is mature on the nose & powerful on the palate, with pineapple & clotted cream deliciousness, crunchy acidity & a lingering spiced finish.” – Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.
“An interesting wine with tropical notes on the palate alongside juicy acidity & some grapefruit pithiness on the finish.” – Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group
San Marzano ’62 Anniversario’ Primitivo di Manduria Riserva / Italy / £29.99
“Full & expressive on the nose, with subtle baking spices & ripe figs leading to a complex, dry palate with generous & evolving fruit on the long finish.” – Joshua Castle, Noble Rot.
“Ripe fruit & velvety tanins, as well as some high acidity, with savoury, leathery notes & very well-integrated alcohol, all accompanied by some delicious sweet spices.” – Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair.
Kaiken ‘Ultra’ Malbec / Argentina / £32.99 / Magnum
“This scores high on drinkability, with good breezy minerality on the nose, & tannins that build forgivingly.” – Oliver Zelenczuk, London Shell Co.
“A bold & savoury wine that’s full of flavour, with sweet spices & black peppercorn notes.” – Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant.
“Great potential but already approachable, with a soft & velvety texture & a spicy finish.” – Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche.
Trinity Hill ‘Gimblett Gravels’ Syrah / New Zealand / £24.99
“An elegant crowd-pleaser, with notes of roses & cherries, some ripe tannins & high acidity.” – Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant.
“A savoury wine with black fruit & some black pepper spice, along with lots of meaty, gamey notes too. Its elegant structure makes for a good food-matching wine – this would be lovely with roast lamb.” – Laura Rhys MS, team leader.
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Blanc / France / £41.99
“Classic champagne, with lovely aromas of breadcrumbs, pear & apple, as well as a flinty minerality.” – Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche.
“A well-balanced, full-bodied champagne that’s generous & voluminous.” – Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.
“A very mineral style, with green apple, lemon pith & chalk, leading to a very long palate with decent mousse & a lip-smacking finish.” – Angela Reddin, team leader.
Sommelier Wine Awards ‘Silver’ Medal Winners
San Marzano ‘Edda’ Bianco Chardonnay/Fiano/Moscatel / Italy / £19.99
“Lovely orange & lemon peel aromas, with a refreshing palate & a spicy finish that adds a little complexity.” – Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche.
“A complex palate of ripe stone fruit with zesty citrus, & decent acidity. Complex, satisfying & excellent for food pairings.” – Martin Lam, team leader.
Domaine Lafage ‘Miraflors’ Rosé / France / £14.99
“A subtle floral nose with a warm palate, this has good character, & is a lovely wine to drink by itself.” – Bianca Potenza, 212 Amsterdam.
“Crisp red fruit & some high acidity, with some pastry notes & some dairy too.” – Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair.
“With its persistent, soft fruity character, this is a good by-the-glass option for a casual restaurant.” – Raphael Thierry, consultant.
Chateau Lestrille-Capmartin Bordeaux Superieur / France / £18.99
“A nice elegant touch here, with balanced herbal notes & a little oak to frame the fruit.” – Joshua Castle, Noble Rot.
“Soft fruit with some bell pepper & herbaceous notes going from the nose to palate.” – Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen.
Domaine La Villaudierre Sancerre Rouge / France / £22.99
“A delicate, charming summer-berry nose that’s quite perfumed. The palate is much more intense, with wild red bramble fruit, strawberries & flowers, & mineral notes too. A very elegant wine with a pure cascade of flavours, & great intensity & style, with a classy finish.” – Angela Reddin, team leader.
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva / Italy / £29.99
“Good concentration here, with lots of fruit to match the acidity, a touch of spice & toast & some high tannins.” – Nuno Pereira, Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel.
“A modern style with crunchy black fruit in the spotlight, & some sweet spices & savoury notes there too.” – Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair.
Charles Smith ‘The Velvet Devil’ Merlot / USA / £17.99
“Polished & fine, this opens with rich ripe cassis & boysenberry, alongside some sandalwood, cedar, vanilla & smoke. There’s dense concentration in the mouth, with smoky oak wafting throughout, & with a light sprinkle of spice & graphite. Very flavoursome.” – Angela Reddin, team leader.
Amalaya ‘Gran Corte’ Malbec/Cabernet Franc / Argentina / £17.99
“A fantastic Malbec with very well-balanced fruit, oak, tannins & acidity, leading to a long, harmonious finish.” – Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair.
“A classic blockbuster style with full, rich, ripe fruits, a meaty, gamey component, & some really bold oak.” – Laura Rhys MS, team leader.
Dopff au Moulin Cremant d’Alsace / France / £21.99
“An expressive nose showing some secondary aromas leading to a buttery, lactic palate with a complex array of aromatics, including dried fruits, walnut & pistachio.” – Olivier Marie, team leader.
“Lots of tertiary, biscuity creamy stuff going on here, with bright, lively acidity too.” – Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.
Sommelier Wine Awards ‘Bronze’ Medal Winners
Torres ‘Sons de Prades’ Chardonnay / Spain / £23.99
Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay / Australia / £31.99
Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz/Riesling / Australia / £15.99
Weingut Kopp Spatburgunder / Germany / £21.99
Feudi di San Gregorio Dubl Spumante / Italy/ £19.99
Champagne Bernard Remy Brut Rosé / France / £39.99
Sommelier Wine Awards ‘Commended’ Medal Winners
Mulderbosch ‘Steen Op Hout’ Chenin Blanc / South Africa / £13.99
Weingut Peth Wetz Unfiltered Riesling / Germany / £18.99
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling / USA / £17.99
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier / USA / £20.99
Dona Paula Estate Malbec / Argentina / £15.99
Undurraga Sibaris Pinot Noir / Chile / £18.99
Lake Breeze Bullant Cabernet/Merlot / Australia / £16.99
Josef Chromy Pinot Noir / Tasmania / £27.99
Fontanario de Pegoes / Portugal / £10.99
Akarua Rua Pinot Noir / New Zealand / £21.99
Champagne Devaux Grande Cuvee / France / £39.99