10th June 2014
SOUTH EAST WINES ARE THE WINNERS IN THIS YEARS’S UK WINE INDUSTRY NATIONAL COMPETITION
The industry's annual national wine awards - The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition - reveal an unprecedented number of medal winners, with South East vineyards dominating the trophies awarded.
Of the 205 entries, 190 wines won medals, accounting for 95% of all wines in the competition, including 15 Gold, 111 Silver and 64 Bronze, with a further 4 awarded Highly Commended. Still wines were the overall winners, scooping 66% of the total medals (44% still white, 16% Rose and 6% Red).
The competition is an opportunity producers across the industry to take part, and open to all different styles of still and sparkling wine now produced in the UK. The wines were judged over two days at Balliol College in Oxford by a team of six Masters of Wine and marked to international standards. Chaired by Anthony Foster MW, the panel also comprised: Dee Blackstock MW, Maggie McNie MW, Sally Easton MW, David Bird MW and Robin Crameri MW.
12 trophies were awarded to different style categories of wines, 8 of which were won by South East producers. 5 were gained by Chapel Down, awarded three trophies for their Bacchus 2013. Chapel Down Kit's Coty Chardonnay 2012 repeated the success of its previous vintage in winning the Best Oaked White Wine trophy whilst their Pinot Blanc 2011 was awarded trophy for Best Large Production Wine from an earlier vintage.
The Most Outstanding Sparkling Wine is notably the first organic wine to win this trophy: Davenport Limney Estate 2009, produced from Pinot Noir and Auxerrois.
A still white wine from Lincolnshire was awarded the Trophy for Most Outstanding Small Production Wine. Somerby Vineyards Solaris 2013 is produced from a relatively new variety and vineyard.
This year’s still and sparkling rosé winners come from different sides of the country, but both produced from Pinot Noir. Norfolk's Lavenham Brook Pinot Noir Symphony 2013 won the still rosé trophy and Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2012 scooped the sparkling.
The winner of the Best Red Wine Trophy illustrates new developments in red wine production. Three Choirs Ravens Hill 2011 breaks the mould with a blended wine comprising Regent, Rondo and even some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The unchaptalised wine is a category was won by Litmus Element 20 2011, an oaked blend of Chardonnay and Bacchus.
Denbies Wine Estate's Surrey Gold NVis this year's winner of the Best Presented award, particularly fitting since Denbies relaunched their new packaging earlier this year.
Two remaining trophies are held back to be announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place on 23rd July - the prestigious Winemaker of the Year (The McAlpine Trophy) and the Wine of the Year Trophy (The Gore-Browne Trophy).
Commenting on the judge’s response to the wines, Anthony Foster MW said: “We were all genuinely impressed by the high quality of the wines which is why so many ended up with medals. When the results were announced, it was particularly pleasing to discover newer producers competing with long established ones from across every region, and each region gaining medals.”
UKVA Chairman Paul Langham added: "This is a set of excellent results for vineyards across the UK. Our national competition strives to highlight some of the gems in our industry as well endorse the fantastic and consistent quality gained by many of our producers in the other competitions."
Notes to Editors:
The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition is organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association, and this year took place at Balliol College, Oxford, hosted by the Thames & Chilterns Vineyards Association
The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition is the only competition in the world judged entirely and only ever by Masters of Wine, bringing with them their wealth of experience, expertise and tasting to international standards.
Interviews with the organisers or the Chairman of Judges can be arranged. Please contact Julia Trustram Eve, English Wine Producers, tel: 01536 772264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following trophies were:
Vintners’ Trophy - The most outstanding sparkling wine
Davenport Vineyards Limney Estate 2009
Jack Ward Memorial Salver - The most outstanding large production wine – 2013 vintage
Chapel Down Bacchus 2013
McNie Trophy - The most outstanding oaked white wine
Chapel Down Kit's Coty Estate Chardonnay 2012
Wine Guild Trophy - The most outstanding large production wine – any other year
Chapel Down Pinot Blanc 2011
Tom Day Trophy - The most outstanding single varietal wine
Chapel Down Bacchus 2013
Dudley Quirk Memorial Trophy - The most outstanding large production wine (>10,000 litres)
Chapel Down Bacchus 2013
President's Trophy - The most outstanding small production wine (<1500 litres)
Somerby Vineyards Solaris 2013
Waitrose Rosé Trophy - The most outstanding still rosé wine
Lavenham Brook Vineyard Pinot Noir Symphony 2013
Bob Lindo Trophy - The most outstanding sparkling rosé wine
Camel Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2012
Bernard Theobald Trophy - The most outstanding red wine
Three Choirs Vineyards Ravens Hill 2011
Berwick Trophy - The most outstanding large production unchaptalised still wine
Litmus Wines Element 20 2011
Montagu Trophy - Best presented wine
Denbies Wine Estate Surrey Gold NV