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Winners Announced: Wines of the Year 2020

It’s a little later in the year than we expected (due to Covid), but we’re thrilled to be able to announce our Wines of the Year for 2020.

These already award-winning wines truly are the best of the best, their unveiling is eagerly awaited by sommeliers, merchants and producers alike.

This year 2,800 wines were entered into our competition by 290 merchants and producers from all over the world. They were judged by 100 of the best sommeliers, wine buyers, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, some who came from across seas especially to judge our competition.

360 of these wines received a Gold medal, 432 Silver, 513 Bronze, and 860 Commended medals were also awarded.

Further to that 31 of these wines went on to win extra special Critics’ Choice, By the Glass and Pub & Bar awards.

7 Merchants and 4 Producers were awarded medals for their outstanding achievements in the competition, and from these talented winemakers and sellers, 5 wines have been chosen for the ultimate awards, our Wines of the Year. Here they are in all their glory…

House Wine of the Year (White)

D'Aria , The Songbird, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Cape Town, South Africa (£5.60 Eurowines)

'There's lots of typicity here, with herbaceousness and jalapeño notes, as well as bright citrus fruit and zippy acids, leading to a grassy finish.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Good citrus notes, with pink grapefruit and elderflower leading to mouth-watering acidity, yet really ripe and intense too. A well-made crowd pleaser at a terrific price.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.


House Wine of the Year (Red)

Casa de Illana, Tres de Cinco 2014, Ribera del Júcar, Spain (£5.74 Chalié Richards)

'A medium-bodied wine with red fruit and a touch of vanilla, and quite silky on the palate.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Well-balanced and easy-drinking - this really over-delivers on complexity for it’s price.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting. 'Some savoury touches with a bit of fruit make this a solid house wine for many bars, pubs and casual restaurants.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.


Gastropub Wine of the Year

Bodegas Volver, Tarima Hill 2017, Alicante, Spain (£9.22 C&D Wines)

'Powerful yet elegant, with ripe black fruits, some eucalyptus and some spicy notes.' Gianluca Provenzani, Belmond Cadogan Hotel. 'Very ripe and intense dark fruit flavours, with lots of sweet spices too.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s. 'A well-made wine, with proper structure, and alcohol well integrated, with a spicy finish. A wine to enjoy with hard, salty Spanish cheeses.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.


Fine Wine of the Year

Stargazer, Rada, Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir 2018, Tasmania, Australia (£26.45 Enotria&Coe)

'Unique and well-made, this is fresh, crisp and juicy, with some lovely fruit. Easy-drinking.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader. 'Leathery, earthy and rustic, with some precise cranberry fruit, spice, and a very elegant feel overall, with a silky texture.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very pretty petal nose gives way to a gravelly finish, with crunchy fruit in-between.' Oliver Zelenczuk, London Shell Co.


Overall Wine of the Year

Millton, Te Arai, Chenin Blanc 2017, Gisborne, New Zealand (£17.87 Bibendum)

'Lively, funky and fun as hell, with cola bottle and honeydew notes. Drink it. Love it.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'A very exciting, natural-focused wine that brings some good minerality.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'A shining Chenin Blanc with great structure, ripe fruits, floral notes and hints of honey. A good example of a wine to be enjoyed with food.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.


Choose any of these wines for your clients or customers, and you can’t go wrong. Or perhaps stash a few away for yourselves? These wines are the cream of the crop and parting with them will be such sweet sorrow.

Contact the linked merchants and producers to enquire about these wines today.

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