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After this year’s successful Gold medal win for their Bacchus, we take a few sips with Jane and Peter Moore from Toppesfield Vineyard, based in Essex, to find out what’s coming next…

1. Can you tell us about your winning wine(s) from this year’s competition?

We love our Toppesfield Wines – but maybe we are a little bit biased… for us, the proof of their quality is in the comments from the SWA judges: on encountering this worthy gold winner, Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia thought Toppesfield Bacchus was defined by its elegance, describing ‘elderflower notes with light nuances of gooseberry and greengage’. Meanwhile Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason described it as ‘savoury on the nose, with some ripe lychee, peach and jasmine aromas, leading to a weighty body, with ripe fruit and fresh acidity’, adding that it would be an 'ideal match for risotto'.

2. What has happened following the win?

The SWA award has created a lot of new interest in Toppesfield Vineyard. It has increased our followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but, most importantly, it is has given us credibility with Trade buyers. As a result of the SWA award, we have established a number of new trade accounts, varying from a small specialist business in Bedfordshire, a regional supermarket chain and a luxury spa hotel in North Yorkshire. The good news continues as, after winning a SWA Gold for the 2016 Bacchus, we are delighted to have won Overall Wine of the Year in East Anglia for our 2017 Bacchus. This is the second time we have won this regional award – for two of our three vintages.

3. Why did you enter this year’s competition?

As the name suggests, we knew from industry reports that the SWA competition is highly regarded by sommeliers and other wine experts. We were awarded a Gold Medal for our 2016 Bacchus by the East Anglian Vineyard Association and thought it worth trying out on the global stage. We were absolutely delighted to appear in the SWA Gold List and feel extremely proud of the fantastic product we have produced. It makes the huge amount of work we have invested in Toppesfield Vineyard absolutely worthwhile.

4. Can you tell us a little bit about this year’s harvest?

This year’s grapes are looking and tasting fantastic. We are watching their growth very closely now, trying to work out when we will harvest. We would normally enrol the ‘Toppesfield Pickers’ the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October but this year might see us harvest a week or two earlier depending on the weather over the next couple of weeks. The yield will definitely be significantly higher than last year – and hopefully the quality will be on a par with last year’s crop.

5. What’s next for Toppesfield and your wines?

Following our success in each of our three vintages to date, we are in the process of building a new Wine Centre which will be available, by appointment, for a range of wine tasting events. The new centre will open in 2019 – more news on this in due course.

Find out more about the winning Bacchus and here where to find it here.