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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > Prosecco

Winner Details

Prosecco


2015: Gold 2 Silver 3 Bronze 8 Commended 8
2014: Gold 3 Silver 5 Bronze 7 Commended 5


While the cheaper entrants tended to top-out at Bronze level, our teams were generally happier with what they were seeing around the £10 mark. And though you could probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of sommeliers who would pour this for themselves on their night off, it’s still a drink that’s popular with accountants. But for how much longer? One or two tasters suggested that it’s not quite the ‘instant banker’ that it once was…

FOOTNOTE: For rosé prosecco look in the Other Sparkling Rosé section.


From the Tasting Teams

‘People think prosecco is a cheap bubbly, but now you can start to make a change and make people see that it can be a bit more premium.’ Jeremie Guiraud, Lords of the Manor

‘If you have someone that’s open-minded, then prosecco can be more than just an aperitif – perhaps a playful accompaniment with salad.’ Vittorio Gentile, Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel

‘It’s not always a bad thing that a wine is simple and affordable. But it’s worth having a higher-priced prosecco because some people will buy it.’ Giancarlo Cuccuro, The Gilbert Scott

‘[the Cuvée Solicum] was not the cheapest, but it showed really well what prosecco can be.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘People are beginning to get a bit bored with prosecco. There are still some interesting wines, but prosecco doesn’t just sell itself any more.’ Jeremie Guiraud, Lords of the Manor


Award winners

Found 21 wines

Sparkling: Prosecco

Riondo, Prosecco Spumante, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

Elegance alongside an appealing, dry palate marked this Prosecco out for the top. It has lemon candy and orange rind notes, and Matteo Malquori of Hakkasan Hanway Place highlighted this wine’s ‘green apples, elegant mousse, refreshing acidity and long, balanced finish’, while team leader Simon Woods added: ‘Ripe, but has crisp red apple alongside pineapple and pear.’

£8.35 Moreno Wines, Try Wines

Soligo, Cuvée Solicum, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Freshness and delicacy made the Cuvée Solicum stand out. ‘Fresh apple blossom, nice balance, medium length,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Gilbert Scott. ‘With plenty of fruit, this is juicy, with the Alka Seltzer-like mineral tang, good apple, pear and peach. Relaxed and interesting,’ said team leader Simon Woods. 'Great as an aperitif,' concluded team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£9.70 Eurowines

Soligo, Col de Mez, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A super Prosecco, a wine to enjoy with the nose,’ declared an impressed Simon Cassina of Winexponent, going on: ‘Pronounced floral, white spring blossom flavour intensity, green apple and flinty mineral, floral notes on the nose, persistent bubbles and complex, harmonic palate.’

£9.15 Eurowines

Bisol, Cartizze, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Jeremie Guiraud of Lords of the Manor found this an ‘excellent quality Prosecco’ that could ‘challenge top-end fizz’, saying: ‘Clean flavour, honeyed and smooth, with a little touch of sweetness and perfectly balanced, and can easily be drunk during a meal.’

£20.24 Bibendum

Val d'Oca, Rive di Colbertaldo, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Nice perlage, with sweet peach flavours and hints of yellow flowers, medium length and a clean, fresh minerality,’ said Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW agreeing: ‘Floral notes and freshness, plus good typicity.’

£9.90 Bibendum

Buckingham Schenk, Bacio della Luna, Prosecco Spumante NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Immediately pleasing nose, light and easy but very pleasant drinking at this value,’ said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering. ‘Robust, with a dried pear nose,' added team leader Martin Lam.

£6.59 Copestick Murray, Greene King

Bisol, Jeio, Valdobbaiadene Prosecco, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Pear fruit with quince, a zesty attack, good acidity; persistent and harmonious,’ said team leader Martin Lam, with Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel adding: ‘Smoky almond and lime zest, full and mineral, with floral notes.’

£10.96 Bibendum

Canevel, Valdobbiadene Spumante, Extra Dry 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Very approachable style, with balance and some maturity, citrus and buttery fruit style, food friendly,’ said Jeremie Guiraud of Lords of the Manor, with Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth finding: ‘Nice floral aromas, very consistent.’

£12.37 Vinum

Cavit, Lunetta Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth noted the ‘tiny bubbles, green apple, clean, salty minerals’, while Jeremie Guiraud of Lords of the Manor found: ‘Honey and apple notes, mild acidity; an excellent and approachable, fun style.’

£6.72 Boutinot

Montresor, Selvaggio, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Lots of fizz to start with, fresh apple blossom on the nose, medium body with a balanced finish,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Gilbert Scott, concluding: ‘Good afternoon bubbly!’

£7.00 Boutinot

Bortolomiol, Symphoniae, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Nice body and structure, with leesy notes on the nose; serious, complex and long,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth adding: ‘Good perlage, a little apple, with dried apricot.’

£9.52

Sacchetto, Prosecco Spumante, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Pleasing texture for a fairly sweet, rich style that’s very long,’ began Gold List coordinator, Christine Parkinson, concluding: ‘Zesty, with a fuller body, quince, pear and a slight saltiness.’

£9.81 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Ruggeri, Giustino B, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Lively, appealingly fruity style, with plenty of intensity of fruit,’ noted Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, with Gold List coordinator Christine Parkinson adding: ‘Charming, off-dry and very different, with extraordinarily persistent mousse and vanilla pastry notes.’

£15.83 Enotria&Coe

Montresor, Contessa Giulia, Prosecco NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.50 Molson Coors

Bisol, Vigneti del Fol, Valdobbaiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.20 Bibendum Wine

Bisol, Crede, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Brut 2013, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.87 Bibendum

Val d'Oca, Argento Treviso, Prosecco, Extra Dry 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.65 Bibendum

Botter, Il Caggio, Prosecco NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.70 Bottle Green

Bisol, Relio, Glera Valdiobbiadene, Extra Brut 2009, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.50 Bibendum

San Simone, Il Concerto, Prosecco Spumante, Brut NV, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.29 Eurowines

Soligo, Rive di Soligo, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Millesimato Dry 2014, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.90 Eurowines

 

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