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2015: Gold 2 Silver 4 Bronze 1 Commended 3
2014: Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze 0 Commended 2

When New World winemakers start wittering on about cool-climate viticulture, English winemakers must feel a bit like Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee. ‘That’s not cool climate,’ they should say, then gesture to vineyards shivering in a British summer. ‘This is cool climate…’

The 2012 weather did for Britain’s entry last year, but in 2015, we had a range of good whites (and a good red, too!) from the more clement 2013 vintage. High medals for Pinot Blancs, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir suggests that there’s more to this sceptred isle than bubbles. Well worth watching – we await 2014’s wines with bated breath.

From the Tasting Teams

‘Both our Golds were very different styles. They didn’t shout out “English”, they shouted out being nice wines worth talking about on a list.’ Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘Stylistically, they’re very relevant: light, crisp and dry. You could say “try this, it’s English” and even among those different styles, they showed that light crispness. Pricing was steeper than we would have liked, but we understand why that is.’ Neil Bruce, Studio Alto

‘If you are running some sort of special English menu with English wine, or an English wine promotion, then this [Bolney Estate Pinot] could certainly sell.’
Richard Brooks, Caroline Catering

Award winners

Found 10 wines


Sharpham, Barrel Fermented 2013, South West England, England

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Balance, breadth and a distinctive flavour profile gave Sharpham not just England's first Gold, but a Critics' Choice too. ‘Intense nettle and green apple aromatics, interesting blackcurrant leaf complexity with light-bodied, bright, zesty flavours on the palate and a balanced, fruity finish. Crying out for seafood,’ said Mike Best of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. 'With notes of confectionary, spice and sweet gooseberries, this is pure and precise,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, suggesting roast belly pork as a match.

£10.47 Sharpham Wines

Chapel Down, Kit's Coty Estate, Chardonnay 2012, Kent, England

Gold medal winner

Deft oak treatment delivers Gold to Chapel Down for this, its flagship Chardonnay. ‘Good oak treatment on the palate with smoky notes and refreshing, buttery fruit style. Well-made wine,’ said Enikő Heidenwolf of Bread Street Kitchen, with Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn adding: 'Savoury and well balanced, with lovely sweet orchard fruit, peas and apple on the palate. Pair with roast chicken and asparagus.'

£11.95 Chapel Down

New Hall, Bacchus 2013, Essex, England

Silver medal winner

'Off-dry, with hints of spice and passion fruit,' said Studio Alto's Neil Bruce. 'Full flavoured, with sweet fruit, this is quite rich, with crisp apples and pears and a fresh finish,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£8.85 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Stopham Estate, Pinot Blanc 2013, West Sussex, England

Silver medal winner

‘Herbal and leafy on the nose, with lime zest and grapefruit undertones, and honeydew melon notes to the balanced finish. Refreshing and good for food,’ said consultant sommelier Maria Rodriguez, with Enikő Heidenwolf of Bread Street Kitchen also noting: ‘Touches of asparagus and crushed green apples, with refreshing acidity.’ Match with potted shrimps.

£12.47 Liberty Wines

Bolney Estate, Pinot Gris 2013, Sussex, England

Silver medal winner

'Juicy and forward, with pear, sweet apples, elderflower and citrus. Full on,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. ‘Pithy character, with nutty, bruised apple notes and good acidity,’ commented the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's Mike Best.

£14.85 Bibendum

Bolney Estate, Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013, Sussex, England

Silver medal winner

'Bright, appealing colour, with fresh, soft red fruits – raspberry, strawberry and blackberry – plus a twist of spice and a herbaceous grip on the finish,' said Hamish Anderson of The Tate Group, concluding: 'Delicious!' 'Good length and balance,' added team leader Angela Reddin.

£14.85 Bibendum

Stopham Estate, Pinot Gris 2013, West Sussex, England

Bronze medal winner

With James Hocking of The Vineyard Group highlighting ‘some great minerality’, team leader Simon Woods noted: ‘Ripe, punchy/pungent style, good gooseberry pie character with a very likeable edge of tartness.’

£13.97 Liberty Wines

Danebury, Schönburger 2013, Hampshire, England

Commended medal winner

Danebury, Old Vine, Schönburger 2013, Hampshire, England

Commended medal winner

Danebury, Madeleine Angevine 2013, Hampshire, England

Commended medal winner


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