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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > Other Sparkling Rosé

Winner Details

Other Sparkling Rosé

 

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 5 Bronze: 5 Commended: 9 
2015 Gold: 4 Silver: 7 Bronze: 4 Commended: 9

After two years of non-champagne pinks outperforming their more famous French counterparts, this year it was back to earth – if not with a bump, then at least with a resigned sigh.

This was very much a performance of two halves, with the English rosés performing well and providing most of the moments of quality (and both Golds), while Italy and the lone Kiwi pink filled in with some useful Silvers and Bronzes. Not a lot of love from the tasters, for the most part, though the prices compare reasonably well with Champagne for the most part.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘It’s safe to say that sparkling rosé outside champagne and the UK is struggling to find wines with character and balance – there were rubbery reductive notes whereas it should be about bright fruit and easy drinking pleasure.’ Natasha Hughes MW, team leader

‘Some were better than others. Quality was decidedly variable.’ James Hocking, The Vineyard Group

‘[The Harrow & Hope rosé] would suit a wine bar with a terrace outside. It’s good value for money.’ Ned Neville-Rolfe, Vinoteca King’s Cross

Award winners

Found 20 wines

Sparkling: Rosé, excluding Champagne

Harrow & Hope, Brut Rosé, 2013, Thames & Chiltern, England

Gold medal winner

'Charming', 'easy to drink', 'good balance and good value' – no wonder this secured Gold! 'This is a riper style with red fruit, a touch of extraction and autolytic notes. Bright, crisp and clean on the palate,' said WSET's Mike Best, while team leader Jade Koch added: 'Lovely fruit character and juicy, bright breeziness through the mid-palate,' and Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club picked out 'wild strawberries and light white flowers' on the nose, with 'fresh strawberry and pear fruit on the palate, with its gentle mousse and light white pepper notes'.

£18.96 Harrow & Hope

Hattingley Valley, Rosé, 2013, Hampshire, England

Gold medal winner

'Great value, well-balanced with refreshing acidity and long finish,' was Piero Pruneri of Aramark at JP Morgan's summary of why this scored Gold. 'A lovely nose, with ripe fruit on the palate – like strawberries on toast,' was how James Hocking of The Vineyard Group put it. 'Citrus and berry-driven nose, well put together with a lovely balance of acidity and dosage,' began Mike Best of WSET, concluding: 'Fresh and classy, and will only get better.'

£27.82 Liberty Wines

Bisol, Jeio, Cuvée Rosé, NV, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Wild berry with rose and cassis aromas and a light peppery character,' said Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club, applauding the 'rich, elegant finish'. Team leader Natasha Hughes MW picked up floral and spicy aromas, also noting 'simple, brisk, with well-defined, red berry fruit', while Tanguy Martin of La Trompette found it 'soft and gentle with peach stone and red berries'.

£10.42 Bibendum Wine

Hush Heath Estate, Balfour, Brut Rosé, 2011, Kent, England

Silver medal winner

'Medium-intense on the nose with citrus and red fruit notes, really good freshness on the palate, which is bright and shows good length and balance,' said Mike Best of WSET, with team leader Jade Koch adding: 'Tart, juicy, bright and fun.'

£23.00 Liberty Wines

Camel Valley, Pinot Noir Brut Rosé, 2013, England

Silver medal winner

With plenty of summer red fruit and floral touches on a fresh nose that leaps out of the glass, this has an uplifting sparkle, with juicy, delicate redcurrant and strawberry fruit on the palate leading to a long finish.

£22.45 Matthew Clark , Camel Valley , St Austell Brewery

Exton Park, Rosé Vintage, 2011, Hampshire, England

Silver medal winner

'Smells incredible, with brioche and raspberry fruit,' began WSET's Mike Best, continuing: 'Creamy mousse with a fresh, sumptuous and elegant palate, long and balanced on the finish. Very good, and will improve in the bottle.' 'Some bottle age and lovely flavour of raspberries,' added team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£36.90 H2Vin

Akarua, Brut Rosé, NV, Bannockburn, Central Otago , New Zealand

Silver medal winner

While team leader Sam Caporn MW noted this wine's 'pale colour', describing it as 'light, fresh, dry and long', James Hocking of The Vineyard Group found it to have a 'delicate, fine quality', saying: 'Great length and depth with a fine, persistent mousse, and showing good balance between fruit and acidity.'

£15.96 Liberty Wines

Costaripa, Mattia Vezzola, Metodo Classico Brut Rosé, NV, Lombardy , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Fresh, balanced and lively, with a firm and persistent mousse,' said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, adding: 'Lengthy finish, well made with good fruit and acid balance.'

£15.69 Alivini

Revino, Donna Trevigiana, Raboso, NV, Treviso , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Good, bright colour, with aromas of squashed strawberry fruit, this has a good balance with some residual sugar and acids,' said team leader Sam Caporn MW, adding: 'Nicely commercial.'

£8.18 Cockburn & Campbell

Ceci, Otello 1813, Rosé, NV, Emilia-Romagna , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Vibrant and lively!' began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, highlighting its 'clean and fresh, strawberry-raspberry flavours', while Emilie Sagot of The Sign of the Don noted its 'good acidity and fruity finish'.

£11.70 Eurowines

Coates & Seely, Rosé Brut, NV, England

Bronze medal winner

'Intriguing nose, brilliant and fleshy with orange and dried mango fruitiness, followed by a weighty, happy palate,' said team leader Jade Koch. 'Fruity, berry style with strawberry notes on a balanced finish,' added Emilie Sagot of The Sign of the Don.

£26.21 Bibendum Wine

Cleto Chiarli, Vecchia Modena, Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara, 2014, Emilia-Romagna , Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest found it 'straightforward, with cranberry and raspberry fruit and a sherbet sweetness to the finish', while Vinoteca's Zigmars Grinbergs said: 'Fresh and even, it's simple but it works.'

£10.82 Enotria&Coe

Enrico Bedin , David, Spumante Rosé, NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

Cavit , Altemasi, Trentodoc, Brut Rosé , NV, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.40 Boutinot

Cavit , Lunetta, Spumante Brut Rosé , NV, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.90 Boutinot

Gusbourne , Rosé, 2012, Kent, England

Commended medal winner

Bluebell Vineyard, Hindleap, Brut Rosé, 2013, Sussex, England

Commended medal winner

Greyfriars, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, 2013, Surrey, England

Commended medal winner

Coates & Seely , Rosé La Perfide , 2009, England

Commended medal winner

£22.66 Bibendum Wine

Félix Solís Avantis, Pigalle, Rosé Sec, NV, Vino de Mesa , Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.88 Matthew Clark