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Winner Details

Other Sparkling Rosé, Including English

2017 Gold: 2 Silver: 10 Bronze: 4 Commended: 14
2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 5 Bronze: 5 Commended: 9

This set of wines covers two main styles: serious (often English) sparkling pinks with pretensions to grandeur and (sometimes) food-matching potential, and cheap, cheerful wines that one taster described (positively) as ‘bimbos’.

With all things pink an easy sell, this is a good place to look for less-familiar wine names that will still move off the list and can give you a higher GP.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Last summer I listed 70 rosés, both still and sparkling. I don’t think it’s always seasonal. It’s a versatile food wine and matches well with light food.’ Yohann Pinol, Wiltons

‘It would be interesting to see a pet nat style of English rosé rather than traditional method.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘There was a high level of acidity [in the English wines] – these are gastronomic wines that need food. I’d use them for pairing menus.’ Rustem Mingaleev, Bovey Castle

‘People will pay a premium price for champagne, but they are not willing to pay for Australian, New Zealand or other New World sparklers.’ Maurizio Palomba, Sushi Samba

 

‘Sparkling rosé is something that’s easy for customers to drink and easy for us to sell.’ Gabriel Liotta, Hakkasan Hanway Place

Award winners

Found 19 wines

Sparkling: Rosé, excluding Champagne

Mezzacorona, Rotari, Cuvée 28 Rosé, Trentodoc NV, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

Freshness and light fruit gave this Italian rosé what it needed to take Gold. Yohann Pinol of Wiltons noted its ‘very elegant fruit, fine bubbles and delicate red berry aromas’, while team leader Jade Koch found it ‘clean, clear and bright, with delicate fruit and flower petal flavours’. ‘Floral, carnation and honeysuckle, as well as lovely citrus notes,’ were a highlight for Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London, who paired this with scallop carpaccio and pink grapefruit.

£10.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Lunetta, Rosé NV, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán enjoyed its ‘elegant nose, soft citrus and freshness’, while team leader Simon Woods found it a ‘gentle and juicy, approachable style with tangy fruit on the palate’.

£7.39 Boutinot

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

Silver medal winner

Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place enjoyed its ‘nice citrus aromas, and delicate and refreshing palate’, while Yohann Pinol of Wiltons found ‘elegant bubbles, good aromatic complexity with red fruits and berries, and good length on the finish’.

£11.63 Boutinot

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

Silver medal winner

Yohann Pinol of Wiltons found ‘very intense and complex aromas, followed by a rich and well-balanced palate’, while team leader Jade Koch noted its ‘dry style with notes of apple, slightly oily texture and a little soft fruit on the back palate’.

£17.25 Liberty Wines

Graham Beck, Brut Rosé Vintage 2010, Robertson, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch enjoyed its ‘juicy, zesty, bright orange character with strawberries and lots of clarity on the finish’, and Yohann Pinol of Wiltons found it ‘very smooth and elegant, with nice juicy red berry aromas and fine bubbles’.

£12.86 Bibendum

Pere Ventura, Tresor, Cava Rosado Brut NV, Catalonia, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe, plush, good bold and juicy red fruit flavours, this is honest and tasty,’ began team leader Simon Woods, with Trangallán’s Xabier Alvarez noting ‘a certain complexity and development, good medium length and very good overall’.

£9.37 Enotria&Coe

Bellavista, Franciacorta, Rosé Brut Vintage 2011, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Trangallán’s Xabier Alvarez found ‘yeasty minerality, great texture and elegance, and a long appley finish’, while team leader Simon Woods felt it showed ‘a certain style, rich on the palate with quite opulent fruit’.

£32.11 Liberty Wines

Ferrari, Maximum Rosé, Trentodoc NV, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Strawberries and cherries with citrus notes, dry with tight structure and yeasty raspberry notes on the palate,’ began Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe, while Trangallán’s Xabier Alvarez highlighted ‘minerality on a subtle nose and a citrusy, fresh end, very pleasant’.

£18.38 Enotria&Coe

Simonsig, Kaapse Vonkel, Brut Rosé 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely salmon pink colour, elegant fruit with fresh berry notes and well balanced on the palate,’ said Yohann Pinol of Wiltons, with team leader Jade Koch noting its ‘elegant, drier style, some minerality present with candied strawberry fruit’.

£9.40 Jascots Wine Merchants, Alexander Wines, C&O Wines

Cantine Riunite, Maschio dei Cavalieri, Rosé NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba enjoyed its ‘delicate style, with a little sweetness and refreshing peach and apricot fruit’, while Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place felt it was ‘good value for money, refreshing and aromatic’.

£6.29 Greene King

San Salvatore, Joi, Spumante Brut Rosé 2013, Campania, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place felt it had ‘pronounced aromatic complexity and a nice aftertaste’, while team leader Jade Koch noted a ‘complex palate with lots going on, a little tight-knit but with good peach fruit character and balancing acidity, and minerals on the finish’.

£24.93 Matthew Clark

Ferrari, Perlé Rosé, Trentodoc 2009, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

One that would be best with food, said team leader Jade Koch, who found it ‘very mineral and elegant, with good strawberry and cherry fruit in a crunchy, dry style’, with Yohann Pinol of Wiltons noting its ‘deep colour, richness and complexity’.

£29.90 Enotria&Coe

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

Commended medal winner

£5.98 Matthew Clark

Vins de Terrer, La Vida Al Camp, Cava Brut Rosé 2013, Catalonia, Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.39 Boutinot

Miolo, Cuvée Tradition, Brut Rosé NV, Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

Commended medal winner

£10.96 Bibendum

Graham Beck, Brut Rosé NV, Robertson , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£11.91 Bibendum

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

Commended medal winner

£16.48 Alivini

Peller Estates, Ice Cuvee, Sparkling Rosé NV, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£41.00 Enotria&Coe

Ca' di Alte, Rosato, Spumante NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.21 Liberty Wines

 

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