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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > Sweet Wines

Winner Details

Sweet Wines 

2017 Gold: 2 Silver: 10 Bronze: 10 Commended: 9
2016 Gold: 8 Silver: 10 Bronze: 2 Commended: 5

Unless your venue is lucky enough to get large groups with deep pockets on a regular basis, stickies seem to be a style relying almost entirely on by the glass sales – probably with a fair bit of pushing from your team.

It’s the reason why, although the quality was high (as usual) this year, we limited ourselves to a carefully curated number of Gold medals for our wine list after the, frankly, incontinent enthusiasm of 2016!

The main beneficiary of this new, stricter approach was Canada’s Peller Estate, which more or less cornered the (very) top end of our Gold list with some spectacular Icewines. Below that the medals were more or less evenly shared out between the rest of the sweet wine producing world.

Every venue should have a couple of these, though. As a dessert substitute for full (or healthy) diners they’re a great way to end the meal. An area where a little imagination goes a long way.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Yum Yum.’ Hamish Anderson, Tate Catering

‘People don’t necessarily ask for sweet wines, you have to push it. Still, we sell more of it than we do port.’ Agustin Trapero, Avenue

‘By the glass, these are the kind of wines that can go easily, especially if you match them with food. And they work well in a Coravin. We offer them in 50 or 100ml serves.’ Daniele Di Blasio, Pollen Street Social

‘Just because a wine has botrytis it doesn’t mean that it’s worth the money. At Yauatcha City, we are really famous for our desserts and still it’s a lot of work to train the staff and get people to buy into it. But if people are in a hurry, it can be a good thing to sell instead of dessert. People will still leave happy.’ Kelvin McCabe, Yauatcha

‘You can always find a sweet moment at the end of the meal. If you put them on a trolley and match them by the glass, it’s easy. And because it’s the last wine, people care less about the price.’ Andrea Cotichella, Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

‘Making a sweet wine sweet is not that difficult, but making it palatable and well balanced, that’s not so easy.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘The ice wines were verging on being a little bit too rich. They had good acidity but I’d struggle to have a second glass of any of the wines.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

 

FOOTNOTE: This section includes botrytis and non-botrytis wines, ice wine and red sweet wines, but nothing fortified. While prices shown on these pages relate to the size of bottle on sale, for judging purposes, prices were given for the 75cl equivalent volume.

Award winners

Found 31 wines

Sweet Wines

Errazuriz, Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

Taking the Gold for Chile was this exceptional late harvest wine from Errazuriz. Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu enjoyed its ‘tropical fruit sweetness with acacia notes and long finish’, while Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn alighted on its ‘viscosity, guava, melon and elegance on the palate’. Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting liked ‘orange peel, apricot and honey, not to mention some exotic fruit notes, too. There’s good balance, great acidity, and a long finish.’ £6.36/37.5cl

£6.36 Size: 37.5cl Hatch Mansfield

Peller Estates, Vidal Icewine 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Gold medal winner

This luxurious Gold winner was well liked by all members of our judging panel. ‘Full, rich and unctuous, with dried apricots, exotic fruit touches and a mouthwatering saline finish,’ said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, backed by Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia, who found ‘wonderfully opulent honeysuckle and acacia honey’. ‘Balanced, with lots going on,’ thought team leader Jade Koch, adding: ‘Delicious, mouthfilling and mouthwatering, too, with a creamy, oily, honeyed palate.’ £26/37.5cl

£26.00 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Wairau River, Reserve, Botrytised Riesling 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

‘Orange blossom and Muscat-reminiscent, grapey intensity, fresh and lively,’ began Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens, with team leader Sam Caporn MW summing it up as: ‘Very rich and quite aromatic, with lovely acid and balance.’ £10.95/37.5cl

£10.95 Size: 37.5cl Ellis of Richmond

Domaine du Petit Métris, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume 2011, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Chez Bruce’s Sara Bachiorri found herself thinking of partnering this with some fresh clafoutis as she enjoyed the ‘candied orange peel, peach, honeysuckle and iced tea aromas, and lovely texture with good acidity balancing out the sweetness’. £12.89/75cl

£12.89 Size: 75cl Boutinot

Perdeberg Winery, Natural Sweet, Reserve, Chenin Blanc 2014, Paarl, South Africa

Silver medal winner

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones was struck by this wine’s distinctive ‘thick, luscious texture and mango and peach fruit’,with team leader Laura Rhys MS also finding ‘prunes, dried apricot, honey and a slightly drying quality that will make it great with desserts’. £7.29/37.5cl

£7.29 Size: 37.5cl Boutinot

Château du Levant, Sauternes 2013, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Avenue’s Agustin Trapero enjoyed its range of aromas and flavours, noting ‘manadarin and marmalade, white chocolate and floral character’, while Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens found it ‘rich yet grassy, with good intensity’. £16.02/75cl

£16.02 Size: 75cl Bibendum

Suavia, Recioto di Soave 2008, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer enjoyed ‘stewed apricot and lemon rind notes, with white flowers and a touch of rose water’, while Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting identified ‘honey and dried yellow fruit, as well as some roasted caramel, leading to herbal notes, plus some citrus and vanilla’. £18.73/37.5cl

£18.73 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum

Willi Opitz, Schilfwein, Muskat Ottonel NV, Burgenland, Austria

Silver medal winner

Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu found this a ‘floral style with some baked fruit character on the palate’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS noted ‘rich, honeyed, viscous, bright and rich stone fruit with marmalade notes’. £17.71/37.5cl

£17.71 Size: 37.5cl Matthew Clark

Béres, Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2007, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

‘Really good,’ said Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens: ‘Luscious, honeyed and caramel-y, rounded and generous on the palate with honey and an almost cidery note dominating.’ ‘Clear development, with cracked honeycomb, lovely acidity and balance, delicious,’ agreed team leader Sam Caporn MW. £28.63/50cl

£28.63 Size: 50cl Matthew Clark

Peller Estates, Riesling Icewine 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Silver medal winner

A rich style with plenty of sweetness, though Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot also found ‘honeysuckle and nice aromatics, with a fine, silky elegance on the palate’. £29.55/37.5cl

£29.55 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Domaine Laguilhon, Jurançon Doux 2013, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Gives an impression of brightness,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, ‘with ripe citrus fruit, good balanced weight and sweetness, with good acidity giving a clean finish.’ £10.79/75cl

£10.88 Size: 75cl Liberty Wines

Inniskillin, Gold, Vidal Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Silver medal winner

‘Floral notes provide good balance with the richness,’ began Antonio Cuadros of The Don Restaurant, with Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot noting ‘full concentration, high residual sugar with a natural honeycomb finish’. £34.29/37.5cl

£34.34 Size: 37.5cl Liberty Wines

Nederburg, Winemaker's Reserve, Noble Late Harvest 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest noted its ‘spicy quince and apricot with honey’ aromas, followed by a palate of ‘light quince with orange citrus freshness on the palate’, while Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social found it ‘excellent, with iodine notes coming through and very good balance’. £10.99/37.5cl

£10.99 Size: 37.5cl Matthew Clark

Lipsi, Aposperitis NV, Dodecanese, Greece

Bronze medal winner

A ‘very interesting, woody, nutty and herbal style’ for consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, while impressed team leader Olivier Marie very much enjoyed its ‘complex nose with pronounced herbal character and woody edge, balanced bitter notes and a beautifully complex finish’. £16.30/50cl

£16.30 Size: 50cl LIPSI WINERY (for invoicing purposes please use E.Vavoulas & N. Grillis O.E)

Gorka Izagirre, Arima, Late Harvest 2014, Cantabria, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘A fresh and elegant, citrus fruit style that shows complexity, with stone fruits and spice notes coming through on the finish,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS. £13.54/50cl

£13.54 Size: 50cl Boutinot

Stratus, Riesling Icewine 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Bronze medal winner

A ‘beautifully enticing nose of sweet nectar and white flowers’ led to a ‘wonderfully rich palate’, according to Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, and team leader Olivier Marie summed it up as ‘subtle and ethereal without being too unctuous’. £20.60/37.5cl

£20.60 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum

Kracher, Cuvée, Beerenauslese 2015, Burgenland, Austria

Bronze medal winner

‘Amazing nose, so pure,’ began Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, who loved this ‘stellar’ wine, noting its ‘honey, flowers and tropical fruit, very sweet but incredibly rich with great acidity keeping it fresh and in balance. Yum.’ £26.42/37.5cl

£26.42 Size: 37.5cl Top Selection Ltd

Kracher, Zwischen den Seen, No2, Welschriesling TBA 2004, Burgenland, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest noted complex aromas of ‘mushroom and toffee, with apricot fruit and petrolly notes’, while Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social felt it was ‘intense on the nose, luscious and concentrated on the palate with a savoury finish’. £32.32/37.5cl

£32.32 Size: 37.5cl Top Selection Ltd

Royal Tokaji, Blue Label, Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2009, Tokaj, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

Agustin Trapero of Avenue was impressed with its ‘old gold colour, candy-spiced, fresh date compote and quince fruit, and a great finish!’ ‘Luscious, ample palate with dried apricots and a still-great acidity level,’ added Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens. £21.55/50cl

£21.55 Size: 50cl Bibendum

Szepsy, Szamorodni 2012, Tokaj, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish enjoyed its ‘beautiful nose with camomile notes and freshness on the palate’, and Chez Bruce’s Sara Bachiorri found it ‘very long, with orange marmalade on the nose and palate, dried apricot, peach and honey’. £30.03/50cl

£30.03 Size: 50cl Top Selection Ltd

Casa Bianchi, Famiglia Bianchi, Late Harvest, Semillon 2013, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

While Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson found ‘more oak than botrytis’, he noted: ‘Palate is lovely, with honey, ripeness and depth, and still great purity.’ ‘Light lanolin notes with some quince jam, very pretty and balanced,’ added team leader Sam Caporn MW. £6.70/37.5cl

£6.70 Size: 37.5cl Liberty Wines

Bentomiz, Ariyanas, Naturalmente Dulce 2012, Málaga, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu enjoyed its ‘ripened pineapple aromas and a hint of candy’, while for Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, it brought to mind ‘ripe peaches, apricots and patisserie tarts’, and team leader Laura Rhys MS picked out ‘stone fruits, ginger and mandarin’. £14.37/50cl

£14.37 Size: 50cl Indigo Wine

Knightor, Mena Hweg 2014, Cornwall, England

Commended medal winner

£8.75 Size: 75cl Sommelier's Choice

Companhia das Lezírias, Colheita Tardia, Branco 2013, Tejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£11.50 Size: 50cl Character Wines

Kracher, Zwischen den Seen, No4, Scheurebe TBA 2004, Burgenland, Austria

Commended medal winner

£33.06 Size: 37.5cl Top Selection Ltd

Disznókõ, Late Harvest 2015, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£10.05 Size: 50cl González Byass

Höpler, Eiswein 2015, Burgenland, Austria

Commended medal winner

£18.59 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Peller Estates, Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£35.48 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Inniskillin, Cabernet Franc Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£45.09 Size: 37.5cl Liberty Wines

Patricius, Katinka, Late Harvest Tokaji 2015, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£11.60 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Patricius, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2006, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£25.69 Size: 50cl Enotria&Coe

 

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