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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > NEW WORLD: Gewürztraminer & Torrontés

Winner Details

New World: Gewürztraminer & Torrontés 

2017 Gold: 2 Silver: 1 Bronze: 2 Commended: 2
2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 1 Bronze: 3 Commended: 1

Given that Gewürztraminer was once memorably described to us by an Australian winemaker as ‘smelling like a tart’s handbag’, it is somewhat ironic that a wine called ‘The Beautiful Lady’ should win Gold here. But it clearly deserves it. It’s the second year on the trot that La Belle Dame has waltzed her way on to the Gold List.

Both these varieties are, of course, the epitome of a hand sell. Even if they’ve heard of them, most customers struggle to pronounce them and wouldn’t know what to eat with them in any case.

But this section has grown nicely since the dark days of 2013 (four medals, no Golds) and we find good, well-balanced examples at fair prices on a regular basis now. One for your By The Glass and Food Pairing Menus…

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Most New World Gewürztraminer is dry. If I see it on the list in a Thai restaurant I’ll always order it as it’s great with most spicy food.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘It still surprises me how many people still aren’t even aware of Torrontés.’ Giancarlo Cuccuru, The Ned Hotel

‘My customers don’t ever ask for Torrontés. I have to persuade them to buy it.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, Dabbous

‘One problem with Gewürztraminer is that it’s difficult to pronounce. But I put it on to pairing menus by the glass.’ Fred Marti, Typing Room

‘Many of my customers love Gewürztraminer – especially the ladies!’ Jacopo Armenio, Vinarius

 

Award winners

Found 2251 wines

Austria

Hirsch, Kammerner Lamm, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Gold medal winner

Judges lavished this Gold Lister with praise. ‘Lovely nose, complete, and showing good complexity on the palate, which is always fresh, clean and characterful, with a hint of pepper on the finish,’ said Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, while team leader Jade Koch felt it was ‘oily, waxy and honeyed with citrus fruit, long, soft, bright and refreshing’. Harbour Heights Hotel’s Marek Rakowski suggested its ‘ripe tropical fruits and slightly smoky mineral palate would play well with lobster’, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW adding that this 'would be great with a range of Asian dishes - Thai dishes in particular'.

£25.79 Indigo Wine

Eschenhof Arnold Holzer, Zero-g, Grüner-Veltliner 2016, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

A convincing, great-value Gold, this Grüner had ‘a fresh nose, touches of spice and plenty of freshness on the palate, hints of pear and apple fruit with savoury almond notes,’ began Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, with Harbour Heights Hotel’s Marek Rakowski noting ‘ripe citrus with a hint of white pepper – classic GV style at a good price’. ‘Lovely with Thai chicken curry,’ thought team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£8.27 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Höpler, Blaufränkisch 2013, Burgenland, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘Fruit-driven, with blackberries on the nose,’ began Laure Patry of Jason Atherton Group of this well-priced Gold winner, continuing: ‘Some good structure on the palate with a touch of oak and cigar leaf, ripe and juicy with spices, representing good value,’ while Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge also noted ‘good intensity, ripe red cherry and plum with black pepper, violets, blackcurrant and an earthy tone’. ‘This wine has a simple drinkability,’ summarised Elly Owen of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, recommending it be served alongside charcuterie.

£10.22 Enotria&Coe

Weixelbaum, Ried Rosengarten, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Tight lime and grapefruit notes on the nose,’ began team leader Andrea Briccarello, who found ‘good body, peppery with structure and vibrant acidity, exotic fruit notes on the finish’. ‘Well-balanced fruitiness and minerality, warming with a citric finish and a slight suggestion of sweetness,’ added Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst).

£22.00 Kipferl Ltd.

Laurenz V, Friendly, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Niederösterreich, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Intense and rich aromas of citrus, confit lemon, good intensity of pink peppercorns on the palate, which is dry with stony mineral notes,’ said team leader Andrea Briccarello, while Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms enjoyed its ‘richer, fuller body with lots of vegetal and grassy character, fresh herbs and pea shoot notes with white pepper and bell pepper’.

£11.40 Bibendum

Anton Bauer, Ried Rosenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Wagram, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘The nose is clean with a good mineral element, showing acidity in the mouth and an elegant finish,’ began Arnaud Fiol of The Don Restaurant, with Vinoteca’s Charlie Young finding a ‘stony, savoury nose, good ripeness to the fruit on the palate and a touch of residual sugar, balanced by flowing acidity’.

£13.55 Top Selection Ltd

Willi Opitz, Weissburgunder NV, Burgenland, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Deep colour, buttery and vanilla-driven aromas with quite prominent oaking, but peachy apricot fruits in the background,’ began Marek Rakowski of Harbour Heights Hotel, with team leader Jade Koch noting its ‘oily, waxy style, sweet, honeyed aromatic fruit and intensity, but it keeps hold of its balance’.

£11.66 Matthew Clark

Rudi Pichler, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2015, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) found an ‘intense mineral nose, creamy texture with balanced acidity and clean citrus on the palate, medium in body and finish’, with Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms also noting ‘good peppery spice notes to the finish, with fresh lemon and vegetal notes’.

£13.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Johann Donabaum, Johann, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2015, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

A good food-matching choice, with its ‘stony mineral aromas, soft apple fruit on the palate with a slightly pithy, chewy mouthfeel and good white pepper character’, according to team leader Jade Koch, and Marek Rakowski of Harbour Heights Hotel felt it was ‘clean, long, mouthwatering and light’.

£13.21 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Hirsch, Zöbing, Riesling 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Bronze medal winner

For team leader Annette Scarfe MW there was a ‘delicate spritz on the attack, lovely freshness with an appealing crisp, clean mid-palate’, and Tamas Nemeth of Bread Street Kitchen found it ‘dry, a little savoury in character, with lovely acidity’.

£12.88 Indigo Wine

Wieninger, Wiener, Riesling 2016, Vienna, Austria

Bronze medal winner

‘A wine to enjoy by the nose,’ began Simon Cassina of Winexponent, who enjoyed its ‘young, yeasty-creamy aromas on top of green apple and lime, spiced pear drop notes on a lively, refreshing palate, dry and crisp with tart lemon and salty mineral aftertaste’.

£11.04 Liberty Wines

Wieninger, Wiener Gemischter Satz, Nussberg 2015, Vienna, Austria

Bronze medal winner

‘Lemon-bright colour, citrus and spice aromas, good intensity with spice notes and complexity on the palate, melon and mineral hints, very long and impressive,’ said Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, while team leader Jade Koch suggested its ‘meaty, full-bodied, savoury green style needs some sweet shellfish or crab’.

£18.89 Liberty Wines

Mantlerhof, Weitgasse, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kremstal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£10.18 Bibendum

Wohlmuth, Kitzecker, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Styria, Austria

Commended medal winner

£10.17 Ester Wines

Kracher, Blend 2 2013, Burgenland, Austria

Commended medal winner

Soellner, Wogenrain, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

£10.53 Matthew Clark

Soellner, Fumberg, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

£15.14 Matthew Clark

Erich Machherndl, Kollmutz, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2015, Wachau, Austria

Commended medal winner

£9.92 Enotria&Coe

Rabl, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Commended medal winner

Cava

Can Petit, Cava Brut NV, Catalonia, Spain

Gold medal winner

This exceptionally well-priced, entry-level cava earned its spot on the Gold List with ‘crisp apple aromas, light apple and mineral notes, and a crisp lemon finish’, according to team leader Tom Forrest. ‘Pear and lemon, with a lemon sherbet palate,’ added Kelvin McCabe of Yauatcha. ‘Very good for the price, and a great house pour,’ concluded Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson.

£4.91 CellarVino

Torelló, 3d By Custo, Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2010, Penedès, Spain

Gold medal winner

Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe was impressed with this ‘intense’ cava, praising its ‘apple, pineapple and tropical fruit’ aromas, highlighting its ‘soft mousse, complex and mineral palate with apricot fruit and tropical notes on the back palate’, and noting its ‘texture and length’. Team leader Angela Reddin was taken with its ‘baker-shop aromas and malty, oat biscuit notes’, suggesting this be paired with jamon or ceviche.

£46.78 Enotria&Coe

Mas Macià, Cava Brut Nature Reserva NV, Penedès, Spain

Silver medal winner

Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe enjoyed its ‘modern’ style, finding a ‘nose of green apple skins, dried stone fruits and floral notes’, and more ‘youthful green apples and ripe pear fruit on an open, long palate’.

£8.32 Boutinot

Perelada, Gran Claustro, Cava 2012, Penedès, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘’Floral, with wild herbs on the nose, yeasty character with apple tart on the palate, chalky notes and fine bubbles,’ said Chez Bruce’s Sara Bachiorri, also noting its ‘clean finish and good length’.

£16.25 Barwell & Jones

Torelló, Special Edition, Cava Brut Reserva NV, Penedès, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish found it ‘very correct, with savoury, chalky notes and hints of iodine’, while Chez Bruce’s Sara Bachiorri liked its ‘fine mousse, delicate style of ripe apple and pear with a hint of citrus and minerals on the finish’.

£13.86 Enotria&Coe

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

Commended medal winner

£9.37 Enotria&Coe

England

Sharpham, Barrel Fermented 2014, South West England, England

Gold medal winner

Sharpham took both Gold and a Food Match Trophy for this ‘pretty style, with honeyed florality and crunchy acidity on a bright, refreshing palate’, began team leader Jade Koch. Le Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS noted its ‘aromatic, leafy aromas, quite juicy palate with lovely fresh citrus and a mouthwatering finish’, venturing that it was like ‘an English answer to Riesling’. ‘Best paired with fruits de mer and sunshine,’ summarised Elly Owen of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.

£10.79 Sharpham Wines

Bolney Estate, Bacchus 2015, Sussex, England

Gold medal winner

Judges were generous in their praise of this exceptional wine. ‘Aromatic and floral with notes of jasmine, some high acidity with chalky-salty minerality, like cracked oyster shells,’ said Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, with Vinoteca’s Charlie Young highlighting a ‘nicely perfumed nose with fruit ripeness, good body and quite aromatic on the palate, with a citrus and perfumed finish’. ‘Mineral and nutty aromas, gooseberry and citrus peel flavours – a well-made wine,’ added Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant. ‘Drink with sea bass ceviche,’ suggested Charlie Young of Vinoteca.

£15.33 Bibendum

Hush Heath Estate, Manor, Pinot Noir 2015, Kent, England

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

‘This English Gold had a touch of sweetness, but this was a positive,' began Elly Owen of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall in praise of this excellent Pinot Noir, continuing: 'It’s an emerging style in terms of marketability. A really appealing delicate lighter style of red with potentially more of that sweetness. It makes it more generous with food.’ ‘A pretty, spicy and off-dry style, fresh with red berries on the palate,’ added Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC. 'Great with stilton dates and grilled figs with feta,' suggested Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse.

£13.84 Liberty Wines

Trotton Estate Vineyards, Brilliant Bacchus with a Dash of Pinot Gris 2015, West Sussex, England

Silver medal winner

Le Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS found ‘sherbet and pear drop aromas, an off-dry palate that’s really juicy and refreshing for a well-made, zippy wine’, with team leader Jade Koch also noting ‘fresh grassy aromas, a little spritz and spring-like blossom notes, crunchy and quaffable style with a note of peach on the finish’.

£8.45 The Exceptional English Wine Company

Danebury, Reserve 2015, Hampshire, England

Silver medal winner

A ‘good, refreshing, lemony style’, said Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted, while team leader Jade Koch picked up notes of ‘elderflower blossom on the nose and a lighter-style palate with clean, clear, crisp and refreshing character’.

£7.00 Danebury Vineyards

Camel Valley, Bacchus Dry 2015, Cornwall, England

Silver medal winner

‘Quite grown-up aromas, but very together,’ said Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, adding: ‘A well-balanced palate with orchard fruits and citrus acidity.’ Team leader Andrea Briccarello picked up an individual range of ‘juniper and cucumber aromas, off-dry style, grassy and mineral with notes of camomile and Earl Grey tea’.

£10.79 Matthew Clark, Camel Valley, St Austell Brewery

New Hall, Bacchus 2015, Essex, England

Silver medal winner

Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant enjoyed its ‘peach, ripe golden apple and elegant notes of apricot with a good long finish’, while Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group found ‘vegetal asparagus notes, hints of pepper spice and ginger, some wet rock minerality and medium acidity with a long finish’.

£9.08 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Denbies, Bacchus 2015, Surrey, England

Bronze medal winner

Charlie Young of Vinoteca highlighted a ‘savoury nose with a twang of pear’, and Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group found plenty of aromatic style: ‘Jasmine, rose petal, green tea, camomile, green apple and pear, with mineral chalky-salty hints on the palate, easy-drinking but best with some food.’

£9.95 Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies, Pinot Noir 2014, Surrey, England

Bronze medal winner

‘A good introduction to the style,’ began team leader Jade Koch, continuing: ‘Pretty fruit, juicy and refreshing with a well-balanced palate, and at a good price.’ ‘Light, fresh and easy to drink,’ added Bovey Castle’s Rustem Mingaleev.

£11.99 Denbies Wine Estate

Sharpham, Bacchus 2014, South West England, England

Bronze medal winner

‘An off-dry style that would be good for Asian foods, and put me in mind of a Mosel Riesling,’ said Piotr Artur Tomaszewski of Buddha Bar, who noted its ‘peach and apricot, pineapple fruit with notes of green pepper and green tea, good structure and rounded on the palate’.

£10.07 Sharpham Wines

Denbies, Ranmore Hill 2014, Surrey , England

Commended medal winner

Hush Heath Estate, Skye's English, Chardonnay 2015, Kent , England

Commended medal winner

£8.05 Liberty Wines

Danebury, Madeleine Angevine 2014, Hampshire , England

Commended medal winner

Bolney Estate, Pinot Noir 2015, Sussex, England

Commended medal winner

£14.91 Bibendum

Lyme Bay, Chardonnay 2015, Devon, England

Commended medal winner

Lyme Bay, Bacchus Block 2015, Devon, England

Commended medal winner

France: Alsace

Michel Fonné, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Marckrain 2011, Alsace, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Olivier Marie was impressed with this Gold-winning Gewürztraminer’s ‘great minerality and floral nose with ginger spice and incense, yellow apple and Gala apple on the palate, and beautiful acidity carrying the flavours through’. ‘Luscious, sweet rosewater with dried papaya, mango and jasmine character,’ agreed Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer. WineEd’s Matthew Cocks considered this a ‘cost-effective dessert wine for incremental sales via matched pairings printed on a menu – a good option for a passionfruit soufflé or tart’.

£13.99 Frederic Robinson

GCF Exclusif, Arthur Metz, Michel Léon, Riesling 2015, Alsace, France

Gold medal winner

Adding another Gold to GCF Exclusif’s medal haul, this was ‘fresh and mineral, with grapefruit character and citrus, dry and a little austere on the palate but shows minerality and lime, with a smoky finish’, said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, while team leader Laurent Richet MS also noted ‘lemon-lime fruit, Granny Smith apples, notes of pineapple and a mineral finish’. Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers thought it would match salt-baked sea bream perfectly.

£9.41 HT White & Co

Biecher & Schaal, Riesling, Grand Cru Sommerberg 2015, Alsace, France

Gold medal winner

‘Wow,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS on encountering this Gold-worthy wine, elaborating: ‘Fantastic balance of fruit and acidity, lovely fruit ripeness of pineapple, golden apples and mango with lemony acidity and a slatey, dry stone finish.’ ‘Ripe peach and exotic fruit, with a smooth, round palate with a touch of honey,’ said Jamavar’s Alessandro de Angelis, while WineEd’s Matthew Cocks considered it best served alongside a pork roast with baked apple and glazed carrots.

£12.25 Bibendum

Michel Fonné, Riesling 2014, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

A characterful style, said team leader Laurent Richet MS, who found it ‘very perfumed, with a profound note of honey, lime curd and fresh linen, lively sharp acidity and a clean mineral finish’. ‘Racy, vibrant, smoky, with lime zest and good balance,’ added Diana Rollan of Hakkasan Group.

£7.99 Frederic Robinson

Michel Fonné, Gewurtztraminer 2014, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely sweet floral nose, lychee fruit with a touch of sweetness, good though not too perfumed,’ began Timothy Connor of Bread Street Kitchen, with team leader Olivier Marie finding ‘very good varietal character, sweet, ripe, yellow Mirabelle plum and button mushroom, classic and well made’.

£8.99 Frederic Robinson

Turckheim, Vieilles Vignes, Gewurztraminer 2014, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer picked up notes of ‘white pear, jasmine and dried pineapple on the nose, pineapple juice and rosewater with the slightest oiliness, but good acidity on the palate’, while team leader Olivier Marie found it ‘atypical, but has a lovely balance, great length and an amazing mineral finish’.

£10.24 Boutinot

Jean Biecher & Fils, Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers noted its ‘soft nose, great balance and acidity, delicate flavour notes of stone fruits and honeysuckle’, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer felt it was ‘less intense, with some waxy citrus aromas, sweet pear fruits and golden florals, Turkish Delight notes on the finish’.

£9.91 Bibendum

Cave de Hunawihr, Reserve, Riesling 2015, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh and perfumed, oily aromas with good acidity on the palate and a slightly sweet, honeyed tone,’ began Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky, with Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan noting its ‘mineral, citrus-lime, fresh and vibrant aromas with stony minerals, and dry, intense style on the palate balanced and easy, elegant’.

£8.64 Liberty Wines

Dopff au Moulin, Reserve, Pinot Gris 2016, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

‘Green leaf, citrus and hints of peppery radish on the nose, with fruit flavours ranging from lemon to sweet pears, along with minerals and a slight smoky character on the palate, with broad acids,’ said Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer.

£13.42 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Rémy Gresser, Brandhof, Pinot Gris 2014, Alsace, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Light on the nose, refreshing with a touch of apricot,’ began Timothy Connor of Bread Street Kitchen, with Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer noting ‘sweet white peaches and some guava aromas, apricot verging on the tinned on the palate with yellow florals and a slight medicinal hint on the finish’.

£14.10 Top Selection Ltd

Cave de Hunawihr, Réserve, Gewürztraminer 2015, Alsace, France

Bronze medal winner

Timothy Connor of Bread Street Kitchen found it an ‘elegant style, with a lighter nose and balanced palate’, while team leader Olivier Marie highlighted its ‘clean minerality and intensity, very subtle and delicate’.

£10.29 Liberty Wines

Michel Fonné, Pinot Blanc 2014, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

Turckheim, Riesling, Grand Cru Brand 2013, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

£13.99 Boutinot

Jean Biecher & Fils, Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace , France

Commended medal winner

£8.68 Bibendum

Rémy Gresser, Riesling, Grand Cru Moenchberg 2012, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

France: Beaujolais

Louis Jadot, Gamay/Pinot Noir, Coteaux Bourguignons 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Typifying the best of what this region has to offer, this Gold winner had, according to Agustin Trapero of Avenue, ‘raspberry fruit, green plums and wet rock minerals on a medium-bodied wine with a soft finish’, while team leader Sam Caporn MW noted ‘red fruits, good structure, decent length and balance’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club thought ‘sweet spice and light liquorice notes, and a complex body with rich cherry fruit’ made this a perfect match for grilled fish.

£12.15 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Château de Belleverne, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

In praise of this Gold medal-winning entry-level Beaujolais, Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson spoke of a ‘deep, vibrant, appealing colour’, going on to find a ‘huge amount of fruit, plum and blackberry, with a nice bit of grip bringing it together, but keeping it juicy and fun’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald described this as ‘a real crowd-pleaser, with strawberry, red cherry and rose notes’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated ‘perfumed raspberry and sweet spice, with some gentle, herbal, smoked aromas’, suggesting this be paired with roast pork and apple sauce.

£6.59 Boutinot

La Madone, La Reine de l'Arenite, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

La Madone took Gold for its freshness and beautiful structure, with Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish finding the palate ‘very soft with nice acid balance and a minty fresh note’, while team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its ‘fresh aromas of red cherry and marzipan, soft red fruits with drying minerals and tannins’. ‘Rich spices, a light balsamic note and an elegant finish’ made this a match for pasta, according to Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club.

£7.79 Boutinot

Henry Fessy, Château des Labourons, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Very pretty on the nose,’ began Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish, highlighting its ‘bilberry, blackcurrant and chocolate’ aromas followed by a ‘juicy, opulent palate with smooth and dense texture and a rounded finish’. ‘Maybe one that needs a bit of bottle age,’ added Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce.

£10.95 Louis Latour Agencies

Château de Belleverne, Le Cru des Amoureux, St-Amour 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘It’s all that a good Beaujolais should be,’ declared Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce. ‘Floral notes, packed with red and a bit of dark fruit, moderate tannins and acidity but good texture, too, complemented by savoury notes on the finish.’

£8.28 Boutinot

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Privilège, Coteaux Bourguignons 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Great nose of aromatic, fresh-crushed cranberries and green banana,’ began Agustin Trapero of Avenue, with Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson enjoying its ‘fruit-driven, blackcurrant and jam nose, lovely line of acidity and a whisper of tannin’, concluding simply: ‘Yum.’

£8.67 Oedoria

Château de Belleverne, Chénas 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

A ‘good BBQ quaffing wine’, said Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce, who found it ‘simple and pleasant, but with very good length and juicy, crunchy fruit with some minerality’. ‘Soft cherry fruit, soft tannins and medium length, supple and juicy,’ added team leader Tom Forrest.

£7.17 Boutinot

Château de Corcelles, Brouilly 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A very good expression of Beaujolais,’ said Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social, admiring its ‘very berry fruit on the nose, lively and enjoyable palate and beautiful balance’. ‘Easy drinking yet not simple, very nice,’ added Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce.

£11.36 Matthew Clark

Henry Fessy, Château des Reyssiers, Régnié 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Les Roches Bleues, Réserve des Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Brouilly 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£7.83 Boutinot

Boutinot, Domaine Les Roches Bleues, Le Cru du Volcan, Brouilly 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£7.62 Boutinot

Domaine Cheysson, Clos Les Farges, Chiroubles 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£11.23 Bibendum

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais Rouge 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Oedoria

Château de Corcelles, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£9.86 Matthew Clark

Domaine Olivier Ravier, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

France: Bordeaux

Château du Moulin Rouge, Haut-Médoc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Judges praised elegance and complexity here, awarding Gold. Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms thought it ‘rich and deep, with very good ageing potential’. ‘Balanced with good structure, purity of fruit and that trademark Bordeaux dustiness,’ said Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, concluding: ‘Shows good value at the price point.’ The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira thought this ‘a good wine for starters like steak tartare’.

£12.92 Davy's Wine Merchants

Le Grand Chai, Bordeaux Rouge 2012, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

This great-value Gold was described by Sosharu’s Masahito Suzuki as showing ‘cooked black and red fruits, touches of spice and velvety texture with well balanced oak’. Neil Pinto of Candlesticks appreciated its ‘dried red fruits and plum notes’, while Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins praised ‘dark cherry and black olive aromas, with rich fruit and a well-extracted body, with elegant tannins. A Sunday roast wine.’

£4.98 Direct Wines Production

Château Lamothe-Cissac, Vieilles Vignes, Haut-Médoc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

A Gold-standard wine with ‘fantastic balance and a long, pleasurable finish’, according to Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, who very much enjoyed its ‘elegant, refined nose, herbaceous character and white pepper notes, and great length revealing big potential to age further’. Team leader Angela Reddin agreed, pointing out its ‘effortless elegance and style’. For team leader Lionel Periner, this had ‘berry and dried-flower aromas, leading to velvet tannins and a long, elegant finish – a match for duck with girolles’.

£20.23 Domaines Fabre

Clos Floridène, Graves 2012, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner offered abundant fruit, alongside some spice and minerality for added complexity. While Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot found ‘light cassis and violets on a dry palate’, consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates enjoyed its ‘intense red and black fruits, concentrated nose, touches of cedar and nice tannins with a full mouthfeel’. Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms wanted to see this paired with ‘filet mignon and a creamy black pepper sauce’.

£15.56 Matthew Clark

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2015, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

‘This is a fine example of the region,’ began Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum, with his account of this Gold Lister continuing: ‘Complex and balanced fruit flavours, exotic pineapple notes and integrated oak with a creamy texture, and the alcohol is well integrated too.’ ‘Delicate initially, but flavours explode on the mid-palate, and it shows typicity with good length,’ added team leader Annette Scarfe MW. Ian Howard of The White Hart Inn at Lydgate appreciated ‘stone fruit, like nectarines, as well as a mushroom-butter note’.

£18.09 Liberty Wines

Château Larose-Trintaudon, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2010, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

‘A well-made wine showing good complexity,’ began team leader Olivier Marie of this Gold winner, impressed with its ‘fresh liquorice and cassia bark notes on a complex nose, and a resinous note on the palate indicating toasty new oak’. Team leader Lionel Periner appreciated its ‘red fruit and green bell pepper, with complex fruit and well-balanced oak’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira liked its ‘vanilla, cherry and a touch of black pepper, giving this wine complexity and finesse’.

£15.59 Liberty Wines

Château Ste-Marie, Entre-Deux-Mers 2015, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

This Bordeaux Blanc might have started out a bit shy, but it soon endeared itself to our judges with its freshness and approachability – enough to earn itself Gold. Team leader Annette Scarfe MW enjoyed its ‘lovely ripe lemons with a creamy mid-palate’, finding it ‘multi-layered and a good example’, while Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum found it ‘elegant and easy drinking, a touch of flinty minerality, versatile and good with seafood’.

£9.30 Enotria&Coe

GCF Exclusif, Château La Fortune, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

A unanimous favourite with our panel. ‘New oak dominates currently, bringing flattering coconut and vanilla notes,’ said team leader Olivier Marie, continuing: ‘Technical, but very well made, with good earthy character and chalky tannins to balance.’

£19.20 Famille Helfrich

Château Lanessan, Les Calèches de Lanessan, Haut-Médoc 2011, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Clean and ripe style, showing lifted, fleshy fruit with dark plum and red berry overtones,’ began team leader Olivier Marie, continuing: ‘Good oak integration with moderate complexity, leather and some balsamic notes on the palate.’

£12.80 Boutinot

Château Rauzan-Gassies, Gassies, Margaux 2010, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Textbook, drink now!’ began consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, highlighting its ‘cedar, hints of cigar box, integrated tobacco and earthy notes all knitting together nicely’. ‘Showing development, tertiary character, complex and à point,’ added impressed team leader Olivier Marie.

£22.06 Bibendum

Mongravey, Château de Braude, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates found ‘pretty oak character, blackberry and blueberry fruit, though a touch tight and tannic at the moment’, with team leader Olivier Marie adding: ‘Fleshy fruit with good oak integration, nice texture and good length.’ One to decant now or age.

£14.43 Mongravey

Château Larose Perganson, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2011, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Good for drinking right now, with beautiful forest fruits in evidence and great length, very typical Bordeaux,’ said Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted. ‘Good, very classic, with roasting nuts, red and black fruits and a smooth, flowing ride,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£17.44 Liberty Wines

Château Lestrille Capmartin, Bordeaux Blanc 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

A wine with ‘a delicate nose and waxy texture’, according to team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who enjoyed its ‘core of ripe lemon, and savoury lees notes on the palate adding texture and structure’.

£11.58 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Lestrille, Entre-Deux-Mers 2016, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘A more restrained style,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who noted ‘quince and lemon peel on the palate and a nice, creamy texture’, while Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant noted ‘fresh mineral, lovely fruitiness and nice texture’.

£9.80 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Ste-Marie, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin enjoyed its ‘attractive, peppery violets and fine spicy grain, and savoury style with bitter chocolate notes’, while at the same time noting a little ‘under-ripeness hidden behind the oak, with some coffee-mocha character’. ‘Shows typicity with its fleshy red plum fruit and well-integrated tannin,’ said leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£9.44 Enotria&Coe

Le Grand Chai, Bordeaux Rouge 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Correct style, showing bright red fruit, this is a simple but good-value option,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, while Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn found ‘tannins, dry leather and warmth on the palate’.

£4.96 Direct Wines Production

Château Baron Bellevue, Côtes de Bourg 2012, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Sue Jones of The harrow at Little Bedwyn enjoyed the ‘spicy wood notes, bilberry fruit on the nose and gamey richness’, while Andrea Cotichella of Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa summed it up as ‘fruity, juicy and rich’, and team leader Laura Rhys MS noted its ‘nice weight on the palate’.

£7.28 Boutinot

Château Chapelle d'Aliénor, By La Gaffelière, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW praised its ‘lovely, attractive nose of black and red bramble fruits’, adding that ‘soft tannins and approachability make it ready to drink now, and very suitable for the on-trade’. ‘Young, but good concentration and potential to be a good wine,’ agreed Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels.

£16.42 Chateau Chapelle D'alienor

Château Mongravey, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Andrés Iterate of Coq d’Argent was very taken with this ‘great, very well-made wine’, highlighting ‘lots of dusty character and stone minerality, good dark fruit and concentration on the palate with good structure and a lengthy finish’.

£20.00 Maison Liedbergh Limited

Antoine Moueix, Château Capet-Guillier, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW noted ‘lots of creamy vanilla oak’, and found this a ‘very polished wine, delicious to drink now, with its juicy mid-palate and well-integrated oak’. ‘Big, chunky, with concentration, depth and very dark fruit,’ added Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin.

£29.95 Liberty Wines

Château Tour Bayard, Montagne St-Emilion 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Enjoying its ‘bright nose and dense, expressive palate’, Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin also spotted an unusual note of ‘orange zest alongside bitter dark chocolate’, finally concluding that it was ‘tense and vibrant, with very dark, crunchy fruit’.

£14.95 Majestic Commercial

Château des Bardes, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Francisco Macedo of Bovey Castle was struck by its ‘nice deep colour and black fruit characteristics’, picking up ‘black cherries, blackcurrant and blackberries on the palate, well-incorporated tannins, vanilla notes and good structure indicating good ageing potential’.

£15.30 Matthew Clark

Château Pontet Bayard, Montagne St-Emilion 2013, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Black fruits on the nose, then a palate that’s nicely balanced between cassis fruit, vanilla and cedar spice with hints of blackcurrant leaf and well-judged tannins,’ said Francisco Macedo of Bovey Castle. ‘All in balance and great value for money,’ concluded team leader Laurent Richet MS.

£10.65 Matthew Clark

Château Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Youthful but developing,’ began Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, continuing: ‘Ripe red fruits and plum with pencil lead and wet forest floor on the nose, then chalky and grippy on the palate with medium acid and tannins.’

£12.00 FARR VINTNERS LTD

Château Edmus, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

One that will benefit from plenty of air at this stage, though Immacolata Cannavo of Hakkasan Dubai found it ‘good value, approachable, with vanilla oak and black cherry fruit, smooth and well balanced’, while Francisco Macedo of Bovey Castle felt it would ‘age perfectly in three to five years’.

£21.34 Top Selection Ltd

Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum felt it had ‘potential to age and develop, but now shows an elegant nose that’s fairly aromatic with smoky, spicy notes and exotic citrus fruit character’, adding: ‘The ripeness is controlled and it’s a well-crafted wine.’

£18.21 Matthew Clark

Château Boutisse, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2011, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels was impressed with this ‘complex wine, showing notes of dark cherry, cedar and cigar box with good leathery notes’, while finding the palate ‘concentrated and powerful, with a lingering finish’.

£19.44 Matthew Clark

Sadel, Maison Givas, Bordeaux 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£8.52 SADEL

Vignobles Bertin, Clos l'Hermitage, Lalande de Pomerol 2012, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£12.16 Boutinot

Domaines Cuvelier, Château La Croix, St-Estèphe 2012, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Boutisse, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2013, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Tour St-Fort, St-Estèphe 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£14.50 CHATEAU TOUR SAINT-FORT

Château Tour St-Fort, St-Estèphe 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£14.50 CHATEAU TOUR SAINT-FORT

Château Potent Bayard, Montagne St-Emilion 2011, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£11.01 Matthew Clark

Château de Barbe, Côtes de Bourg 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£10.79 Matthew Clark

Château des Gravières, Collection Prestige, Graves 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£10.47 Enotria&Coe

Château des Gravières, Graves Blanc 2016, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

£8.99 Enotria&Coe

France: Burgundy, Red

Vallet Frères, Clos de la Justice Monopole, Gevrey-Chambertin 2011, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Judges heaped praise on the spicy, earthy character of this wine, clearly deserving of Gold. Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer found ‘dried cherries and dry earth, with some sweet spice and smoke too. On the palate, the fruit is lifted, with more spice. A match for duck.’ Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting liked its ‘herbal, earthy and smoky notes, with fresh fruit and good acidity’.

£34.03 Boutinot

Patriarche, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

This was singled out for its typicity and great value, and awarded Gold for it, too. Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW noted its ‘glinting pale purple colour’, before describing it as: ‘Nicely meaty with a good chewy texture, and unexpectedly flavoursome for the price and colour.’ Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer liked its ‘red cherry, smoke and spice, with a generous red-fruit palate and crunchy acidity’.

£10.18 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Clos des Perrières 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club was drawn to this Gold Lister’s ‘smoky, sour cassis and fresh cherry aromas’, enjoying its ‘elegant strawberry flavours with earthier notes, leading to a richly charming finish’. ‘Well structured, lasts and lasts in the mouth – an attractive dinner wine,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering. ‘Amazing with guinea fowl or other game,’ concluded Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental.

£45.30 Top Selection Ltd

Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Cru, Les Theurons 2010, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club found ‘fresh red fruit with elegant herbal characters, sour cherry with spice’, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering was impressed with its ‘very soft and silky, attractive savoury character, a classy wine developing well in the mouth in a good length’.

£36.04 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Remoissenet Père & Fils, Givry 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Decent fruit character with sour cherries and good use of oak,’ said team leader Martin Lam, with Typing Room’s Fred Marti noting its ‘light, fragrant red berries’, and Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous calling ‘English strawberry fields and wet stones’ to mind.

£19.21 Matthew Clark

Château de Santenay, Mercurey 1er Cru, Les Puillets 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Gentle on the nose with fresh straw notes and elegant white spices,’ began Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards club, also finding ‘fresh and elegant fruit on the palate with gentle tannin’. ‘Bright and attractive, nicely balanced. Roast lamb comes to mind,’ added Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse.

£19.19 Liberty Wines

Château de Santenay, Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘A surprisingly fruit-forward wine with dark, brooding intensity, after purple fruit and sweet sap on the nose, and finishing with some black pepper,’ thought Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer. MAD F&B Consulting’s Markus Dilger enjoyed ‘plum, blackberry and forest floor notes, with some liquorice, too’.

£105.24 Liberty Wines

Domaine René Monnier, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Fred Marti of Typing Room found ‘great drinkability, with vibrant fruits, nice layers of flavour and good length’, while team leader Martin Lam noted its ‘cherry brightness, a lick of new oak and very chewy character’.

£15.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Vieilles Vignes, Fixin 1er Cru, Clos du Chapitre Monopole 2014, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A young, spicy wine, with dark forest fruits and and some earthy notes, and a herbal element, too, not to mention some good acidity,’ thought Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer liked this wine’s ‘earthiness, as well as some black pepper’.

£31.72 Top Selection Ltd

Henri de Villamont, Prestige, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright on the nose with red fruit and some earthy notes, but this is good value for money,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Ned Hotel, with Jacopo Armenio of Vinarius also noting ‘red fruit clusters, sour cherry notes and good savoury character with some intensity’.

£12.60 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Albert Morot, Beaune 1er Cru, Les Teurons 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering found that this ‘grows on you in mid-palate, and it develops in the mouth, making it quite a big wine for a Burgundy’, adding that: ‘With some flavoursome meat dishes it could show very well.’

£32.73 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Aux St-Julien, Nuits-St-Georges 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£17.69 Enotria&Coe

France: Chablis

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudésir 2013, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Winning Gold for what team leader Martin Lam described as ‘a ripe, inviting, floral nose and tight and concentrated palate, with stone fruits, citrus and a long mineral finish’. Street XO’s Raphael Thierry appreciated this wine’s ‘mineral character, textured with good intensity, and honeydew melon fruit on the palate’, while Vinoteca’s Charlie Young matched its ‘clean and mineral character, with a wonderful almond note on the finish’ with roast pork leg.

£33.75 SAS Louis Moreau

Domaine Testut, Vieilles Vignes, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Elegant and sexy with a great seam of minerality and notes of apple blossom,’ began Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky in his description of this clear Gold winner. Team leader Simon Woods found it ‘young, grippy and herbal, with slight wintergreen notes, fynbos even, and apple and citrus fruit’. A great seafood wine, thought Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, with its ‘pure melon and apple aromas, and a big mineral crescendo’.

£13.45 Top Selection Ltd

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Richly textured, with some mineral complexity, this Chablis easily took Gold for Jean-Marc Brocard. Team leader Simon Woods enjoyed its ‘crisp citrus-lemony aromas, then a long palate with relaxed fruit flavours, smoky and slightly waxy texture, promising more to come with a little age’, while Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky found it ‘lovely and juicy with lots of apple freshness and palate-pleasing acidity, nicely balanced’. Team leader Jade Koch thought its ‘sweet, buttery salt-caramel style, with salty minerality’ made this a match for crab on toast.

£12.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2013, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Harry Crowther of M Wine Store found this Gold Lister to have a nose of ‘honey, wax and lanolin, then sweet baking spice notes on the palate with lovely acidity’, and Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) enjoyed its ‘bright, mineral and elegant aromas, fresh fruity palate that’s balanced and harmonious with a long finish’. Team leader Jade Koch found it ‘refreshing, with lots going on – a killer prawn cocktail match’.

£24.14 Enotria&Coe

Albert Bichot, L’Orangerie du Château, Chablis 2016, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Open aromas of spring-like white flowers and apple blossom, crunchy Granny Smith fruit and wet stone minerals,’ began Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS, who was keen on its ‘clean palate’, and thought it ‘pure, refreshing and stylish with a saline tone and unctuous fruit balance’.

£10.50 Fuller's

Domaine Paul Nicolle, Vieilles Vignes, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Classic style, steely with good minerality and ripeness with citrus notes,’ began Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers, while Christopher Delalonde MS of Bleeding Heart Group found ‘apples, floral and chalky notes on the nose, minerals and well-knitted flowery tones, followed by an unctuous, generous and balanced palate with great layers and a salty finish, superbly put together’.

£11.18 Bibendum

Domaine Laroche, Chablis 1er Cru, Les Vaudevey 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Complexity on the nose, gunsmoke, flint, minerals and citrus,’ said Harry Crowther of M Wine Store, who enjoyed its ‘luscious acidity and persistent, very long finish’, while team leader Martin Lam admired its ‘very elegant, balanced palate with both concentration and restraint’.

£40.05 Liberty Wines

Domaine Laroche, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Oakier style, acidity is present with citrus fruit and a nice clean palate,’ began Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst), with Street XO’s Raphael Thierry noting its ‘ripe and creamy texture, with a good fruit profile, mineral character and freshness on the palate’.

£24.07 ADVINI

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmains 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Street XO’s Raphael Thierry highlighted ‘smoky minerality on the nose and a textured, mineral, elegant palate’, while for team leader Martin Lam it was ‘spot-on Chablis, saline and floral on the nose with white flowers, focused and concentrated on the palate’.

£18.30 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Louis Moreau, Origine, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Presenting a definitive style, said Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky: ‘Peaches and cream with hints of melon, good acidity with a lovely creaminess and hints of citrus, quite intense and juicy on the palate.’

£9.50 Swig Wines

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis Grand Cru, Valmur 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A rich nose of noble Chablis aromas, with fat acidity on the palate, good weight of ripe fruit, and classy style overall,’ said Harry Crowther of M Wine Store, with Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) also picking out its ‘fruit-driven, soft palate, notes of raisins on the aftertaste, and great warmth, texture and concentration’.

£28.50 Laytons

Domaine de la Motte, Vieilles Vignes, Chablis 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£10.85 Boutinot

Albert Bichot, Domaine Long-Depaquit, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£11.00 Fuller's

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis 1er Cru, Vaulignot 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£13.13 Laytons

Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis 1er Cru, Vaillons 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

La Chablisienne, Le Finage, Chablis 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£11.65 Bibendum

Domaine Laroche, St Martin, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£14.60 Liberty Wines

La Cape de St Martin, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis 1er Cru, Vau de Vey 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

France: Loire, inc. Sancerre

GCF Exclusif, Sauvion, Domaine du Cléray, Chardonnay 2015, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

Bright and expressive, and undoubtedly deserving of Gold, The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira liked this Chardonnay’s ‘stone fruits on the nose and slightly spicy oak, very well-balanced palate and very fresh finish’, while team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its ‘mineral freshness and a touch of exotic lychee fruit, zingy lemon and zesty texture betraying a touch of sur-lie, and more fresh smoky mineral elements’. Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW enjoyed its ‘green herbs and crunchy acidity, making this a good partner for grilled seabass with sauce vierge’.

£7.31 Peter Graham Wines

GCF Exclusif, Cardinal Richard, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2015, Loire, France

Gold medal winner By the glass

‘Elegant, precise and refreshing, easy-drinking white or paired with summer foods,’ began Sumi Sarma of Sumilier in praise of this versatile, great-value Gold, finding ‘green apples and pears, floral and mild spice hints with herbs and minerals, pleasant style with a lemon finesse’. Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce noted: ‘Pleasant apples and lemon zest with subtle minerality, but mouthfilling and rounded with a clean and fruity finish,’ while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW concluded: ‘Good with oysters.’

£6.83 House of Townend

Domaine Roblin, Terres Blanches, Sancerre 2015, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

‘Fresh, crisp and light on the nose, a lifted and balanced palate with lime-lemon citrus, and green apple notes with some chalky mineral,’ said Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS of this Gold winner, while team leader Sam Caporn MW found it ‘restrained on the nose, with light hints of elderflower on the palate, quite phenolic but with juicy acid’. ‘Lean, clean and mineral, with a long finish,’ added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, pairing it with a mackerel and cucumber salad.

£12.36 Boutinot

Paul Buisse, Clos de Nouys, Vouvray Demi-Sec 2014, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

Ripe and refreshing, this Gold medal and Food Match Trophy winner was described by Sumi Sarma of Sumilier as having ‘soft lemon sorbet aromas with crisp, slightly honeyed green and red apple notes, zingy acidity and good structure, some weight and concentration’, finding that the palate was ‘off-dry to medium, but well balanced with extremely graceful acidity and fruit’. Frances Bentley of Individual Restaurant wanted to see this served alongside pan-fried foie gras.

£9.96 Bibendum

GCF Exclusif, Sauvion, Sauvignon Blanc, Haut-Poitou 2016, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘A very aromatic, straightforward Sauvignon with a nice edge of minerality, good at the entry level,’ began Dan Cohen of Cépages Wine Bistro, while Mike Best of the WSET felt it was ‘competing with the New World and doing a good job, very bright and fruit-driven, with very ripe fruits and citrus acidity’.

£6.45 Matthew Clark

Domaine du Petit Métris, Clos de la Marche, Savennières 2014, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh and fruity with a lot of quince and white peach on the nose,’ began Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce, who found it ‘lovely on the palate, with a good balance between acidity and a touch of fruity sweetness, which empowers the flavours, then a long-lasting finish’.

£11.95 Boutinot

Joseph Mellot, La Grande Châtelaine, Cuvée Prestige, Sancerre 2013, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Soliciting a ‘Wow!’ from team leader Sam Caporn MW, who thought it showed ‘unusual, almost botrytis character with tropical fruit and spice notes, and is simply delicious’. Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS pointed out its ‘fumé style, vanilla oak and caramel, rich yellow fruit flavours with apple, good balance from start to finish’.

£20.40 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Joseph Mellot, Le Chant des Vignes, Pouilly-Fumé 2016, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh tropical notes of pineapple on the nose,’ began Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, finding a ‘dry palate with good aromatic profile, apple and stone fruit flavours, fresh citrus and apricot on the finish with long-lasting acidity’. ‘Juicy fruit with weight and texture on the palate, lovely acidity and finish,’ agreed team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£12.18 Hatch Mansfield

Joseph Mellot, La Grande Cuvée des Edvins, Cuvée Prestige, Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Mike Best of the WSET enjoyed this ‘smoky, toasty, oaky style of Sauvignon, showing very ripe citrus and baked apple fruit, with saline complexity on the palate, an impressively ambitious style’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS picked up on its ‘bold fruit, citrus and tropical style with some toasted complexity and creamy texture’.

£20.40 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Les Coteaux Tufiers, Vouvray Demi-Sec 2015, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don felt this was a ‘very good choice for seafood, with its beautiful aromas of orange mousse and cooked apple, a touch of sugar on the palate and very soft acidity, all very nicely balanced’. ‘Ripe pears, quince jam, very mouth-filling in an off-dry style, and keeps the bracing acidity on the palate,’ added Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce.

£6.97 Boutinot

Domaine Fouassier, Les Chasseignes, Sancerre 2014, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh enjoyed its ‘rich yet compact style with superb delineation of freshness, purity of fruits and minerality, rounded off with hazelnut and cheese rind notes on the finish, great for food matching’.

£14.26 Bibendum

Chéreau Carré, Château de Chasseloir, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2014, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Concentrated and precise fruit on the nose, with flavours of green apple and fresh pear, long finish with mineral notes, a classically styled example,’ said Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce, while team leader Tom Forrest also enjoyed its ‘lemon mineral aromas, light yeasty prickle, saline and stony palate with a juicy green fruit finish’.

£8.99 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Joseph Mellot, La Gravelière, Sancerre 2016, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Restrained initially but has some exotic passion fruit character, too,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, who found it ‘a pretty wine that is well balanced and long’, while for Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS it was a ‘classic style, fresh and open, with citrus and nettle aromas, wet stone and lime peel with notes of under-ripe melon on the palate’.

£15.02 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Château de la Roche, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine 2016, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Citrus, green and red apple, mineral notes with orange peel and floral character, nice restraint but bright acidity,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, while WSET’s Mike Best felt that it ‘never gets too intense but has great persistence’.

£7.72 Bibendum

Château de Tracy, Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

For Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, this had ‘very intense ripe fruit on a complex nose, stone fruit and citrus with mineral notes and white pepper on the finish, long and fruity, zesty and zingy’. ‘Very good, delicious fruit freshness, real elegance and class with gentle persistence, pristine fruit and acid, love it!’ said Mike Best of the WSET.

£20.32 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Levin, Gamay 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£15.30 Levin Wines

Les Grands Presbytères, Tradition, Vielles Vignes, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£8.00 Boutinot

Joseph Mellot, Les Collinettes, Sancerre 2016, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Claude Michot, Les Berthiers, Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£11.55 Bibendum

Domaine Fouassier, Les Chailloux, Sancerre 2014, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£13.98 Bibendum

Domaine Lavigne, Vieilles Vignes, Saumur-Champigny 2014, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Laporte, Les Duchesses, Pouilly-Fumé 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Laporte, Le Rochoy, Sancerre 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

France: South & South-West, Red

GCF Exclusif, Domaine de la Baume, Syrah, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

A friendly, fruit-filled character propelled this straight to Gold. Gaetano Giangaspero of Coya Mayfair enjoyed its ‘cherry and prune fruit complexity on the nose, lovely, approachable palate with lively tannin and good length’, while team leader Lionel Periner noted ‘red fruit and berries, smooth tannin and light body with a juicy finish’. Vinoteca’s Charlie Young identified ‘black fruit and black pepper, with good freshness, texture and spice – drink with anything barbecue’.

£6.85 Carlsberg UK

Château Lagrézette, Chevaliers du Château Lagrézette, Cahors 2015, South West France, France

Gold medal winner

This fruit-forward Gold winner was full of ‘red berries, toasty, fresh and fruity aromas’ for Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, who also found ‘plenty of fruit, richer notes of black olive and earth, big tannins and fleshy black fruit on the finish’. ‘Structured, full-bodied wine, needs time,’ added team leader Laurent Richet MS, while Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London described this as ‘modern and well made, with tannins framed by sweet oak notes’.

£13.89 Top Selection Ltd

La Croix de St Jean, Lo Paire, Minervois 2013, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot enjoyed this Gold winner’s ‘lifted, opulent fruit, sweet liquorice spice and a good fresh line of acidity running through’, while Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel appreciated ‘spicy, sweet red fruit with firm, velvet tannins and an elegant, lingering finish’. James Hocking of The Vineyard Group noted its ‘deep, dark, dense fruit on the nose, with a core of earthy spice on the palate, which would go well with game or various dark meats’.

£16.04 Liberty Wines

Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, Grand Vin, Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 2013, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

‘Rich dark-fruit aromas, leading to cherries on the palate, with velvety texture and soft tannin,’ began Gaetano Giangaspero of Coya Mayfair in praise of this Gold winner, while team leader Lionel Periner noted ‘dark fruit, spices, coffee and toast notes on an elegant nose, and a dry and complex palate, well balanced and spicy with a full, long finish’. Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel liked ‘pronounced red and black fruit combined with sweet spices and black pepper, velvet tannins and a long, savoury finish’, making this perfect, he thought, for ‘lamb shoulder or venison’.

£19.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Abbotts & Delaunay, Boreas, Faugères 2015, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Quite developed on the nose, with some stewed red and black fruit notes,’ began Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous, while Gaetano Giangaspero of Coya Mayfair felt it had ‘velvety, rich soft tannins and good structure’. ‘Mint, dark fruit and cacao, berries and oak with floral hints,’ added team leader Lionel Periner.

£15.65 Matthew Clark

Château Coupe-Roses, La Bastide, Minervois 2015, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous was impressed with its ‘earthy and natural style, with sour cherry and black raspberry on the nose, pleasantly green tannin background with more juicy cherry fruit’, while team leader Lionel Periner highlighted ‘berry fruit and classic Garrigue herbal notes’.

£8.14 Bibendum

Producteurs Plaimont, Château de Sabazan, St Mont Rouge 2012, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Red fruits, perfumed rose notes and peppermint with smoke on the nose,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS, who found ‘salty mineral, meaty characters, plum and black cherry fruit and high tannin’ on the palate. ‘Quite elegant with nice sour red fruit, good structure and balance,’ added Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky.

£14.58 Bibendum

Château Baulieu, Villa Baulieu, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rouge 2013, Provence, France

Silver medal winner

‘Cassis and bell pepper on the nose, and a palate full of black and white pepper character,’ said Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous, adding that this wine will benefit from further cellaring or decanting to be drunk now. Team leader Lionel Periner found ‘red berry and floral notes, velvet tannins and a dry, spicy finish’.

£28.15 Liberty Wines

Château de Chambert, Grand Vin, Cahors 2012, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘A more Bordeaux style’, began team leader Laurent Richet MS, noting its ‘lovely leathery spices, cassis, cedar and slight green capsicum note’, while Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky enjoyed its ‘big, meaty character with underlying fruit, mineral hints and good concentration’.

£29.85 Liberty Wines

LGI-Wines, St Desir, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

A light, juicy, approachable red, which our judging panel found appealingly fruity with red cherry fruit, soft tannin support and easy-drinking freshness on the mid-palate.

£6.05 Majestic Commercial

Lorgeril, Les Pins, St-Chinian 2012, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot enjoyed its ‘wonderfully opulent nose, dark fruit medley and sandalwood, with fleshy opulence on a smooth palate’, and Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noted ‘fresh raspberry fruit with light herbal aromas, jammy raspberry and cinnamon brûlée on the palate’.

£14.33 Majestic Commercial

Gérard Bertrand, Cigalus Rouge, Aude Hauterive 2014, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Martin Lam found a ‘sappy, herbal, black olive nose, with a structured, perfumed, quite elegant palate’, and for Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia it was a ‘deep, brooding wine with structured dark fruit and soft, elegant wood spice notes’.

£22.16 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château du Vieux Parc, La Sélection, Corbières 2014, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Very pleasant, ripe berry flavours, gourmand style that’s nicely balanced with a long finish,’ began Yohann Pinol of Wiltons, with Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba highlighting ‘black olives and prune on the nose, with good intensity on the palate’.

£11.66 Enotria&Coe

Abbotts & Delaunay, Réserve, Côtes du Roussillon 2015, Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

Gaetano Giangaspero of Coya Mayfair enjoyed its ‘beautiful nose of red berries and herbs, and a rich and soft palate with good length’, while team leader Lionel Periner noted ‘dark, cooked fruits, dry and complex palate with notes of cacao, juicy fruit and spice’.

£6.14 Molson Coors

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba noted its ‘sweet, spicy fruit character and full, weighty palate with ripe tannins and moreish acidity’, while Yohann Pinol of Wiltons also enjoyed its ‘good, fruity style and spicy balance’.

£5.01 Molson Coors

Abbotts & Delaunay, Domaine de la Métairie d'Alon, Solaire, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Red fruit nose, with fragrant notes of sour cherry and raspberry tart, light toasty oak touches on a rich palate with soft tannin and some darker tones,’ said Gaetano Giangaspero of Coya Mayfair. ‘Versatile character, but needs a little more time for the oak to integrate fully on the finish,’ added Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous.

£17.11 Matthew Clark

Abbotts & Delaunay, Alto Stratus 2015, Vin de France, France

Bronze medal winner

Full of ‘delicate red fruit, good acidity and mineral balance with a salty character on the palate’, said Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place, with team leader Jade Koch noting ‘bitter chocolate and blackcurrant notes, big and waxy style, could benefit from a little time’.

£15.65 Matthew Clark

GCF Exclusif, Entrecôte, Merlot/Cabernet, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Rich and ripe on the nose, followed by a toasty palate with silky tannins, well balanced and pleasant to drink,’ said Yohann Pinol of Wiltons.

£6.49 The Oxford Wine Company

Barton & Guestier, Réserve, Grenache Noir, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Crunchy red fruit, delicious juicy character and acidity, and extremely good value,’ said an impressed James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, while team leader Martin Lam found ‘lifted, bright fruit, fresh and simple style with a slightly dry finish’.

£4.20 Kingsland

Clos Troteligotte, K-lys, Malbec, Cahors 2012, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS admired its ‘lovely balance, with rich tannin structure and ripe fruit’, while Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky noted ‘redcurrants with hints of leather and perfumed notes, sharp sour cherry on the palate and bold tannins’.

£12.45 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Le Champ des Etoiles, Pinot Noir 2015, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

Clos Bagatelle, Sentiers de Bagatelle, Cuvée Donnadieu Rouge, St-Chinian 2013, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.13 Boutinot

Château Fabre Gasparets, Corbières-Boutenac 2013, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£11.54 Boutinot

Savoir-Faire d'Autrefois, Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2013, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£6.39 Boutinot

Château Coupe-Roses, Les Plots, Minervois 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£10.25 Bibendum

Domaine des Païssels, Le Banel, St-Chinian 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.63 Bibendum

Mas des Capitelles, La Catiède, Faugères 2014, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.74 Bibendum

Producteurs Plaimont, Les Trois Chevaliers, St Mont Rouge 2012, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£7.95 Bibendum

Cazes, Ego, Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2014, Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£12.70 Liberty Wines

Domaine Jones, Les Perles, Syrah 2014, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

£16.42 Domaine Jones

Château du Donjon, Grande Tradition, Minervois 2104, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.21 Enotria&Coe

Château du Donjon, La Galinière, Merlot 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£7.69 Enotria&Coe

France: South & South-West, White

Barton & Guestier, Réserve, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

A great wine at a great price, and undoubtedly worthy of Gold. ‘Light peachy aromas with some floral and peachy spice notes on the palate, bits of violet popping up and added texture and tannin from skin contact,’ said team leader Tom Forrest. ‘Refreshing lemon and light acacia notes – a great wine for the price,’ added J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW thought this a great match for soft cheeses.

£4.20 Kingsland

Jeanjean, Mas Neuf, Muscat Sec, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

Mike Best of the WSET was unequivocal in his praise of this Gold winner: ‘Totally delicious. Brilliant apricot character, fresh acidity, vibrant and approachable with good length.’ ‘Floral spice and stone fruit flavours, great value,’ added team leader Laura Rhys MS. Team leader Martin Lam found it to have a typical ‘Muscat nose, then bone dry and saline on the palate. Delicious.’

£6.15 Molson Coors

Lorgeril, Les Coteaux, Chardonnay, Pays d'Oc 2014, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

Led to the Gold podium for its fascinating blend of fruit, herbs and spice, this had ‘lemon blossom aromas with notes of ginger and a touch of hay’, according to an impressed Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar, who continued: ‘The palate is just as complex and pleasing as the nose, with a crispy fresh and lively finish.’ Vinoteca’s Charlie Young praised this for being ‘rich and quite peppery, with melon and pear, and an elegant, fresh finish. Give me some white fish or vitello tonnato!’

£7.73 Majestic Commercial

Domaine Laguilhon, Jurançon Sec 2015, South West France, France

Gold medal winner

Delicate and gentle, but with no shortage of fruit, judges elevated this to Gold. ‘Subtle nose of elderflower, elegant and refreshing on the palate with citrus notes and soft oak spice,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club enjoyed its ‘fresh Cox apple with gentle fennel notes, citrus and white spices on the palate and elegance and freshness on the finish’.

£9.19 Liberty Wines

Château de Campuget, 1753, Viognier, Pays du Gard 2016, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold Lister was identified as ‘an easy-drinking everyday wine’, by Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski, who continued: ‘Quite elegant, round with fresh apricot and peach, white pepper and ginger notes, then pineapple and camomile tea on the palate. Good for a hot day by the seaside.’ Thinking along similar lines, J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers found ‘nice salinity – a well-balanced and concentrated wine, great for brie and apple with grilled chicken’.

£10.46 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

GCF Exclusif, Domaine de la Baume, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates enjoyed this wine’s ‘bright and fruity nose, showing floral character’, also highlighting its ‘rich, full mouthfeel, fresh apricot and toasted pineapple fruit with ginger spice notes and good length’.

£6.85 Carlsberg UK

Boutinot, Cuveé Jean-Paul, Gascogne Blanc de Blancs Demi-Sec, Côtes de Gascogne 2015, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Baked apricot, citrus and honey aromas, some viscosity on the palate with hints of sweetness, a nice wine,’ began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighted ‘sweet white plums and light florals, apple and sweet asparagus notes with a beautiful fresh finish’.

£6.53 Boutinot

Domaine Les Ronces, Picpoul de Pinet 2015, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Popular with all our tasting panel members, this showed ‘beautiful structure, floral and dry character with golden apple fruit and a touch of residual sugar’, according to Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted, and ‘would be well suited to Asian cuisine for a gastropub’. ‘Halva on the nose with herbal notes and chalk, the palate is great, fresh with depth and length,’ agreed team leader Angela Reddin.

£8.02 Bibendum

Lorgeril, Les Terrasses, Chardonnay/Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Street XO’s Raphael Thierry enjoyed this ‘classic style’, with its ‘peach and apricot fruit, good texture and lovely fresh finish’, while Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar noted its ‘sunny and fresh nose, citrus notes and exotic finish’.

£5.80 Majestic Commercial

Domaine Jones, Grenache Gris, Côtes Catalanes 2014, Roussillon, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found this ‘bright and interesting, with rich, ripe fruit on the nose, a tropical and stone fruit palate with candied citrus notes and well-integrated oak’, while WSET’s Mike Best found ‘lots of sunshine in this glass, with nutty, full-bodied, creamy and floral character’.

£12.00 Inverarity Morton

Château Lagrézette, Merveille, Gilbert Rocamadour, Côtes du Lot Blanc 2015, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot found ‘a complex nose of citrus and honeysuckle, with tropical notes and oak spice on the palate’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noted ‘apple and gentle basil notes on the nose, and hints of mushroom complexity on the palate’.

£26.42 Top Selection Ltd

La Croix Gratiot, Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted found ‘dusty pear aromas, great oily texture with peachy fruit on the palate, medium body and golden apple notes on the finish’, while team leader Angela Reddin highlighted ‘dried pineapple with a spiced apple kick, and a good palate with some length’.

£8.09 Liberty Wines

Gérard Bertrand, Cháteau l'Hospitalet, La Réserve Blanc, Coteaux du Languedoc, La Clape 2015, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

A ‘very well balanced wine’ for The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who enjoyed its ‘fresh acidity and alcohol, crispy green and yellow apple fruit with good minerals and a beautiful finish’, while WSET’s Mike Best noted its ‘creamy, high quality oak, subtle but persistent concentration that will pair well with richer dishes’.

£17.16 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine de Vedilhan, Serica, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

Consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates found ‘fairly heavy oak on the nose, but lovely balance and flavours on the palate with good typicity and an oily finish’, with Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski noting ‘pear and apricot, and a lot of rosemary and thyme’.

£6.25 Boutinot

Producteurs Plaimont, Domaine de Cassaigne, Le Labyrinthe, Côtes de Gascogne Blanc 2015, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Waxy richness on the nose, and a nicely zesty and refreshing palate,’ began team leader Martin Lam, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club also finding ‘lemon flowers, light herbal chive notes and fresh green apple’.

£6.89 Bibendum

Cazes, Le Canon du Maréchal, Muscat/Viognier, Côtes Catalanes 2016, Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

Street XO’s Raphael Thierry enjoyed its ‘tropical nose with ripe peach and apricot, a fragrant and very aromatic style with good texture and freshness, but a pleasant touch of balancing bitterness on the finish’.

£8.19 Liberty Wines

Baron de Badassière, Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2016, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Floral, peachy character, a refreshing and commercial style,’ said Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted, with team leader Angela Reddin noting: ‘Quince and red apple on a clean palate, flavoursome, balanced and good length.’

£7.14 Liberty Wines

Monrouby, Grenache Blanc, Côtes de Thau 2016, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

While Giuseppe Longobardi of The 3A Pub Company found plenty of flavour, with its ‘apricot, peach, honey, yellow flowers and melon, with marzipan and a touch of bitterness on the finish’, The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira felt it was ‘a nice match with fish, with good fresh acidity and a slight vegetal note’.

£6.19 Liberty Wines

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Pinot Gris, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.01 Molson Coors

Le Champ des Etoiles, Chardonnay, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Cave de Pomerols, Mas Puech, Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£7.19 Bibendum

Domaine Cauhapé, Chants des Vignes, Jurançon Sec 2015, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£8.95 Bibendum

Domaine St-Lannes, Signature, Côtes de Gascogne 2016, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£8.00 Liberty Wines

Producteurs Plaimont, Les Trois Chevaliers, St Mont Blanc 2014, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£7.67 Bibendum

Ormarine, Plo de l'Isabelle, Picpoul de Pinet 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Jones, Les Perles, Macabeu 2014, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£16.42 Domaine Jones

Baron de Badassière, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£6.64 Liberty Wines

Laroche, Mas La Chevalière, L, Chardonnay 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£6.98 ADVINI

Laroche, Mas La Chevalière, L, Sauvignon 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£6.98 ADVINI

France: White Burgundy

Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuissé 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Offering everything you’d want from white Burgundy, this Gold winner had ‘citrus and red apples, floral and mineral notes on the nose, then a dry and fresh palate, racy and vibrant, more minerals and citrus, in an approachable, easy-to-drink style’, said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, while team leader Angela Reddin felt it was ‘very delicate in the mouth, but with persistence’. ‘Ripe and generous, without losing its focus, and with a lovely structure. Try it with goat cheeses,’ concluded Chez Bruce’s Sara Bachiorri.

£18.07 Hatch Mansfield

Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru, Clos des Guettes 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin found this bold, characterful Gold Lister to have a ‘rich, fatty, umami nose showing citrus and apple strudel, papaya with lime, nutty oak and mineral touches, followed by a very good palate that keeps flowing with style’. Geoffray Bénat of Cépages Wine Bistro agreed: ‘Nutty, white flower aromas, good body with peach and white flowers, great balance and elegance.’ Equally good with turbot or ossobuco, said team leader Laurent Richet MS.

£21.88 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Boutinot, Réserve Personelle, Mâcon-Charnay 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS was impressed with Boutinot’s second Gold’s ‘lovely oyster shell nose and milky undertone, with ripe golden apple fruit on the palate and high minerality’, rating it ‘a beautiful wine, with a touch of oak giving it structure and body’. ‘Floral pear and apple aromas, intense and clean,’ said Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC, enjoying its ‘lovely yellow colour, sapid fruit and nutty character on the palate with good balance’. Team leader Laurent Richet MS also praised its ‘crunchy apple and tangerine – a good by-the-glass option, and a match for sole meunière’.

£8.30 Boutinot

Boutinot, Réserve Personelle, Mâcon-Villages 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

The first of an excellent pair of Golds for Boutinot in this category, it had, according to Charles Pashby-Taylor of Dabbous, ‘nice freshness and an easy-drinking style, with chalky-flinty minerality and good apricot and red apple fruit’, with team leader Olivier Marie also finding ‘ripe stone fruit character with apricot and a creamy texture, nice weight with opulent richness on the palate and lovely substance’. Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins wanted to see it accompanying Dover sole.

£8.11 Boutinot

Domaine Roux Père & Fils, St-Aubin 1er Cru, La Chatenière 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Olivier Marie found this to be a ‘beautiful, textbook Bourgogne’, earning it its spot on the Gold podium. He described ‘ripe and intense concentration of fruit, ripe pear flesh and yellow Mirabelle plums, then a sprinkling of white pepper and underlying minerality’. Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurant also very much enjoyed its ‘hints of butter and nuts on the nose with a touch of herbaceous and balsamic character, great acidity and a good, lingering finish’. Perfect alongside ‘grilled tiger prawns in a light herbal butter sauce’, according to Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins.

£22.79 Bibendum

Domaine des Crêts, Mâcon-Villages 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘A flinty style,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW in praise of this Gold Lister, also noting ‘delicate hazelnuts on the mid-palate with a creamy texture and good length’. Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club found ‘citrus with earthy mineral aromas, nice elderflower with gentle white spices, finishing with light quince jelly notes’. Team leader Laurent Richet MS thought ‘this could work with any fish, but also pork or chicken, with its golden apple and honey notes, not to mention lemon-juice acidity’.

£14.19 Top Selection Ltd

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Les Dames Huguette, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Blanc 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Clean and youthful with pleasant primary fruit character, with fresh stone fruits mixed with subtle, spicy cardamom and ginger notes,’ all made this a clear Gold winner, according to team leader Olivier Marie, who found it ‘well made, with low acidity and a smoky, steely finish’, while Neil Tabraham of Paris House also felt it was ‘oaky, with a tropical fruit nose, bright and fresh fruit on the palate, soft acidity and a fresh, long finish’. Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks thought this ‘ripe, floral, intense wine would be great with grilled fish’.

£16.91 Top Selection Ltd

Lequin-Colin, Clos Devant, Chassagne-Montrachet 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Big toast, broad character, stony flint aromas and a juicy, savoury palate with notes of marzipan, flinty and unctuous with lovely fruit ripeness and minerality,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin of this Gold winner, while team leader Laurent Richet MS noted ‘a creamy nose with white truffle hints, good intensity, drive, balance and class’, and considered salt-baked sea bass to be the right match here.

£29.31 Top Selection Ltd

Domaine Feuillat-Juillot, Montagny 1er Cru, Les Jardins 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe fruit on both nose and palate, with tangerine and blood orange, some oak structure and some lemon zest to finish,’ thought team leader Laurent Richet MS. Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce found this to have ‘tropical notes on the nose, while being lovely and mineral in style overall – pure and precise’.

£14.97 Boutinot

Domaine des Perserons, Le Quartier des Girouettes, St-Véran 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Citrus, mineral and elderflower aromas, then a palate of crispy minerality and a gentle ripe, sweet peach finish,’ began Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, with impressed team leader Annette Scarfe MW finding it a ‘leaner style, with delicate white flowers and fresh lemons, unoaked and clean’.

£9.50 Boutinot

Domaine Latour-Giraud, Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighted ‘lovely use of cedar oak, giving great toasty structure’, finding it ‘concentrated and intense, yet with elegance and poise, and a long citrus finish’, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club picking up more complex notes of ‘sour apple with gentle ginger notes, elegant mineral flavours finishing with earthy, balsamic character’.

£34.71 Bibendum

Domaine Jean Rijckaert, Mont Châtelaine, Viré-Clessé 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan noted a ‘honeyed nose of quince and mango, dry, ripe and long palate with good acidity and freshness, concentration and tropical papaya character with lemon meringue hints’. ‘Nice oak integration, smoky and almost nutty character already,’ added J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers.

£12.32 Bibendum

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Réserve Particulière, Blanc 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group enjoyed its ‘restrained nose of fruity and floral notes, rounded palate with melon and notes of tropical fruit’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighted some interesting notes of ‘unripe apple and fresh basil leaves, with gentle white peach and light floral character on the palate’.

£12.95 Bulles Blanc Rouge

Remoissenet Père & Fils, Givry Blanc 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Plenty going on here for Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, who highlighted its ‘buttery, nutty, toasted peanuts and toasted bread aromas with hints of peach, nectarine and dried apricot, then a well-integrated concentration of flavours, balanced weight and texture’, adding that it was ‘smooth as a smooth thing and long, very long’.

£17.11 Matthew Clark

Château de Santenay, Clos de la Chaise Dieu Monopole, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Toast, nutty oak, bready lees and slight hints of smoke on the nose,’ began a satisfied Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, who liked its ‘delicate stone fruits and gentle citrus, with good texture, body and integrated oak flavours, making it a rounded and complex wine with elegance and finesse’.

£13.74 Liberty Wines

Château de Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

An ‘investment wine’ for team leader Angela Reddin, who found it ‘initially shy, but some nice florals, citrus and orchard blossom on a restrained palate with medium weight and good length’, while Hakkasan Group’sDiana Rollan enjoyed its ‘citrus, red apple, floral and mineral aromas, fresh and lively palate with great flinty mineral character, and elegant balance’.

£36.59 Liberty Wines

Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey Blanc 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Smoked apple aromas with green tea leaves, light and buttery on the palate with mineral earth notes,’ said Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, with Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group also noting a ‘restrained nose, a little shy at the moment, but more revealing on the palate with notes of crème pâtissière and a mineral backbone’.

£17.88 Enotria&Coe

Patriarche, Mâcon-Villages 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Elegant and floral with apple blossom character on the nose, and ripe stone fruit with a creamy hazelnut character on the finish,’ said team leader Olivier Marie. ‘Beautiful nose with peach, apple, pear and camomile,’ added Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurant.

£8.80 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Domaine Trouillet, Pouilly-Fuissé 2014, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Preserved lemon and yellow flower aromas with touches of nectarine, this has a deliciousness,’ began team leader Angela Reddin, continuing: ‘It’s fleshy without being blowsy, showing lovely understated oak and a mineral streak.’

£14.52 Bibendum

Château de Santenay, En Vesvau, St-Aubin 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A subtle and elegant style, appley and fresh on nose and palate with zesty character, lemony fruit on the finish with touches of nautical saline minerality,’ said team leader Olivier Marie.

£19.54 Liberty Wines

Domaine Jean-Pierre Sève, Aux Chailloux, Pouilly-Fuissé 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine de la Jobeline, Macon-Verzé 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine de la Jobeline, En Prévisy, Macon-Verzé 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Patriarche, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Clos St-Pierre, Le Quartier des Girouettes, Mâcon-Charnay 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£8.67 Boutinot

Domaine Roux Père & Fils, La Pucelle, St-Aubin 2015, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£16.74 Bibendum

Domaine Fichet, La Crépillionne, Mâcon-Villages 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£9.95 Bibendum

Domaine Robert-Denogent, La Croix, Pouilly-Fuissé 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£20.61 Bibendum

Henri de Villamont, Prestige, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2013, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Château de Santenay, Le Roc Blanc, Mercurey Blanc 2015, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£15.19 Liberty Wines

Domaine Ferrand, Pouilly-Fuissé 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

Germany

Prinz von Hessen, Dachsfilet, Riesling 2013, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner

This took Gold for its ‘very tasty, savoury style,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who found ‘slight phenolic grip, texture suggesting the use of large oak, complexity with notes of sweet spices and soy sauce’, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighting ‘fresh asparagus and rosemary notes on the nose, elegant development with Cox apples and sweet herbs on the finish’. ‘Complex and very well balanced, harmonious, some bitter notes, but clean aftertaste with hints of butter and almond,’ added Simon Cassina of Winexponent. A perfect pairing with poulet de Bresse, suggested team leader Olivier Marie.

£20.30 Bibendum

Reh Kendermann, Konrad Closheim, Löhrer Berg, Single Vineyard, Riesling 2011, Nahe, Germany

Gold medal winner

This had it all: generous fruit, minerality and some spice. A definite Gold. ‘Ripe stone fruits with honeysuckle notes and a core of fresh acidity, and a creamy mid-palate from the lees,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, while Federico Forte of Plateau found ‘spicy, sweet pear with notes of mango and lychee, hints of saffron spice, flinty mineral flavours on a very well-balanced palate’. 'An amazing, elegant wine, and a match for seared foie gras,' concluded team leader Olivier Marie.

£8.75 Greene King

Andreas Bender, Hofpäsch, Riesling Auslese 2015, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

Honeyed sweetness and candied citrus helped to elevate this to Gold. ‘Sweet orange fruit and floral blossom aromas, a touch of botrytis on a sweet, full and rounded palate,’ began Neil Tabraham of Paris House, with team leader Simon Woods also finding it ‘juicy, tender, lively and ripe, showing tangy but gentle crystallised pineapple and orange zest on a palate with lovely balance’. Team leader Lionel Periner thought this ideal alongside 'peached pear in saffron, with shortbread and honey milk sorbet'.

£13.87 Indigo Wine

Paulinshof, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2014, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

Judges had nothing but praise for this Gold Lister. ‘Complex style with green apple fruit aromas, sweet spices, touches of saffron,’ began Simon Cassina of Winexponent, who found ‘intensity on the palate, honeysuckle richness with an intense aftertaste, it’s gorgeous!’ Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noted ‘light camomile aromas with suggestions of Sauternes, sweet lychee fruit and fresh mint leaf on the palate, with a charming finish’. 'A lovely vibrancy and zestiness on the nose, leading to an abundance of ripe peaches and apricots, with a rounded creaminess. Moreish. I want more!' concluded JKS Restaurants's Sunaina Sethi.

£18.41 Enotria&Coe

Dreissigacker, Wunderwerk, Spätburgunder 2013, Rheinhessen, Germany

Gold medal winner

This wowed our judges, who consequently elevated it to Gold. ‘Aromatic plum and vanilla aromas, concentrated and full on the palate, quite juicy and really long,’ began Le Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS, with Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC noting ‘serious, tannic, but lovely and fresh with crushed berries on the palate’. 'Very perfumed, leading to a red berries and spicy white pepper on the palate. This could be served on the colder side, with beef carpaccio and a green bean salad,' suggested team leader Laurent Richet MS.

£22.19 Liberty Wines

Schloss Johannisberg, Riesling Auslese 2012, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Judges unanimously granted this Gold, and were generous in their praise. ‘Rich and fruity, grippy on the palate, ripe and honeyed,’ began team leader Simon Woods, who was impressed with its ‘lovely profile of peach and passion fruit, good depth and great length’, while Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins thought it ‘classic, with white flowers and rich tropical fruit, like ripe mango’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald praised ‘ripe, candied fruits with vanilla and saffron, with a creamy, honeyed palate with candle wax and petrol, and bright acidity’. An excellent match for passion fruit bavarois, suggested The Don Restaurant’s Arnaud Fiol.

£42.24 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Andreas Bender, Dajoar, Zenit, Riesling 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

Team leader Simon Woods found it a ‘quite spicy, broad-shouldered style with some earthy quince and fennel notes in with the citrus’, while Neil Tabraham of Paris House liked its ‘lovely Riesling tropical nose, warm ripe fruits and nice balance of acidity and length’.

£13.10 Indigo Wine

Einig Zenzen, Dr Zenzen, 1636, Riesling Hochgewächs 2015, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Petrol aromas, grassy fresh with nettle notes, makes you really want to get your nose in the glass,’ began Simon Cassina of Winexponent, finding ‘a clean palate of sweet baked apples and a pinch of cinnamon, lime and fresh acidity’.

£5.26 CellarVino

Louis Guntrum, Pinot Noir 2014, Rheinhessen, Germany

Silver medal winner

Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC was impressed with its ‘floral and perfumed, yet intense red berry nose’, finding a ‘medium-bodied palate with meaty and floral notes, long and fresh with soft tannins’. ‘Really juicy and well made, lovely refreshing finish,’ addedLe Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS.

£10.31 Matthew Clark

Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Fantastic aromas of melon and ripe pineapple, as well as tertiary notes of kerosene and slate,’ began an enthusiastic Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels, continuing: ‘The palate is complex, showing vibrant limey acidity, with great minerals complementing the fruit structure. Fantastically well-made wine.’ ‘Taut and tense, full yet refined, lithe and generous, all reined in by crisp acidity,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£15.68 Matthew Clark

Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Spätlese 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

Neil Tabraham of Paris House enjoyed its ‘lovely, petrolly Riesling nose, limes and citrus, with pineapple and baked lemons on the palate, which is long and fresh’, while Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels remarked on its ‘aromas of ripe stone fruits along with hints of slate, a sensational coated mouthfeel packed with ripe melon, peach and pineapple, attractive, refreshing acidity and a long finish’.

£22.43 Matthew Clark

Schloss Johannisberger, Green Seal, Riesling Spätlese 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Pure slate and minerality, very persistent on the palate, clean with great balance and a great finish,’ began Tim McLaughlin-Green of Sommelier’s Choice, with team leader Simon Woods highlighting ‘lots of power, but piercing acidity, an excellent style, powerful but restrained, with suggestions of strawberry, red fruit and vanilla’.

£29.99 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Dreissigacker, Geyersberg, Riesling Trocken 2012, Rheinhessen, Germany

Bronze medal winner

‘Charming mineral and petrolly aromas, ripe peach with notes of green tea on the palate, then a complex finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, with Federico Forte of Plateau picking up ‘gooseberry, apricot, Williams pear, complex fruit with hints of white pepper, mango and grapefruit’.

£29.28 Liberty Wines

Schloss Johannisberger, Yellow Seal, Riesling Feinherb 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Bronze medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club enjoyed its ‘lemon flower with light, sweet herb aromas, sweet white peach fruit on the palate with fresh minerality and an elegant finish’.

£16.94 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Markus Molitor, Haus Klosterberg, Riesling 2015, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£9.96 Bibendum

Prinz von Hessen, H Riesling 2014, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£10.72 Bibendum

Prinz von Hessen, Riesling Kabinett 2013, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.75 Bibendum

Dr Loosen, Villa Wolf, Riesling 2015, Pfalz, Germany

Commended medal winner

£8.12 Bibendum

Mehrlein, Mittelheimer Edelmann, Riesling Trocken 2016, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£8.31 Indigo Wine

Axel Pauly, Bernkastler, Riesling, Kabinett Trocken 2015, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.14 Liberty Wines

Axel Pauly, Helden, Riesling Trocken 2014, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£16.94 Liberty Wines

Schloss Vollrads, Volratz 1573, Riesling Trocken 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£10.44 Liberty Wines

Schloss Vollrads, Schlossberg, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£23.34 Liberty Wines

Greece

Strofilia, White Dot 2015, Peloponnese, Greece

Gold medal winner

A great-value Gold medallist, this showed ‘vibrant, white-fleshed aromas and good stony acidity – long and fresh, with expressive flavours’, according to Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, with Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group finding ‘green apple and fresh citrus on a smoky nose’. Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia noted ‘lifted aromatics of honeysuckle, and fresh acidity’, while Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted described this as having a ‘beautiful, mineral style, with tropical fruit character and some creaminess, too’.

£7.72 Clark Foyster Wines, Matthew Clark

Papagiannakos, Kalogeri, Malagousia 2016, Attica, Greece

Gold medal winner

‘Pretty floral notes and a hint of fresh quince,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot in praise of this worthy Gold winner, with Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group noting ‘aromatic floral, pear drop and rose water aromas, no oak, apple and stone fruit character and high acidity on the palate’. The Don Restaurant’s Sebastian Agnello found it ‘lively with fresh green apple notes, and tingly acidity – the ideal partner for oysters’.

£9.70 Boutinot

Chrisohoou, Xinomavro 2013, Naoussa, Greece

Gold medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found this Gold-worthy wine to be ‘bold and dark with crunchy fruit, lovely spice and black mineral character with a taut tannin structure balanced by bright acidity’, while Mike Best of the WSET found it ‘really complex with an intriguing nose, savoury leather and bold hedgerow fruit, power, concentration and length but still with freshness and complexity’. ‘Lithe, long and grippy, with fragrant fruit – a match for lamb shank,’ concluded team leader Simon Woods.

£9.38 Southern Wine Roads

Kir Yianni, Paranga White, Roditis/Malagousia 2015, Macedonia, Greece

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Fantastic fruit and minerality led this to the Gold podium. ‘An intense, marine-saline nose, pineapple and grapefruit with honey notes on the palate and good balance’ left an impression on team leader Andrea Briccarello, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot highlighted its ‘elegant florality with soft Turkish Delight freshness’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald enjoyed ‘tropical fruit, pineapple, kiwi with citrus undertones, salty mineral touches and a slightly smoky edge’.

£8.86 Bibendum

Kir Yianni, Ramnista, Xinomavro 2012, Naoussa, Greece

Gold medal winner

Powerful and food-friendly, this wasn’t anything but a Gold, according to our judges. An ‘oaky, spicy, intense nose,’ said Sexy Fish’s Julien Sahut, who found it a ‘full-bodied red with ripe tannin, good balance, lots of black fruit and sweet spices – in need of decanting but perfect for grilled meats’. WSET’s Mike Best agreed, finding ‘juicy, cherry fruit, intensely tannic but balanced, best paired with big, salty foods’.

£13.87 Bibendum

Gerovassiliou, Malagousia 2016, Epanomi, Greece

Gold medal winner

Fantastic consistency with a new vintage has earned this wine a place on the Gold List for a second successive year, standing out for team leader Andrea Briccarello with its ‘intense nose, feeling almost like a Margarita, dry and very mineral with good complexity and generous fruit’, while Vinoteca’s Charlie Young warmed to its ‘expressive and fruity nose, good leesy texture, great balance of weight and aromatic punch’. Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group highlighted its ‘aromatic and floral, herbaceous lychee, pear and kiwi with pomegranate notes, and well-integrated oak’. ‘This alongside Munster cheese, honey and farm bread would make me very happy all evening,’ added Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted.

£13.47 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Gerovassiliou, Viognier 2016, Epanomi, Greece

Gold medal winner

A second Gold for Gerovassiliou in this category, this was ‘very much the intense, aromatic style of Viognier – a rounded and exotic fruit style with good complexity. A world-class effort,’ said impressed team leader Andrea Briccarello. Vinoteca’s Charlie Young noted its ‘apples and mineral, sweet pear aromas, great aromatics on the palate with some softness to the acidity, and finishing on a note of citrus’, while Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant suggested it would be ‘ideal as an aperitif, with its ripe melon and elegant, fresh acidity’.

£14.37 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Strofilia, Mountain Fish 2015, Peloponnese, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘Lots of red fruit and floral touches on the nose,’ began Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, who enjoyed its ‘freshness and lovely acidity on the palate, lots of cherry and redcurrant flavours with hints of light spices on the finish, perfect for summer’.

£7.72 Clark Foyster Wines, Matthew Clark

Papagiannakos, Savatiano 2016, Attica, Greece

Silver medal winner

Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group enjoyed its ‘green pear, melon and nectarine aromas with youthful oyster shell notes, fresh and long mouthfeel on a bright, beautiful wine’, while Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant found it ‘aromatic, with lovely white flowers, candied peel and zesty orange notes’.

£8.54 Boutinot

Kir Yianni, Dyo Elies, Syrah/Merlot/Xinomavro 2013, Naoussa, Greece

Silver medal winner

Mike Best of the WSET found this to be ‘full of power and structure, bright red fruits and bold, firm tannins along with integrated high alcohol and acidity’, concluding: ‘Impressive and savoury and would suit something like roast beef fillet.’

£12.73 Bibendum

Gaia, Wild Ferment, Assyrtiko 2016, Santorini, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘Smoky, cheese rind character on the nose, showing oak usage with stone fruit on a rich and creamy, long palate,’ said Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, with Vinoteca’s Charlie Young highlighting a ‘savoury, Burgundy-like nose with richness and some upfront sweetness’, and team leader Andrea Briccarello picking up ‘sea shell notes, textbook Greek intensity and ripe nectarine with salt and lime notes on the finish’.

£19.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Gerovassiliou, Avaton 2013, Epanomi, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘Quite deep, dark fruits combined with notes of the pine forest, intense but well balanced,’ said Dan Cohen of Cépages Wine Bistro, while Mike Best of the WSET admired some ‘real polish on this wine, which will provide value at the premium end of a list and offers great excitement of something with real power and concentration, a superb match with well-aged steak’.

£15.31 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Markou, Kleftes, Savatiano 2015, Attica, Greece

Commended medal winner

Aivalis, Nemea 2014, Nemea, Greece

Commended medal winner

Monemvasia, Kidonitsa, White 2015, Peloponnese, Greece

Commended medal winner

Manolesakis, Exis, White 2016, Drama, Greece

Commended medal winner

Ktima Biblia Chora, Ovilos, Barrel Fermented, Semillon/Assyrtiko, Kavala 2015, Macedonia , Greece

Commended medal winner

House Wine: Red - <£6 ex-VAT

Cawston Cove, Shiraz 2015, Robertson, South Africa

Gold medal winner

A hat-trick after its two House White Golds, Broadland’s offering here had ‘bright red berry fruit on the nose, with soft and juicy fruit on the palate, a very quaffable red’, said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, with J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers noting its ‘simple, bramble fruit and pretty jammy character’. ‘Great with steak in the pub,’ said Charles Carron Brown of The Forest Side Grasmere.

£3.37 Broadland Wineries

Richland, The Black Shiraz 2015, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Gold medal winner

‘A smoky nose,’ began Street XO’s Raphael Thierry about Calabria’s Gold win, who highlighted its ‘intense cranberry flavour with good acid balance and floral notes on an inky finish’. Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer was impressed with ‘juicy black fruits and a menthol note, with a touch of white pepper’. A match, therefore, for steak pie, thought team leader Tom Forrest.

£5.50 Fuller's

Cono Sur, Los Gansos, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

A Gold to go with its House White win, Cono Sur’s Merlot had, according to Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS, ‘crushed berries on a clean, fruity nose, with soft blueberry and blackberry and a structured finish’, while Harry Crowther of M Wine Store found it ‘savoury and meaty on the palate, restrained but complex’. This combined to make this a ‘fruit-forward, food-friendly and approachable wine, with good freshness’, according to team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£5.06 CyT UK

Dehesa de Rubiales, Alaia, Prieto Picudo/Tempranillo/Merlot 2014, Castilla y León, Spain

Gold medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The 3A Pub Company appreciated this Gold Lister’s ‘cherry, liquorice and dry palate with light notes of forest floor’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira liked its ‘good body and spice, leathery mushroom character and a bit of tannin’, and felt it would be ‘good to have on a list for the price, and can be competitive’. The Ned Hotel’s Giancarlo Cuccuru thought this would be ‘a popular choice with steak, but can also be enjoyed by itself’.

£5.79 Boutinot

Boutinot, Percheron, Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Gold medal winner

An effortless Gold, with ‘appealing style’, began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, ‘with clean, fruity aromas and tons of vanilla, with cherry fruit and spice notes on the palate, and fresh acidity. Great value.’ ‘Dark, aromatic, berry nose, cherry fruit and nice balance,’ agreed team leader Martin Lam. ‘Red and blackberry fruit leading to a dry, mineral finish make this a good match for cured meats,’ added team leader Tom Forrest.

£4.98 Boutinot

Zorgvliet, Silver Myn, Argentum 2015, Banghoek, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Bold structure with a touch of earthiness won the day here for Zorgvliet, with ‘smoky oak on the nose, with blackberry and cherry fruit notes, fine tannins on a well-structured palate, and a long and textured finish’, said Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS. ‘Publicans, don’t miss this one,’ said La Trompette’s Tanguy Martin, adding: ‘Beautiful, vibrant acidity balances this nicely.’

£5.29 Boutinot

Riebeek Cellars, Shiraz 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Gold medal winner

‘Full-on, juicy berry fruit,’ began WSET’s Mike Best about the first of two Riebeek Cellars medal winners in this category, impressed that ‘even at this price it delivers some concentration and pleasant tannin/acid balance, which will work with or without food’. ‘Bright fruit, some meaty character and good value,’ agreed team leader Laura Rhys MS. ‘A grown-up wine, and terrific value for money,’ concluded Paris House’s Neil Tabraham.

£4.50 Fuller's

Kavaklidere, Sade, Oküzgözü 2015, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Gold medal winner

A juicy, fruit-forward character took this Turkish red to Gold. ‘Lots of fruit here, very primary aromas and good concentration on the palate,’ began Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán, with Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe highlighting its ‘cherries and plum on a fragrant nose, more red cherry with raspberry on a fruity palate, with a good, long finish’. ‘This would go well with roast chicken and gravy,’ thought Sumilier’s Sumi Sarma.

£6.00 Kavaklidere Saraplari

Man, Ou Kalant, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Taking Gold for its ‘interesting, spicy style, with nice mineral notes on the nose’, according to Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant, team leader Annette Scarfe MW found this Cabernet Sauvignon to be a ‘crowd pleaser, with its sweet, jammy New World styling, ripe fruit with a full body and soft tannins’. Street XO’s Raphael Thierry saw this best paired with lamb shank.

£5.50 Enotria&Coe

Aragonesas, Ecce Homo, Garnacha Tinto, Campo de Borja 2015, Aragón, Spain

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia enjoyed its ‘elegantly soft nose with a restrained, classy palate’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighted its ‘fresh cherry and balsamic notes on the nose, and a palate of sour cherry with herbal and vegetal notes’.

£5.67 Davy's Wine Merchants

Invenio, Merlot 2015, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Dark cherries and spice on the nose, packs plenty of fruit and quite oaky on the finish, but overall very balanced,’ said Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, with Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe also noting ‘cherries, plums, dusty tannins and a soft finish’.

£4.50 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, Parlez-Vous, Malbec 2015, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Light red and black cherry with some firm tannins, but quite juicy and drinkable,’ said team leader Sam Caporn MW, with Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar alighting on its ‘jamminess, cherry and redcurrant, medium body and crunchy, red berry, flowery finish’.

£5.40 Tate Smith

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba found ‘plenty of dark cherry and soft, ripe tannin, with refreshing, clean acidity’, while team leader Jade Koch found it ‘more complex, with sweet bramble and blackcurrant fruit character and a drying finish’.

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Trivento, Tribu, Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Yohann Pinol of Wiltons noted its ‘nice ruby red colour, red berry aromas with cassis notes, a complex and well-balanced palate and long, fresh finish’, with team leader Jade Koch finding ‘pretty apple and blackberry fruit, with lots of clarity and vanilla notes making it very moreish’.

£4.79 CyT UK

Long Wines, Pléyades, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2014, Aragón, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Clean, with lovely ripe red cherry character, herbal notes and stone fruit, then dark plum on a rounded and expressive palate,’ said team leader Olivier Marie, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer also noted ‘sweet oak spice and sap, purple floral and pink peppercorns’.

£4.12 CellarVino

Trivento, Zonda, Malbec/Shiraz NV, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch noted its ‘good perfumed style, with blackcurrant fruit on a dry palate with a nice touch of tartness, and a hint of warmth on the finish’, while Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba found it ‘smoky, with dark cherry notes and lovely grip’.

£4.25 CyT UK

Mano a Mano, Manon, Tempranillo 2014, Tierra de Castilla, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Balanced and intense with good fruit balance and acidity,’ began Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba, with Yohann Pinol of Wiltons agreeing: ‘Very complex nose, peppery with violets and cassis, good smooth tannins and elegant structure.’

£5.39 Boutinot

Riebeek Cellars, Capelio, Merlot 2015, Swartland, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Attractive nose, good texture on the palate, tannins are firm but solid acidity,’ began Harry Crowther of M Wine Store, with team leader Angela Reddin adding: ‘Would certainly be suited to pubs and by the glass.’

£4.50 Fuller's

Les Volets, Malbec, Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude 2015, Roussillon, France

Silver medal winner

Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán enjoyed its ‘crunchy plum and cherry fruit and very good freshness’, while Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish felt it was a ‘clean red, well made, with touches of complexity’.

£5.35 Boutinot

Boutinot, Cuvée Jean-Paul Rouge, Pays de Vaucluse 2015, Vaucluse, France

Silver medal winner

‘A little closed on the nose, but rich and complex on the palate, showing ripe black cherries, some earthy mineral tones and good style for incredibly good value,’ said Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum.

£4.90 Boutinot

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Dona Ermelinda, Tinto 2014, Península de Setúbal, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘This is value,’ said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, ‘with its nice depth of flavour, ripe berry and spice notes, a touch of vanilla from oak and a long finish.’ ‘Fresh cassis with light mint leaf notes, dark cherry and jammy notes,’ added Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club.

£5.20 Atlantico UK

Kavaklidere, Yakut 2015, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Silver medal winner

Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish highlighted ‘good spicy, fresh red fruit aromas and flavours and nice spicy notes on a long finish’, while team leader Simon Woods summed it up as ‘proper wine, juicy and slightly spicy’.

£4.93 Tees , Taste Turkey

LGI-Wines, Beauté du Sud, Malbec, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS enjoyed its ‘juicy, fruity style, with a touch of black pepper spice, simple but easy drinking, and very joyful by the glass’, while Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan found ‘red berries and bubblegum notes, strawberry and cherry aromas, dry and intense with sweet spices and a touch of bitterness, but juicy and vibrant’.

£5.64 Majestic Commercial

La Tierra Rocosa, Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest found ‘medium intensity black fruits on an attractive, ripe nose, with crisp raspberry and tayberry fruits on the palate and soft tannins’, while consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates felt it had ‘some depth and layers, with dark berry fruit’.

£4.79 Majestic Commercial

Viña Carrasco, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar found ‘berries and plum on the nose, dark spices and good acidity on the palate with a mouthwatering finish’, with team leader Sam Caporn MW summing it up as a ‘soft, very easy-drinking crowd-pleaser’.

£4.83 Majestic Commercial

Sieur d'Arques, Aimery, Merlot 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Blackberries and liquorice, fresh and fruity on the nose, dry and fresh with a ripe, round, balanced palate, savoury with a good, approachable style,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, with team leader Laurent Richet MS finding it ‘vibrant and structured, lovely by the glass or with food’.

£5.10 Crown Cellars

Badet Clément, Le Bosq, Rouge 2016, Vin de France, France

Bronze medal winner

Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum was keen on its ‘ripe, soft tannins and good red fruit expression’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW noted ‘delicate hazelnut notes on the nose and a simple but well-made wine, presenting good value’.

£6.00 Matthew Clark

GCF Exclusif, Les Vignerons, Carignan/Syrah 2015, Vin de France, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Red and black fruits on nose and palate, supported by a bit of tannin and good acidity with a beautiful finish,’ said The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who was sure it would be ‘nice to have with your Sunday roast’.

£5.05 HT White & Co

Butterfly Tree, Merlot NV, Robertson, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club was pleased with its ‘jammy plum and spice nose, fresh and light palate with rhubarb and baking spice notes’, while team leader Martin Lam found it ‘herbal and aromatic, appealing and well made, fault-free and drinks well’.

£4.25 Lanchester Wine Cellars

The Brand, Malbec 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Our panel found plums and dark fruit compote character, some concentration and more earthy, vegetal notes on the palate with a hint of liquorice on the finish.

£4.45 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Concha y Toro, Mountain Range, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘A good New World style, jammy and juicy fruit, would work well in a pub or bistro,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place enjoying its ‘nice ripe fruit character, slightly jammy but dry, and good value for money’.

£4.57 CyT UK

Concha y Toro, Mountain Range, Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Tastes of real wine,’ began J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers, highlighting its ‘woody and berry aromas, chocolate and oak stave notes on the palate with grippy tannins, rounded and great value’.

£4.57 CyT UK

Whistling Duck, Shiraz 2015, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Pleasantly enticing nose with a sweetness of fruit and liquorice,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noting ‘spicy rhubarb aromas, gentle herbal and spice character, perfumed cassis on the palate with jammy baked apricot notes’.

£5.50 Fuller's

Boutinot, Cape Heights, Shiraz 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The 3A Pub Company felt this was a ‘lovely foodie wine, with its green pepper and fruity nose leading to a balanced fruit palate with vegetal notes’, while Mike Best of the WSET found it ‘medium bodied, approachable with mixed spice character’.

£4.85 Boutinot

Cesari, Farina, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers found ‘blueberry fruit and refreshing acidity with plenty of tannins’, and Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer enjoyed its ‘smoky, earthy bacon and dark garrigue aromas, plum and chalky tannins with black bramble fruits and pepper’.

£5.30 Fuller's

Gable View, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky found ‘lots of fresh fruit on the nose, dry on the palate with richer, fruity meaty notes’, while Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan highlighted ‘black fruit, liquorice and Morello cherry intensity, easy character on a dry, rounded and balanced palate’.

£5.33 Bibendum

San Valero, Finca Valero, Tinto, Tempranillo/Garnacha, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Tannins are ripe and well integrated, it’s velvety and smooth on the palate with a long finish, and very food-friendly,’ said Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place. ‘Very approachable with good fruit,’ agreed team leader Jade Koch.

£5.26 Bibendum

San Valero, Pez de Rio, Tempranillo/Merlot, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW found ‘ripe red plums with an attractive herbal streak bringing freshness’, while Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum noted ‘characterful leafy and black fruit, full body balanced by good acidic backbone and ripe tannins’.

£5.35 Bibendum

The Bulletin, Zinfandel 2014, California, USA

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW was impressed with its ‘really lifted fruit compote/summer pudding aromas and juicy, pretty palate that’s full of character and fruit’, while Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar found ‘cherry and kirsch, intense new oak, slightly mineral character and a well-defined finish’.

£5.26 Bibendum

Vignerons du Sommierois, Vent du Sud, Syrah/Grenache, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

A pleasing, uncomplicated style for Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer, who picked up ‘red fruits, chocolate and sweet spices on the nose, juicy red fruit palate with more notes of milk chocolate and good acidity’.

£5.83 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Lobo Loco, Tempranillo 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.15 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, L'Artisan, Grenache/Pinot Noir NV, Vin de France , France

Commended medal winner

£5.05 Dayla

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Albali, Tempranillo/Shiraz 2016, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.83 Matthew Clark

Trivento, Private Selection, Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£4.89 CyT UK

Viu Manent, Estate Collection, Reserva, Malbec 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Compass Point, Shiraz 2016, South Eastern Australia , Australia

Commended medal winner

Pais de Poetas, Chilean Merlot 2015, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Domaine Vintur, Tradition, Ventoux 2011, Rhône, France

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, Montevista, Carmenère 2015, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.61 Boutinot

Boutinot, Tierra Alta, Pinot Noir 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.85 Boutinot

Borsao, Selección Tinto, Campo de Borja 2015, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Boutinot

Borsao, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2016, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.71 Boutinot

Juan Gil, Pedrera, Monastrell 2015, Jumilla , Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.48 Boutinot

Aliança, Dão Red 2013, Dão , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£5.67 Boutinot

Foncalieu, Reserve St Michel, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£4.50 Fuller's

Foncalieu, Le Versant, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Fuller's

LGI-Wines, Les Cents Verres, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Fuller's

Riebeek Cellars, Pinotage 2016, Swartland , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£4.50 Fuller's

Boutinot, Les Oliviers, Merlot/Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£5.15 Boutinot

Félix Solis, Molino del Sol, Tempranillo NV, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

LGI-Wines, Baron de Baussac, Vieilles Vignes, Carignan, Pays de l'Hérault 2016, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

Michel Servin, Rouge 2015, Vin de France , France

Commended medal winner

Félix Solis, Finca Nova, Tempranillo 2016, La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Aires Andinos, Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

El Molturo, Tempranillo/Garnacha 2015, La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Marques de Calado, Tempranillo, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

Botter, Oltre Passo, Primitivo, Salento 2016, Puglia , Italy

Commended medal winner

Punto de Vista, Merlot 2016, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£4.59 Greene King

Fonte do Nico, Tinto 2015, Península de Setúbal , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Diren, Cybele, Dry Red 2015, Anatolia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

Santo Isidro de Pegões, Stella, Rosso 2014, Palmela , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Borsao, Gran Tesoro, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2016, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.71 Boutinot

House Wine: Rosé - <£6 ex-VAT

GCF Exclusif, Les Vignerons, Grenache/Merlot Rosé 2015, Vin de France, France

Gold medal winner Pub & Bar

‘Light and fresh nose, perfect fruit intensity on the palate, and the acidity gives good drive for a long finish,’ began Marek Rakowski of Harbour Heights Hotel of this Gold-winning rosé, with Arnaud Fiol of The Don Restaurant finding the ‘nose full and discreet, rich in the mouth and good value’. Team leader Annette Scarfe MW was impressed by its ‘well-defined structure, with white flowers and redcurrants, leading to a crisp, clean finish’.

£5.15 Carlsberg UK

GCF Exclusif, Parlez-Vous La Loire, Cabernet Franc Rosé 2015, Vin de France, France

Gold medal winner

Taking a second Gold for GCF Exclusif in the category, this showed ‘nice cranberry and berry fruit on the nose’, according to Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, who found ‘plenty of punchy redcurrant and rhubarb character on the palate, all really well knitted together’, with team leader Jade Koch highlighting ‘warm ripe peach notes, tart acidity and an apple crunch on the finish, juicy with some elegance’. ‘Duck or rabbit stew would match well,’ concluded Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski.

£5.40 HT White & Co

Cavit, Mastri Vernacoli, Pinot Grigio Rosato, Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2016, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner praised Cavit’s second House Wine Gold for its ‘pale colour, but with berries and nice tomato leaf character on the nose – a dry and well-balanced palate showing nice, elegant acidity and a good bunch of fresh red fruit salad flavours on the finish’. ‘Quite intense aromas of cherry and strawberry, with a good mineral core on the palate and fresh acidity. Lean and crisp,’ added team leader Andrea Briccarello. ‘Ideal either as an apéritif or with monkfish,’ concluded team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£5.90 Boutinot

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Grenache Rosé 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Red fruit, plenty of strawberry on the nose with hints of floral aromatics, dry with nice acidity on the palate, well balanced and light on the alcohol,’ said team leader Lionel Periner, while Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms found ‘crunchy cranberries and raspberries with a dry, elegant finish’.

£4.66 Molson Coors

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Albali, Garnacha Rosé 2016, Valdepeñas, Spain

Silver medal winner

Noting its dark pink colour, team leader Lionel Periner picked out its ‘red fruit, candied touches and floral aromas, dry, medium body with a nice balance, finishing fresh and spicy’, while Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms found it ‘much drier than expected, with good character of melon and strawberry fruit’.

£5.83 Matthew Clark

Boutinot-Adria Vini, Ancora Chiaretto, Monferrato 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Vinoteca’s Charlie Young enjoyed its ‘melon fruit on a fresh nose, great balance and good fruit intensity on the palate and pleasant red berry fruit character’, while Arnaud Fiol of The Don Restaurant found ‘good minerality on the nose and balance in the mouth’.

£4.85 Boutinot

Boutinot, Cuvée Jean-Paul, Gascogne Rosé, Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2015, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Attractive orange and nectarine character on nose and palate, mid-weight style with a clean, mineral and drying finish,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse noting ‘nice nose that hints of spring, clean taste that will match well with green veg’.

£4.90 Boutinot

Pasquiers, Grenache/Cinsault Rosé, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

A very pale salmon pink colour, with ‘an elegant and fresh nose offering floral notes, too, nice acidity on the palate and a refreshing dry finish’, said Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst), with team leader Andrea Briccarello also finding ‘roses and lilies, followed by raspberry and cherry freshness, nicely balanced’.

£5.15 Boutinot

Compass Point, White Zinfandel 2015, California, USA

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, Winston Hill, Zinfandel Rosé 2015, California, USA

Commended medal winner

£5.48 Boutinot

House Wine: White - <£6 ex-VAT

Boomerang Bay, Chardonnay 2014, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

A worthy Gold winner, packed with rich, ripe fruit and some well-integrated oak. ‘Good weighty guava fruit with a touch of mustiness, and a long and textured palate. It’s simple, but honest and tasty,’ said team leader Simon Woods. ‘Citrus fruit and sweet spices, with great depth and concentration,’ thought Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel, adding that this would complement Dover sole perfectly.

£6.00 Crown Cellars

Cono Sur, Los Gansos, Gewürztraminer 2016, Maule/Casablanca Valleys, Chile

Gold medal winner By the glass

A Gold for this exuberant and aromatic Gewürz, to match Cono Sur’s House Red Gold. ‘A bright and open nose with lemon peel, nettles, dried fruits and pot pourri aromas,’ began Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS, who found it ‘very attractive, showing a lively mid-palate with cleansing and lifting acid structure, and food-oriented weight, leading into a long finish of primary fruit notes’. Team leader Angela Reddin thought this ‘very stylish, with pink grapefruit and papaya, and great length’. Perfectly paired with a Thai green curry, thought team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£5.06 CyT UK

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Nosiola 2016, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

The first of two House Wine Golds for Cavit, and no wonder, with entries like this. ‘A wine with character, nice intensity of ripe, golden fruit with a touch of minerality, and a very lively palate,’ began Marcin Oziebly of The Wild Rabbit, with team leader Angela Reddin elaborating: ‘Lifted lemon sherbet, apple custard and fennel hints, with some lovely nutty elements combining with a creamy mid-palate. This is lovely, fresh, long and elegant, with great balance.’ Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW saw this partnered with grilled chicken with lemon and capers.

£5.99 Boutinot

Cawston Cove, Chenin Blanc 2015, Paarl, South Africa

Gold medal winner

The first of three great-value House Wine Golds for Broadland Wineries, this was ‘fresh with good acidity, lemon and lime citrus fruit and green apple notes’, began The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who found it ‘good value for this quality, great for selling in pubs’. ‘Light, easy-drinking and minerally, with a slightly tangy finish,’ agreed Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall. ‘A good apéritif wine,’ concluded team leader Tom Forrest.

£3.37 Broadland Wineries

Pais de Poetas, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

Another well-deserved Gold for Broadland, this was ‘bright, with a dose of residual sugar, tropical fruits with good acidity and a long candied finish. Cheap and cheerful,’ said Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, with Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish noting ‘green apple, tropical and citrus fruit, nicely perfumed, light in body’. ‘Very good value, and suitable for a range of establishments,’ added team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£3.62 Broadland Wineries

Boutinot, Cape Heights, Viognier 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Beautiful balance, elegance and freshness led Cape Heights to the Gold podium. ‘Herbal aromas with touches of wet wool lanolin, but good varietal character on the palate, youthful with notes of fresh figs, and on the finish there’s some saline, savoury iodine personality,’ said team leader Olivier Marie, while Richard Allen of Adam’s Restaurant found it ‘very floral with aromatic stone fruit and nice balancing acidity’. An ideal partner for grilled cod with tomato sauce and spinach, said The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira.

£4.85 Boutinot

Foncalieu, Le Versant, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

Fleshy tropical fruit and refreshing acidity took Foncalieu to the top. ‘Gently spiced nose, ginger and cardamom notes, opening to a good mouthfeel on a well-balanced palate. Delicate and approachable,’ said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates. Team leader Angela Reddin appreciated ‘mangosteen, cape gooseberry and peach notes, with a fleshy palate held in with some good acidity – a match for mild curries’.

£5.95 Fuller's

Reh Kendermann, Cuvée Amélie, Chardonnay 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Ripe fruit, combined with great value for money, earned this Chardonnay its Gold medal. Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels enjoyed its ‘aromas of ripe melon and attractive tropical notes on the nose, then a well-rounded palate with notes of pineapple and guava, finishing nice and fresh’, while team leader Simon Woods highlighted its ‘musky pear and peach fruit – quite weighty on the palate with good balance’. Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW highlighted its versatility by suggesting a match with ‘either fresh-fish ceviche or carbonara pasta’.

£4.75 Greene King

Lobo Loco, Macabeo 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh citrus with gentle floral aromas, pink grapefruit on the palate followed by a very clean mineral finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club. ‘Perfect as an aperitif, or for fish dishes such as lemon sole,’ added Simon Cassina of Winexponent.

£4.15 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, Les Vignerons, Vermentino/Colombard 2016, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bold, juicy fruit, stone fruits and citrus with some delicate spice notes,’ began team leader Laura Rhys MS, while Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant enjoyed its ‘explosive aromas of white peach, strong salinity on the attack, lovely nectarine taste and smooth intensity’.

£5.05 Carlsberg UK

GCF Exclusif, Les Vignerons, Muscat/Viognier 2016, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

Consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates found ‘floral, orange blossom on the nose with lychee notes, then a palate that offers creamy, delicate drinking with bright floral notes and a lingering finish’. ‘Soft, easy palate, hint of sweetness, good for Asian food,’ added team leader Martin Lam.

£5.00 St Austell Brewery

GCF Exclusif, L'Artisan, Vermentino/Colombard NV, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe and aromatic, floral style, good for those who prefer a sweeter style,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, with Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte noting ‘quince, mango, and kiwi fruit notes with a ripe, fruity palate, good value’.

£5.05 Dayla

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Nice nose of stone fruits, pear, apple and peach, fresh and delicate on the palate,’ said Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish, while Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge also found ‘ripe fruit with a fresh contrast of lime and grapefruit, medium-bodied with quite high acidity on the palate’.

£5.99 Boutinot

Cielo, Cortefresca, Pinot Grigio 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering found ‘immediately attractive fruit aromas, light but fresh and balanced’, and thought it ‘perfectly enjoyable by the glass, though it lacks the weight for anything beyond the lightest foods’. ‘Pear drop aromas, soft with decent appley fruit,’ added Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson.

£4.10 CellarVino

Einig-Zenzen, Roos Estate, Chenin Blanc 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Silver medal winner

An ‘attractive’ style for Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS, who found an ‘exuberant nose of honeysuckle, dried flowers, ripe grapes and hints of marshmallow, acidity adding lift to the palate and notes of bitterness and minerals bringing more weight and length’.

£3.90 CellarVino

Einig-Zenzen, Hilmar Springs, Chardonnay 2015, California, USA

Silver medal winner

‘Bright stone fruit aromas with a hint of melon, round and unctuous, showing a little residual sugar on the palate,’ said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, ‘but a good, approachable, easy-drinking style, punching above its weight.’

£4.16 CellarVino

Boutinot, Los Otros, Pinot Grigio 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Neil Tabraham of Paris House liked its ‘aromatic, grassy gooseberry nose, clean and fresh, with a slight lemon pith astringent note on the palate balanced by leafy lime freshness, making it a nice versatile food wine’. ‘Crisp, refreshing, green apple, asparagus and lemon, clean and well made, and perfect for drinking on a summer’s day,’ agreed Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels.

£4.99 Boutinot

Casa de Vila Nova, Vila Nova 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Silver medal winner

Simon Cassina of Winexponent enjoyed its ‘lovely aromatic pear drop aromas, fresh and intense, clear taste of apples and lemon’, suggesting that its ‘medium weight can be a perfect match with a cider pork belly dish’.

£5.67 Boutinot

Riebeek Cellars, Chenin Blanc 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin found ‘grassy green fruit with fragrant lime, quite intense on the palate with vegetal notes’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS felt it was ‘good value, with crisp fruit and lively acidity, bright citrus character’.

£4.50 Fuller's

El Molturo, Sauvignon Blanc/Airén 2015, La Mancha, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Dry and dusty, a fashionable style, refreshing and light, lively fruit and value for money, good with grilled pork,’ said Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted, with Tamarind of Mayfair’s Chantal Serrano noting ‘lemon and peach aromas, fresh and intense with some texture on the palate’.

£4.25 Majestic Commercial

LGI-Wines, Chemin de la Serre, Marsanne/Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

Agustin Trapero of Avenue highlighted ‘stone fruits and yellow plums, velvety texture and a long finish’, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson noted ‘citrus and peach with green apples, it’s clean, delicate and perfect pouring fare’, and team leader Laurent Richet MS advised: ‘Don’t serve it too cold.’

£5.67 Davy's Wine Merchants

Nika Tiki, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh and zingy, aromatic nose with lots of grapefruit zest, flavours of grapefruit, lemon, lime and tropical passion fruit on the palate,’ said Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, concluding: ‘Clean, refreshing and value.’

£5.45 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Chardonnay 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Uncomplicated, but clean and precise, delicate, bone dry and appealing,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club finding ‘stone fruit and light floral notes, soft apple and spices on a light palate with hints of petrol character’.

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Levin Wines, Le Vin de Levin, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh fruit on a charming nose,’ began Tony Denis of Mosimann’s, continuing: ‘Complexity between apricot and peach fruit and notes of citrus, combining for good freshness overall, with nice acidity. Generous style, and a versatile match for gastro pubs.’

£5.85 Levin Wines

Concha y Toro, Mountain Range, Chardonnay 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Martin Lam found a ‘wet stone waxiness with touches of honeyed richness, quite saline on the palate and aromatic on the finish’, while for consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates it was ‘citrus, lean, fresh and racy, good for summer drinking’.

£4.57 CyT UK

Whistling Duck, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Bronze medal winner

Federico Forte of Plateau highlighted ‘nice Sauvignon Blanc character, notes of asparagus and kiwi fruit, a little bit of mango and green apple, good acidity with fragrance on the palate and medium length’.

£5.50 Fuller's

Murviedro, Fauno, Viura/Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Valencia, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish found a ‘delicate nose of apple, pear and candied citrus, a good fresh attack on the palate with more body than many’, while Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte highlighted ‘touches of saline minerality balanced with soft fruits, simple but nice, with a good long finish’.

£4.83 Boutinot

Foncalieu, Reserve St Michel, Grenache Blanc, Pays d'Oc NV, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Pear and green apple aromas, quite fresh on the palate with apricot fruit and wet rock mineral notes, good length, too,’ said Plateau’s Federico Forte, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW noting: ‘elegant, with a crisp mineral finish’.

£4.50 Fuller's

Riebeek Cellars, Capelio, Chenin Blanc 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Rich and ripe on the nose, bold stuff with lots of tropical fruit, this will have broad appeal,’ began Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, with team leader Laurent Richet MS noting ‘golden apples, floral aromatics with a slight note of bitterness on the finish’.

£4.50 Fuller's

Les Volets, Chardonnay, Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude 2015, Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Pure, floral character on the nose, flinty palate with crisp acidity and crunchy plum fruit, refreshing and clean style,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin. ‘Good balance, everything in line, with a floral freshness,’ agreed Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh.

£5.85 Boutinot

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Dona Ermelinda, Branco 2015, Palmela, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest liked its ‘attractive nose of herbs and spice with tropical fruit notes, and creamy vanilla oak spice on the palate’, while Tamarind of Mayfair’s Chantal Serrano highlighted ‘buttery honey and camomile with peach and vanilla notes, discreet oak and an intense palate’.

£5.20 Atlantico UK

Félix Solis, Molino del Sol, Airén NV, Valdepeñas, Spain

Bronze medal winner

A straightforward, fresh and clean style, with our tasting panel finding medium intensity on the palate with light floral notes and subtle, delicate flavours, green fruit freshness and a dry finish.

£4.09 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Punto de Vista, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Full, fleshy style, lovely depth of character with citrus and chalky notes on the palate, hints of waxy cheese rind and a nice touch of complexity,’ said Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh.

£4.59 Greene King

Marco de Pegões, Fonte do Nico, Branco 2015, Península de Setúbal, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘Lime citrus on the nose, light and a touch austere, but it’s elegant on the palate with good structure and mouthfeel,’ said Neil Tabraham of Paris House, with team leader Simon Woods finding ‘simple and easy pear fruit with slight herbal touches and a pleasant tang to finish’.

£4.53 Majestic Commercial

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£4.66 Molson Coors

Jack & Gina, Chardonnay 2015, California , USA

Commended medal winner

£4.60 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, Parlez-Vous La Loire, Chardonnay/Melon, Pays du Val de Loire 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£5.40 Refreshers

GCF Exclusif, Le Havre de Paix, White, Côtes de Gascogne 2015, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Levin Wines, Vin Cerveaux, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£6.00 Levin Wines

Borsao, Selección Blanco 2015, Campo de Borja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Boutinot

Boutinot, Cape Heights, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Cape , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£4.85 Boutinot

Boutinot, Percheron, Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2016, Swartland , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£4.98 Boutinot

Boutinot, The Listening Station, Chardonnay 2016, Victoria , Australia

Commended medal winner

£5.60 Boutinot

Boutinot-Adria Vini, Conviviale, Pinot Grigio della Venezie 2016, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.15 Boutinot

Araldica, Alasia, Piemonte Cortese 2015, Piedmont , Italy

Commended medal winner

£4.85 Boutinot

LGI-Wines, Les Cents Verres, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Fuller's

Viña La Rosa, La Palma, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£4.50 Fuller's

La Lisse Soie d'Ivoire, Chenin Blanc, Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude 2015, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£5.49 Boutinot

Bellefontaine, Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£5.15 Boutinot

Kavaklidere, Sade, Sauvignon Blanc/Emir 2015, Aegean/Cappadocia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

Michel Servin, Blanc 2015, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

Aires Andinos, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

Reh Kendermann, Kumi, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£4.64 Greene King

Man, Padstal, Chardonnay 2016, Coastal Region, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£5.50 Enotria&Coe

Man, Free-run Steen, Chenin Blanc 2016, Coastal Region, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£5.50 Enotria&Coe

Gable View, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Cape , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£5.28 Bibendum

Viña Carrasco, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Sieur d'Arques, Aimery, Chardonnay 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.25 Crown Cellars

Hungary

Frittmann, FPV, Ezerjó 2015, Kunság, Hungary

Gold medal winner

Packed with zesty fruit and floral notes, this Gold Lister had a ‘good citrus kick’, said team leader Martin Lam, also noting its ‘leesy then floral nose and a pretty, dry yet floral palate’, while Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) found ‘apple, citrus and floral aromas, and a crisp, fragrant palate’. ‘Pair with a prawn terrine served with crab claws and citrus jelly,’ suggested Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London.

£9.40 Maluxfood & Wine Co

Royal Tokaji, The Oddity, Furmint 2014, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) found ‘floral aromas and hay with lemon zest on a quite complex nose, with good acidity and medium weight on the palate’, while Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London described it as ‘elegant and perfumed, and really mineral on the finish’. Team leader Andrea Briccarello also found ‘grassy notes, with passion fruit and guava, and great structure and finish – a match for seafood’.

£9.43 Bibendum

Barta, Oreg Király, Furmint, Mád 2013, Tokaj, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

‘A honeyed, acacia nose with apple and custard notes on the palate, vibrant character with some glycerol on the finish,’ said Street XO’s Raphael Thierry, while team leader Martin Lam found it ‘intriguing, quite complex with ripe fruit aromas and a juicy tropical fruit palate’.

£16.99 Maluxfood & Wine Co

Egri Korona Borház, Bornemissza, Kekfrankos 2011, Eger, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

‘Earthy, animal, leathery aromas here, dry and ripe on the palate with balance, black berry fruit and good freshness to finish,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan. ‘Black fruits, tar, meat jus, chocolate, full of dark promise and cries for venison,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£10.20 Maluxfood & Wine Co

Egri Korona Borház, Jumurdzsák, Syrah 2012, Eger, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Béres, Tokaji Furmint 2013, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£9.68 Matthew Clark

Béres, Naparany 2015, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£11.51 Matthew Clark

Italy: Central – White

Santa Barbara, Stefano Antonucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2014, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

A textured, complex and slightly savoury palate earned this offering from Santa Barbara the Gold. Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce described it as ‘mineral with chalky notes on the nose, opening up into a more floral character as it sits in the glass. Poached pears, custard tart, candied lemon. Good balance, dry with medium acidity and good minerality on a long finish.’ ETM Group’s Guillaume Mahaut appreciated the ‘complex palate, with fennel, lemon, lemon grass and some lees notes’, while team leader Olivier Marie paired this with a salt-baked seabass and a Waldorf salad.

£14.54 Delitalia

Luretta, Boccadirosa, Organic, Malvasia, Colli Piacentini 2015, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Gold medal winner

Unusual, interesting and entirely deserving of Gold, according to our judges. Consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates found ‘pronounced ginger and cardamom spice, candied lemon and residual sugar on the palate, but good mouthfeel overall’, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park, Ascot, enjoyed ‘a complex nose with beautiful aromatics, including acacia honey, leading to a silky-smooth and refreshing mouthfeel’. Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa noted ‘Turkish Delight and lychee – a good food match for fusion food’.

£15.39 Alivini

Moncaro, Vigna Novali, Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio, Riserva Classico 2013, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A richer, more phenolic, yellow plum style, distinctively Italian,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, while Avenue’s Agustin Trapero found intriguingly ‘expressive, green asparagus and kiwi notes with touches of cinnamon and a green tea aftertaste’.

£12.70 Eurowines

Cantina Tollo, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A fruity and elegant style, with fine structure and white flower notes,’ began Andrea Cotichella of Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, with The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones thinking its ‘pear drops, cleanness and beautiful balance’ added up to an ‘excellent value wine’.

£6.12 Eurowines

Cantina Tollo, Colle Secco, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

A ‘delicately aromatic’ style, according to Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, who enjoyed its ‘light pear drop aromas and more tropical, warm fruit on the palate’.

£8.18 Eurowines

Belisario, Vigneti B, Verdicchio di Matelica 2015, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish found a ‘fresh, balanced attack and slightly savoury palate, with underripe apricot, notes of lemon and fresh herbs’. ‘Delicate and intriguing nose. Lively but not sharp on the palate,’ added Pollen Street Social’s Daniele Di Blasio.

£12.00 Liberty Wines

Orsogna, Aete, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2013, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn admired its ‘lovely balance of dryness and richness’, and team leader Laura Rhys MS highlighted some notes of ‘candied citrus, with creamy oak overtones, ripe fruit character and full weight’.

£12.07 Cantina Orsogna

Tombacco, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found ‘some richness and viscosity balanced by ripe citrus fruits’, while Andrea Cotichella of Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa highlighted its ‘floral, fruity elegance and good length, with a touch of sweetness on the finish’.

£7.60 Vinicola Tombacco srl

Luretta, Selín dl'Armari, Organic, Chardonnay, Colli Piacentini 2014, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A lovely golden colour leads into tropical, peachy, Mirabelle and mango fruits on the nose,’ began a very keen Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, continuing: ‘There’s an element of creamy oak and generous levels of alcohol on the palate, but it’s well integrated and the wine really opens up well.’

£22.09 Alivini

Umani Ronchi, Casal di Serra, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2015, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

Finding complex notes of ‘peachy stone fruit, pear and lemon tart’ on the nose, Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe noted ‘more peach with vanilla and honey notes, nice salinity and mineral on a long finish’.

£10.45 Enotria&Coe

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Noe dei Calanchi, Orvieto 2015, Umbria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Good minerality with light citrus and floral hints on the nose, then very elegant on the palate with good acidity and finish,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa.

£8.23 Eurowines

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Falesia 2014, Lazio, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A rich, full-bodied wine that caught the imagination of all our panel members, with team leader Angela Reddin commenting: ‘Summer meadow flowers, honey and lime notes with furry peaches and butter. Great balance of complex flavours, acid, mineral and length, and showing a light touch of tannin on the finish.’

£19.49 Eurowines

Cantina Tollo, Biologico, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent was delighted with this ‘simple but delicious, bright white with a spritz’, highlighting its ‘lemon zest and bright acids with a touch of salinity’, while team leader Angela Reddin noted ‘greengage, stewed apple and a touch of Dolly Mixture on a rounded, chalky palate’.

£7.49 Eurowines

Belisario, Cambrugiano, Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 2014, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A fruit bomb!’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, continuing: ‘A very ripe, white and yellow stone fruit style, not subtle perhaps, but tasty.’ Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson found it ‘rich and textured, broad with baked honey and lemon pith, great with food’.

£15.00 Liberty Wines

Monte Schiavo, Le Giuncare, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Riserva 2013, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens highlighted a ‘suave and floral nose, with a sleek and elegant palate, and intense fruit notes of bruised apple’, while Avenue’s Agustin Trapero liked its ‘gentle nose with yellow apple and hay, white fruit flavours and bitter aftertaste’.

£12.00 Boutinot

Monte Schiavo, Coste del Molino, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico 2016, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Mineral and dried pear aromas, followed by fresh fruit and nice saline notes on a smooth palate,’ said team leader Tom Forrest, who found ‘pear drop flavours, then fresh lemon citrus on the finish’. Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social enjoyed a ‘nice balsamic touch on the nose’.

£6.35 Boutinot

Monte Schiavo, Pallio di San Floriano, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2015, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Nice stuff,’ began Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, who enjoyed its ‘restrained nose of dried herbs and peach notes’, followed by a ‘dense, warm palate with hints of nuts on the finish’. Avenue’s Agustin Trapero noted its ‘dry white flowers with camomile touches and bitter almond finish’.

£7.52 Boutinot

Mantellassi, Lucumone, Maremma Toscana 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A characterful combination, said team leader Olivier Marie, of ‘grassy herbal notes, sugar snap peas with a lift of horseradish and rocket leaf spice, followed by fresh greens and more herbs through to the finish’.

£9.70 Fattoria Mantellassi

Umani Ronchi, Golden Fleece, Pecorino 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Bronze medal winner

An ‘intense and interesting’ wine for team leader Laura Rhys MS, who noted ‘citrus and mineral aromas, with good mid-weight complexity on the palate’, while Sosharu’s Masahito Suzuki enjoyed its ‘fine entry, mineral and almond elements’.

£9.29 Enotria&Coe

Montauto, Enos 1, Maremma 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

Badia di Morrona, Felciaio, Vermentino di Toscana 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.85 Eurowines

Moncaro, Verde Ca' Ruptae, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2015, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.05 Eurowines

Belisario, Terre di Valbona, Verdicchio di Matelica 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.14 Liberty Wines

Monte Schiavo, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.00 Boutinot

Orsogna, Calai, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2014, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Castellani, Tomaiolo, Orvieto Classico 2015, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.12 Bibendum

Castellani, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico 2013, Marche , Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.33 Bibendum

Cecchi, Val delle Rose, Litorale, Vermentino, Maremma Toscana 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.58 Enotria&Coe

Italy: Central reds, including Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Fontefico, Costetoste, Aglianico 2011, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins liked this savoury Gold Lister’s ‘rich dark cherry and dark olive aromas, then a palate of sour cherry, a powerful meaty body yet elegant on the finish’, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighting ‘lots of creamy vanilla oak on the nose, quite an ambitious wine but showing good traditional winemaking’. Simon Cassina of Winexponent was impressed with its ‘savoury style and pronounced palate packed with mature black berry fruit and tertiary complexity, a serious style’. ‘A match for fillet of venison with port sauce,’ concluded consultant sommelier Emily Bonsor.

£17.73 Matthew Clark

La Valentina, Spelt, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

A ‘modern and vibrant style’, according to team leader Andrea Briccarello, who felt this Gold winner was ‘showing purity of blueberry and cranberry fruit, good tannins and balanced length’, while Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) found ‘freshness, with a little ageing, and there are some notes of coffee in with the dark berries on the palate’. Elly Owen of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall appreciated ‘red cherries, herbs and good oak, making this a great wine for lamb and hearty stews’.

£15.10 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Il Faggio, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

A lifted, fruit-forward style and great value for money propelled this to Gold, with team leader Andrea Briccarello describing a ‘clean style with good berry character – juicy on the palate, easy-drinking sour cherry fruit with notes of plum’. Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms noted ‘good acidity, fresh red cherry and a little herbal note with some tomato character’, while Vinoteca’s Charlie Young thought it ‘juicy, fresh and textured, with a good balance between fleshy ripeness and dryness’.

£6.70 Liberty Wines

Umani Ronchi, Fonte del Re, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2015, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

A fruity, floral style that left an impression on our judges, and earned this Gold. Neil Tabraham of Paris House noted an ‘aromatic nose of rose water, Turkish Delight and cranberry fruit, then light on the palate with powerful tannins’, while team leader Simon Woods found ‘delicate floral aromas, yet power and fruit on the palate with rose petals, tight tannins, but the gentle berry fruit is in balance’. Team leader Annette Scarfe MW appreciated ‘structured tannins giving texture and body’, while consultant sommelier Emily Bonsor recommended it be paired with melanzane parmigiana.

£11.59 Enotria&Coe

Cantina Tollo, Colle Secco, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) highlighted ‘some ageing and a grippy palate, but it retains freshness with some complexity on the palate’, and team leader Andrea Briccarello found ‘fruity savoury notes on the nose, good tannin structure and complexity on a vibrant palate with sour cherry and plum notes’.

£8.18 Eurowines

Cantina Tollo, Cagiòlo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner found ‘forest fruit aromas and a hint of spice, full-bodied palate with plenty of acidity’, and fellow team leader Andrea Briccarello though that it ‘needs ageing or decanting, but is showing smoked fruits and savoury complexity, lots of extraction and concentration with intense oak notes and grippy tannins’.

£15.80 Eurowines

Santa Barbara, Mossone 2014, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A serious wine with jammy red and black fruit on the nose, ripe but structured tannins with a complex and layered mid-palate,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Plateau’s Federico Forte noting ‘plum and cherry, wood and green pepper leafy notes, showing ageing potential or decant to drink now’.

£51.50 Delitalia

Antonio Castelnuovo, Riccio Nero, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2009, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A hint of gamey character and sweet spices, a little floral on the finish with smooth texture and balanced tannins,’ said Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, with Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) noting: ‘Rich body and colour, still firm tannins with dark berry fruit richness and light roasted notes.’

£11.17 antonio castelnuovo wines

Contesa, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Berries and dark fruit on the nose with light floral hints,’ began team leader Lionel Periner, who enjoyed its ‘depth of fruit flavours, smooth tannin and well-integrated oak finishing dry and long with spicy notes’.

£8.70 Boutinot

Colonnara, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2015, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club found ‘perfumed rose and floral aromas, sour cherry with fresh character on the palate and an elegant finish’, while Simon Cassina of Winexponent picked up ‘balsamic notes and hints of orange peel on the nose, blackcurrant and sweet cinnamon spices, though it’s light on the palate’.

£9.65 Alivini

Monte Schiavo, Alberto Serenelli, Rosso Conero 2013, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Classic bitter cherries with chalky tannins and savoury notes, with fresh, vibrant acidity,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Simon Cassina of Winexponent adding: ‘Savoury and tannic, but so packed with fruit intensity and sense of its origins.’

£7.39 Boutinot

Napolini, Rosso, Montefalco 2013, Umbria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Light yet meaty aromas on the nose, aromatic in style with incense spice notes, an interesting wine with grainy tannins and a long finish,’ said Neil Tabraham of Paris House.

£8.78 Matthew Clark

Perticaia, Montefalco Rosso 2013, Umbria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

This was ‘a lovely expression of Sangiovese’ for team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who found ‘chalky tannins with bitter red cherry fruit, subtle and appealing’. Federico Forte of Plateau felt it was ‘very pleasant, showing good balance between fruitiness, acidity and body, and versatile with many foods’.

£14.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Villa Tirrena 2012, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.30 Eurowines

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Notturno dei Calanchi 2012, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.23 Eurowines

Botter, Fontana d'Italia, Sangiovese, Rubicone 2016, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.58 Molson Coors

Cantina Tollo, Mo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2012, Abruzzo , Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.50 Eurowines

Antonio Castelnuovo, Riccio Rosso, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Orsogna, Nican, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Lunaria, Ruminat 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Poderi dal Nespoli, Prugneto, Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore 2015, Emilia Romagna , Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.51 Bibendum

Orsogna, Nican, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Fontefico, Montepulciano d"Abruzzo 2013, Abuzzo , Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.95 Matthew Clark

Luretta, Achab, Organic, Pinot Nero, Colli Piacentini 2013, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£27.61 Alivini

Luretta, Organic, Colli Piacentini Gutturnio Superiore 2013, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.51 Alivini

Umani Ronchi, Pelago 2012, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£24.02 Enotria&Coe

Italy: Chianti

Castello Vicchiomaggio, La Prima, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

Bringing spice, fruit, elegance and complexity, this wine was a clear candidate for Gold. Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa enjoyed its ‘elegant, spicy nose with well-seasoned oak, fleshy, ripe black berry fruit with complex hints of leather, dark chocolate and tobacco’, also finding it ‘well-integrated on the finish with great balance of tannin, acidity and spice’. Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh also admired its ‘very precise style, freshness and structure, with sour red fruits and spice notes’. ‘Silky, smooth, meaty and savoury, with a complex finish,’ added team leader Andrea Briccarello, while Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London recommended it be paired with a veal chop, rosemary, thyme and garlic.

£32.41 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

This complex Chianti was heaped with praise, and a Gold medal, by our judges. Chantal Serrano of Tamarind of Mayfair enjoyed its ‘cherries and blackcurrant with hints of coffee on the nose, peppery palate with chewy tannins, dark olive notes and good length’, while Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall found it ‘elegant, with tomato, redcurrant and charcuterie notes, complex with finesse and definition’. Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski found ‘wild strawberry and yerba mate notes, with a touch of camomile, with some strawberry and hibiscus following on the palate – a match for pastas and salads, and black olives in particular, or even truffle and steak’.

£11.95 Boutinot

San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin enjoyed this Gold Lister’s ‘juicy, plummy, violets and spice mix on the nose, then great intensity on the palate with juicy, fleshy, crunchy fruit and an invitingly rustic, savoury edge’. ‘Lovely wine, black fruit nose, intense yet very smooth attack, with dark cherry notes and a touch of oak,’ added Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant. One for beef bourguignon, said Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£19.10 Boutinot

Trambusti, Celsus, Chianti 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Very delicate nose with gentle notes of fresh leather, then a juicy attack, darker touches of liquorice and spice for a great value option,’ said Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant in praise of this Gold winner, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin was impressed with its ‘dark plum intensity, freshness and upfront character, tight palate but fine oak usage with notes of bitter chocolate and mixed spices’. ‘Easy drinking, with savoury, spicy and farmyard notes, with some rounded tannins,’ concluded team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£6.62 Matthew Clark

Trambusti, Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Judges didn’t hold back in their praise of this Gold-winning Gran Selezione. ‘Complex and approachable, with blackberry, black cherry and chocolate notes, lovely meatiness and more cherry on the palate with nice earthy tannins in support,’ said Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh, with Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant noting ‘cigar smoke fragrance, dark fruit on the nose with hints of liquorice, a smooth attack with spiciness coming gently, juicy and jammy at the same time – brilliant’. A match for wild-boar stew, said team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£14.07 Matthew Clark

La Sala, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This is a really big wine,’ began Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don, continuing: ‘Still a little green, but shows lots of complexity, black fruits and spice, leathery tobacco and oak, and will continue to age very well. If you enjoy this type of wine, you can decant it now and have it with a big steak!’

£19.07 La Sala

Uggiano, Chianti Riserva 2012, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Dusty, earthy, sweet spice nose with delicate tobacco and red fruits,’ began Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, continuing: ‘Smooth and elegant on the palate, showing stewed tomatoes and savoury character, with fine ripe tannins. Very moreish.’ ‘Perfect with hard cheeses,’ added The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira.

£8.89 Boutinot

Fontodi, Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Grippy tannins and juicy red fruit that is pure,’ began Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent, also highlighting ‘lots of worn wood notes, tomato leaf and spice with great length – this is good value’. ‘Rich tannic structure, some herbal notes and good overall balance,’ added Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish.

£15.09 Liberty Wines

San Fabiano, Cellole, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Dark fruit, blackcurrant and plum with black cherry, well-integrated spice and oak on the palate, still feels very young but has good potential,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin found it ‘dense, tense and concentrated, with big structure, fleshy dark fruits, bitter chocolate notes and chunky tannins’.

£19.52 Enotria&Coe

Trambusti, Chianti Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Tobacco and wet leaves, black and red fruits on the nose with hints of mint and pine, a well-balanced palate with a beautiful finish,’ said The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, with Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall finding ‘elegant and charming, whiffs of meat and oak and lots of bright red fruits’.

£7.65 Matthew Clark

Filetta di Lamole, Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Coq d’Argent’s judge Andrés Ituarte enjoyed this ‘lighter style of Chianti, refreshing and a touch floral, elegant while also showing a nice earthiness’, with Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish also noting ‘hints of gunpowder on the nose, and good mineral notes bringing nice balance’.

£16.04 Liberty Wines

Cecchi, Riserva di Famiglia, Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright cherry aromatics, lively cherry on the palate with grainy tannins, and will improve further with some age,’ said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW. ‘Ripe, concentrated red fruits, well balanced with cedar, vanilla and other spices,’ added Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge.

£15.87 Enotria&Coe

Badia di Morrona, I Sodi del Paretaio, Chianti 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.60 Eurowines

Badia di Morrona, I Sodi dei Paretaio, Chianti Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.25 Eurowines

San Felice, Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.89 Boutinot

Castello della Paneretta, Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.00 VinumTerra

Castello della Paneretta, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.50 VinumTerra

Castellare di Castellina, Chianti 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.72 Bibendum

Castellare di Castellina, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.75 Bibendum

Cecchi, Villa Cerna, Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.48 Enotria&Coe

Cecchi, Storia di Famiglia, Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.47 Enotria&Coe

Italy: North-East - Red, including Amarone & Valpolicella

Zenato, Sergio Zenato, Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Riserva 2010, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Our panel was unanimous in awarding this exceptional wine the Gold. ‘Rich, ripe and yummy fruit, full-bodied and smooth on the palate,’ began Avenue’s Agustin Trapero. ‘Very finely perfumed, composed,’ said Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens, with team leader Sam Caporn MW praising its ‘beautiful, spicy oak and rich fruit’ and Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson finding it ‘brooding and deep’. ‘A standout: supple, complex and fruity,’ concluded Avenue’s Agustin Trapero.

£63.69 Eurowines

Villa Mattielli, Amarone della Valpolicella 2012, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A wonderfully moreish, savoury nose, with some violet notes,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot in praise of this Gold winner, adding: ‘Dried fruits and crunchy Morello cherries follow on the palate – a match for veal.’ Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social was pleased with its ‘old style in a very good expression’, noting ‘some ripe autumn fruits on the nose, good balance and a slightly sweet finish’. ‘Lots of fruit and spices, and good intensity,’ added Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish.

£24.30 Top Selection Ltd

Villa Mattielli, Valpolicella Ripasso 2014, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW praised this ‘characterful’ Gold winner for its ‘juicy, ripe red fruit and spice, as well as floral, almost aromatic flavour profile’, while Federico Forte of Plateau was intrigued by its ‘concentrated, balsamic nose with sage and thyme herbal notes’. Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, meanwhile, highlighted its ‘dark damson and raspberry charm, aromatic character with bags of flavour and cocoa notes on the finish’.

£12.65 Top Selection Ltd

47 Anno Domini, Batista, Marca Trevigiana 2013, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Really vibrant and juicy,’ began Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London in praise of this Gold winner, finding an ‘aromatic nose showing menthol and herby notes, slightly confected on the palate but full of lovely, energetic black fruit’. Team leader Angela Reddin appreciated its ‘smoke, cinnamon and mocha notes, with plum and spiced cherry too – bright flavours with firm tannins’, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson liked the ‘brooding cherry, leather and earth, with very pure fruit expression’, suggesting this be served with game or stew.

£13.97 Vinicola Tombacco srl

47 Anno Domini, Le Argille, Cabernet di Cabernet, Marca Trevigiana 2013, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Winning judges over with its generous character, this equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend took Gold, and was described by team leader Angela Reddin as having ‘vanilla and smoke, as well as Indian ink, graphite and dried herbs, before fruit explodes on the tongue – dense, concentrated and never ending’. Francisco Macedo of Bovey Castle praised its ‘violet and herbaceous notes, with red fruit and some vanilla’, suggesting that it would be a perfect match with duck.

£29.97 Vinicola Tombacco srl

Campagnola, Vigneti Vallata di Marano, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW enjoyed its ‘attractive, rich baked fig and plum aromas, round, fruity and spicy palate’, while Agustin Trapero of Avenue noted its ‘ripe, creamy black fruit, rich cherry and chocolate, and coffee finish’.

£19.18 Eurowines

Campagnola, Caterina Zardini, Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski found this ‘medium bodied and round, with plum and cherry fruit, very fresh with fine tannins’, while senior judge Olivier Gasselin enjoyed its notes of ‘cherry in brandy, quite generous, ripe and crunchy texture with fine depth and elegance’.

£13.05 Eurowines

Zenato, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce found this ‘rich, concentrated, perfumed and textured’, and enjoyed its ‘sweet, ripe, dark fruit flavours, with chocolate, clove and star anise notes followed by a long and balanced finish’.

£31.50 Eurowines

Adalia, Balt, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW found ‘berry and fennel herbal notes on the nose, with a savoury palate that’s mid-weight and complex, long and interesting’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club picked out ‘fresh strawberry and floral notes, sweet-sour red fruit palate with rich herbs and minerals’.

£13.55 Wine Traders

Montresor, Capitel della Crosara, Valpolicella Ripasso 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Complex baked fruits with smoky, chocolatey aromas crunchy and juicy on the palate with some bitter-choc notes,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW finding it a ‘lean style, quite elegant with ripe berry fruit and a spicy richness’.

£10.76 Boutinot

Cielo e Terra, Amatore, Rosso Verona 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Easy-going, with red fruit and minty hints on the nose, smooth tannin on the palate,’ began team leader Lionel Periner, while Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge noted ‘ripe cherries and plums, violet and lavender floral notes with medium body and low tannin’.

£5.99 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Ca' La Bionda, Ravazzol, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Red cherry, rose petal, raspberry jam and a touch of volatility on the nose,’ began an impressed Kelvin McCabe of Yauatcha, adding: ‘Cherries, spicy and juicy, on a palate that’s vibrant and long, with fresh acidity making it fine for now and years ahead.’ ‘A wine for meditation,’ agreed Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce.

£35.96 Top Selection Ltd

Masi, Serego Alighieri, MontePiazzo Anniversario, Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

A ‘rich, dense style showing redcurrant acidity and chalky tannin’, said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club also noting ‘sweet cassis and fresh floral aromas, with intensity and gentle herbal notes on the palate’.

£15.29 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Masi, Serego Alighieri, Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Red fruit, lightly leafy notes, and massively structured,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, with Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson going further: ‘Great nose, bright fresh fruit of cherry and strawberry. Really good, balanced by grippy but integrated tannins. Strawberry jam, yet great freshness to finish.’

£39.02 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Alpha Zeta, R, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A plush more opulent style of Valpolicella, with soft tannins and ripe red berry fruit,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels picking up on some ‘dried fruits, sour cherry and tertiary mushroom and leather notes on a complex palate’.

£10.24 Liberty Wines

Alpha Zeta, A, Amarone della Valpolicella 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Hamish Anderson of Tate Catering found it ‘very good, in the context of inexpensive Amarone’, commenting on its ‘dried fruits and good, attractive spice on the nose, chocolate richness and a bitter edge on the palate, with some brighter fresh notes on the finish’.

£18.59 Liberty Wines

Ca' Rugate, Campo Lavei, Valpolicella Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Piotr Artur Tomaszewski of Buddha Bar enjoyed its ‘red fruits, raspberry and sour cherry’, also finding ‘cigar box and pencil shaving notes on a rounded, well-balanced palate with ripe tannins and good structure’, concluding: ‘Very good quality.’ ‘Powerful and complex, showing good typicity of the region,’ added Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels.

£18.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bertani, Vintage Edition, Secco 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Dark cherries, raspberries and plums, with some leather too. A complex wine, with good acidity and length,’ said Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson described this as ‘creamy and textural, with dark plum notes, and rich tannins’.

£16.82 Enotria&Coe

Ca' del Colle, Carmina, Colli Euganei Riserva 2010, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A ‘not too heavy, and easy-drinking wine’ said Jose Luis Hernandez of Hakkasan Hanway Place, who noted: ‘Chocolate and oaky notes on a fruity nose, some meaty notes and dried fruit but fresh on the palate, candied fruits too, with concentration and richness, nicely balanced.’

£11.48 Ca' del Colle

Cesari, Mara, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Full on, with dark berries and chocolate richness, a great sociable drinking wine,’ began Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse, with Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering finding an ‘appealing, plummy nose, tangy fruit with an exciting zing, brilliant for all kinds of Italian meat and tomato dishes’.

£7.75 Fuller's

Cesari, Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘An approachable wine with refreshing acidity that will work well with lighter dishes,’ began Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels, highlighting its ‘good value, with aromas of red cherry and raspberry and a hint of spice’.

£7.30 Fuller's

Prà, Morandina, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Well balanced and rounded, in a fresh style with lots of plum and cherry fruit on the palate,’ began Piotr Artur Tomaszewski of Buddha Bar, continuing: ‘Complexity will develop further with a couple more years in the bottle, but it is still a very good quality wine.’

£15.06 Boutinot

Riondo, Lunardi, Merlot delle Venezie 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin praised ‘a spiced fruit cup nose, along with some dried fruit notes’, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson enjoyed the ‘quite restrained and complex nose, with sour cherry and spice, as well as some earthiness. Very Italian in feel, with bright acidity and grippy tannins. Very good for the price too.’

£6.00 Moreno Wines, Try Wines, The Great Grog Company Limited

Nicolis, Seccal, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Concentration, jammy plum and cherry spirit notes on the nose, balsamic and herbal notes on the palate with a long finish,’ said Federico Forte of Plateau, with Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering suggesting its ‘tangy, big, mouth-filling style would be a special match with strong-flavoured cheeses’.

£13.21 Bibendum

Sartori, Regolo, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Dark spice and baked red fruit aromas, sweet and sour cherry on the palate with light, fresh herbal notes to finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering concluded: ‘Big wine, complexity and warmth. Will stand up to some big gamey, even spicy dishes.’

£10.50 Enotria&Coe

Bertani, Valpantena, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh and pure on the nose, with lovely defined fruit character, red cherry ripeness,’ said Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, concluding: ‘Mid-weight tannins are there, but some elegance too, making it a good value option.’

£27.21 Enotria&Coe

Aldegheri, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Verona, Italy

Commended medal winner

Santi, Proemio, Amarone della Valpolicella 2010, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£28.00 Mondial Wine

Corte Sant'Alda, Ca' Fiui, Valpolicella 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.55 Wine Traders

Cesari, Salvalai, Pinot Noir 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.50 Fuller's

Prà, Amarone della Valpolicella 2011, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£28.95 Boutinot

Nicolis, Ambrosan, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£35.66 Bibendum

47 Anno Domini, Raboso del Piave 2012, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Domìni Veneti, Vigneti di Torbe, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.89 Alivini

Domìni Veneti, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.00 Alivini

Cantina di Negrar, Poggio Al Lago, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.99 Direct Wines

Masi, Riserva di Costasera, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Alpha Zeta, A, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.59 Liberty Wines

Pieropan, Ruberpan, Vigna Garzon, Valpolicella Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.06 Liberty Wines

Sartori, Rosso Veronese 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.41 Enotria&Coe

Sartori, l'Appassito, Rosso Veneto 2012, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.69 Enotria&Coe

Italy: North-East - Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia – Red

Alois Lageder, Krafuss, Pinot Noir 2012, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges had nothing but praise, and a Gold medal, for this Italian Pinot. Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted ‘loved it’ with its ‘autumnal forest leaf aromas, violet floral notes and many layers’, while Coq d’Argent’s judge Andrés Ituarte found a ‘sense of terroir, with pepper notes on a ripe but delicate palate’. Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting enjoyed ‘pomegranate notes and fine tannins’, recommending this be served alongside venison dishes.

£23.00 Bibendum

Eugenio Collavini, Pucino, Refosco 2015, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Floral and elegant with balanced acidity,’ began Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted in praise of this worthy Gold winner, adding that it would be a good food match for duck, but also has ‘great ageing potential’. ‘Runs the spectrum well, with violets, Morello cherry, olive and coffee on an expressive palate,’ added team leader Angela Reddin. ‘Lots of intrigue, with an elegant, perfumed palate – long, fragrant and mineral,’ concluded Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson.

£11.30 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Nero 2013, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group was impressed, finding it ‘very pleasant, with strawberry, raspberry, milk chocolate and hints of oak on the nose, strawberry patch earthiness and well-controlled acidity and tannins, with chalky minerals for a youthful wine with good potential’.

£22.25 Eurowines

Bastianich, Vespa Rosso 2012, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Earthy, mushroomy style with good fruit, blackberries and a touch of vanilla, white pepper and nice acidity,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, who also found ‘mint and violets on an elegant, balanced palate’.

£18.71 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Marzemino 2015, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

A good-value ‘crowd pleaser’ for Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, with its ‘dark fruits, blueberry and Ribena aromas, oaky vanilla with clove and a juicy, complex palate with medium tannins’. ‘Good balance, good wine,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£6.79 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Franz Haas, Pinot Nero 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

A ‘light and delicate’ style for Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, who found it appealing, with its ‘strawberry, meaty aromas and red fruit earthiness on a gently oaked, balanced palate’, while Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent enjoyed its ‘crushed berries, cranberry, earthy floral notes’.

£18.12 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2013, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Offering a different range of flavours and textures, with Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte finding ‘wet stone, rustic body and tomato leaf, plush and pure, balanced red fruits’ and team leader Angela Reddin pointing to ‘cherry, cassis and plum-scented woodsmoke, autumn forest notes, showing refinement and elegance’.

£8.63 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Lagrein Riserva 2013, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Iodine and sweet fruit on the nose, cherry stone bitterness on the palate but the tannins are soft and smooth, with great length and balance,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, and it was ‘great value’ for Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, with ‘plum, red cherry, earth and tobacco showing through’.

£8.63 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Kaltern, Campaner, Special Selection, Schiava 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

Conte d'Attimis-Maniago, Schioppettino 2013, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.95 Try Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano 2015, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Nerofino 2013, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Masi, Fojaneghe, Bossi Fedrigotti, Vigneti delle Dolomiti Rosso 2012, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

Italy: North-East - Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia – White

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Nice ripe fruit, apricot and white peach with tropical hints of mango and papaya, good texture and a creamy finish,’ began Agustin Trapero of Avenue in his praise of this Gold winner, while for Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson it was ‘textural, long and complex, with beautifully integrated oak, a rich, opulent palate, cream and spice notes with savoury nuances’. Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club thought this a perfect match for either grilled Dover sole or a rustic pizza.

£19.64 Eurowines

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

Cavit took home both Gold and a Food Match Trophy for its ripe, good-value Pinot Grigio. While Marek Rakowski of Harbour Heights Hotel found it ‘well made at a good price level, with floral notes on then nose and full of ripe apple fruit on the palate’, Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse enjoyed its ‘pear drop character with a sour gooseberry aftertaste’, recommending it as a ‘great option with scallops or most shellfish’. ‘Sweet pear on the nose, good weight and texture, yet freshness and balance with orchard fruit on a good finish,’ added Vinoteca’s Charlie Young.

£7.29 Boutinot

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

A beautifully balanced exotic, floral flavour profile, with abundant ripe fruit, assured this Gewürztraminer of Gold. ‘Late-harvested, with some botrytis character and mango fruit in an exotic style,’ began team leader Olivier Marie, while Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce noted its ‘huge concentration and body, very lively palate with intense flavours of ripe melon, quince, honeysuckle and orange with some balancing herbal notes’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald spoke of ‘aromatic lychee and rose water notes, along with red apple, lavender, jasmine and chalky, wet-stone minerality’. ‘Grilled salmon with hollandaise sauce’ was the perfect match, according to Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club.

£20.38 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Jermann, Dreams 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner was a ‘beautiful, complex wine’ for team leader Laura Rhys MS, showing ‘bright citrus, juicy fruit of peach and orange hints, really zippy acidity and well-integrated if prominent oak’, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin also noted ‘broad, round, floral honeysuckle notes, toasted almonds, supple texture with mineral character, confit lemon and stone fruit on the finish’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald thought this blend of ‘lemon, lime, orange, apple, chestnut and almonds, with a rich palate, and easy-drinking overall’ made this a great match for langoustine or lobster.

£38.31 Enotria&Coe

Livon, Solarco, Bianco, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Agustin Trapero of Avenue found it ‘open and aromatic, with white flowers and a hint of fennel and artichoke, white pepper notes on the finish’, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering felt it was ‘very lively and zingy, and such a good match with creamy dishes and many fish dishes’.

£14.42 Eurowines

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh enjoyed its ‘seductive nose and rich palate, silky texture with mango and pineapple fruit, nutty notes on the finish’, while Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa highlighted a ‘blackcurrant leaf nose, exotic palate with very good acidity, papaya and lime fruit’.

£19.64 Eurowines

Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A ripe nose with honeyed acacia notes, elegant in the mouth with plenty of stone fruit character,’ began Arnaud Fiol of The Don Restaurant, with Harbour Heights Hotel’s Marek Rakowski noting ‘a deeper colour, apple fruit surrounded by buttery notes, good body and texture with well-balanced, subtle oak’.

£14.10 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Löwengang, Chardonnay 2013, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Vanilla oak is forward on the nose, then a stone fruit palate with peach blossom notes, good length and pleasant acidity,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, who found it ‘well balanced and elegant with hints of white pepper on the finish’. ‘Delicate fruit, with complexity and structure,’ added team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£22.81 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Gewürztraminer 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

Richard Allen of Adam’s Restaurant highlighted an ‘intense, perfumed nose, lots of candied apricot on the palate, very aromatic with a lingering finish’, and team leader Olivier Marie felt it was a ‘wonderful wine, ripe and fleshy with waxy, honeyed texture on a lovely palate with mineral notes balance and elegance’.

£10.79 Bibendum

Jermann, Vintage Tunina 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Wow,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, much taken with this wine’s ‘clean and balanced, long and persistent character with beautiful ripe fruit of yellow plums and golden apple, touches of vanilla and tangerine with wet stone minerals on the finish’.

£30.47 Enotria&Coe

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Gewürztraminer 2015, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely aromatic nose on a rich, opulent wine with notes of spice, roses and cream,’ began Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, who also found a ‘broad, fat palate, but with enough freshness to make it a great match for Asian foods’. ‘Very attractive, holds well on the palate,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£7.79 Boutinot

Kaltern, Pinot Bianco 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found ‘bright citrus fruit, lovely minerality with some spicy notes and good texture on the palate’, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin noted ‘green fruit, precise and pure with smoky floral mineral character, nutty and saffron notes on the finish’.

£11.95 Ellis of Richmond

Mezzacorona, Castel Pietra, Pinot Grigio, Dolomiti 2015, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A typically drinkable, clean style with pear and apple fruit, with team leader Jade Koch highlighting ‘fresh peach aromas and good balance on a pretty palate that shows some slightly lactic character but remains refreshing’.

£6.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Russiz Superiore, Sauvignon Blanc, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Pear and ripe apple aromas, lovely minerality and gentle saltiness on the palate complemented by vibrant fruit flavours all the way through,’ said Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant.

£16.31 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Tramin, Stoan 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Gergely Barsi Szabó of Sager + Wilde found ‘aromas of peach and apricot with lime, complexity and good structure’, while team leader Olivier Marie enjoyed its ‘very good intensity, hints of persimmon and underlying spices, white pepper and horseradish, good complexity and weight with a savoury saline finish’.

£18.01 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Conte d'Attimis-Maniago, Ribolla Gialla 2015, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.05 Try Wines

Bastianich, Vespa, Bianco 2013, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.60 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2016, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Borgo del Tiglio, Friulano, Collio 2012, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.64 Matthew Clark

Borgo del Tiglio, Selezione, Sauvignon Blanc, Collio 2013, Friuli, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.41 Matthew Clark

Russiz Superiore, Pinot Grigio, Collio 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Ponte del Diavolo, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.64 Liberty Wines

Eugenio Collavini, Broy, Bianco, Collio 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Jermann, Pinot Bianco 2015, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.90 Enotria&Coe

Italy: North-East - White, including Soave

St Michael-Eppan, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Grigio 2014, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Not textbook, but very interesting,’ commented team leader Jade Koch as this remarkable Pinot Grigio took Gold. Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms found ‘ripe fruit character, creamy texture, notes of spice, sweet vanilla and lemon curd with good depth and length’, while James Fryer of Portland Restaurant enjoyed ‘a nutty hazelnut and ripe apricot nose, with a cereal note, too, leading to more nuts on the palate, and some sweet peaches’. Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting enjoyed ‘vanilla, citrus and white blossom on this complex nose, with honey and brioche on the palate’. A match for lardo and walnuts, thought Koch.

£19.64 Eurowines

Cielo e Terra, Amatore, Bianco Verona 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

A clear Gold candidate, packed with generous fruit and some floral notes, too. ‘Green straw with apples and lime on an aromatic nose,’ began Tamarind of Mayfair’s Chantal Serrano, who found ‘warmth and texture, white flower notes and fresh, fruity character on the palate, with a long finish’. ‘Easy-drinking, light and delicate, with stone fruits and a touch of residual sugar on the mid-palate,’ added Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall. ‘This delivers on price, and would make a good by-the-glass option. A good match for light tapas,’ thought team leader Angela Reddin.

£5.99 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Riondo, Lunardi, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

‘Classic Pinot Grigio,’ began team leader Lionel Periner of this Gold winner, as well as a By The Glass Trophy recipient. He noted ‘citrus and lime fruit with a greener edge like garden peas, and well-balanced acidity and alcohol on the palate’, while Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) found it ‘harmonious with good acidity and minerality, with a decent finish making it good value for money’. Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer liked its ‘intense, ripe apricot note and textural palate, with peach skins and white pepper’, while team leader Jade Koch thought it ‘pretty, with peachy fruit, warmth and minerality’.

£5.40 Moreno Wines, Try Wines, The Great Grog Company Limited

Suavia, Monte Carbonare, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A different, original style,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW of this deserving Gold winner, highlighting its ‘mineral, almost spritzy, salty edge and a refreshing, likeable and long palate’, while Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish noted ‘vibrant, fresh, floral aromas with minerals and slightly honeyed notes on the finish’. Team leader Angela Reddin appreciated the minerality here, too, noting ‘a seashell, breezy freshness, with a herbal, citrus and melon palate with a hint of marzipan – works on many levels’.

£12.55 Bibendum

Pieropan, La Rocca, Soave Classico 2014, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Layers of complexity in this wine singled it out for Gold, with Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte finding ‘oak ageing and notes of lees contact richness, leading to a ripe and creamy palate with balanced fruit and hints of Christmas spices’, while Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish enjoyed its ‘dense and generous texture on the palate’. Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel appreciated its ‘beautiful, creamy nose of custard, cream, ripe apples and citrus fruits, followed by zesty acidity and rich texture’, while M Wine Store’s Harry Crowther singled this out as a perfect match for shellfish.

£19.04 Liberty Wines

Sartori, Marani, Bianco Veronese 2015, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Veneto took Gold again, this time with ‘peach and citrus aromas, then a textured and long palate with notes of camomile and ginger spice, fresh and balanced’, said Chantal Serrano of Tamarind of Mayfair, with The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira noting its ‘slightly floral, complex nose followed by a beautiful, spicy, floral and silky palate with stone fruits and a very decent finish’. Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel praised ‘candied fruits, almonds and sweet white flowers, leading to refreshing acidity, rich texture, and intensity of flavour’, while team leader Angela Reddin identified it as a match for lemon and thyme chicken.

£8.69 Enotria&Coe

Aldegheri, Bianco di Custoza 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall enjoyed its ‘fresh lemon, lime and gooseberry aromas, and minerally, ripe and fresh palate that’s clean, mouthwatering and great value’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira found ‘stone fruits, really good balance, white grape juice character on the mid-palate with lots of freshness’.

£6.99 Frederic Robinson

Zenato, Sergio Zenato, Lugana Riserva 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

A pleasant combination of ‘elegant florals and subtle orchard fruits on the nose’ for Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, followed by ‘touches of butter and a slight note of petrol oiliness on the palate, which is minerally and flinty’.

£20.08 Eurowines

Alpha Zeta, P, Pinot Grigio 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Crisp nose, with some notes of green apple flesh on the nose, more citrus-led on the palate,’ said Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst), with team leader Lionel Periner highlighting ‘citrus and spring flower notes, a well-balanced, dry palate with a lime character on the finish’.

£7.13 Liberty Wines

Pieropan, Calvarino, Soave Classico 2014, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

A feast of fruits for Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge, who found ‘citrus fruits with notes of ripe peach and apricot, tropical flavours of pineapple, mango and melon, a slight sparkle on the attack, full-bodied with high acidity and a long finish’.

£14.59 Liberty Wines

Ancilla, Lugana 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Light pear fruit aromas with some notes of celery and minerals,’ began team leader Tom Forrest, noting ‘some oak spice with creamy pear on the palate, elegant fruit style, some spice and a soft finish’. ‘Good to have with fatty fish in the summer,’ added The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira.

£18.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Sansonina, Vigna del Moraro Verde, Fermentazione Spontanea, Lugana 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Soft and nutty, almond and blossom aroma notes, pear and apple fruits on the palate with more of that nutty character on the finish, a good length finish with lively touches of fresh lemon zest,’ said team leader Tom Forrest, with Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall tipping it as ‘complex and unusual, great with a strudel as an alternative to a dessert wine, but dry’.

£20.40 Eurowines

Pasqua, San Giorgio, Pinot Grigio 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh melon and apple, very juicy acidity, refreshing on the palate with a touch of spice and grassy character,’ said Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, while team leader Andrea Briccarello found ‘slight richness with plenty of citrus and nicely balanced’.

£5.20 Society of Vintners

Cantina di Monteforte, Terre di Monteforte, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Red apple and citrus nose with a bit of viscosity in the mouth, long and nutty on the finish, this is good value at the price,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, while Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge highlighted ‘high intensity, citrus fruits and ripe white peach with stony minerality’.

£5.80 Liberty Wines

Villa Mattielli, Campolungo, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge enjoyed its ‘tropical fruits, mango and pineapple with apricot and peach aromas, floral citrus notes on the palate with mineral touches and a very long finish’, while Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte found it ‘very apple pie, an interesting style, with cloudy apple, cinnamon and clove’.

£10.44 Top Selection Ltd

Cantina di Custoza, Custoza 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.13 Eurowines

Cantina di Custoza, Pinot Grigio Veronese 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.45 Eurowines

Prà, Monte Grande, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.63 Boutinot

Cantina di Monteforte, Vigneto di Montegrande, Soave Classico Superiore 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.79 Liberty Wines

Riondo, Castelforte, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Suavia, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.89 Bibendum

47 Anno Domini, Sauvignon, Marca Trevigiana 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Alpha Zeta, Terrapieno, Single Vineyard, Pinot Grigio 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.52 Liberty Wines

Ca' Rugate, Monte Fiorentine, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Roccolo Grassi, Soave 2014, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Bertani, Vintage Edition, Soave 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.26 Enotria&Coe

Italy: North-west reds, including Barolo & Barbaresco

Tenimenti Ca' Bianca, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A big wine,’ began Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering in his description of this Gold winner, ‘showing an earthy note and huge warmth on the palate, with big intensity. Great for big flavoured meat dishes, especially game, and a star at this price point.’ ‘Broad, rustic and earthy, with some chocolate notes,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin, also praising ‘a chunky and juicy palate’. ‘Lovely and juicy, with an intense, leathery character,’ concluded Caroline Catering’s Richard Brooks.

£18.00 GIV UK

Conte Vistarino, Pernice, Pinot Nero, Provincia di Pavia 2013, Lombardy, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

A beautiful balance between fruit and savoury notes easily earned this Gold. ‘Bright and dynamic’ for Typing Room’s Fred Marti, it was ‘highly aromatic yet rustic on the nose, fresh and very engaging on the palate’, according to team leader Martin Lam. Team leader Lionel Periner described ‘an aroma full of red fruit, leading to velvet tannin on a well-balanced palate, with nice acidity’, while Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms found ‘umami notes – a great accompaniment for rabbit with wild garrigue herbs’.

£19.82 Eurowines

Il Cascinone, Crocera, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Decorated with both Gold and a Food Match Trophy, this juicy Italian red was deemed ‘floral and soft, with supple texture and sweet cherry notes’, by team leader Olivier Marie, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot was impressed by its ‘very pleasant nose, enticing fruit medley and rounded palate’. The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira said: ‘Fruity and fresh, with good acidity on the palate, and strawberries and red-cherry jam, making this perfect for a barbecue.’

£6.16 Boutinot

Marchesi di Grésy, Martinenga, Barbaresco 2009, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

A unanimous favourite for our judging panel, and ultimately worthy of Gold, team leader Laurent Richet MS praised its ‘beautiful cherries on the nose with roses, lovely intensity on the palate with more cherry, blackberry, strawberry jam and notes of tapenade, cedar and truffle’. And from Bovey Castle’s Francisco Macedo, it earned a simple ‘wow!’ ‘A match for wild boar ravioli,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£39.78 Boutinot

Massolino, Parafada, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Supple, with very generous red fruits, complex and long with plenty of life,’ was team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW’s praise for this Gold winner, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighted ‘fresh cherry and light, sweet floral aromas, rich fresh cherry on the palate with great spice notes and fresh cigar tobacco characters’. ‘Very classy, with good spice, grip and length, making this a match for boeuf en daube,’ thought team leader Simon Woods.

£46.29 Liberty Wines

Nino Negri, 5 Stelle, Sfursat di Valtellina 2013, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Ned Hotel found this a ‘luscious wine, with good fruity aromas, big tannins and strong, dark fruits on the palate’, while team leader Martin Lam noted its ‘mature fruit nose and big, robust style’, adding: ‘Braised meat required.’

£40.00 GIV UK

Cordero di Montezemolo, Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Like ‘warm cherry pie and vanilla custard’, said Charles Pashby-Taylor of Dabbous, who enjoyed its contrasting ‘good green notes with balanced tannins’, while team leader Martin Lam noted its ‘tight, cherry fruit nose and black fruit on the palate, savoury and sweet, and big!’

£14.90 Eurowines

Dezzani, 80 Anni, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Dusty and oak-tinged on the nose, medium bodied and quite complex with a savoury character,’ began team leader Martin Lam, with Jacopo Armenio of Vinarius finding ‘dark fruits, blueberry on the palate high tannins but a deep, long finish’.

£13.95 Eurowines

Nera, Sforzato di Valtellina 2010, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS found this a ‘lovely perfumed style with ripe fruit on nose and palate, high tannin but good acidity’, while for The Vineyard Group’s James Hocking it was an ‘elegant wine, with earthy aromas and tarry character’.

£24.23 Alivini

Il Cascinone, d'Annona, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Our tasting panel highlighted this wine’s notes of kirsch, Morello cherry and some stewed red fruit elements on the nose, with a range of black and red fruit flavours and sour cherry notes on a medium-bodied palate, complemented by fresh acidity.

£11.35 Boutinot

Marchesi di Grésy, Monte Colombo, Barbera d'Asti 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

A wine whose ‘good tannin structure and balance’ was filled out by ‘raisin, Christmas pudding, clove and sweet spices’, for consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, with team leader Olivier Marie finding it ‘unctuous, showing complex, oxidative aromatics with dark cocoa bean and roast coffee notes’.

£19.95 Boutinot

Marchesi di Grésy, Gaiun, Barbaresco 2010, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Immacolata Cannavo of Hakkasan Dubai found it ‘very perfumed with plenty of cherry and tar and high tannins’, while Bovey Castle’s Francisco Macedo added that it was ‘integrated, with high acidity and good fruit, cherry, cedar and tobacco with great depth, and showing signs of maturity’.

£51.04 Boutinot

Vite Colte, La Luna e I Falò, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Best to allow this a bit of air before serving, as Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot pointed out: ‘Initially closed on the nose with a lot of grip, but it opened up nicely on second tasting.’ And consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates enjoyed its ‘perfumed, floral elegance with balance on the palate and polished tannins’.

£11.61 VinumTerra

Bava, Stradivario, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2010, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

This was ‘farmyard and smoked meats’ for consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, who also highlighted its ‘leathery complexity, brett characters and concentration’, with team leader Olivier Marie finding it a ‘lovely wine with enticing aromatics, if high on the alcohol’.

£29.90 Bava Azienda Vitivinicola

Bava, Scarrone, Barolo 2010, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Showing ‘great character with intensity’, according to Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, this had ‘dark cherry fruit and smoked spices with notes of pine on a good, lengthy finish’. ‘Intensely flavoured, but delicate body with herbal, leafy touches,’ said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£34.37 Bava Azienda Vitivinicola

Bruno Rocca, Rabajà, Barbaresco 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS said this would be ‘worth ageing, with its cedar and cherries, olive tapenade undercurrent, high tannin and acidity with grippy tannins’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira found more ‘red fruits, cherry and strawberry, with leather notes and youthful tannins’.

£51.89 Liberty Wines

GD Vajra, Le Albe, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

A ‘restrained’ style, said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, noting ‘delicate, elegant red fruits with well-controlled tannin’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club found it ‘rich, punchy with baked red fruit and cherry aromas, black spices and a lightly meaty character’.

£25.19 Liberty Wines

Ascheri, Sorano, Barolo 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Federico Forte of Plateau enjoyed its ‘very balanced palate, with bushberry flavours and a hint of herbal, balsamic aftertaste’, adding that it showed ‘good ageing potential’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club picked out notes of ‘wild strawberry with gentle violet aromas’.

£28.50 Enotria&Coe

Nera, Sassella Riserva, Valtellina Superiore 2008, Lombardy, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Francisco Macedo of Bovey Castle was impressed with its ‘leather and tobacco, raspberry and cedar complexity, showing ripe fruit but good tannins and acidity’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira noted ‘a nice bit of age, and smooth, leathery black pepper and mushroom palate’.

£16.98 Alivini

Poderi Colla, Dardi Le Rose, Bussia, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A ‘savoury, textured wine, very light body with echoes of tar’, according to team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering found it ‘big and earthy, with a real mouthful of intense savoury flavours, such a good match for full-on dishes’.

£23.23 Boutinot

Costaripa, Campostarne Valtènesi 2014, Lombardy, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh, with strawberry notes and red fruit on the palate, really enjoyable and a versatile wine,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Ned Hotel, with team leader Martin Lam describing it as ‘fresh and Pinot-like’ in style.

£11.00 Alivini

Michele Chiarlo, Reyna, Barbaresco 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS highlighted ‘cedar, raspberry eau-de-vie and tar’ notes, while James Hocking of The Vineyard Group was very keen on its ‘earthy, forest-floor aromas, and opulent, full-bodied, powerful palate with great acidity and minerality’.

£26.51 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Pelassa, Sot, Nebbiolo d'Alba 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Pelassa, San Pancrazio, Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cordero di Montezemolo, Monfalletto, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£32.45 Eurowines

Ca' del Baio, Vallegrande, Barbaresco 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.55 Eurowines

Vinchio-Vaglio Serra, I Tre Vescovi, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cascina Castlèt, Barbera d'Asti 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.45 Alivini

Poderi Colla, Roncaglie, Barbaresco 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.71 Boutinot

Gillardi, Cursalet, Dogliani 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.91 Ester Wines

Vietti, Castiglione, Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£32.74 Bibendum

Costaripa, Maim, Valtènesi 2012, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

A wine with a difference. Antonio Cuadros of The Don Restaurant loved its 'rustic, black olive' style, and team leader Olivier Marie found it a 'lovely, complex wine with rose petal, pot pourri, dried red flowers on the nose and a creamy texture with spicy incense on a sweet, ripe, jammy palate'.

£16.59 Alivini

GD Vajra, Nebbiolo, Langhe 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.39 Liberty Wines

Ascheri, Pisapola, Barolo 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£27.80 Enotria&Coe

Ascheri, Vigna Nirane, Dolcetto d'Alba 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.99 Enotria&Coe

Italy: North-west, including Gavi & Barolo/Barbaresco

La Scolca, d'Antan, Gavi dei Gavi 2005, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Stylistically unique, but delicious!’ began Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS in describing this deserving Gold winner, noting a nose of ‘almonds, grilled peanuts, dried straw, seaweed and saline with notes of ginger, too’, then a palate that was ‘bright, with oxidative notes that add complexity and layering, a super-stylish mid-palate with purity and class, and a long finish with tertiary flavours’. ‘Very oxidative style, and a very special hand sell,’ added team leader Angela Reddin, while Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don saw this working harmoniously alongside gazpacho with oysters.

£53.15 Eurowines

Vite Colte, Villata, Roero Arneis 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

With its approachability and great value for money, this was never going to be anything but Gold. ‘Fresh stone fruit style, good body and crisp acidity with a nice finish,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Ned Hotel, with Bovey Castle’s Rustem Mingaleev also picking up ‘notes of fresh tobacco on a clean and aromatic, easy-drinking palate, for a good value choice’. ‘Grilled sea bass with toasted buckwheat,’ was Dan Cohen of Cépages Wine Bistro’s ideal pairing for this.

£8.10 VinumTerra

Guido Matteo, Gavi 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Frances Bentley of Individual Restaurants was taken with this Gold winner’s ‘ripe, sweet stone fruit, but with a mineral, saline note, too. Concentrated on the palate, with excellent length. A match for veal Milanese.’ Team leader Angela Reddin found ‘dried sweet herbs and green apples on the palate, which has great balance of acid and minerals, and manages to be both light and intense at the same time’.

£10.05 Jascots Wine Merchants

La Battistina, Nuovo Quadro, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Very aromatic,’ thought team leader Tom Forrest, adding: ‘Soft, ripe peach notes lead to a chalky, mineral finish.’ ‘Very fruity on the nose, with high acidity that’s very well balanced with that fruit,’ added The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira. ‘Soft, smooth and delicate,’ concluded Dan Cohen of Cépages Wine Bistro.

£8.49 Boutinot

Vite Colte, Masseria dei Carmelitani, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe golden apples with lovely pear elements, very pleasant to drink,’ began Marcin Oziebly of The Wild Rabbit, with team leader Angela Reddin noting ‘meringue and dried yellow flowers, apple flavours with a nutty edge’, and Tony Denis of Mosimann’s adding: ‘Complex nose with minerals, aromatic style, elegance and freshness, a convivial, lovely wine, easy to drink.’

£11.00 VinumTerra

Bellavista, Vigna Convento Ss Annunciata, Curtefranca Bianco 2012, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Full-on lactic and leesy nose, which continues into the palate, which is complex and delicious,’ said team leader Martin Lam. ‘There was balance and finesse here, with good structure and some appealing fruit, not to mention some attractive honeysuckle notes,’ said Frances Bentley of Individual Restaurants.

£26.63 Liberty Wines

Morgassi Superiore, Tuffo, Gavi di Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A welcoming wine, and good value,’ began Tony Denis of Mosimann’s, who found a ‘fruity nose of lemon, watermelon and orange notes, elegant flavours with freshness, ripe stone fruit character, a slight touch of sweetness, lively and delicate style’. ‘One for the cognoscenti,’ suggested team leader Angela Reddin.

£10.27 Bibendum

Morgassi Superiore, Volo, Gavi di Gavi Riserva 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Apple blossom and spring flowers on the nose with notes of quince, some minerals and a lot of herbal freshness,’ said Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS, who enjoyed its ‘clean palate, vibrant with delicate fruit delivery, elegant and mouth-filling, with a long, primary fruit finish’.

£12.77 Bibendum

Olim Bauda, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.80 Alliance Wine

La Scolca, Black Label, Gigi, Gavi dei Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.84 Eurowines

Vinchio-Vaglio Serra, Il Griso, Roero Arneis 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

La Battistina, Gavi 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.49 Boutinot

Pratello, Catulliano, Lugana 2016, Lombardy , Italy

Commended medal winner

Michele Chiarlo, Le Madri, Roero Arneis 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Italy: South – Red, including Sicily & Sardinia

Argiolas, Turriga, Isola dei Nuraghi 2012, Sardinia, Italy

Gold medal winner

Sardinia’s second Gold in the category, this was ‘a very well-proportioned wine’, thought Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky, who enjoyed its ‘meaty, gamey aromas with dusty wood and pine tar notes, a balanced and structured palate that reveals a lovely fruit softness and a meaty, wood smoke finish with good length’. Team leader Simon Woods found ‘soft, spicy, generous, juicy berry character combined with freshness and balanced tannins, but with the fruit to back it up’. A perfect match for oxtail, said Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson.

£35.50 Eurowines

CVA Canicattì, Aquilae, Organic, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges admired this Nero d’Avola’s complex combination of fruit, herbs and spice, awarding it Gold. ‘With nicely perfumed plum aromas and richness on the palate, the fruit quality shines through textured tannins into a great finish,’ began Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, while Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group highlighted its aromatics of ‘berry fruit, forest floor, olives and salty oyster shell’, and team leader Andrea Briccarello pointed to a ‘bright, vibrant, pomegranate and cranberry nose with tight structure on the palate’. Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms described a ‘well-balanced, spicy wine, with roast chestnuts and red fruit – a match for beer and charred vegetables’.

£9.60 VinumTerra

A Mano, Imprint, Appassito, Primitivo 2015, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Complex aromas of plum, prune, cherry and tobacco with hints of earthy liquorice and dark chocolate’ took this Primitivo to Gold, according to Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, who enjoyed its ‘dry, big, rich and concentrated palate, full bodied yet fresh, with more dark chocolate and a toasted character on the finish’. Geoffray Bénat of Cépages Wine Bistro noted ‘ripe cassis, rose and violet aromas with intensity, sweetness, yet dry tannins and ripe fruit on the palate, blackberry and cassis, all in good balance together’. Team leader Annette Scarfe MW thought this a perfect match for venison.

£9.95 Liberty Wines

Cantine Paradiso, Posta Piana, Uva di Troia 2014, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW praised this Gold-winning Italian for ‘spicy prunes and figs – a characterful and tasty wine with a kirsch note to finish’, while Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán highlighted ‘notes of iron on the nose, serious and concentrated on the palate with meaty notes making it good for food’. Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia thought this was ‘atypical in style, with an elegant nose of dark fruit plus fresh raspberry, leading to a subtly mint-touched palate’.

£8.41 VinumTerra

Caruso & Minini, Terre di Giumara, Frappato/Nerello Mascalese 2014, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

Snapping up not only a Gold medal but a pair of trophies, too, this Sicilian red had ‘great fruit on the nose, then well-balanced flavours on the palate with nice signs of ageing, some more dark fruit character and great spicy notes on the finish’, said Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers, with Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS noting ‘some good texture, rich fruit that’s ripe, fleshy and juicy, and a touch of grip on the finish adding length’. ‘Plenty of fruit and enough weight for food – tomato-based dishes in particular,’ concluded team leader Angela Reddin.

£6.88 Bibendum

Feudo Arancio, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Sicilian Gold Lister was described by Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant as having ‘classic plum and pomegranate notes, elegant balance and smooth tannins’, and for Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald there were ‘black and blue fruits, ripe and smoky, then good minerals on the palate with a salty edge’. ‘Rich and dark, with savoury, spicy aromas, elegance and flowing acidity on the palate with well-textured tannins,’ added Vinoteca’s Charlie Young. ‘A match for rabbit terrine,’ concluded The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira.

£6.53 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Tasca, Rosso del Conte 2012, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

Sophisticated, substantial, and deserving of Gold, according to our judges. Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins found ‘gentle herbal aromas with plum spice on a punchy body’, while Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group was very much taken with its ‘violet floral aromas and blue berries on a pretty palate, with firm structure and notes of fresh sour cherry’. Team leader Angela Reddin appreciated ‘very complex aromas, with autumn fruits and baking spices, as well as some earthy, game aromas, leading to a palate both luscious and svelte’.

£33.88 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Pala, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013, Sardinia, Italy

Gold medal winner

Harry Crowther of M Wine Store liked this substantial Gold Lister’s ‘meaty and complex nose, dried herbs and refreshing acidity on a lively palate’, while Street XO’s Raphael Thierry found ‘minty fruit aromas, juicy fruit balanced by dry tannin, and a long, spicy oak finish’. ‘Deep, dark fruit nose with hints of violets and spiced black plums, serious stuff!’ added team leader Martin Lam.

£13.26 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cantina Diomede, Canace, Nero di Troia 2015, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

A clear choice for Gold, this had ‘deep cedar aromas with lots of coffee mocha, modern style, black fragrant fruit and lifted spice with a polished feel’, according to team leader Sam Caporn MW. ‘Dark and dense, with bold blackberry and blueberry fruit, plenty happening on the palate and a long finish,’ agreed Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS. ‘Great balance and intensity, and reasonably priced, too. One to accompany roast beef,’ concluded Harbour Heights Hotel’s Marek Rakowski.

£14.74 Liberty Wines

San Marzano, Vindoro, Negroamaro, Salento 2013, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

A bright and fruit-forward flavour profile propelled this to Gold, with Sexy Fish’s Julien Sahut finding ‘lots of red fruit, plums and leather notes with cherry and white pepper character on the palate’. Mike Best of the WSET, meanwhile, enjoyed its ‘bold, powerful aromas, cedar and spicy Morello cherries, with a juicy and ripe, delicious palate profile that would be a good match with southern-spiced fare’.

£17.90 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Marzano, Sessantanni, Limited Edition, Primitivo di Manduria 2013, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

A solid Gold medal to accompany San Marzano’s win in the equivalent Italian white category. Team leader Sam Caporn MW highlighted its ‘perfumed oak with spice notes’, finding it a ‘modern, polished style with lots of fruit and a great balance of cherry fruit and structure’, while Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS picked up on some ‘violet florals, cherry and blackberry with a rich, ripe palate showing notes of coffee and vanilla, and a bit of maturity and leather’. Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh enjoyed its ‘sweet fruit, soft and elegant style with botanic herbs and freshness’. ‘With plums, chocolate and vanilla, this would pair well with wild boar ragù,’ said Tamarind of Mayfair’s Chantal Serrano.

£15.73 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Planeta, Santa Cecilia, Nero d'Avola, Noto 2011, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

Tasted in magnum, and one of a hat-trick of Golds for Planeta, this was ‘soft and smooth – a great rendition of a good, ripe Nero d’Avola, silky with lots of plump red fruits’, began The Don Restaurant’s Sebastian Agnello. Vinoteca’s Charlie Young found ‘sweet spices, plenty of ripe tannins, fairly thick texture but great fruit on the palate, which calls for big, rich meat dishes’, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot particularly enjoyed its ‘spearmint, liquorice and bramble fruit character on a very well-balanced palate’.

£19.32 Enotria&Coe

Planeta, Eruzione 1614, Nerello Mascalese 2014, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

A light, fresh touch helped Planeta to take another Gold. ‘Ripe fruit with sweet cranberry on the nose, a nice core of acidity on the palate with slightly grainy tannin,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW. ‘A lovely pure note of strawberries and flowers – this is brilliant stuff. Young, with primary fruit and aromatics, and a long, linear finish,’ praised Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, suggesting this as an ideal accompaniment for fatty cuts of pork.

£16.02 Enotria&Coe

Cusumano, Tenuta Presti e Pegni, Noà 2014, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Black cherry and rose petals on the nose, firm structure in a well-crafted wine,’ said Harry Crowther of M Wine Store, with team leader Martin Lam advising: ‘Decanting is required for it to reveal its full personality, with lifted red fruit on the nose, a bit subdued, with sour cherry on a savoury-saline palate and drying tannin.’

£18.99 Eurowines

Rocca, Torridoro, Primitivo di Manduria 2014, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe and juicy, earthy character with good dense texture, gentle red berry fruit that’s balanced with firm tannins,’ said team leader Simon Woods, with Neil Tabraham of Paris House noting ‘sweet black fruit nose, rustic but juicy palate with grippy tannins, needs a big steak’.

£6.81 CellarVino

CVA Canicattì, La Ferla, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Pure and spicy aromas, savoury, ripe and spicy on the palate with dark plum fruit and ripe tannins,’ said Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, with Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group noting its ‘bright fruit, meaty and spicy, black pepper character with grainy tannins’.

£6.41 VinumTerra

Feudo Maccari, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group enjoyed its ‘fruit-forward, ripe, blueberry and sour cherry style, with notes of cigar box and forest floor, with a soft palate and nicely integrated tannins making it a juicy wine’, while Vinoteca’s Charlie Young picked up ‘rich aromas laced with coffee and mulberries, fresh acidity and bitey tannins with elegance on the finish’.

£7.65 Boutinot

Cantina del Vermentino, Marmora, Cannonau 2014, Sardinia, Italy

Silver medal winner

A wine of ‘immediate appeal’, according to team leader Martin Lam, who found ‘crisp red apple fruit and spice notes, despite a rather dumb nose’, and Harry Crowther of M Wine Store highlighted its ‘attractive fruit, aromatic character and good structure’.

£7.54 Bibendum

Caruso & Minini, Sachia, Perricone 2014, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Juicy, fresh red plums on the nose with cherry touches, a wisp of oak on a nicely balanced palate,’ began team leader Martin Lam, with Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst) finding ‘light violet notes on a fresh nose, cranberry fruit on the palate with good acidity’.

£7.23 Bibendum

Scala, Cirò, Rosso Classico Superiore 2013, Calabria, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘The nose is very beautiful and complex,’ began The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, continuing: ‘Tobacco leaves and tomato, blueberry and black cherry with leather, the acidity and tannins are very well in balance, and it’s a really good wine for the price.’ ‘High tannins, but with this acidity it’s going to be amazing in a couple of years,’ added Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce.

£9.60 Bibendum

San Salvatore, Jungano, Aglianico, Paestum 2013, Campania, Italy

Silver medal winner

The consensus among our judges was that this would benefit from a couple more years of ageing, but team leader Tom Forrest also found: ‘Volatile, slightly balsamic cherry notes with some liquorice and oak spice, soft cherry and cedar on the palate with soft tannins and a warming finish.’

£15.40 Matthew Clark

Tasca, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Cherries, candied fruits and caramel notes on an elegant nose,’ began Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel (Brockenhurst), who enjoyed finding ‘lots of fruity berry notes on the palate, which is complex and fresh’, while Street XO’s Raphael Thierry noted ‘good fruit concentration, cherry and red fruits with good oak and tannic structure, ready to drink but can be kept for many years’.

£27.06 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cantine del Notaio, L'Atto, Aglianico 2015, Basilicata, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Summer pudding character, quite charming and warm, with a lifted character of fresh red berry fruits,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, while Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh found a ‘line of complexity and finesse, purity of red and blue flowers, plum and spicy notes’.

£9.67 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Vigneti Zabù, Il Passo, Nerello Mascalese/Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Cassis and plum on the nose, followed by more red plum jammy notes on a fruity palate,’ began Kelvin McCabe of Yauatcha, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW noting ‘rich, ripe strawberry aromas with generous use of new oak, giving a plush and ripe style’.

£9.84 Liberty Wines

San Marzano, Il Pumo, Primitivo, Salento 2015, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Bright with dark fruits, rich and juicy on the palate with some meaty notes and spicy complexity,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, with WSET’s Mike Best noting ‘baked but still high acidity and fresh, interesting and food-friendly with ripe aromatics’.

£7.61 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Marzano, Il Pumo, Salice Salentino 2014, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Cherry and fresh beetroot aromas with a musky hint, dried cherries in the mouth, quite light in body and in general, but easy to drink,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, with J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers finding it ‘super-fresh with a good amount of flavour intensity, and a bit of animal character hiding in the bushes’.

£7.61 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Marzano, Talò, Primitivo di Manduria 2015, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS found it ‘rich and clean, with blackberries, spice and thyme herbal notes on the nose, young on the palate with hints of charcoal and oak, bacon meaty character and fresh acidity and tannin’, while team leader Sam Caporn MW felt it was ‘dense and nice, quite a polished, modern style’.

£10.97 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Marzano, Collezione Cinquanta, Vino Rosso NV, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Adam Michocki of Chez Bruce found this a ‘fruit-driven, juicy wine with high tannins and a pleasant spicy character, very intense with loads of expression and a long finish’, while Sumi Sarma of Sumilier noted ‘figs, ripe plums, raisins and prunes, well rounded and soft on the palate with a hint of pine needle greenness’.

£16.40 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Marzano, Anniversario 62, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2013, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Popular with all the judges, this showed ‘mineral, fresh, lively black fruit with tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose’, said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, then ‘a drying and full-bodied palate with good concentration and superb texture’. J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers felt it ‘holds tons of fruit and will age beautifully, but will sell like hot cakes now in the right restaurant’.

£19.95 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Varvaglione, Papale, Linea Oro, Primitivo di Manduria 2014, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Generous and powerful, vibrant character with figs and plum, spicy meats and tannin with notes of lavender on the finish,’ said Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh. ‘Tight fruit and big, yet elegant, with poise and structure,’ added team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£17.80 Enotria&Coe

Vallone, Susumaniello, Salento 2015, Puglia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Stewy red cherry fruits with notes of liquorice on the nose, followed by a soft palate of fruit compote, cherries and prunes, with hints of liquorice and spice, chunky texture and softish tannins, but it needs big food,’ said team leader Tom Forrest.

£8.09 Boutinot

Vallone, Vereto, Salice Salentino Riserva 2012, Puglia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh found it ‘fresh and vibrant, with cherry fruit and crushed spices and mineral, toasty on the finish’, and Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán admired its ‘good perfume, great middle palate and volume’, finding it ‘drinkable and fast-developing’.

£8.09 Boutinot

Feudo Maccari, Saia, Nero d'Avola 2013, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

There were ‘earthy black fruits on a meaty, complex nose’, said Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group, ‘and a developing palate showing wild berries with herbaceous undertones, balanced tannin and acidity, and a chalky mineral note’.

£13.89 Boutinot

Feudo Arancio, Syrah 2015, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Crunchy red fruit and currant aromas, unoaked and fresh, clean on the palate with crisp acidity but some richness on the finish, and it’s good value,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, and Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club also found notes of ‘spiced plum jam and baked cherry, with sweet spices on a fresh finish’.

£6.53 Berkmann Wine Cellars

San Marzano, Vitti, Malvasia Nera, Salento 2013, Puglia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.50 Crown Cellars

Re Manfredi, Aglianico del Vulture 2012, Basilicata , Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.00 GIV UK

Argiolas, Senes, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2012, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.18 Eurowines

Cusumano, Benuara, Nero d'Avola/Syrah 2015, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.60 Eurowines