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Other Sparkling Rosé

2018  GOLD: 3             SILVER: 9         BRONZE: 3       COMMENDED: 10
2017  GOLD: 2             SILVER: 10       BRONZE: 4       COMMENDED: 14 

There were two distinct stories here: the pricier, elegant English rosés and the cheaper, sometimes quirkier offerings from other parts of the world. If the former are, in the eyes of many sommeliers, better-priced champagne replacements, the latter are a great place to go hunting for bargains. The Pongracz rosé, for instance, at sub-£9 is an absolute steal.

With the more sun-filled 2015 vintage likely to be fuelling the English pinks for next year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, it will be interesting to see whether the extra ripeness (and flavour) drives an even bigger uplift in medals here in 2019.  


‘The quality is going up and up every year. If the English sparkling wine scene continues to grow like this it’s only going to get more recognition internationally.’ Andrés Ituarte, Coq d’Argent

‘They’re very English – taut, poised, tight, crunchy red fruit, really refreshing, pretty, classic wines – though as prices creep up they don’t look like great value.’ Sam Caporn MW, team leader

‘English rosé at the same price as champagne, it’s difficult – people would rather go with champagne.’ Christoph Hons, Park Chinois

‘I was expecting better from the non-English rosés. We were looking for something fuller-bodied, yeastier, more refined.’ Cosimo Di Totero, Chiltern Firehouse

‘[In the non-English pinks] the value was acceptable, but there was not much that had the wow factor.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

Award winners

Found 13 wines

Sparkling: Rosé, excluding Champagne

Distell, Pongrácz, Rosé NV, South Africa, South Africa

Gold medal winner

This South African rosé earned its Gold medal with ‘a ripe and tangy nose with red berries and cherries’, according to team leader Simon Woods, who also praised its ‘crisp, dry and balanced’ palate. Cosimo Di Totero of Chiltern Firehouse liked its ‘fruity-fresh, red fruit, easy-drinking and balanced’ style, while team leader Tom Forrest found ‘some yeasty aromas, raspberry and strawberry pie, with fresh raspberry on the palate and an elegant mousse’.

£8.58 Distell Europe

Cavit, Lunetta, Rosé NV, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A date night winner!’ predicted Euan McColm of Beaverbrook, who found this ‘crisp, smooth, with a beautiful cream, delicate red fruits and blossom notes’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club observed ‘fresh straw with gentle toffee apple, refreshing herbal notes, light balsamic minerality and elegant on the finish’.

£7.85 Boutinot

Akarua, Brut Rosé NV, Central Otago, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

‘Rich and rounded, fleshy style with good depth of quite bold berry and cooked apple fruit, then tender on the finish,’ said team leader Simon Woods, with Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm also finding ‘nectarine aromas carrying through to the palate, with a touch of secondary development’.

£17.36 Liberty Wines

Bellavista, Franciacorta Brut Rosé, Vintage 2013, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club admired this wine’s ‘pale salmon’ colour, finding ‘fresh raspberry notes and white flowers, complex herbal aromas with fine apple hints and a delicateness on the finish’.

£32.11 Liberty Wines

Edoardo Miroglio, Brut Rosé 2013, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria

Silver medal winner

Wild Wine Club’s Debbie Warner was charmed by the ‘strawberry fruit and rose petals on the nose’, and enjoyed ‘delicate flavours of cranberries and pink grapefruit zest on the palate, which has a silky mousse’.

£13.67 Theatre of Wine , The Old Cellar

Graham Beck, Brut Rosé NV, Robertson, South Africa

Silver medal winner

A ‘light, creamy style, showing plum and strawberry with good honest balance’, said team leader Simon Woods, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club enjoyed its ‘light cassis with complex candy notes’.

£11.99 Bibendum

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

Bronze medal winner

With its ‘delicate red berry fruits, beautiful foamy-textured mousse and crunchy finish’, this impressed Wild Wine Club’s Debbie Warner, and The Connaught’s Aurel Istrate also enjoyed its ‘very fresh, well-integrated fruits and acidity with a very good finish’.

£10.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Adria Vini, Le Dolci Colline, Rosé Spumante, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.46 Boutinot

Pinord, Marrugat, Cava Brut Rosé NV, Catalonia, Spain

Commended medal winner


Llopart, Cava Brut Rosé 2015, Penedès , Spain

Commended medal winner

£14.57 Bibendum

Cavit, Altemasi, Trentodoc Rosé NV, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.70 Boutinot

Graham Beck, Brut Rosé, Vintage 2012, Robertson, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£13.16 Bibendum

Col de' Salici, Brut Rosé NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner


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