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Prosecco

2018  GOLD: 4     SILVER: 9              BRONZE: 6           COMMENDED: 11
2017  GOLD: 3     SILVER: 5              BRONZE: 4           COMMENDED: 7

Prosecco is the wine equivalent of the Dan Brown novel: it might not have much in the way of critical credibility, but my god it’s popular. And much like the reply you’d receive if you asked a bookseller whether he’d rather have a prime shelf dedicated to the Da Vinci Code or Ulysses, so most somms will admit that prosecco has become a key building block on their wine list. Just not one that they’d drink themselves.

Or would they? The Bisol Cartizze was recognised by all who tasted it as several dozen notches above your bog-standard stuff and a useful trade-up option for engaged customers. Otherwise, the sweet spot here was, as usual, in the £7-£10 area, where (like it or not) there’s plenty of good stuff to be had.

An extra shout-out, too, to Soligo. In a large and consistently decent field it’s hard to stand out, but this is the third year on the trot they’ve managed a Gold medal.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘What’s confusing in prosecco is extra dry, which is sweeter. When you write things like that on menus people get confused.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, consultant

‘We had more discussions about the premium end. There’s room for a rebranding of prosecco at the higher level, but for the time being I don’t really see it, unless you have an Italian wine list.’ Jacopo Mazzeo, The Pig Hotel

‘People order prosecco to buy a less expensive sparkling wine, they don’t care too much about the quality levels.’ Andrés Ituarte, Coq d’Argent

‘Consumers don’t understand that Valdobbiadene is a better-quality area. They’ve got a lot of work to do.’ Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche

‘An extra dry prosecco at £13-£14 [trade price] is an impossible sell. It’s fundamentally a straightforward drink.’ James Franklin, Fenwick

‘Some people ask to have it with food – it’s transforming from an aperitif into part of the meal. This is one trend you can see.’ Christoph Hons, Park Chinois

Award winners

Found 30 wines

Sparkling: Prosecco

Botter, Corte Alta, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner Pub & Bar

Team leader Martin Lam found this accomplished Gold winner to have ‘attractive aromas of green apple and pear, and a vibrant mousse with more pear on a warmly spiced palate’, while Aurel Istrate of The Connaught found it ‘creamy and doughy on the nose, with acidity integrating well, and crisp and nicely fresh on the finish’. ‘Clean, elegant and refreshing, with citrus, peach and fennel notes,’ concluded Manuel Ribeiro of The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel.

£7.47 Majestic Commercial

Bisol, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Cartizze 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘An upscale prosecco,’ began Mario Tomekovic of Smiths of Smithfield as this clinched Gold, thinking it showed ‘rich and powerful aromas and a characteristic minerality, subtle yet with a lengthy aftertaste, making it amazingly food-friendly and complex’. ’Very elegant on the nose,’ added The Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who went on to find ‘some citrus and green apple, as well as some spice, and a biscuit note, with good acidity too’.

£22.16 Bibendum

Soligo, Col de Mez, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

A Gold Lister with a distinctly green fruit style, according to Fenwick’s James Franklin, who picked up ‘chilled Granny Smith apples, greengage and gooseberry’, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot enjoyed its ‘delicate nose of white jasmine and pear, leading to lemon peel and quince fruit on the palate’. Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm was a fan of its ‘tangy, fresh apricot’ notes, while Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason appreciated its ‘apple notes and good acidity, as well as great balance and length’.

£9.95 Eurowines

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Extra Dry, Millesimato 2017, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm was drawn to this Gold medal-winning prosecco’s ‘original flavours’, citing ‘red berries, sweet Sicilian lemon, honeysuckle and appealing balance’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 enjoyed its ‘pretty floral pear skin nose, like expensive soap, then cooked pear and red apple on the palate, the finish building in intensity’. ‘Balanced, with a palate that’s dry but still fruity, and with some good acidity on the finish,’ added The Don’s Carlos Ferreira.

£8.95 Eurowines

San Simone, Il Concerto, Prosecco Spumante, Brut NV, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Very good texture, and a little different,’ said team leader Jade Koch, describing ‘apples and bay with a little straw on the nose, juicy and very refreshing acids making it a moreish style’, with The Fat Duck’s Melania Bellesini picking up ‘a funky nose with celery notes, creamy mousse and a fresh palate’.

£10.37 Eurowines

Soligo, Cuvée Solicum, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

This had a typically ‘refreshing’ profile for Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, who enjoyed its ‘lovely ripe fruit of peach and pear on the nose and clean palate’, while Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte also found ‘some minerality, stone fruits and sour apple notes’.

£10.65 Eurowines

Rocca dei Forti, Terre di Giulio, Prosecco, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Euan McColm of Beaverbrook described ‘pears and citrus on a clean, fresh bouquet’, also noting ‘racy freshness tempering a savoury note and ripe fruits’, and James Fryer of Woodhead 17 thought it had a ‘peach skin texture and very fine bubbles, some tropical elements and a persistent finish’.

£5.95 Hennings Wine , Celtic Wines, Castang Wines

Carpenè Malvolti, 1868, Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

A more developed style, found Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel, showing ‘complex honey, dried apple and marzipan aromas, with marmalade and apricot, dried orange peel and hints of winter spices on the palate, which has a long finish’.

£20.72 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Carpenè Malvolti, 1868, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Fine aromas of apples and pears, apple blossom and acacia floral notes, well balanced on the palate with a creamy perlage and a touch of sweetness on the finish,’ said Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck, while Mario Tomekovic of Smiths of Smithfield concluded it was a ‘serious prosecco in all aspects’.

£12.72 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

La Tordera, Saomí, Prosecco, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Good punchy freshness, clean, savoury and long,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, adding ‘this is all about minerality, not fruit.’ ‘Feels autumnal,’ said James Fryer of Woodhead 17, noting a ‘brown pear skin nose, super-textural palate with pear skins and flesh, and a nice long finish’.

£8.00 Fuller's

La Tordera, Serrai, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

While Fenwick’s James Franklin found a ‘ripe nose, zippy green berries and a peppery crispness’, team leader Sam Caporn MW highlighted this wine’s ‘very pretty, classic style, with lots of melon, pear and peach’.

£8.90 Fuller's

Contarini, Moinét, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

An ‘easy-drinking, aromatic style with big perlage’, thought Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck, with team leader Jade Koch noting ‘honeyed orange and citrus aromas, crunchy citrus fruit on the palate, mid-weight mouthfeel and a refreshing lift on the finish’.

£7.25 Fuller's

Tognon, Goldnote 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

It was all about the fruit for Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, who found ‘fresh aromas of Williams pear, ripe Granny Smith and a hint of tropical notes with a clean palate’, and Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte also noted its ‘zippy acids, very good creamy texture and lemon/lime notes with just a touch of sweetness on the finish’.

£13.85 Azienda Agricola Tognon di Davide Tognon

Montresor, Domenico de Bertiol, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Spumante, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

With its ‘characteristic Glera aromas’, Antóin UáRuairc of UK Midland Sommelier Ltd found a ‘pleasantly smooth mouthfeel with balanced residual sweetness and a lovely aftertaste’, and team leader Tom Forrest described it as ‘ripe pear with some peachy notes, quite bright, with fleshy fruit on the palate’.

£9.10 Boutinot

Soligo, Rive di Soligo, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Dry, Millesimato 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot approved of the ‘pear drops and honeysuckle on the nose that open up to a warming, rounded palate’,while team leader Sam Caporn MW noted ‘peach and banana notes, flavourful style with well-balanced residual sugar’.

£12.95 Eurowines

Fiol, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh with scents of flowers on the nose, the mousse very elegant and finishing long with lingering stone fruit flavours,’ said The Connaught’s Aurel Istrate. ‘Quite high residual sugar, but good fruit and acid balance, with ripe fresh pear character,’ added team leader Martin Lam.

£11.85 Enotria&Coe

Paolo Zucchetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Dry with a good concentration of bubbles and mousse, delicate palate that builds on the finish, very good,’ said an impressed Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent, while Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche felt it was ‘fine, elegant, easy, with a lovely finish’.

£12.91 Wine Traders

Riondo, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Consultant Charles Pashby-Taylor felt there was ‘nice balance, with red apple and apricot fruit, smooth mousse and a good floral finish’, while team leader Jade Koch found it a ‘happy wine, very easy with pear drop aromas, elegant and juicy on the palate, refreshing, bright and long’.

£8.00 Forth Wines, Moreno Wines

Cavit, Lunetta, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles liked this prosecco for its ‘fruity, slightly mineral style with a good finish and length’, while Jacopo Mazzeo of The Pig Hotel found ‘orchard fruits and some stone fruit notes, fresh and intense on the palate’.

£8.15 Boutinot

Col de' Salici, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Extra Dry 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Toffoli, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Colucci's, White Label, Prosecco, Extra Dry 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.50 Colucci's

Colucci's, Grey Label, Prosecco, Extra Dry 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.45 Colucci's

Ca' di Alte, Prosecco Spumante, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.96 Liberty Wines

Cielo e Terra, Cortefresca, Prosecco Spumante, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.40 CellarVino

Paolo Zucchetto, Purofol, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Brut 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.78 Wine Traders

Adria Vini, Palladiano, Durello, Spumante Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.30 Boutinot

Adria Vini, Versetto, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.26 Boutinot

Adria Vini, Fontessa, Prosecco Spumante, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.26 Boutinot

Botter, Vivoli, Prosecco NV, North East Italy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.48 Molson Coors

 

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