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New World Sparkling Wine

2018  GOLD: 2     SILVER: 3              BRONZE: 3           COMMENDED: 6
2017  GOLD: 2     SILVER: 4              BRONZE: 2           COMMENDED: 4

Your customers like sparkling wine. We know this. And there are real opportunities to cross- or up-sell them into styles that they’re not so familiar with, particularly if the price is right. We know this, too. But for some reason the message isn’t really getting through to the New World’s fizz producers.

Year after year, while prosecco, English and now even cava stride forward with large entries and big medal counts, this remains rather unloved. Not enough wines come in, and even fewer good ones. The best stuff, clearly, is coming from The Cape and New Zealand (who between them accounted for all but two of the medals here), but no one seems to have owned the category yet. An opportunity waiting to be seized…


‘Most of these were very unbalanced.’ Lazaros Engonopoulos, Coq d’Argent

‘The winemaking wasn’t good here. The acidity was all over the place. I don’t know if it’s the mentality that everyone’s drinking so much prosecco, they need to create a sparkling wine, too.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘We had to fight to find medals here. I used to drink Tasmanian sparkling, but these were disappointing. You expect them to be squeaky clean.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘Fizz is a celebration drink. You’d have to be really into your sparkling wines to enjoy some of the more unusual notes here.’ Euan McColm, Beaverbrook

‘There is a market here, it’s a category that’s underprovided for, but they need to be at the right price. It needs to be at the same price as prosecco or under – you need to build the market. But it’s a fun market, and there’s possibility there.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘It was a good flight. All good examples. People do ask for it – especially women!’ Javier Alonso Cardoso, Yauatcha City

Award winners

Found 13 wines

Sparkling: New World countries

No1 Family Estate, Cuvée Virginie 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

Confirming this Marlborough sparkler’s Gold medal status, Sumita Sarma of Sumilier described ‘punchy acidity with creamy lemon curd as well as some biscuit and toast complexity’. ‘A lovely attack and delicate mousse, ripe lemon notes and well-managed dosage’, not to mention ‘lovely toasty brioche with a citrus core and lemon zest character on the finish’, all made this ‘a match for Chinese dishes with soy sauce’, thought team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£29.48 Amathus

Graham Beck, Bliss, Demi Sec NV, Robertson, South Africa

Silver medal winner

A ‘pleasantly sweet nose of apple and white peach’, said Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms, who enjoyed the balance of the ‘sweet palate meeting fresh acidity, finishing well with notes of candied apple’, while team leader Nigel Lister also found elements of ‘pear drops, white flowers, tangerine and marzipan, with a lively mousse’.

£12.14 Bibendum

Allan Scott, Cecilia, Methode Traditionnelle, Brut 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

Euan McColm of Beaverbrook found ‘oatmeal biscuit prevailing on the nose’, followed by ‘pronounced lees contact character, refreshing acidity and vigorous mousse’, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW also noted a ‘punchy jab of citrus’.

£14.27 Fine Wines Direct

No1 Family Estate, No1 Reserve NV, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

A ‘solid, regal wine’, said James Fryer of Woodhead 17, picking up ‘wheat and cooked lemon aromas, fine mousse, a little oat with redcurrant and earthy hints on the palate, touches of toast and marmalade, too’. ‘Interesting, complex wine, the sparkle almost incidental,’ added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£30.85 Amathus

Stefano Lubiana, Grande Vintage 2008, Tasmania, Australia

Bronze medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 noted a ‘super-autolytic nose, grapefruit pith and apricot stone with biscuit richness, then broad acids on the palate and an autolytic wheatiness’, while Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm highlighted ‘strawberry moving into toast, fairly complex with a backbone of acidity’.

£43.13 Stefano Lubiana Wines

Peller, Ice Cuvée, Sparkling NV, Ontario, Canada

Bronze medal winner

‘Delicately fresh, light and sweetly floral,’ began Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW picked up ‘honeyed floral notes and toast-driven fruit’. Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin thought it ‘vibrant and precise’ as well as ‘leafy and green, with lots of citrus and green apple’.

£20.64 Enotria&Coe

Graham Beck, Cuvée Clive 2011, Robertson, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Lots of toasty brioche with touches of digestive biscuit on the nose, and a creamy mid-palate with lemon zest core,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, while Sumita Sarma of Sumilier liked the ‘richness on the palate, with baked golden apple and apricots’.

£38.19 Bibendum

Akarua, Brut NV, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£17.36 Liberty Wines

Emiliana, Organic Sparkling Wine, Brut NV, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£9.51 Boutinot

De Wetshof, Méthode Cap Classique, Brut 2009, Robertson, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Distell, Pongrácz, Brut NV, South Africa, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Huia, Blanc de Blancs 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£22.26 Bibendum

Palmetto Wine Co, Sparkling NV, Barossa, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£8.25 Boutinot


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