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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > ITALY: Central Whites, including Verdicchio

Winner Details

Italy: Central - White, including Verdicchio

2018  Gold 2        Silver 7                 Bronze 0              Commended 15
2017  Gold 2        Silver 8                 Bronze 9              Commended 9 

The wines from this part of Italy aren’t typically an automatic sell. Nobody walks into a restaurant saying ‘give me your finest wine from the Marche’. But there are a couple of styles that are starting to resonate: Verdicchio has had some credence for a while, but Pecorino, too, is beginning to acquire both a following and critical appeal. As always with Italy, prices were a bit higher than our tasters would have liked, but most of these will still make it on to a list under the crucial £40 cut-off.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Pecorinos are quite practical, stylistically, and I don’t think anything else really compares directly to it. It’s managed to distinguish itself. It has its own identity – a profile that’s more floral than mineral.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘When I worked with Verdicchio, it was at a Japanese restaurant, pairing them with sashimi. At their best they have a creamy, unctuous texture that’s good with delicate flavours.’ Raphael Thierry, Street XO

‘Warm, ripe, happy fruit, and at the right prices.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘This was quite consistent as a flight, but you still need to sell these – they’re not going to sell on their own.’ Frédéric Billet, Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

Award winners

Found 24 wines

Italy: Central – White

Colle Corviano, Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

A complex and undoubtedly Gold-worthy style, this had ‘lychee on the nose, then a touch of residual sugar on the palate with Turkish Delight and orange blossom, a waxy texture and acidity on the finish’, according to an impressed James Fryer of Woodhead 17, while Geoffray Bénat of Cépage[s] Wine Bistro was taken with its ‘ripe apricot, peach and honey aromas, rounded lime and citrus with some sweet notes and thyme herb on the palate’.

£11.72 AZIENDA VINICOLA TALAMONTI SRL

Belisario, Vigneti del Cerro, Verdicchio di Matelica 2016, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner separated itself from the crowd with ‘fruity green apple on the nose, showing good fruit character, texture and freshness’, began Street XO’s Raphael Thierry, with team leader Laurent Richet MS picking up a ‘slightly oxidative approach, but also exotic fruit flavours, and peach and apricot, with a saline note of complexity’. ‘Generous tropical fruits and a zestiness’ on the palate sealed the deal for team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£10.22 Liberty Wines

iLauri, Nora, Chardonnay, Colline Pescaresi 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Peach and citrus, good acidity in a fresh, elegant, minerally style with a long finish,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, while team leader Jade Koch found ‘Italian sun in a honeyed, oily and warm style that would be great by the glass’.

£7.56 Milton Sandford Wines

Talamonti, Trabocchetto, Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘White peach and white florals bordering on pineapple in the mid-palate, with bitter herbal notes and some oiliness, with rose petal hints on the finish,’ said Woodhead 17’s James Fryer, with Geoffray Bénat of Cépage[s] Wine Bistro picking up ‘aromatic white flowers, good balance with fresh peach and apricot’.

£10.20 VinumTerra

Poggio al Tesoro, Solosole, Vermentino 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

Vinoteca’s Charlie Young liked this wine for its ‘citrus, spicy and stony aromas, followed by white peach and pear fruit with good weight on the palate, elegantly carried by citrus acidity’, while Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa noted ‘hints of petrol on a herbaceous nose, and a mineral and citrus palate’.

£13.59 Liberty Wines

De Angelis, Pecorino 2016, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

Linh Ziolkowska of Yauatcha City found this wine ‘restrained on the nose, with notes of apple cider and citrus, honeyed and peachy on the palate’, while team leader Martin Lam noted ‘white flowers on a dry honeyed nose, balanced and rounded ripe fruit on the palate with balancing acidity’.

£8.85 Jascots Wine Merchants

Cantina Goccia, D'oro 2016, Umbria, Italy

Silver medal winner

A ‘food-friendly style, with herbaceous asparagus notes on the nose’, said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa of this 100% Grechetto white, highlighting its ‘great acidity with citrus, mineral and floral notes’, while Vinoteca’s Charlie Young enjoyed its ‘savoury and herbal aromas, citrus punch and good texture with almond notes on the finish’.

£9.95 Cantina Goccia

Santa Barbara, Stefano Antonucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2015, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

Street XO’s Raphael Thierry highlighted ‘almond and apple on the nose, with a citrusy palate that shows enough vibrancy and texture to match with delicate-flavoured foods’, while for Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles there was ‘a slight sweetness on the palate, tropical fruit, peach and almond notes with good minerality’.

£14.54 Delitalia

Bisci, Verdicchio di Matelica 2016, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Intense palate of lime and exotic fruits, peach and gooseberry, slightly oxidative in style but balanced by a pleasant minerality,’ said Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles. ‘Vibrant, with good purity of lemon-lime fruit and a touch of grass,’ added Street XO’s Raphael Thierry.

£9.37 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Andrea Felici, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.30 Lea & Sandeman

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Calanchi di Vaiano, Chardonnay 2016, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.05 Eurowines

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Falesia, Chardonnay 2016, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£20.30 Eurowines

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

Commended medal winner

£5.66 Boutinot

Monte Schiavo, Pallio di San Floriano, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.61 Boutinot

Monte Schiavo, Tenute Pieralisi, Villaia, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.00 Boutinot

Casal Thaulero, Orsetto Oro, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.89 Alivini

Talamonti, Trebì, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.26 VinumTerra

iLauri, Avalos, Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cantina Tollo, Rocca Ventosa, Pinot Grigio 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.80 Eurowines

Feudo Antico, Pinot Grigio 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.15 Eurowines

Fontana Candida, Luna Mater, Frascati Superiore 2015, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.50 GIV UK

Santa Barbara, Tardivo Ma Non Tardo, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Riserva Classico 2015, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.50 Delitalia

Belisario, Cambrugiano, Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 2015, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.10 Liberty Wines

Belisario, Vigneti B, Verdicchio di Matelica 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.60 Liberty Wines

 

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