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House Wine: Rosé

2019  GOLD: 1             SILVER: 3         BRONZE: 2       COMMENDED: 10
2018  GOLD: 1             SILVER: 4         BRONZE: 3       COMMENDED: 5

In some categories, our tasters are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting wines for the Gold List. But House Rosé emphatically isn’t one of them. There were some absolute shockers in here, and a huge number of submissions were removed in the first round of judging.

What was left was better, but still patchy, with sugar the main problem. It is, perhaps, asking too much to expect Provence-style elegance at sub-£6 prices, but something approaching competent winemaking – or even a bit of sensitivity – would have been a start.


‘Why is rosé such a difficult wine to get to grips with? There was residual sugar in some of these – it’s supposed to be a light, fresh, tantalising wine.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘The wines that stay close to the southern French style tend to do the best.’ James Fryer, Woodhead 17

‘This flight was an example of why professionals look down on rosé as a style. The wines were foul.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘Totally flabby, no backbone… some were just rose water. They’d be no good with food.’ Leonie Loudon, consultant

‘A trend of washed-out fruit flavour. Only one stood out.’ Savvas Symeonidis, Gymkhana Restaurant

Award winners

Found 16 wines

House Wine: Rosé - <£6 ex-VAT

Cielo e Terra, Primi Soli, Pinot Grigio Blush 2017, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Juicy and floral – a plush, ripe style,’ began impressed team leader Andres Ituarte as this picked up a well-deserved Gold, adding that it was ‘pretty and refreshing’, while fellow team leader Angela Reddin appreciated its ‘lasting strawberry fruit flavour’. Marco Marcuzzo of Aster Restaurant went on to praise its ‘light and fresh fruit, making this an easy by-the-glass choice that would also work with a range of light bites’.

£5.45 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Murviedro, Fauno, Rosé 2018, Valencia, Spain

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 noted this wine’s ‘elegant strawberry nose with pretty white flowers and hints of orange blossom on the palate’, describing it as ‘fairly classic’. Meanwhile team leader Lionel Periner approved of the ‘nice, light pink colour and good freshness’.

£5.10 Boutinot

Adria Vini, Avito, Pinot Grigio Rosé 2018, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner noted the ‘light pink colour, a light, ripe berry palate and balanced acidity’, while Woodhead 17’s James Fryer described a ‘floral, blackcurrant leaf nose with blackcurrant fruit followed on to the palate’.

£5.50 Boutinot

Félix Solís, Casa Albali, Garnacha Rosado 2018, Valdepeñas, Spain

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 found this to have an ‘almond paste and rose petal nose; with touches of glycerol banana lending a sweetly fruited and textural palate’. He described the finish, like the nose, as ‘redolent of almonds and fresh strawberries’.

£5.93 Matthew Clark

WX Brands, El Molturo, Rosé 2018, Spain, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin found a nose of ‘carnations and strawberries with a touch of pineapple chunks (the sweets!)’ and described the wine as ‘easy drinking, fun and juicy’.

£4.98 Majestic Commercial

Santa Rita, Rosé 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Jan Konetzki noted ‘grapefruit, lemon and red fruits with a touch of reduction’, and found this wine to be ‘dry and crisp with medium length’.

£5.22 Matthew Clark

Bartolomeo Breganze, Le Colline di San Giorgio, Pinot Grigio Rosé 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

WX Brands, Marques de Calado, Rosé 2018, Castilla, Spain

Commended medal winner

Broadland Wineries, Proudly Vegan, Rosé 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Pagos del Rey, Marqués de Altillo, Rosé 2018, Rioja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Adnams

Borsao, Selección Rosado 2016, Campo de Borja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.00 Boutinot

Adria Vini, Mirabello, Pinot Grigio Rosé, Provincia di Pavia 2018, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.55 Boutinot

Adria Vini, Ancora, Chiaretto, Monferrato 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.45 Boutinot

Félix Solís, Ayrum Rosado 2018, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.25 Matthew Clark

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Grenache Rosé, Pays D'Oc 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.70 Molson Coors

López Morenas, El Mazo, Tempranillo Rosé NV, Extremadura, Spain, Spain

Commended medal winner

£3.40 Kingsland