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Rosé above £6.00

2019  GOLD: 9             SILVER: 7         BRONZE: 6       COMMENDED: 31
2018  GOLD: 6             SILVER: 11       BRONZE: 8       COMMENDED: 16

Wow. I mean, just… wow. We all know that rosé is a popular category with the punters, and that every venue in the country bar none now has at least one bottle of the pink stuff on its list. But that quality has rarely translated into hatfuls of Gold medals at the Sommelier Wine Awards.

Last year we thought we saw a suggestion of better things around the corner – and this year our tentative optimism was fully justified. It’s not long ago that we struggled to get more than a couple of Golds on to our list, and four was considered a result. So to have eight (plus one Spanish orange wine) was proof that, above House Rosé level, at least, winemakers are starting to really get the hang of the style.

We had wines here from all corners of the globe (India, Morocco, Australia, Provence, of course), in all styles and at all prices. It made for a super-strong section of our wine list, with wines laddered from £5 to £40 and from ‘light and quaffable’ to ‘serious and foodie’.

The wines at SWA are tasted blind, so our tasters wouldn’t have known what they were trying. But we reckon that our judges would be staggered to discover that some of them have tried (and given a Gold medal to) an Indian Sangiovese rosé…


‘Rosé is something we take not so seriously, but once you find a good one for the right price it’s such an important staple of your list. It was nice to see a lot of screwcaps as well.’ Joshua Castle, Noble Rot

‘For me, there’s two types, the easy-drinking type and the more serious food-wine type of rosé.’ Guillaume Mahaut, ETM Group

‘There was some oak ageing on the more expensive Provence ones. It gives a nice creamy sensation to the wines and makes them more food friendly.’ Tanguy Martin, New Street Warehouse

‘The rest of the world needs to make rosé in its own style, within the parameters of sweetness and dryness that are acceptable. It’s perfectly OK to make a rosé without the same pantone colour as Provence.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘You always want a bit of pepper spice on Provence rosé.’ Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen

‘There was a good range, and consistency here. Even for £6 or £7 you could find balance and good value, and there wasn’t a big difference between those and £15.’ Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant

‘I would love to see a bit more variation, but rosés just get sent back if they’re not the “right” colour – pale.’ James Fryer, Woodhead 17

Award winners

Found 52 wines

Rosé - > £6

Château Sainte Marguerite, Symphonie Organic Rosé 2018, Provence, France

Gold medal winner

‘This should be available at every restaurant that has seafood on the menu,’ began consultant Cinthia Lozano, echoing the sentiments of the rest of the judges who awarded this Gold. ‘It’s very elegant,’ added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who described ‘lifted, aromatic, floral notes of roses and strawberry jam that lead to a clean, limpid palate’. For fellow team leader Martin Lam, ‘red fruit and herbal notes on the nose’ led to a palate that was ‘linear, concentrated and persistent’.

£16.46 Enotria&Coe

Domaine De Baccari, Premiere de Baccari Rosé 2018, Meknes, Morocco

Gold medal winner

Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants found much to admire about this worthy Gold winner, describing its as ‘really enjoyable, fresh and vibrant with complex fruit and floral notes, leading to a lovely, well-balanced finish’. Victoria Sharples of St John Wines, meanwhile, found it ‘attractive, with floral nuances, good concentration and lifted acidity, with good length’. The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki further described ‘rose petals, rhubarb and watermelon notes’, which led to a ‘structured, concentrated palate’ that would be ideal to ‘accompany salmon dishes’.

£20.20 Top Selection

M/S, Akluj, Sangiovese Rosé 2018, Mahārāshtra, India

Gold medal winner

On tasting this worthy Gold medal recipient, Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club spoke highly of its ‘lovely lifted nose of honeysuckle and cherries, leading to a softly approachable redcurrant and raspberry palate’, before going on to describe ‘lovely minerality, and a delicate acidity on the finish’. ‘Floral notes and cooked red fruit, with good freshness’ led team leader Lionel Periner to picture this alongside ‘light cured meats or fruit salads’.

£9.77 Liberty Wines

Cavit, Terrazze Della Luna, Pinot Grigio Rosato, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2018, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glassPub & Bar

This impressive ‘aperitif wine, juicy and soft, with red fruits’, according to team leader Laura Rhys MS, took home not only a Gold medal, but a pair of awards, too. Lucie Kalertova of Caprice Holdings - Sexy Fish singled out its ‘candied strawberry notes on the nose’, while Gymkhana Restaurant’s Valentin Radosav also admired its ‘perfumed, strawberry aromas and elegantly pale colour’, which led to some ‘balanced acidity, as well as floral and red fruit flavours, with a lovely texture and a ripe finish’.

£6.60 Boutinot

Dandelion Vineyards, Fairytale of the Barossa Rosé 2018, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

As this was elevated to Gold, team leader Laura Rhys MS described it as ‘ripe and juicy, with elegant fruit’, while Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group appreciated its ‘forest floor notes, as well as some berries on the nose, leading to fresh, bright acidity on the palate, and a good earthy character, too’, adding that it ‘would work very well with food’. ‘A touch darker than blush, with some good fruit and spice, this is perfect for the couple that can’t decide between red, white and rosé,’ added Heddon Street Kitchen’s Timothy Connor.

£9.37 Liberty Wines

Château Beaulieu, Cuvée Alexandre 2018, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, France

Gold medal winner

As this took its place on the Gold podium, Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn described a fascinating combination of ‘honey blossom, red berries and dandelion on the nose, leading to a complex palate of red fruit, spring buttercups and hedgerow’. Team leader Laura Rhys MS appreciated its ‘aromatic notes of mandarin rind’, further describing it as ‘fresh and fruit driven in quite a rich style, with a lovely acidity’, while Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group enjoyed ‘a lovely bitter aftertaste of fresh almond’.

£12.12 Liberty Wines

Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, La Villa Rosé, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

On encountering this formidable rosé, which took home a well-deserved Gold, impressed team leader Lionel Periner described a nose that was ‘open and complex, with ripe fruit and oak, while the palate is dry and full, with an oaky complexity and a fine buttery, nutty long finish’. The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia found it to be a ‘fresh, approachable style, with jasmine, peach and blanched tomato skin, as well as a creamy, vanilla, toasted note’.

£40.19 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Minuty, Rose et Or, Côtes de Provence 2018, Provence, France

Gold medal winner

Judges were convinced of this rosé’s place on the Gold List. It had ‘savoury, crushed seashell aromas, and a fresh palate with good aromatic balance’, according to team leader Martin Lam, while Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn was reminded of ‘a Mediterranean garden’, describing ‘river stones, and a chalkiness, too’. Consultant Cinthia Lozano was similarly impressed, finding it ‘stunning on the nose, with notes of jasmine and peaches’, and adding that it was ‘perfect for summer days and seafood’.

£20.03 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Willunga 100, Grenache Rosé 2018, McLaren Vale, Australia

Silver medal winner

Corina Stanila of La Dame de Pic at Ten Trinity Square liked the ‘nose of wild cherry and delicate white flowers’ and ‘the crisp acidity and beautiful minerality with lovely strawberry fruit’.

£9.37 Liberty Wines

VDA Wine Group, Alma de Chile, Syrah Rosé Reserva 2017, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Andres Ituarte noted the ‘zippy acids with grapefruit pith and orange rind’ and found it ‘easy drinking and very enjoyable’. For Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles it would be ‘a perfect summer wine or a great first glass – soft and easy drinking with a pleasing acidity; rather elegant’.

£7.09 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Rosé Alie, Frescobaldi 2018, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles noted ‘delicate and elegant red fruit aromas leading to an interesting minerality and an intense, dry and vibrant palate of herbs and crushed red berry fruits, leading to a long finish’.

£14.43 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Karam, Arc en Ciel 2018, Jezzine, Lebanon

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 picked out elements of ‘rose water, orange juice and rose petal with a banana and peach palate of excellent persistence’, while team leader Nigel Lister admired the ‘pretty nose of sherbet, rose and crushed raspberries’ and ‘well-rounded red fruits in a gentle, easy style’.

£11.35 Astir Food & Wine

Château Gassier, Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence 2018, Provence, France

Silver medal winner

Timothy Connor of Heddon Street Kitchen found some ‘good red fruit with pepper spice over a long finish’, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW described the wine as ‘very aromatic, with pineapple and exotica; the palate finishes fat and oily’. For consultant Cinthia Lozano, with its notes of ‘peach and jasmine’, the wine was ‘amazing – just like a day at the beach’.

£10.46 Enotria&Coe

San Marzano, Tramari, Primitivo Rosé 2018, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair found this wine to be ‘light and fresh with a good balance between an unripe apple acidity and a red fruit and cherry palate’, and adding that ‘with aromas of orange peel and peach the wine finishes long and dry’.

£8.87 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Minuty, M de Minuty, Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018, Provence, France

Silver medal winner

‘Good with seafood or light pasta dishes,’ began Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London, ‘the light savoury finish along with the wild fresh berries would match the food well.’ Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW felt the wine, with its ‘herbaceous, gently leafy aromatics and notes of roses’, had ‘a real sense of place’.

£12.33 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Les Costières de Pomerols, Délicat Rosé, Côtes de Thau 2018, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 found ‘rose petals on the nose with a touch of redcurrant’, adding that ‘the palate offers blackcurrants and leafy notes and the overall effect is rather delicate’.

£6.93 Matthew Clark

Groot Constantia, Rosé 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

‘Attractive pink colour. Nice aromas of fresh flowers, red fruits and a hint of bell pepper. Palate is dry with some elegant acidity,’ said team leader Lionel Periner.

£9.17 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château de Campuget, Le Campuget, Syrah Grenache Rosé, Vin de Pays du Gard 2018, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A pretty nose,’ said Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group, ‘a light and delicate wine, perhaps lacking a little acidity but certainly having some nice round and soft berry fruits.’

£6.86 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Dalton Winery, Dalton Estate Rosé 2018, Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants described this as ‘crisp, clean and fresh wine with a good balance’, finding ‘hints of cranberry and raspberry and a touch of warm herbs’.

£10.00 Kedem Europe

Jidvei, Mysterium Cs+Pn+Sy 2018, Târnave, Romania

Bronze medal winner

‘A pale, dry restrained style with subtle red fruits,’ said team leader Martin Lam. ‘Not a big wine but with a lovely zest and minerality through the palate,’ he added.


Badet Clément, La Promenade, Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018, Provence, France

Bronze medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group noted the ‘floral bouquet on the nose, fresh with gooseberry, delicate strawberry and banana notes’, adding that the wine ‘finishes with a lively acidity’.

£8.24 Molson Coors

Château Gassier, Le Pas du Moine, Rosé Organic, Côtes de Provence 2017, Provence, France

Commended medal winner

£12.51 Enotria&Coe

Château Gassier, 946 Rosé, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire 2017, Provence, France

Commended medal winner

£26.00 Enotria&Coe

Rioja Vega, Colección, Tempranillo Rosado 2018, Rioja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.53 Rioja Vega

Normandie Est. 1693, Karen 2015, Franschhoek, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£14.00 Wine Source UK

Costaripa, RosaMara Valtènesi 2018, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.92 Alivini

Quinta do Pinto, Vinhas do Lasso, Posh Pink, Colheita Seleccionada 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£8.75 Boutinot

Leone de Castris, Five Roses, Rosato 2018, Puglia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.20 Eurowines

Jeanjean, Mas Neuf, Le Rosé 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.47 ADVINI

Jeanjean, Domaine Le Pive 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.62 ADVINI

Laporte, Les Grandmontains, Sancerre Rosé 2017, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£16.46 Enotria&Coe

Les Celliers de Cérès, Le Petit Broux, Sancerre Rosé NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£12.68 Enotria&Coe

Dunleavy, Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, Somerset, England

Commended medal winner

The Wine Group, Monterey Bay, Zinfandel Rosé 2016, California, USA

Commended medal winner

Aldwick Estate, Mary's Rose 2017, Somerset, England

Commended medal winner

Chaffey Bros, Not Your Grandma's Rosé 2017, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£9.92 Enotria&Coe

Jarrah Wood, Shiraz Rosé 2017, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Alpha Estate, Hedgehog Single Vineyard, Rosé 2018, Amyndeon, Greece

Commended medal winner

Zonte's Footstep, Scarlet Ladybird 2018, Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia

Commended medal winner

Lavenham Brook, Suffolk Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, Suffolk, England

Commended medal winner

Domaine Grauzan, Syrah Rosé, Pays d'Oc 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£7.00 Eurowines

Domaine des Carabiniers, Lunar Apogé, Tavel Rosé, 2018, Rhône, France

Commended medal winner

Toppesfield Vineyard, Pinot Rosé 2017, East Anglia, England

Commended medal winner

Ontañón, Clarete 2018, Rioja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£7.75 Boutinot

Boutinot, La Ruchette Dorée, Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017, Rhône, France

Commended medal winner

£6.95 Boutinot

Cantina di Custoza, Bardolino Chiaretto Classico, Val dei Molini 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.15 Eurowines

Ravoire & Fils, Chateau Saint Hippolyte, Rosé 2018, Provence, France

Commended medal winner

Louis Jadot, Coteaux Bourguignons, Rosé 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Avantis Estate, Falcon's Hill Rosé 2018, Evia, Greece

Commended medal winner

£10.04 Amathus

Minuty, Prestige, Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018, Provence, France

Commended medal winner

Cave de Saumur, La Cabriole, Saumur Rosé 2017, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£8.33 Enotria&Coe

Château du Donjon, Rosé 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.71 Enotria&Coe