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Home Winners > Winners 2019 > Prosecco

Winner Details

Prosecco

2019  GOLD: 6     SILVER: 10            BRONZE: 5           COMMENDED: 16
2018  GOLD: 4     SILVER: 9              BRONZE: 6           COMMENDED: 11

And so it goes on. Sommeliers might roll their eyes at the northern Italian froth-fest, but sales continue to be the one bright spot in an otherwise stagnant UK market. So perhaps, you know, the on-trade needs to get over itself.

Not least because the results here were encouraging. We had a record number of Golds, backed up by a solid number of Silvers and Bronzes. And the feedback from the teams was generally positive – certainly for the most part it was well beyond the ‘we stock it because we have to’ line.

Pricing might have gone up over the past couple of years – last year we saw a decent spread of Silver medals around the £8 mark, whereas this year that price point rarely did better than Bronze – but there was still good value across the board and, upmarket, complexity and finesse. This is a category in rude health.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Prosecco is a popular brand, but we don’t sell any. It’s the policy, we stick to champagne. It’s much better as an aperitif, it’s more food-friendly.’ Adam Michocki, The Glasshouse

‘It’s difficult to encourage people in a market dominated by normal prosecco flavours to trade up to something that does express more of the region and that has more application than just as an aperitif.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘A consistent flight. Nothing spectacular from top end to the bottom price – there’s not that much difference in terms of quality. Though they’re less sweet than they used to be.’ Tanguy Martin, New Street Warehouse

‘Even at low prices they were fairly decent.’ Ross Antonelli, Hawksmoor Borough

‘The Valdobbiadenes were quite an impressive flight, especially at the £9 to £12 price range.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘Prosecco is an appellation which represents a brand. It’s a category on its own in the world of wine. We found quite a bit of diversity, from peachy and forward to more refined and subtle styles. Most of us tended towards the drier styles.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘There is a place for sweeter styles on a wine list, but the notes on wine lists need to reflect the styles.’ Leonie Loudon, consultant

‘The best value was in the lower price range, but the most expensive wine [in our flight] was exceptional. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a wine at the price tag.’ Savvas Symeonidis, Gymkhana Restaurant

Award winners

Found 37 wines

Sparkling: Prosecco

Taste Hub, Serenello, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam was the first of many judges with praise for this ‘beautiful, aromatic and exciting’ Gold winner. ‘A very expressive palate,’ added The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki, describing it as ‘lemony, citrus and floral, with an elegant gentleness – and great value, too’. Team leader Carlos Ferreira agreed, describing it as ‘very fruity on the nose, with a citrusy and red apple palate, an appealing freshness and a long finish’.

£7.89 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Paolo Zucchetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2018, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

This was deserving of its Gold, according to Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse, for its ‘freshly pressed apple juice with a hint of pear, and with some delicate blossom notes to complete the aromatic profile’. He further praised its ‘soft and delicate palate, with a persistent aftertaste’, while Ieva Markaityte of Portuguese Concepts was impressed by ‘some green pineapple notes coming through on the palate, with some refreshing acidity’, and team leader Tom Forrest appreciated its ‘creamy mousse and minerality’.

£12.91 Winetraders (UK) Ltd

Fantinel, One & Only, Prosecco Spumante, Brut 2018, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A complex nose of white pear, apple, white flowers and fresh melon’ were among the qualities that elevated this to Gold, according to Ross Antonelli of Hawksmoor Borough, who further praised its ‘creamy-mid palate with a balancing, lemony acidity, and sweetness kept in check to maintain freshness’. New Street Warehouse’s Tanguy Martin, meanwhile, appreciated its ‘expressive apple and pear nose, a distinct savoury note, delicate mousse and intense aftertaste’.

£13.77 Matthew Clark

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

Gold medal winner By the glass

Javier Alonso Cardoso of Hakkasan Mayfair described this deserving Gold medal winner as ‘gastronomic, with good minerality’, which complemented notes of ‘almonds, apricot, citrus and apple’. Team leader Tom Forrest praised its ‘soft pear and peach style, with a creamy mousse’, while Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse found it ‘an enjoyable wine with a gentle approach and a soft palate’.

£10.35 Eurowines

Soligo, Rive di Soligo, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Dry 2018, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this was led to the Gold podium, team leader Tom Forrest spoke highly of its ‘perfume and green apple notes, as well as some floral blossom aromas’ on the nose, going on to describe ‘ripe pear and apple flavours, with a tropical pineapple element, too’. Ieva Markaityte of Portuguese Concepts found ‘tropical notes, like mango, on the palate’, following ‘soft yellow peaches on the nose’.

£13.25 Eurowines

Cavit, Lunetta, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

This prosecco had Gold-worthy characteristics of ‘ripe, crunchy pear, and a perfumed nose, with lifted aromatics’, according to team leader Martin Lam, while Joshua Castle of Noble Rot appreciated its ‘subtle and complex nose, which is delicately floral, leading to a soft texture and a refreshingly light touch’. Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam thought its ‘super-fresh nectarine, apricot and gentle sparkle’ made it ‘good for pairing with light seafood’.

£8.25 Boutinot

Colucci's, White Label, Prosecco, Extra Dry 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse enjoyed this ‘ripe style with peaches, pears, melon and pomelo. Very expressive with nice complexity and a more yeasty, biscuity character.’ Team leader Carlos Ferreira, meanwhile, thought it would ‘make a nice start to the evening: very elegant and aromatic with a lovely fresh finish’.

£10.45 Colucci's

Ruggeri, Quartese, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Daniel Nuttall of Adam’s Restaurant remarked on ‘a lighter style, with notes of fresh green apple and fairly high, fresh acidity’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS noted: ‘A dry, citrus-driven style, with bright fruit and a mineral finish.’

£12.76 Enotria&Coe

Ruggeri, Giustino B, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant described this as ‘a dry style of prosecco with medium concentration and a candied lemon, appealing green apple fizz’, adding: ‘Rich intensity of flavour and fairly long aftertaste.’

£17.70 Enotria&Coe

Soligo, Col de Mez, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Consultant Leonie Loudon found ‘a very approachable style, food friendly with notes of elderflower and acacia’, while Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant noted a ‘medium sweet, green apple palate, with citrus fruit and yellow flowers’.

£10.35 Eurowines

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

Silver medal winner

Team Leader Martin Lam found this wine ‘very correct, with notes of fresh pear with a good balance of sweetness and fruit’, while Noble Rot’s Joshua Castle detected a ‘nicely bright lemon peel nose and a squeezed lime juice flavour’.

£8.55 Eurowines

C&C, Zimor, Organic Prosecco, Extra Dry 2018, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

New Street Warehouse’s Tanguy Martin found ‘a light, delicate, peach and apricot nose, with a soft and creamy texture that led to a balanced and harmonious wine’.

£10.28 C&C SRL

Toffoli, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Brut 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant felt this wine had a ‘delicate, floral note, with green apples and a citrus palate, leading to a honeyed finish’, while consultant Leonie Louden noted an ‘appealing bitter sweet note’.

£11.10 Davy's Wine Merchants

Vinicola Tombacco, Vigneto de Fiori, Prosecco Spumante NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found ‘lots of pear on the nose, with a stone fruit palate that stays fresh; very floral with asparagus and tropical notes on the finish’. The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki felt it would make ‘a great aperitif, with notes of lemon, lime, green apple and a lovely fresh texture’.

£8.42 R D Wines

Bottega, Il Vino dei Poeti, Prosecco Bio 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found this wine ‘very expressive’, describing ‘stone fruits on the nose with floral hints and notes of mango and peach; the palate is smooth and well balanced while the finish is long with a refreshing acidity’.

£13.82 Matthew Clark

Giacomo Montresor, Ca' de Riva, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Spumante NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Romain de Courcy of Gazelle Mayfair found notes of ‘golden apple, white peach, fresh white flowers and almond’, and added: ‘Round and lush with a light fizz, this great value wine is a real crowd pleaser.’ Meanwhile Daniel Nuttall of Adam’s Restaurant identified a ‘buttery quality with a yeasty lees character’.

£9.45 Boutinot

Da Luca, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse, this wine showed ‘a classic style of peaches, pears and apricots, with white blossom and acacia notes. A good balance of residual sugar and a surprisingly long finish.’

£9.71 Matthew Clark

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

Bronze medal winner

Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse thought this wine had ‘a very perfumed nose of pleasant orchard and stone fruit notes’, and described the palate as ‘refreshing with persistent notes of pear and apple’.

£7.95 Boutinot

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

Bronze medal winner

Consultant Leonie Louden noted: ‘A white pepper nose with a lifted, herbaceous freshness that spoke of aniseed and fennel.’

£12.76 Matthew Clark

Vinicola Serena, Mimesis, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Noelia Calleja of Hakkasan Hanway Place, noted, 'Bright citrus aromas, with crisp green apple, lemons and lime; there is a good texture here with intense flavour and a long finish.'

£10.90 Top Selection

Montelvini, Asolo, Prosecco Superiore, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Noelia Calleja of Hakkasan Hanway Place felt this wine to be ‘quite aromatic with white flowers and a nutty character that followed on to a bready, leesy and ripe apple palate’.

£9.25 Frederic Robinson

Paolo Zucchetto, Cartizze Superiore, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Botter, Imperativo, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.32 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

£7.95 Boutinot

Canevel, Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

£13.61 Matthew Clark

Rocco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.61 Matthew Clark

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.55 Eurowines

Sacchetto, Fili, Prosecco, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cielo e Terra, Primi Soli, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Botter, Vivoli, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.57 Molson Coors

Bottega, Gold, Prosecco Spumante, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£19.87 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

£10.60 Eurowines

Bisol, Jeio, Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.17 Bibendum

Adria Vini, Italia, Prosecco Spumante Brut NV, Venezie, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.95 Boutinot

Giacomo Montresor, Contessa Giulia, Prosecco Spumante, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Boutinot

Ruggeri, Argeo, Prosecco, Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.50 Enotria&Coe

 

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