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Home Winners > Winners 2019 > SPAIN: Rioja - Reserva & Gran Reserva

Winner Details

Spain: Rioja – Reserva & Gran Reserva

2019 GOLD: 3      SILVER: 8      BRONZE: 2      COMMENDED: 14
2018 GOLD: 3      SILVER: 10    BRONZE: 2      COMMENDED: 9

Our tasters could discuss the concept of age and Rioja for weeks and not reach any conclusions. Some like their wines fresher and more youthful (even the reservas), others are fans of the older-style oxidative wines with lots of (old) barrel age.

If we had to conduct a straw poll, we’d say that, in general, there were more fans of ‘youth and modernity’ than there were of ‘age and tradition’. So it was interesting that our only reserva Gold this year went to the oldest wine in the category. The Tarón Reserva was a 2008 – significantly older than even the oldest gran reserva. What do we learn from that? Don’t ask us, squire, we only work here…

The feedback for this category was, broadly speaking, a lot more positive than it was for the crianzas, in particular. And while only two Gold-Listed wines was a bit disappointing, it wasn’t far off the norm, while the big bulge of Silvers suggests that there’s still plenty of good stuff lurking around the banks of the Ebro for those who have the patience to look for it.

Certainly the pricing isn’t bad: £12 for a reserva is decent, while just £3 more seems to get you into gran reserva territory, with an extra couple of years in barrel and bottle.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘These used to be too muscular, but there’s less of that, and they’re more food-friendly.’ Quentin Loisel, Restaurant Sat Bains

‘There was quite a mixture of styles here. The oak treatment makes a big difference, and for me the wines can feel a bit too manipulated. The best were all of a similar style: savoury, with nice tannins and big structure, which is what people look for.’ Olivier Gasselin, Hakkasan

‘The gran reservas are like policeman – they get younger every year. They don’t taste like gran reservas – it should have oak, ripe fruit, but it should be soft on the palate, a burst of flavour and a very long finish.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘Rioja that is flavoured with a lot of American oak might not be our preference, but we all acknowledge that there’s a place for them on a wine list. There were modern wines here in the sense that they used French oak, but they’re still big, chunky wines.’ Hamish Anderson, team leader

‘Those [reservas] with American oak had that sweet spice that gives them typicity. But these are definitely moving towards what the market is asking for, with more freshness and a less rustic style.’ Marco Marcuzzo, Aster Restaurant

‘The gran reservas seem more vibrant. A lot more acidity and overall freshness compared to the normal cigar box and earthy notes. It’s a welcome change.’ Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen

Award winners

Found 2207 wines

Austria

Anton Bauer, Blaufränkisch, Reserve 2013, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘Wow,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS as this took its place on the Gold podium, going on to remark on its ‘maturity of aroma and flavours’, and describing it as ‘complex, elegant, polished and powerful’. Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin appreciated ‘gamey, leathery notes, as well as cooked fruit and a mix of spices’, and found it ‘earthy and savoury, with some bitter chocolate notes’. One for ‘lamb loin with red wine jus and truffled potatoes’ thought Cliveden House’s Francisco Macedo.

£26.23 Top Selection

Eschenhof Holzer, Zero-G, Grüner Veltliner 2018, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found an appealing tropical note to this Gold medal winner that would ‘match very well with summer salads’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club added that the wine had a ‘lemon zest and herbal character’, describing it as ‘very peppery with green apple and gentle mineral notes’. Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains was very impressed: ‘This ticks all the boxes and it’s great value’, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan summed it up succinctly: ‘Pure, focused and flinty.’

£8.90 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domäne Wachau, Federspiel Terrassen, Riesling 2017, Wachau, Austria

Gold medal winner

Team leader Hamish Anderson found this worthy Gold winner to have a ‘delicate, floral, very pretty nose’ and enjoyed its ‘clean, crisp, bright acidity’. For Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurant it was a ‘classic, crisp, lean style with a focus on acidity and freshness’, and he described a ‘touch of savoury yeast, plenty of grapefruit zest and a long, mineral finish’. ‘Overall, the wine is very well balanced with juicy fruit and lovely minerality,’ concluded team leader Carlos Ferreira.

£10.21 González Byass

Höpler, Blaufränkisch 2016, Burgenland, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh, bright red fruit, combined with a lovely floral, rose note,’ began Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, who went on to describe ‘cranberry and strawberry notes, with a really bright tone of red fruit on the smooth and juicy palate – and easy to drink‘.

£11.35 EWGA, Alexander Wines

Weingut Glatzer, Blaufränkisch 2016, Carnuntum, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Spicy and leafy, with bell pepper notes, and a juicy, supple palate with fine fruit,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, while consultant Emanuel Pesqueira described ‘earthy and mineral notes, with a floral note of red roses, too – a balanced wine that’s good value for money’.

£11.00 Bibendum

Weingut Glatzer, Zweigelt, Rebencuvee 2016, Carnuntum, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Friendly and approachable,’ began Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, who liked its ‘peppery, spicy nose, with broad cherry fruit on a juicy, ripe palate’. ‘Crunchy, with a good level of fruit ripeness and smooth tannins,’ added Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant.

£10.99 Bibendum

Mantlerhof, Zehetnerin, Riesling 2017, Kremstal, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Zesty, lemony and dried fruit, yet sharp, stoney and pure, with its intensity and zingy-ness,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan.

£14.90 Bibendum

Anton Bauer, Rosenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Wagram, Austria

Silver medal winner

Valentin Radosav from Gymkhana Restaurant was impressed by this wine’s ‘aromas of lime, green apple and its intense aromas on the mid-palate’, before the wine becomes ‘herbaceous and long’.

£15.32 Top Selection

Gruber Röschitz, Weinviertel Dac Grüner Veltliner 2018, Weinviertel, Austria

Silver medal winner

Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan enjoyed this wine’s ‘superb yet very intense nose of pepper and floral notes’, and found it ‘balanced, with its leafy, smoky, intensely bitter stoniness’.

£9.00 Gruber Röschitz

Domäne Wachau, Smaragd Terrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira liked the ‘nose of citrus tarts and asparagus’ and described the palate as ‘very green’, going on to say that the wine ‘showcases stone fruits with a decent acidity on the finish’.

£13.62 González Byass

Domäne Wachau, Smaragd Reid Achleiten, Riesling 2017, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

Valentin Radosav of Gymkhana Restaurant described ‘lemon, yellow flowers and delicate herbaceous notes on the nose, with a creamy texture, a flinty minerality and a nice zesty finish’.

£20.36 González Byass

Peter Schweiger, Zöbinger Terrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kamptal, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Bianca Potenza of the Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam described this wine as ‘subtle, fresh and light; with a nutty and buttery texture… and not really what you would expect from an Austrian GV’.

£14.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Tement, Steirische Klassik, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Südsteiermark, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found ‘stone fruits, floral and lemon’ on the nose, and described the wine as ‘grassy and easy drinking’.

£15.32 Top Selection

Laurenz V, Friendly, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kamptal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£13.01 Bibendum

Eschenhof Holzer, Zero-G, Zweigelt 2017, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

Gruber Röschitz, Ried Mühlberg, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Weinviertel, Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.00 Amathus Drinks

Sepp Moser, Classic Style, Grüner Veltliner 2018, Niederösterreich, Austria

Commended medal winner

£8.65 Boutinot

Anton Bauer, Pinot Noir 2015, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.86 Top Selection

Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin Reserve, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kremstal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£17.70 Bibendum

Somm in the Must, Neuburger 2016, Kremstal , Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.95 Flint Wines

Cava

Carchelo, The Tapas Wine Collection, Cava Brut NV, Valencia, Spain

Gold medal winner

This bright and approachable Gold winner opened with ‘an intense nose of pear and apple, together with a round and creamy palate, making this a great value wine’, according to Matteo Cali of Savoy Grill, while Harry Ballmann of Wiltons found it ‘extremely refreshing, with blackcurrant leaf and apple notes’. Team leader Jade Koch added praise for its ‘really good acidity, with some grip too, leading to some good citrus weight to the finish’.

£8.25 Bodegas Carchelo

CVNE, Roger Goulart, Cava Gran Reserva 2011, Catalonia, Spain

Gold medal winner

For Savoy Grill’s Matteo Cali this impressive Gold winner was ‘delicate on the nose, with white fruits on the palate, which has richness, and a creamy mousse’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated its ‘gentle pear aromas, rosemary notes and refreshing apple on the palate, with a gentle finish’. Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group thought it was ‘a great price’, considering its ‘yeasty notes of bread integrated with honey and ripe fruit, as well as some apricot’.

£11.83 Hatch Mansfield

Parés Baltà, Blanca Cusiné, Cava Brut Nature 2011, Penedès, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Complex, and showing some development,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who went on to describe ‘roasted almond notes on the nose, which lead to honey and caramel on the toasty yet fresh palate’.

£20.73 Top Selection

Vallformosa, Mistinguett, Cava Brut NV, Penedès, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Perfumed elderflower and lime zest aromas lead to tropical, pineapple notes on the palate, leading to a refreshing finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club.

£8.54 The Wine Rascals

England

Sharpham, Dart Valley Reserve 2017, Devon, England

Gold medal winner

‘Peach and nectarine on the nose, with good sweetness, and a ripe fleshy palate’ was how Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam described this Gold Lister, while team leader Tom Forrest found ‘fresh grapefruit and peel’ and a ‘mineral stoniness on the finish’. For Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurants the wine impressed with its ‘citrussy zest and excellent minerality’ and he thought it ‘would make an excellent fish wine’. ‘Absolutely,’ agreed team leader Jade Koch, ‘perfect for fish and chips’.

£7.51 Boutinot

Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble Bridge White 2017, Kent, England

Gold medal winner By the glass

‘Fresh and mineral, with green notes reminiscent of olives and sea salt,’ began Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam, describing this Gold Lister as a ‘savoury wine that is perfect to be enjoyed at the beach’, while Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche detected ‘stone fruit character, like vine peach’, and thought it had ‘great structure and texture’ and a ‘long-lasting finish’. For team leader Carlos Ferreira it had a ‘nose of stone fruits, yellow apple and pear’, a palate that was ‘salted, crispy and with a touch of white spice’ and a ‘fresh and long finish’.

£6.98 Biddenden Vineyards

Gusbourne, Guinevere 2016, Kent, England

Gold medal winner

‘Great Chardonnay, toasty, yeasty, structured and complex,’ began a clearly impressed Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, adding that this worthy Gold Lister ‘needs decanting’. Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam described it as ‘fresh and oaky, woody and smoky’, adding that it was ‘ripe and elegant’ with ‘nice texture’. She thought it ‘would pair well with creamy dishes’. Elegant was also the key word for team leader Carlos Ferreira, who noted: ‘Nose is elegant and complex with spice and stone fruit. Very elegant on the palate, with white spices and pineapple. Very elegant finish and food-friendly.’

£14.25 Gusbourne Estate

Gusbourne, Pinot Noir 2016, Kent, England

Gold medal winner

‘A really good representation of English wine,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW as this took its place on the Gold List, finding it to be ‘well balanced and structured, with some lively acidity and a fine rasp of tannin’, while Harry Ballmann of Wiltons spoke of a ‘lovely, well-rounded nose, leading to a balance of oak, spice and fruit’. Maze by Gordon Ramsay’s Gabriele Bertotti, meanwhile, thought its ‘savoury, juicy notes’ made it one to ‘pair with charcuterie’.

£16.50 Gusbourne Estate

Lavenham Brook, Suffolk Bacchus 2017, Suffolk, England

Gold medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest picked up ‘grassy mineral aromas’, and described a ‘light spritz’, a ‘grassy, pear and pea palate’ and a ‘touch of pineapple cube on the finish’, while fellow team leader Carlos Ferreira thought it had a ‘tropical nose, and asparagus on the palate’, and was a ‘good wine for the price’. For Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche it was a ‘lovely wine’, showing ‘ripe fruit, tangerine and lemon peel’ and with a ‘dry, citrussy and juicy clean palate.’ It gave Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam a ‘springtime feeling’, with its ‘aromatic notes of jasmine and white flowers’. She further described it as a ‘soft and supple, feminine wine’, with a ‘slightly citrussy palate with white peach; on the edge of off-dry’. ‘Great value by-the-glass option,’ said team leader Nigel Lister, adding ‘give it to a Sauvignon drinker’.

£6.50 Lavenham Brook

Gusbourne, Guinevere 2014, Kent, England

Silver medal winner

‘The nose is very elegant and complex. It shows a delicate spiciness that leads to some tropical fruit on the palate, with pineapple and grapefruit. The finish is delicate and classy,’ said team leader Carlos Ferreira.

£14.25 Gusbourne Estate

Trotton Estate Vineyards, Brilliant Bacchus with a Dash of Pinot Gris 2017, West Sussex, England

Bronze medal winner

‘On the nose there’s a soft, peachy, fruity character. On the palate I find it nicely balanced, with smoke, toast, flavours of pear and apple and a zingy mineral note,’ said team leader Tom Forrest.

£8.45 Trotton Estate Vineyards

Camel Valley, Bacchus Dry 2017, Cornwall, England

Commended medal winner

Dunleavy, Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, Somerset, England

Commended medal winner

Toppesfield Vineyard, Reserve, Bacchus 2017, East Anglia, England

Commended medal winner

Lyme Bay, Chardonnay 2016, Devon, England

Commended medal winner

France: Alsace

Domaine Barmès-Buecher, Gewürztraminer, Grand Cru Steingrubler 2015, Alsace, France

Gold medal winner

‘Very pretty,’ began impressed team leader Andres Ituarte on encountering this Gold-worthy Alsatian Gewürz, going on to describe ‘rose water with a touch of saline, and lots of lychee and mandarin, not to mention lots of zippy acidity’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated its ‘gentle peach aromas and tropical notes – an elegantly balanced, refreshing wine’. ‘This is very gastronomic,’ concluded team leader Martin Lam.

£19.50 Wine Source UK

Emile Beyer, Eguisheim, Gewürztraminer 2015, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

‘Classic nose of rose and lychees with a pleasing hint of honey,’ said team leader Martin Lam. ‘The palate is quite sweet but not vendange tardive; this is spicy, characterful and well done.’

£16.62 Matthew Clark

Jean Becker, Grand Cru Froehn Riesling 2015, Alsace , France

Commended medal winner

Emile Beyer, Riesling Tradition 2017, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

£11.66 Matthew Clark

Domaine Rémy Gresser, Brandhof Pinot Gris 2016, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

£15.54 Top Selection

France: Beaujolais

Domaine du Vissoux, Chermette, Brouilly 2017, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

As Domaine du Vissoux added a Gold medal to its pair of Silvers, Pasquale Moschettieri of Benares Restaurant & Bar described this Brouilly as having ‘a good aroma of black fruits, with judicious use of oak’, while Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston praised it for its ‘good structure with lovely complexity on a palate that’s fruity and earthy, and with a finish that is long and sweet’.

£15.58 Enotria&Coe

Mommessin, Les Grandes Mises, Beaujolais-Villages 2017, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

Amid praise for its value for money, judges elevated this to Gold, with its ‘pretty nose with plenty of ripe red fruits and bramble, leading to a softly structured palate’, according to The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia, while Anita Vighova of Manor House Hotel enjoyed its ‘strawberries, redcurrants and hints of sweetness with nice acidity’. Scarlet Hotel’s Jim Bass found it ‘slightly spicy and earthy, with expressive cherry and tobacco notes, and some subtle tannins’, adding that ‘this would be great with a rich stew’.

£9.35 Matthew Clark

Mommessin, Les Grandes Mises, Morgon 2016, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Good aroma of red cranberry and raspberry fruits, sweet oak and a nice floral note. The tannins and acid are well balanced in this well-structured wine that leads to a long finish,’ said Pasquale Moschettieri of Benares Restaurant & Bar.

£13.44 Matthew Clark

Domaine du Vissoux, Chermette, Fleurie Poncié 2017, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Wow!’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, ‘this is so expressive on the nose, brightly aromatic and floral – Fleurie perhaps? There are lovely red cherries that frame a good structure and lead to a lovely clean, fresh finish.’

£14.95 Enotria&Coe

Louis Jadot, Château des Jacques, Fleurie 2014, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘More of wine then a Beaujolais,’ was the intriguing opening remark of team leader Laurent Richet MS. ‘It has intensity and concentration alongside the floral aromas. There is a slight oxidative hint to the flavours and a nice touch of manure. This is ready for food,’ he concluded.

£11.58 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Mommessin, Les Grandes Mises, Saint Amour 2017, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘This is very fruity with dark cherry and sweet kirsch; the oak is well handled and it’s a great example; feels like it has the weight of a cru Morgan,’ noted Alan Bednarski of Texture.

£13.74 Matthew Clark

Maison Jean Loron, Domaine du Sabot, Beaujolais-Villages 2018, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘This would be great slightly chilled; this has good typicity with a light cherry nose and strawberry on the palate. Would work well in a pub,’ said Anita Vighova of Manor House Hotel.

£7.44 Majestic Commercial

Mommessin, Les Grandes Mises, Côte de Brouilly 2017, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£13.24 Matthew Clark

Domaine du Vissoux, Chermette, Origine Beaujolais 2017, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£11.58 Enotria&Coe

Château de Pougelon, Beaujolais-Villages 2018, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£8.88 VINS DESCOMBE

Château de Pougelon, Morgon 2018, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£10.32 VINS DESCOMBE

Château de Pougelon, Brouilly 2018, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£9.98 VINS DESCOMBE

France: Bordeaux

Domaines Fabre, Château Lamothe-Cissac, Haut-Médoc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Judges had no shortage of praise for this Gold winner, with Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains describing ‘huge complexity, with cedar, cigar and cinnamon, as well as plum and raspberry, with a fantastic mouthfeel – round and velvety’. Consultant Ian Howard thought that it was ‘nicely structured, with good balance, and cassis and forest floor notes, and a nicely spiced finish’. Team leader Jan Konetzki added praise for its ‘polished fruit and grippy tannins, but with good elegance, too’.

£21.14 Matthew Clark

Château Fonsèche, Haut-Médoc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

‘Classic!’ began team leader Jan Konetzki of this Left Bank Bordeaux as it took Gold, further describing ‘notes of vanilla and cedar wood, leading to a dry, dark-fruit palate that’s fresh and attractive, with some roasted peppers and autumn forest notes’.Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains thought that ‘plum, musk and noble mushrooms, as well as cigar box and lots of umami’ made this the ideal partner for ‘Bayonne ham braised with kimchi cabbage’.

£11.26 Matthew Clark

Château des Gravières, Graves 2017, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

‘Intense yet elegant,’ began Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles in praise of this Gold Lister, while Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains spoke highly of its ‘fresh chalk and Granny Smith apple, with a refreshing lime cordial note, too’. Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair agreed, describing ‘fresh green apple and freshly cut grass’, while team leader Andres Ituarte found ‘ginger and lemongrass – a delicate wine with some nice mineral notes, too’.

£9.36 Enotria&Coe

Château Teyssier, St-Émilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

As this took its rightful place on the Gold List, an appreciative team leader Martin Lam described it as ‘generous, with plums and spice’, while Stefano Barbarino of Chez Bruce Restaurant found it ‘very smoky, savoury and earthy’. Team leader Angela Reddin spoke highly of its ‘vibrant, ripe, rich red berries, with some balanced vanilla oak in evidence, and a mineral finish’, while The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia praised its ‘very opulent palate, with great length’.

£25.57 Matthew Clark

Château de Rouillac, Pessac-Léognan 2016, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Undoubtedly Gold worthy, this white Bordeaux was praised for its ‘smoky oak and cream, with some toast flavours’ by Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair, who also found it to be ‘grassy and herbaceous, with green apples and honey, as well as some lime peel and gooseberry’, while team leader Jan Konetzki additionally noted ‘butterscotch and sesame notes’. Fellow team leader Andres Ituarte found it ‘silky in the mouth, with ripe tropical fruits and a creaminess, leading to a stony finish’.

£31.35 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Direct Wines Production, Château Le Coin, Blanc 2018, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

This ‘bright and breezy’ white Bordeaux, according to Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, was elevated to Gold by an impressed panel of judges. Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair praised its ‘grassy and herbaceous notes, with a hint of vanilla oak’, while Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles appreciated its ‘great, vibrant acidity, balancing the apricot and peach fruit’, adding that it was ‘great value’.

£6.67 Direct Wines Production

Calvet, Cuvée 1818 2016, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner By the glass

Singled out not only for a Gold, but for a By The Glass award too, this Bordeaux was a ‘refreshingly grown-up wine’, according to Dave Cushley of Prestonfield House, who appreciated its ‘black fruit nose with a touch of savoury, too’. Team leader Nigel Lister praised its ‘easy-drinking style’, while Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin found it ‘ferrous, dark and chunky, and a touch leafy – a precise and well-made wine’.

£7.72 Les Grands Chais de France

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Château Capet-Guillier, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

With judges like team leader Angela Reddin praising this as ‘pitch perfect and really engaging’, it’s no surprise that it was elevated to Gold. Reddin further described ‘a serious wine with bags of rich, elegant red and black fruits, some sweet and smoky oak and a clean, long finish’, while The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia appreciated ‘a complex nose of bramble, cassis and plum, with cloves and sandalwood spice’. ‘Elegant and refined,’ concluded Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn.

£36.47 ADVINI

Château du Moulin Rouge, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jan Konetzki noted: ‘Fresh notes of red and black currants are followed by hints of toast on the nose; the palate is dry with a medium length and grippy tannins.’ Meanwhile Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair thought it had ‘cherry and plum with good, spicy balance between tannin and acidity’.

£12.14 Davy's Wine Merchants

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jan Konetzki noted a nose of ‘oranges and apricots with fresh herbs’ with ‘notes of honey and toast’, describing the palate as ‘dry, rich and medium bodied, with a nice toasty finish’.

£20.47 Liberty Wines

Château La Fleur des Rouzes, Pomerol 2016, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely clean and direct dark fruits here,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, adding: ‘Floral scents of peony and foxglove mingle with the dark fruit that bathes the mouth in flavour, with pinpoint balance.’ ‘Age-worthy wine that would be perfect with lamb or steak,’ added Stefano Barbarino of Chez Bruce Restaurant.

£21.50 Bibendum

Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé, St-Julien 2011, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles was happy with this wine: ‘This has a great, intense nose that feels very elegant. There’s mature fruits balanced with great acidity. Very elegant tannins with a nice twist of spice. A great wine for the dinner table but I’d happily drink it alone: a meditation wine.’

£58.22 Enotria&Coe

Château Lamothe de Haux, Bordeaux Blanc 2018, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘A very pretty nose,’ said Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles, adding: ‘It’s intense and fresh with a hint of minerality. Very full of life on the palate with apricot, mango and a hint of vanilla.’

£9.31 R D Wines

Château Lamothe de Haux, Côtes de Bordeaux 2016, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Some nice complexity for the money here,’ said Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck. ‘This would be good by the glass in a pub; it has ripe fruit and some nice sweet spice; the new oak is well handled for easy drinking.’

£10.08 R D Wines

Château Lestrille-Capmartin, Bordeaux Supérieur 2012, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘This would be a great charcuterie platter wine,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, ‘the nose is full of dry sausage, chorizo, dry salami; while the fairly savoury plate gives up rich plum and cassis with a final touch of bacon on the finish.’

£16.99 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Direct Wines Production, Le C du Chai, Cuvée Noble 2017, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair noted: ‘A dry wine with apricot and peach fruit as well as crisp green apple, lime and lemon. There is a touch of honey too in this nicely textured wine.’

£8.22 Direct Wines Production

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Château Patache d'Aux, Médoc 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Elegant red and black fruits with good cedar wood complexity on the nose, while the palate is juicy, with balanced tannins in check and a long finish,’ said Street XO’s Raphael Thierry.

£15.83 CHARLES TAYLOR WINES LTD

Château Siaurac, Plaisir de Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol 2016, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Leafy aromas mingle with the cassis and green plum; a more structured style, typical of the movement towards more Cabernet Franc,’ said Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club. ‘Good clean wine,’ added team leader Angel Reddin.

£15.35 Bibendum

Château Gardegan, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister described ‘a nose of charcoal and chocolate’, and went on to say ‘this has elegant, crushed forest fruits across a juicy palate and good typicity in a modern style’.

£11.24 Bibendum

Château Teyssier, Pezat, Bordeaux Superieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group noted: ‘With a toasty, morello cherry palate this is quite mouthwatering. There are hints of graphite and tobacco leaf on the nose and well-balanced tannins to finish.’

£10.70 Matthew Clark

Gonzague Lurton, Vivens 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A bit shy but smartly dressed,’ mused Street XO’s Raphael Thierry, ‘this is sophisticated but approachable.’

£27.00 Liberty Wines

Vignobles Léon Nony, Château Garraud, Lalande de Pomerol 2012, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Pasquale Moschettieri of Benares Restaurant & Bar noted: ‘There are nice aromas of black fruits with sweet spice and a hint of rose petal. The palate follows with good cassis and plum fruit with a well-balanced finish.’

£13.89 Alliance Wine, Amathus, Christopher Piper Wines

Château de Côme, St-Estèphe 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Very intense red fruits with a touch of grass and spices on the nose,’ said Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles, adding: ‘There’s lovely acidity and good length.’

£24.92 Top Selection

Château Lestrille-Capmartin, Bordeaux Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Merigot, Côtes de Bourg 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Mayne Blanc, Lussac St-Émilion 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Sainte-Marie, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£9.81 Enotria&Coe

Grands Chais de France, Château Tour de Bossuet, Lalande de Pomerol 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£18.78 Matthew Clark

Château Cruzeau, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Vignobles Leydet, Château de Valois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Samazeuilh, Château Montcabrier Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon, Bordeaux Supérieur 2017, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£8.34 Matthew Clark

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Léognan 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£19.67 Liberty Wines

Samazeuilh, Château Montcabrier, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£8.42 Matthew Clark

Château Edmus, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£22.64 Top Selection

Domaine Clos le Comte, Graves Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£14.66 Top Selection

Château Phélan Ségur, La Croix Bonis, St-Estèphe 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£21.65 Bibendum

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Château Liversan, Haut-Médoc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£17.43 ADVINI

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Château d'Hanteillan, Haut-Médoc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£15.08 ADVINI

Château Sénéjac, Comte de Senejac, Haut-Médoc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Vignobles Rousselot, Château Au Pont de Guitres 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Boutisse, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

France: Chablis

Savary, Chablis Sélection Vieilles Vignes 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

As this took its place on the Gold List, team leader Nigel Lister praised its ‘typicity, as well as good acidity’, while fellow team leader Jade Koch appreciated its ‘smoky, gunflint nose, leading to some good grip and texture, with some citrus, too’, further describing it as ‘chewy and lean’. Sylwester Piasecki of Zuma was impressed by its ‘concentrated lemon and lime notes, with some mineral oyster shell and grapefruit, too’, and liked its ‘long finish’.

£15.62 Bancroft Wines

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudésir 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Wow!’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS as this was elevated to Gold, going on to describe it as ‘flinty, vibrant and intense, with a lovely, ripe mid-palate’. Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse enjoyed its ‘lovely fruit profile of lemon, lime, green apple and melon, with a very expressive palate that’s smooth, mineral and very food friendly’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira identified ‘almonds, stone fruit and yellow apple, as well as some oak’, and described a ‘classic palate with salted asparagus and crisp acidity’.

£41.13 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, Château de Viviers, Chablis 1er Cru, Les Vaillons 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

On encountering this accomplished Gold winner, team leader Lionel Periner described it as ‘elegant, with fresh peach and lemon aromas, and a palate that’s complex, with good acidity on the finish’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 further noted some ‘citrus pith on the nose, leading to a smoky, saline palate, with peach flesh and apricot skin, too’. ‘Savoury, juicy, crisp and precise,’ summarised Mattia Mazzi of The River Cafe.

£21.88 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmain 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘A superb wine,’ commented an approving Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche as judges awarded this Gold, while team leader Lionel Periner described notes of ‘green tea, lemongrass, coriander and lemon, and a palate that is fresh and elegant, finishing dry, flinty and long’. Francisco Macedo of Cliveden House added praise for its ‘amazing acidity, with stone fruit and peach, as well as some herbaceous notes – all leading to a lush finish’.

£23.49 Enotria&Coe

Gilbert Picq, Chablis 1er Cru, Vosgros 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner found 'fresh lime with some elegant, herbaceous character, as well as flinty notes,’ going on to admire a ‘light palate with good, intense acidity and a finish that’s tart with minerals'. Le Gavroche’s Remi Cousin, meanwhile, summed up this Gold Lister’s characteristics as 'nutty'. James Fryer of Woodhead 17 noted a ‘gunmetal, almost rocky, nose, with baked lemon, matchstick and taut, unripe apricot’, before concluding that it ‘needs time’.

£19.71 Bibendum

Domaine Jean Goulley, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

On encountering this complex Gold Lister, Sylwester Piasecki of Zuma painted a picture of an ‘elegant wine, with fresh lime and lemon, but spicy and floral, with some oyster shell, too’, while team leader Jade Koch thought it ‘complex, rich and balanced, with a lovely salty, chalky weight’, following an ‘intense, inviting nose that’s honeyed and oily’. Raphael Thierry of Street XO, meanwhile, enjoyed its ‘grapefruit bitterness with smoky minerality’.

£19.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

J Moreau & Fils, Petit Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

This standout Petit Chablis took home a Gold medal for its ‘lovely fresh and food-friendly style’, according to team leader Nigel Lister, who found ‘classic Chablis character’. For fellow team leader Laurent Richet MS this meant ‘a honeyed, slightly waxy texture and flavour, along with crushed-stone minerality, with some lovely depth of flavour of honeysuckle and lemon’, while Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group appreciated additional notes of ‘delicate tomato leaf and bell pepper, as well as some graphite’.

£16.11 Matthew Clark, Inverarity Morton

J Moreau & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru Vaucoupin 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

For team leader Carlos Ferreira this Gold Lister was ‘elegant, with lots of stone fruit and oak on the nose, as well as some asparagus and almond notes, leading to a palate that’s both smooth and super spicy, with great balance, too’. Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse, meanwhile, described notes of ‘lemon zest, pomelo and yellow grapefruit, as well as some honeysuckle, honey and vanilla, along with a chalky, crushed-rock note with saline minerality’.

£28.79 Matthew Clark

Domaine de Vauroux, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

'Complex, with great texture and balance,' thought an impressed Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse on encountering this Gold winner, describing notes of 'ripe lemon, melon and pomelo, as well as mineral notes of chalk, crushed rock and seashell', before identifying it as 'perfect both as an aperitif or to drink with seafood'. Team leader Carlos Ferreira added more praise for its 'elegant nose, with red and green apples, some stone fruit and butter, leading to a palate that's floral, with nice acidity, that finishes long and balanced.'

£19.66 Enotria&Coe

Domaine de Vauroux, Olivier Tricon Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘This is bright, sharp, young and punchy,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, ‘it has a crustaceous feel; it’s clean with citrus notes but there’s a nice mineral, salty edge – great with shellfish.’

£16.20 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Raphael Thierry of Street XO enjoyed the wine’s ‘elegant minerality’, going on to say: ‘There’s fresh lemon-lime and apple fruit, it’s medium bodied, textural and has a long refreshing finish.’

£16.40 Enotria&Coe

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmains 2017, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Noelia Calleja of Hakkasan Hanway Place noted a nose of ‘green apple and intense citrus with intense flavours of lemon and lime’ and described ‘a nice flinty character and salty crackers over the long finish’.

£20.31 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘The nose here is very complex,’ said team leader Carlos Ferreira, ‘aromatic citrus and stone fruits; the palate is very round and elegant with a clean finish. This is a lot of wine for the price.’

£25.80 Enotria&Coe

La Chablisienne, Paul Deloux Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘An amazing palate,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, ‘it’s balanced and clean but this delivers itself slowly across the palate and doesn’t stop giving. There’s a slight touch of new oak and a flinty, smoky taste; it’s very moreish.’

£16.43 Matthew Clark

Savary, Chablis Sélection Vieilles Vignes 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘There’s smoky notes of vanilla here,’ said Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, ‘and a rich palate of some depth, a lovely nuttiness too. There’s also great balance, this is excellent.’

£15.62 Bancroft Wines

Domaine Passy le Clou, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘The wine has pure aromas and taste,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS, ‘it’s clean, vibrant and mineral with notes of clay and oyster; quite long and brilliant.’

£14.28 VINS DESCOMBE

La Chablisienne, Chablis 1er Cru Fourneaux, Vignerons de Chablis 2012, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner noted: ‘There is a medium intense colour, the nose is open with ripe lemon and fresh straw; the palate is waxy, with a dry freshness and clean finish. Feels like a warm vintage.’

£19.55 Matthew Clark

Domaine Laroche, Chablis Saint Martin 2018, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Wow! There’s a hint of truffle and blue cheese,’ enthused team leader Laurent Richet MS. ‘Nice minerality and an oily texture, all wrapped around Granny Smith apples with a lemon sherbet and crushed stone finish,’ he added.

£19.80 Liberty Wines

J Moreau & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2016, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche was impressed: ‘This is classic, great typicity, you absolutely know where you are; it’s dry and flinty with beautiful appley fruit, excellent.’

£28.69 Matthew Clark, Carlsberg UK

Alain Geoffroy, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Elevée en Fûts de Chêne, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Sylwester Piasecki of Zuma noted: ‘A bright nose with orange peel and lemon and a mineral scent; this is fleshy, with pronounced fruit and brisk acidity.’

£14.02 R D Wines

Domaine Grand Roche, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Costal, Chablis 1er Cru, Montmains 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£22.28 Matthew Clark

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, Château de Viviers, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£15.91 Enotria&Coe

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire Organic 2018, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

La Chablisienne, Petit Chablis, Vignerons de Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£12.59 Matthew Clark

La Chablisienne, Chablis, Les Sarments 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£15.03 Matthew Clark

Domaine Testut, Chablis 1er Cru, Les Vaillons 2017, Chablis, France

Commended medal winner

£21.18 Top Selection

Domaine Testut, Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£17.41 Top Selection

J Moreau & Fils, Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

J Moreau & Fils, Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£30.33 Matthew Clark

Domaine de Vauroux, Petit Chablis, Olivier Tricon 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£14.79 Enotria&Coe

Domaine de Vauroux, Vieilles Vignes, Chablis 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£16.97 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Louis Michel, Petit Chablis 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£15.81 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis Grand Cru, Les Grenouilles 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£51.06 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 1er Cru, Forêts 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£23.42 Enotria&Coe

France: Loire, inc. Sancerre

Domaine Pierre Sourdais, Chinon Tradition Organic 2017, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

Taking home not only a Gold medal, but a Food Match award too, this Loire red was ‘earthy and floral, with a touch of cacao’, according to Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, while team leader Nigel Lister appreciated its ‘earthy, farmyard nose and juicy, fleshy black and red fruits’. Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall thought its ‘complex layers of red berries, leather and liquorice root’ would make this ‘very enjoyable with a puttanesca pasta with burrata’.

£11.08 Enotria&Coe

Pithon-Paillé, Mozaik, Anjou Blanc NV, Loire, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

With generous praise from judges including team leader Charlie Young, who found this ‘endlessly complex, unconventional and delicious’, it’s no surprise that a Critics’ Choice award followed its elevation to Gold. Young described ‘sweet spice and fennel, with ground nuts and sherry notes, as well as cloves and citrus’, while Hakkasan Hanway Place’s Oliver Nagy enjoyed its ‘oxidative style, with crisp apple and citrus, and quite a rich palate, with good acidity and length’.

£13.34 Enotria&Coe

Pithon-Paillé, Coteaux des Treilles, Anjou 2013, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

‘Just delicious,’ said 67 Pall Mall’s Terry Kandylis as this took its place on the Gold List with its ‘honeyed notes on the nose, as well as some bruised apple, leading to a wonderfully dry palate with precision and length’, while consultant Emanuel Pesqueira pronounced it ‘harmonious’, and ‘expressing typicity’. ‘Perfect acidity,’ added Daniel Loughlin of 20 Stories, who thought its ‘marmalade, tangerine rind, nutty almond and smoky notes’ made this perfect for ‘fatty meats like pork belly’.

£27.05 Enotria&Coe

Pithon-Paillé, Mozaik, Anjou Rouge 2015, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

This ‘beautifully put together’ wine, according to team leader Charlie Young, earned its Gold medal for its ‘black fruit purity on the nose, and tight tannins that let some seamless red berry character through’. Impressed fellow team leader Nigel Lister found it ‘richly aromatic and very fleshy, with bright acidity’, while Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group appreciated its ‘nose of graphite and truffle’ and Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck enjoyed its ‘very intense dark spice, red fruits and a long finish’.

£13.99 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre Cuvée Insolite 2017, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

With its ‘plush, exotic aromas and fleshy passion fruit flavour profile, with a grippy finish’, according to team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, a Gold medal was inevitable. Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles added praise for its ‘delicate apricot fruit aromas and refined palate that’s crisp but rounded, with more apricot and other candied fruits mingling pleasantly on the finish’, while Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks thought it ‘well weighted and viscous, with some fresh thyme, and a fresh finish’.

£21.93 Enotria&Coe

Bougrier, Nicolas Rouzet, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine 2017, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

Judges recognised the value for money offered by this Gold Lister, as well as its ‘very fresh and fruity character, with elderflower and passion fruit, and a typical mineral backbone’, according to Romain de Courcey of Gazelle Mayfair, who added that it was ‘intense, with good length’. Team leader Laura Rhys MS enjoyed its ‘lime, tropical fruit, green pea and grapefruit notes’, while Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston liked its ‘fresh-cut grass and citrus nose, with a sweet and aromatic palate, and balanced finish’.

£7.25 Majestic Commercial

Domaine Laporte, Pouilly-Fumé La Vigne de Beaussopet 2016, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner had, for Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn, ‘a lot of character, and a very interesting nose, with pink grapefruit and savoury spice, as well as a slight walnut or almond nuttiness’, while team leader Martin Lam described it as ‘complex and evolving well, with elderflower on the nose, and a hint of passion fruit and green herbs on the palate’. Fellow team leader Laura Rhys MS, meanwhile, spoke highly of its ‘lovely weight and acidity, with white pepper, lemon and herbal notes’.

£20.62 Enotria&Coe

Domaines Minchin, La Tour Saint Martin, Menetou-Salon, Morogues 2017, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

‘Complex, rounded and highly aromatic,’ was team leader Martin Lam’s summary as this was awarded Gold, while Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn elaborated with notes of ‘grapefruit and a slight kerosene note, leading to creamy roundness on the palate, with some flint, too’. ‘An elegant style,’ added The Gilbert Scott’s Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, who found ‘lemon and green gooseberry notes’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS identified ‘orange zest, wet stone and notes of green pepper’.

£14.01 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château du Cleray, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2014, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

As judges found this deserving of not only a Gold medal but a Food Match award too, team leader Charlie Young thought it ‘subtle yet memorable’, as well as ‘lean, focused and long, with minerality and complexity’, while Hakkasan Hanway Place’s Oliver Nagy appreciated its ‘ripe fruit, like elderberry, grapefruit and fresh green apple, and a mineral finish’. ‘Typical Loire,’ summarised consultant Emanuel Pesqueira, finding it ‘honest, complex and well aged – and great value too’.

£11.03 Les Grands Chais de France

Domaine de Pierre, Sauvignon de Touraine, Domaine de Pierre 2017, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘This makes me salivate!’ said team leader Jan Konetzki, ‘there’s nice fresh notes of lemon and apple and a touch of pickle – dill and cucumber. This is dry, crisp and good!’

£9.57 Enotria&Coe

Sylvain Gaudron, Vouvray Sec 2016, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

'With light apple aromas this wine feels fresh and crisp and the palate has notes of lemon peel to augment the green apple fruit; the finish is fresh with a mineral edge.' said team leader Tom Forrest.

£12.15 Enotria&Coe

Joseph Mellot, Le Chant des Vignes, Pouilly-Fumé 2018, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Very good Sauvignon,’ said Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurants, ‘there’s bright acidity and good flavour intensity; the wine is persistent and structured.’ ‘Lovely freshness to the green apple and peachy fruit,’ added team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£12.88 Hatch Mansfield

Château de la Roulerie, Le P'tit Cab 2017, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘The nose has intense, mature, juicy aromas of berries with a savoury, earthy note. The palate is also juicy with nice, ripe tannins and nicely integrated alcohol,’ said Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck.

£9.25 Borough Wines

Jérémie Huchet, Château de la Bretesche, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2017, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘This feels quite bashful but there is some oyster shell showing,’ began Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel, adding: ‘The palate shows more ripeness of fruit and a captivating acidity that embraces the richness with astringency on the finish.’

£8.57 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Laporte, Pouilly-Fumé Les Duchesses 2017, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘There’s white flowers on the nose, stone fruit on the palate with peach and apricot; good length and crisp acidity,’ said consultant Leonie Loudon. ‘Good concentration and a honeyed note to finish,’ added Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant.

£16.92 Enotria&Coe

Les Celliers de Cérès, Sancerre, Le Petit Broux 2017, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Romain de Courcey of Gazelle Mayfair was impressed: ‘This is a delicate and elegant wine; it’s very nicely balanced with a great leesy mouthfeel that’s full with lemon and yellow plum, plus there’s a lovely chalky minerality.’

£16.41 Enotria&Coe

Domaine du Pré Baron, Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister found this ‘very aromatic, it feels New World almost, with juicy succulent, passion fruit notes’. ‘It’s certainly herbaceous, with fresh citrus and a touch of sweetness and brisk acidity,’ added Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant.

£7.95 Boutinot

Joseph Mellot, Les Collinettes, Sancerre 2018, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Intensely aromatic,’ said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW; ‘delicate and tropical’ thought Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles, adding: ‘There’s a grassy, herbaceous edge but a lovely concentration of soft peach and passion fruit on the finish.’

£16.20 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Château de Fosse-Sèche, Eolithe, Saumur 2016, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bright, supple and pure fruit aromas; this has a nice ferrous palate with lovely juice and good potential,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan.

£19.14 Top Selection

La Voûte, Touraine Chenonceaux 2017, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘The nose shows citrus fruit, grapefruit and lime with hints of floral blossom; there’s a nice peachy palate and decent length,’ said Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurants.

£11.82 Liberty Wines

Domaine de Pierre, Gamay de Touraine 2016, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright cherry and rose hip aromas with a touch of mushroom,’ noted team leader Nigel Lister, adding: ‘The palate is fresh with fairly elegant fruit and decent concentration.’

£9.57 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre 2017, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall loved the ‘very vibrant palate, so refreshing!’ and found that ‘the nose is quite herbal with nice fresh cut grass and asparagus and there’s a nice flinty note, too’. ‘Good value in Sancerre terms,’ added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£15.53 Enotria&Coe

Alliance Loire, La Divatte, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2017, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A light style, with lemon and stoney mineral aromatics; dry and fresh with golden fruit and a nice mineral finish,’ said Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel.

£7.46 Enotria&Coe

Cave des Vignerons de Saumur, La Cabriole, Saumur Blanc 2017, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Aromatics of white stone fruit and citrus with minerals,’ noted team leader Tom Forrest, adding: ‘The palate has some nicely rounded stone fruit and a creamy suggestion of lees stirring and there’s a nice yeasty prickle on the finish.’

£8.33 Enotria&Coe

Domaine de la Chauvinière, Granit de Chateau-Thebaud, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£13.83 Enotria&Coe

Domaine de Pierre, Touraine Oisly 2017, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£10.44 Enotria&Coe

Château de Fosse-Sèche, Arcane, Saumur 2016, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£22.33 Top Selection

Cave des Vignerons de Saumur, La Cabriole, Saumur Rouge 2016, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£8.33 Enotria&Coe

Cave des Vignerons de Saumur, Touraine Sauvignon Les Roches 2017, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£8.52 Enotria&Coe

Grands Chais de France, Pouilly-Fumé Pierre Brevin 2016, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Laporte, Organic Sancerre La Comtesse 2016, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£23.08 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Laporte, Organic Sancerre Grand Rochoy 2017, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£23.31 Enotria&Coe

Joseph Mellot, La Bardine, Menetou-Salon 2018, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Joseph Mellot, Les Thureaux, Menetou-Salon 2018, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£11.38 Hatch Mansfield

France: Red Burgundy

Château de Pommard, Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Classy stuff,’ began Sommelier Wine Awards competition director Chris Losh, as this took home a well-deserved Gold, going on to praise its ‘perfumed, elegant red fruit with an attractive savoury core’, and adding that ‘the tannins are still present, but you can drink this now – or any time over the next 20 years’. ‘I loved the complexity here,’ added Gymkhana Restaurant’s Valentin Radosav, who thought that ‘food-wise it’s very flexible, but it would be at its best with something gamey like partridge’.

£82.12 VIVANT INC

Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Côte de Beaune-Villages 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

One of a pair of well-deserved medals for Bouchard Aîné & Fils in this year’s competition, this Gold Lister was ‘ripe and smoky, with some herbal complexity, and leather notes, too’, according to Sonal Clare of Purnell’s Restaurant. Team leader Laurent Richet MS, meanwhile, had praise for its ‘intensity on the nose, with flowers and bright cherry notes, leading to an incredibly punchy palate that’s long, structured and balanced’, before adding that it would ‘definitely age well’.

£19.70 Matthew Clark

Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Cru, Celebration 2012, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Showing all the hallmarks of a Gold winner, this had ‘crunchy red fruits with high acids, as well as some scorched earth and minerality’, thought team leader Andres Ituarte, who added that it was ‘showing some development’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club spoke highly of its ‘fresh raspberry notes and floral aromas, as well as ripe fruit with firm tannins, all leading to a gentle, spiced finish’.

£27.71 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Fontenys 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

A Gold medal was inevitable for this ‘mineral, well-balanced and extremely elegant’ wine, thought House of Sake’s Honami Matsumoto, who went on to describe ‘red berries and a savoury element’. Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair agreed, finding ‘ripe fruit notes of cherry and strawberry, along with a woody note and some plum jam’, while team leader Andres Ituarte appreciated its ‘soft, warm humidor notes’. Describing ‘fresh mint and raspberry’, Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club praised its ‘complex body and very fine, elegant finish’.

£80.57 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine René Monnier, Beaune 1er Cru, Les Toussaints 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

On encountering this Gold winner, team leader Andrés Ituarte was impressed by its 'tart red fruits that are feminine and fresh, leading to violets and earthy notes and with a warm, Spanish cedar finish, while Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair found it to be a 'dry, very balanced wine, with rich tannins, cherries and black plum’. She also appreciated the complex and woody notes from the barrel, describing them as ‘a bit farmyard’.

£35.50 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS was among the judges who elevated this to Gold amid praise for its ‘deep, concentrated aromas of ripe black cherries and red plums, leading to a beautiful texture with savoury tannins and hints of spice and cedar’. Consultant Anja Breit was similarly impressed, describing ‘velvety, dark berry fruit and well-integrated oak, with a minty, herbal element and a juicy palate’ that meant it could ‘match strong meat dishes like beef bourguignon’.

£26.57 Enotria&Coe

Château de Pommard, Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2016, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bright, briary fruit, with real concentration,’ began team leader Andres Ituarte, who thought that this was ‘a lovely wine, but it’s just not ready to drink yet’. ‘A very smart wine for a few years’ time,’ agreed fellow team leader Martin Lam.

£85.37 VIVANT INC

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, Volnay 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘The vibrant, cherry aromas mingle with gentle fresh cassis fruit with notes of clove, leading to a long elegant finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club. ‘Nice, toasty notes on the finish – this is very good,’ added team leader Andres Ituarte.

£33.48 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, Nuits-St-Georges 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group liked the ‘tobacco aromas on the nose mixed with herbal nuances’, and went on to describe a palate with ‘black cherry and pepper spice with a smoky note of leather and good structure’.

£35.35 Enotria&Coe

Famille Carabello-Baum, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

This had, according to Gymkhana Restaurant’s Valentin Radosav, ‘an attractive perfumed nose with a taut palate’.

£22.88 VIVANT INC

Louis Jadot, Santenay Clos de Gatsulard 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘This is pretty and feminine,’ thought team leader Andres Ituarte, ‘the bright red fruits though are balanced with some stalky tannin, which helps to showcase the terroir’.

£18.75 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Domaine René Monnier, Pommard les Vignots 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS was impressed: ‘Perfumed with ripe black cherry, cedar and vanilla aromas, this leads you to a voluptuous palate. Delectable and delicious there are notes of cherry, vanilla, cedar, tobacco and spice.The finish is long.’

£36.33 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, 1er Cru les Crots, Nuits-St-Georges 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Andres Ituarte found ‘dry pot-pourri floral notes mixed with red fruit flavours; there is a slight green note but also a nice earthy, long finish; unquestionably well made.’

£45.09 Enotria&Coe

Domaine de Monterrain, Mâcon-Serrières 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

David Duband, Bourgogne Rouge 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£17.41 Top Selection

Maison Champy, Beaune 1er Cru, Aux Cras 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£40.38 ADVINI

Maison Champy, Pernand-Vergelesses 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£27.33 ADVINI

Domaine Régis Rossignol-Changarnier, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£17.91 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Régis Rossignol-Changarnier, Volnay 1er Cru 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£31.16 Enotria&Coe

France: South & South-West, Red

Plaimont, Château De Sabazan 2014, Saint Mont, South West France, France

Gold medal winner

As this was elevated to Gold, Woodhead 17’s James Fryer described an intriguing mix of ‘chocolate and iodine, with some leafy notes in the background, leading to a leathery palate with some dried cranberries and redcurrants’. An impressed Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant further described it as ‘supple and juicy, full bodied and generous – very fresh and drinkable now but will also age’, appreciating its ‘well-integrated palate with lovely harmony and some toasty oak, not to mention mint and forest floor’.

£16.37 Bibendum

Grands Chais de France, Les Vignerons Grenache Pinot Noir 2017, France, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold-worthy Grenache impressed judges for its value for money, not to mention a ‘spicy, strawberry nose and light, pretty style’, according to team leader Nigel Lister, while Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin described it as ‘fruit driven, with a supple finish’. 67 Pall Mall’s Beatrice Bessi praised its ‘lovely, fresh layers of red fruit, like cherries, raspberries and plums’, while The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones recommended either ‘caramelised pork or steak tartare’.

£6.08 Les Grands Chais de France

Mas Janeil, Rouge 2014, Roussillon, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold Lister was ‘big, balanced and very well made’, according to team leader Carlos Ferreira, while Matteo Cali of Savoy Grill was taken with its ‘pronounced sweet spice notes on the nose with vanilla and liquorice’, which led to a palate ‘coated with chocolate and blueberry fruit in this chunky red wine’. Team leader Tom Forrest, meanwhile, described ‘earthy notes, along with coconut and cedar, some dried fruit, and tobacco leaf, too’.

£14.08 Enotria&Coe

Boutinot, Les Volets, Malbec, Haute Vallée de l'Aude 2017, Roussillon, France

Gold medal winner By the glass

Judges invariably commented on the great value for money offered by this Gold Lister, which Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse described as ‘gamey and savoury’, while team leader Christopher Cooper thought it ‘easy drinking, with creamy red berries and plum fruit, and a lift of violet’, identifying this as a ‘superior house wine or by-the-glass option’. This all led team leader Laurent Richet MS to picture it alongside ‘liver, mash, onion gravy and roasted broccoli’.

£6.45 Boutinot

Château Thénac, Côtes de Bergerac 2012, Bergerac, France

Gold medal winner

This substantial, savoury Côtes de Bergerac earned itself a Gold medal for its ‘balsamic, meaty notes and big structure, yet gentle tannins’, according to Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan spoke highly of its ‘animal leather notes and juicy, cooked plums’, further describing it as ‘austere yet moreish’. ‘Very rich,’ added team leader Nigel Lister, who thought a decanter would further ‘unfurl the dense blackcurrant fruit and coffee notes’.

£17.32 Matthew Clark

La Croix de Saint Jean, Lo Mainatge, Minervois 2015, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

‘Explosive’, was Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse’s first impression of this Gold winner, going on to describe ‘intense, ripe, leathery notes on the nose’, which led to ‘a very generous palate’. Francesca Turra of Mondrian London thought it ‘very spicy with nuts and tobacco notes’, adding that there was ‘fairly high acidity and well-managed tannins’, while Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn found notes of ‘spicy cooked berry fruit – Black Forest gateaux?’.

£13.17 Liberty Wines

Cazes, Ego, Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2017, Roussillon, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Taking home not only Gold but a Critics’ Choice award, this drew praise from judges for its ‘cheerful blueberry fruit and a drying lick of spice’, began team leader Jade Koch, who thought it ‘generous without being over the top, with a balanced, considered and thoughtful palate, great minerality and inky length’. Hide Above’s Alonso Abed found it ‘herbal, savoury and full bodied, with some star anise’, while New Street Warehouse’s Tanguy Martin described ‘an explosion of fruit and spices, mixed with the right amount of tannins – great value!’.

£12.49 Enotria&Coe

Château Lagrézette, Cahors 2016, South West France, France

Gold medal winner

‘Outstanding,’ was Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant’s succinct summary of this impressive addition to the Gold List – one of two for Château Lagrézette this year. Meanwhile Filip Viorel of Benares Restaurant & Bar had praise for its ‘beautiful, elegant nose followed by a rich palate dominated with blackcurrant and almonds, as well as a herbaceous note, with refreshing acidity, too’. ‘A real thinking wine,’ concluded Sean Arthur of Cliveden House.

£25.67 Top Selection

Château Lagrézette, Cuvée Marguerite, Cahors 2016, South West France, France

Gold medal winner

Château Lagrézette’s second Gold in this category was ‘rich and intense, with vanilla and cedar wood, as well as some deep red-fruit flavours and a long, lingering finish’, thought Sean Arthur of Cliveden House, while Filip Viorel of Benares Restaurant & Bar added praise for a ‘great chocolate note with some sour, ripe cherry and cassis – a very complex wine’. ‘This has everything,’ continued an impressed Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, describing ‘vibrant, small-clustered dark fruits, and a full-bodied palate that’s well balanced’.

£31.73 Top Selection

Château Coupe-Roses, Les Plots, Minervois 2017, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Serious stuff,’ said team leader Charlie Young, ‘it needs food and the air from a decanter but that should help bring out the dark, herbaceous aromas, soften the good tannic structure and open the lovely spiced fruit.’

£11.63 Bibendum

Jeanjean, Domaine du Causse D'Arboras, La Faille 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles liked the ‘lifted, herbaceous aromas mixed with smoke black pepper’. He also thought the wine ‘has nice body and flavour concentration and although the tannins are quite stark there is a sense of balance and a very nice finish’.

£17.05 Enotria&Coe

LGI-Wines, King Rabbit, Merlot 2017, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘This is good value for money,’ said Immacolata Cannavo of Hakkasan Mayfair. ‘It’s medium bodied, with a good red fruit character of supple plums; there’s a nice integration between acidity, tannin and alcohol; it’s well made.’

£6.11 Majestic Commercial

Clos Troteligotte, K-Lys, Cahors 2015, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

Sean Arthur of Cliveden House found ‘pronounced, interesting vegetal “greenhouse” notes on the nose, with floral rose petal and cigar box hints too; the palate is quite meaty and leathery, complementing the vibrant and supple red fruit flavour.’

£12.73 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaines Laithwaite, La Chimère de la Clarière 2016, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan found a ‘big, concentrated, chunky nose with mint, dense bramble and new oak; the palate is meaty and juicy with tight, precise tannins and a fine texture’. ‘A steak and a decanter would be a good match,’ added CuVée VIII’s Michael Harrison.

£10.79 Direct Wines Production

Gérard Bertrand, Cigalus Rouge, Aude Hauterive 2017, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Silver medal winner

Rockliffe Hall’s Daniel Jonberger was impressed: ‘With cherries and a touch of raisin on the nose, this opens to a hugely complex palate that offers spice, tobacco, loganberry and cedar wood; lovely!’

£22.66 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Plaimont, Château Saint Benazit 2015, Madiran, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant found the nose ‘a bit funky, farmyardy, but there’s some good cherry and plum fruit behind it’, adding that ‘the palate has some fairly grippy tannin to keep things fresh’.

£10.18 Bibendum

Mas Janeil, Le Petit Pas Rouge 2017, Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

'This is earthy and gamey with good, dense, dark fruit structure.' said Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

£9.07 Enotria&Coe

Château Labastide-Haute, Cahors 2016, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest noted: ‘A medium ruby colour with some juicy and jammy red fruit notes and a sprinkle of cinnamon. There’s a creamy vanilla feel with the black fruit palate.’

£8.66 Matthew Clark

Foncalieu, Le Versant Pinot 2017, Languedoc Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

‘The nose is quite earthy,’ said D&D’s Diana Rollan, ‘with liquorice, garrigue herbs as well as a floral note. A lighter style, more agreeable perhaps, with a final twist of garrigue herbs on the finish.’

£9.11 Bibendum

Gérard Bertrand, La Forge, Corbières-Boutenac 2016, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Richly aromatic and luscious,’ said Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, adding: ‘Very perfumed, with good length of dark fruits, garrigue and olive.’

£48.38 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château du Donjon, Grande Tradition, Minervois 2016, Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£8.66 Enotria&Coe

Jeanjean, Devois des Agneaux, L'Audacieux 2017, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£12.77 Enotria&Coe

Château de Chambert, Grand Vin, Cahors 2012, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£29.94 Liberty Wines

LGI-Wines, Chemin de la Serre, Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2018, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

Domaine de la Baume, La Jeunesse 2017, Languedoc Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

La Croix de Saint Jean, Lo Paire, Minervois 2015, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£17.12 Liberty Wines

Domaine Chabbert, Minervois La Liviniere 2016, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£15.60 LA CROIX DE SAINT JEAN - DOMAINE CHABBERT

Château Coupe-Roses, Bastide de Coupe-Roses, Minervois 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.12 Bibendum

Plaimont, Château de Sabazan 2014 2014, Saint Mont, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£16.37 Bibendum

Plaimont, Les 3 Chevaliers Rouge 2015, Saint Mont, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

£8.49 Bibendum

La Mascaronne, Fazioli 2016, Provence, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine de Bila-Haut, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Rouge 2017, Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine of the Bee, Les Genoux 2015, Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

Mas la Chevalière, L'Art des Sens, Pinot Noir Réserve 2018, Pays d'Oc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.82 ADVINI

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Syrah, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£5.69 Molson Coors

Cazes, Les Clos de Paulilles, Classique 2017, Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£14.18 Enotria&Coe

LGI-Wines, Beauté du Sud, Malbec 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Grands Chais de France, Château Belles Eaux 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£6.25 Molson Coors

France: South & South-West, White

Grands Chais de France, Les Vignerons Vermentino Colombard 2017, France, France

Gold medal winner

‘Excellent,’ proclaimed team leader Nigel Lister on encountering this Gold winner, describing it as ‘floral and honeyed – off-dry with a lovely freshness’, while an impressed Melania Bellesini of The Fat Duck thought it ‘aromatic, fruity and mineral, with a long, fresh finish’. Bottles Group’s Chiara Sieni spoke highly of its ‘tropical nose and palate’, finding it ‘very rich, but balanced with acidity’, while CuVée VIII’s Michael Harrison added that it was ‘lovely and textural, with rich lemon notes’.

£5.95 Les Grands Chais de France

Direct Wines Production, La Voûte, Sélection Terroir 2017, Vin de France, France

Gold medal winner

As this was elevated to Gold, Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin described it as ‘oaky and juicy, in a modern style, with roasted almond notes’, while team leader Nigel Lister praised its ‘lovely, rich and tropical fruit, with vanilla oak and pineapple on the nose’. Paola Giraldo of Wiltons, meanwhile, found it ‘warm and ripe on the nose, with a touch of honey, leading to a full-bodied, rich and intense palate’, making it ‘great for glazed pork’.

£8.19 Direct Wines Production

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2018, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

Adding a Gold to Badet Clément’s collection of medals this year, and amid praise for its value for money, this Viognier was ‘elegant and mineral, with juicy pear and apricot’, according to team leader Laurent Richet MS, while Giorgio Scarsella of The Stafford found it ‘quite grassy, with lemon, apricot and lychee notes too, and well-balanced minerality’. The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia particularly enjoyed its ‘structured, mouthwatering palate, with subtle pear and rose water notes’.

£6.25 Molson Coors

Plaimont, Les 3 Chevaliers Blanc 2016, Saint Mont, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely aromatic, floral wine,’ said Mondrian London’s Francesca Turra, adding: ‘The palate balances tropical fruit notes with a mineral acidity that helps with the elegance.’

£8.49 Bibendum

Mas Janeil, Le Traou de l'Ouille Blanc 2015, Roussillon, France

Silver medal winner

‘Buttered toast and lemon meringue pie with a powerful texture on the palate. There’s a lot of tropical fruit with mango, pineapple and banana, and it’s all well rounded and balanced. There is a bright, freshness, I could match it with turbot,’ said Stefano Barbarino of Chez Bruce Restaurant.

£15.61 Enotria&Coe

LGI-Wines, Chemin de la Serre, Marsanne Viognier 2018, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Jim Bass of Scarlet Hotel found ‘a very floral, herbaceous nose with great freshness’. ‘It’s a lovely clean wine with notes of angelica and sweet pastry; excellent length and great value, too,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£6.22 Davy's Wine Merchants

Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, Grand Vin Blanc 2017, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘This is a stunning and complex wine,’ said Annamaria Juhasz of The Fat Duck, adding: ‘The nose shows very floral apple blossom notes, with ripe nectarine, mango, pineapple and grapefruit. The palate is rich and complex with spicy new oak and a waxy, mouthcoating finish.’

£20.59 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Chateau d'Aydie, Odé d'Aydie 2016, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bright and clear, with a lemon and lime, sweet and sour note,’ thought The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones. ‘Nice, creamy texture and a lovely finish,’ added team leader Lionel Periner.

£11.55 Enotria&Coe

Domaines Auriol, Les Flamants, Picpoul de Pinet 2017, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Bright and floral,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, ‘very ripe and generous with soft, fleshy peach and apricot notes and quite grapey, too. It’s quite a full palate and nicely textured with a tingle of acidity to finish.’

£9.55 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Domaine de la Baume, La Baume 2018, Languedoc Roussillon, France

Bronze medal winner

‘With its fresh grapefruit and passion fruit aromatics this feels very well made. It’s juicy, fresh and lively,’ said team leader Nigel Lister.

£8.30 Les Grands Chais de France

Château de Campuget, Le Campuget, Grenache Viognier 2018, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright and bouncy,’ mused team leader Nigel Lister, adding: ‘Nicely perfumed with yellow plum and pear; this is fairly rich and full bodied; it’s very good value.’

£6.86 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château de Campuget, 1753, Viognier 2018, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Aromatic notes of apricot and peach with acacia and jasmine notes. Nicely balanced, elegant food wine,’ said Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston.

£10.91 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Grauzan, Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d'Oc 2018, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

‘This would be good by the glass,’ said team leader Nigel Lister, with its ‘intriguing nose of slate, minerals and gunpowder – quite a lot going on for the money. I like the peppery spiced pear palate.’

£6.90 Eurowines

Domaine de Morin Langaran, Picpoul de Pinet 2017, Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£8.58 Enotria&Coe

Château Coupe-Roses, Champ du Roy, Minervois 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.20 Bibendum

Foncalieu, Le Versant, Viognier 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.48 Bibendum

Domaine de Bila-Haut, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

Cave les Costieres de Pomerols, Mas Puech Picpoul de Pinet 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£8.41 Bibendum

Advini, Plo d'Isabelle, Picpoul de Pinet 2018, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Caves de l'Ormarine, Picpoul de Pinet Les Prades 2017, Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Commended medal winner

£8.71 Enotria&Coe

France: White Burgundy

Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuissé 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

For Marco Marcuzzo of Aster Restaurant, this Gold winner was showing ‘classic Burgundian spice and autolytic character, like lees yeast and bread’, as well as being ‘full-bodied, with very fine and precise acidity, and integrated oak’. Team leader Angela Reddin appreciated its ‘talcum powder nose, with oak notes over tropical fruit’, describing it as ‘a clever, subtle wine, and very classy’, while Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection noted ‘melon, grapefruit, honey blossom and white pepper notes’.

£24.22 Enotria&Coe

Domaine René Monnier, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Folatières 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Judges were generous in their praise as this was elevated to Gold, with team leader Laura Rhys MS finding it ‘delicious, with elegant fruit character, such as ripe citrus, apple and peach, and well-integrated oak’. Daniel Nuttall of Adam’s Restaurant described it as ‘steely, flinty and mineral’, while Kai Mayfair’s Elisa Soggia appreciated its ‘lemon and lime peel, with green apples, gooseberries and elderflower, too, as well as some vanilla and honeycomb, with oak and white pepper on the finish’.

£63.23 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Le Biévaux l'Air de Rien, Santenay 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

As this took its rightful place on the Gold List, New Street Warehouse’s Tanguy Martin praised its ‘very classy Burgundian notes, and a palate that’s vibrant and refreshing’, while team leader Martin Lam remarked on its ‘good concentration and typicity’, finding it ‘ripe and rounded, with a zesty acidity’. Ross Antonelli of Hawksmoor Borough, meanwhile, found it ‘smoky, with toasted seeds, pronounced fennel and popcorn, as well as some lemon, grapefruit and pineapple’.

£29.51 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Côtes de Nuits-Villages, Les Vignois 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

The first of a pair of Gold medals for Domaine Pierre Naigeon in this year’s competition, this Côtes de Nuits-Villages was ‘complex, rich and savoury’, according to Gazelle Mayfair’s Romain de Courcy, who described notes of ‘fresh apple, ripe lemon and custard, as well as some minerality’. Team leader Hamish Anderson found it to be ‘a delicious, bold wine, in an opulent, toasty style that’s starting to develop’, describing ‘cream, toasty depth and some warm spice’.

£24.91 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Latour-Giraud, Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

‘Pure and restrained,’ praised team leader Hamish Anderson as this took home Gold, describing ‘a delicate floral nose, leading to a very driven, citrus-led palate with citrus pith and a long, intense finish’. Fellow leader Laura Rhys MS was equally complimentary, finding it to be ‘elegant and complex, with bold, juicy citrus and stone fruit’, while Daniel Nuttall of Adam’s Restaurant appreciated its ‘bright acidity and easy-drinking savoury palate with saline notes’.

£38.00 Bibendum

Sylvain Loichet, Côte de Nuits Villages, Réserve La Comtesse 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Marco Marcuzzo of Aster Restaurant appreciated this Gold winner’s ‘typical Burgundian ripe stone fruit with spice and good oak integration, and a long, creamy palate with autolytic character of bread and lees’, while team leader Angela Reddin thought it ‘intense and intricate’, identifying additional ‘seashell and sea breeze notes, as well as lemon and stone fruits’. Kahani London’s Ennio Pucciarelli added praise for its ‘round yet crisp structure, with white peach and apple notes, as well as hints of honey, vanilla and toasted nuts’.

£30.04 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine de Rochebin, Elodie Duprés, Macon-Villages 2017, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner By the glass

‘Ripe, creamy and bold – a lot for the price,’ praised team leader Hamish Anderson as this earned itself a Gold medal, with ‘a savoury, bright nose, and warm bread and apple notes’. Fellow team leader Angela Reddin agreed, finding it ‘very well balanced and nicely put together’, with ‘pears on the nose, and rock melon and peach on the palate’, while Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection appreciated ‘floral notes of acacia and elderflower, as well as peas, yellow apple, creamy vanilla and white pepper’.

£7.76 Majestic Commercial

Lequin-Colin, Back to the Roots, Bourgogne Blanc 2017, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

This ‘exceptionally generous wine for the price’, according to Joshua Castle of Noble Rot, naturally took home Gold, with its ‘lovely array of smoky aromas and ripe orchard fruits, and a palate that’s tense and mineral, with a bright mineral finish’. Team leader Martin Lam particularly enjoyed its ‘leesy, barrel-ferment character’, while fellow team leader Hamish Anderson described ‘a powerful nose of smoke, spice and flowers, with cream, lemon pith and vanilla on the palate’.

£16.90 Top Selection

Famille Carabello-Baum, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

According to Gymkhana Restaurant’s Valentin Radosav, there was ‘good, ripe fruit here, with some melon and pineapple, along with a nice honeyed richness on the mid-palate’, adding that this was ‘drinking now’.

£22.88 VIVANT INC

Domaine Jean Rijckaert, Le Mont Châtelaine, Viré-Clessé 2017, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Christopher Delalonde MS of The Dorchester noted: ‘A floral nose of spring flowers with some oaked notes of baked brioche and toast; there’s a creamy texture to the ripe, primary fruit that’s both elegant and pure, with great lift and composure; the finish is long.’

£14.84 Bibendum

Domaine du Vissoux, Chermette, Beaujolais Blanc 2016, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘White stone fruit with nectarine and apples on the nose, and there’s a nice leesy, nutty character, too,’ said Ross Antonelli of Hawksmoor Borough. ‘The mid-palate is creamy with good fruit support and a nice mineral finish,’ he added.

£11.95 Enotria&Coe

Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Pouilly-Fuissé 2017, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurants found ‘a floral nose of apple blossom that leads to nicely ripe fruit and well-integrated, judicious use of oak, probably using large barrels; the wine has a nicely balanced acidity and good length.’

£20.40 Matthew Clark

Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuissé, Tete de Cru Les Perverse 2016, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘This has a subtle nose of petals and lime skin,’ said The Dorchester’s Christopher Delalonde MS, ‘there’s a complex delivery of ripe fruit here – this is a very stylish expression where everything is in balance. The layers of fruit are delivered with focus and lead to a ripe, spiced, long finish; top!’

£35.07 Enotria&Coe

Louis Jadot, Pernand Vergelesses Blanc 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘There’s a touch of gunflint reduction on the nose,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, ‘the palate is really lovely with lots of elegant citrus, spice and toast; there’s good weight and intensity to the fruit and the finish is long.’

£18.75 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Henri de Villamont, Rully Blanc 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin noted: ‘Hawthorn flowers, and camomile with a touch of crème anglais; there’s bright acidity that enjoys a kiss of oak and a lovely layering of flavours. Drink or keep.’

£18.75 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Clos des Champs Carafe, Santenay 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Ferrand, Pouilly-Fuissé, Prestige 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine René Monnier, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Sylvain Loichet, Ladoix 1er Cru, Les Gréchons 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Henri de Villamont, Bourgogne Chardonnay Prestige 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Jean Rijckaert, Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£20.81 Bibendum

Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuissé 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Louis Jadot, Château des Jacques, Beaujolais Blanc 2017, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Château de la Maltroye, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£39.56 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Laurent Boussey, Monthelie Blanc 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£22.44 Top Selection

Domaine Jean-Pierre Sève, Mâcon-Solutré 2017, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

Lequin-Colin, Clos Devant, Chassagne Montrachet 2017, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£31.04 Top Selection

Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuissé, Cuvée Hors Classé Les Ménétrières 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£43.67 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£18.63 Enotria&Coe

Domaine Lupé-Cholet, St Romain Blanc 2013, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£23.72 Enotria&Coe

Germany

Kopp, Roter Porphyr, Spätburgunder 2015, Baden, Germany

Gold medal winner

This fine addition to the Gold List opened with ‘a lovely floral and savoury nose’, according to team leader Hamish Anderson, who went on to praise its ‘textured, spicy palate with some wild edges, and some grippy tannins to keep it all well framed’. ‘This is made for food,’ added Maze by Gordon Ramsay’s Gabriele Bertotti, who thought its ‘delicate, chewy red fruit notes and good balance’ made it ideal to accompany lamb chops.

£18.45 Bibendum

Dreissigacker, Morstein, Riesling 2014, Rheinhessen, Germany

Gold medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest described ‘soft petrol on the palate mixed with apple and honey’ and thought it had ‘lovely balance’ and was ‘nicely mineral’ with ‘subtle acidity’. Fellow team leader Carlos Ferreira was equally impressed with its ‘very complex nose; stone fruits, oak and white, spicy grape juice, with a touch of petrol’, and thought the palate was ‘very elegant, with notes of red apple and asparagus’ and the finish ‘beautiful’. According to Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, ‘this could age for years’.

£40.02 Liberty Wines

Peth-Wetz, Unfiltered Riesling 2017, Rheinhessen, Germany

Gold medal winner

For Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam this was a ‘bit tight but opens up, expressing it’s potential’. She described it as ‘slightly off-dry’ and found it ‘aromatic with elderflower and ripe fruit and a crisp finish’. Team leader Tom Forrest, meanwhile, found ‘peachy mineral notes – floral, with lychee and rose and ‘a touch of honey and spice’ and thought it had a ‘soft round, peachy palate with a stony minerality’.

£13.07 Bibendum

Egon Müller, QBA Riesling 2017, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

‘Honeyed apple and blossom and elderflower,’ said impressed team leader Tom Forrest, while Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche was more than happy to see this take Gold, noting: ‘Fresh and sexy aromas of Williams pear and kiwi; stony minerality, juicy, mouth-watering’, and adding: ‘I can drink this bottle all on my own…’. ‘No, I can drink this bottle all by myself,’ said team leader Carlos Ferreira (maybe they’ll share it), adding: ‘Melon, passion fruit and mango nose; palate of pineapple and pear with white spices; long vibrant finish.’

£31.98 Top Selection

Schieferkopf, Riesling 2016, Baden, Germany

Gold medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest picked up a ‘honey, mineral and petrol nose’ leading on to a ‘mineral palate’ with ‘green apples’ in this Gold-Listed Riesling. Meanwhile Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam described it as ‘dry feeling from the first sip’ and found it ‘slightly oaky yet with nice acidity’. For her it was ‘not an easy-drinking sipper’, but ‘definitely a food wine’, and she thought it ‘would work really well with seafood that had some aromatic ingredients’ and ‘would age well’.

£8.83 Mentzendorff & Co

Kloster Eberbach, Estate, Pinot Noir 2016, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Deserving of a place on the Gold List for, according to team leader Nigel Lister, ‘a pretty nose, elegant and floral, with gentle, silky tannins – a wine for a summer’s day’. Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish praised its ‘complexity on the palate, with cherry, black fruit and hints of spice, as well as good acidity’, while The River Cafe’s Mattia Mazzi thought it ‘vibrant, elegant and charming’, and an ideal match for ‘terrine or a cheese board’.

£16.00 Boutinot

Kopp, Weissburgunder 2017, Baden, Germany

Silver medal winner

Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn described ‘vegetal and tropical notes’ on this wine, and enjoyed its ‘weight and balance, yet with green, underripe, grassy notes’.

£13.15 Bibendum

Horst Sauer, Escherndorfer Lump, Silvaner S 2017, Franconia, Germany

Silver medal winner

Team leader Andres Ituarte loved the ‘balanced, bright mineral notes’ of this Silver medal-winning wine, and found ‘apricot and lemon verbena’ on the palate. ‘Delicate and delicious,’ he concluded.

£14.70 Boutinot

Peth-Wetz, Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2016, Rheinhessen, Germany

Bronze medal winner

‘A brooding, dark, ripe bramble nose’ led to ‘a rich, ripe style on the palate, but well balanced in its freshness, with plum, spice and excellent length’, thought team leader Hamish Anderson.

£16.98 Bibendum

Peth-Wetz, Estate, Grauer Burgunder 2017, Rheinhessen, Germany

Commended medal winner

£9.76 Bibendum

Kloster Eberbach, Crescentia, Neroberg, Riesling 2017, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.10 Boutinot

Weegmüller, Der Elegante, Riesling, Kabinett Trocken 2017, Pfalz, Germany

Commended medal winner

Greece

Anatolikos Vineyards, M Fine Mavroudi 2016, Thrace, Greece

Gold medal winner

This ‘big, powerful wine’, according to James Fryer of Woodhead 17, earned its place on the Gold List with ‘earthy purple fruit and oak spice, with some intense acidity and well-integrated oak, as well as some velvet tannins, and some mint on the finish’. Team leader Jade Koch identified it as ‘international in style, versatile and very well integrated, with purple plum and violet notes’, while fellow team leader Nigel Lister described it as ‘tight, concentrated and elegant’.

£19.00 Southern Wine Roads

Alpha Estate, Ecosystem, Single Block, Aghia Kiriaki, Assyrtiko 2017, Amyndeon, Macedonia, Greece

Gold medal winner

With its ‘great intensity and poise’, a Gold medal was inevitable here, with Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan enjoying its ‘pepper and bright floral character, with juicy, ripe, fresh fruit and a zesty, floral finish’. Describing it as ‘a really serious wine’, Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains spoke of ‘salty seaweed, kombu and iodine, with a fresh, light, umami finish’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club found ‘herbal and stone fruit aromas, with zest and ginger complexity on the palate’.

£14.00 Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Maltby & Greek

Alpha Estate, Malagouzia, Single Vineyard Turtles 2018, Florina, Greece

Gold medal winner

From its ‘lovely fresh floral nose, with candied pear and apple’ to its ‘delicious refreshing palate, with flowers, a bit of tropical acidity, and a long chalky finish’, according to team leader Hamish Anderson, this had all the characteristics of a Gold winner. 67 Pall Mall’s Beatrice Bessi praised its ‘layers of salty and smoky character’, while team leader Charlie Young enjoyed ‘a tropical palate that remains fairly rich on the finish, with some flaky almonds’.

£8.50 Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Maltby & Greek

Alpha Estate, Xinomavro, Single Vineyard Hedgehog 2016, Amyndeon, Macedonia, Greece

Gold medal winner

As judges awarded this a well-deserved Gold, Clément Loubeyre of The Cross Kenilworth described ‘red fruit and spicy, peppery aromas, with lovely cherry, kirsch notes on the palate’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 found it ‘Pinot-esque, with strawberry jam, dry morello cherries and dusty spice, along with some mint and eucalyptus’. ‘Crisp, with a savoury element and a refreshing backbone – a great game-bird option when the grouse season starts,’ thought Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurants.

£10.25 Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Maltby & Greek

Kir Yianni, Paranga Red 2017, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

For team leader Carlos Ferreira this had ‘leather, black pepper, mushroom and pine notes, with good balance’, while Scarlet Hotel’s Jim Bass found it ‘fruit-forward and approachable, with notes of red cherry, black pepper and smoke, with some soft, silky tannins’, making it ‘a great-value pub wine’.

£8.50 Enotria&Coe

Kir Yianni, Kali Riza, Xinomavro, Vieilles Vignes 2016, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘Morello cherries with some leather, and the slightest hint of green pepper, leading to dried cherry fruits and some chewy tannins on the palate,’ described James Fryer of Woodhead 17, while team leader Carlos Ferreira thought the combination ‘a good option for red meat dishes’.

£12.00 Enotria&Coe

Gerovassiliou, Malagousia 2018, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘A grassy, and intense nose’ presented itself to team leader Charlie Young, who thought it was ‘fairly pleasant on the palate, until the end when the acidity really comes into its own’.

£14.36 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Gerovassiliou, Viognier, Epanomi 2018, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall described this as ‘an aromatic wine with a lot of yellow flowers, punctuated with essences of orange peel and saffron’.

£15.35 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Strofilia, White Dot, Moschofilero/Malagousia 2018, Peloponnese, Greece

Silver medal winner

Team leader Charlie Young loved the ‘sweetly aromatic nose’ and was charmed by this Silver medal-winning wine’s ‘dry aromas on the palate’. He summed it up as ‘clean, decent and pure’.

£7.86 Matthew Clark

Papagiannakos, Savatiano 2018, Attica, Greece

Silver medal winner

This had ‘a ripe nose of concentrated apple and a bit of ginger’, according to Jose Luis Hernandez of Hakkasan, who went on to describe the wine’s ‘fresh acidity, full mineral flavours yet mellow and light on the finish’.

£9.30 Boutinot

Papagiannakos, Assyrtiko 2018, Attica, Greece

Silver medal winner

Jose Luis Hernandez of Hakkasan particularly liked this wine for it's ‘hint of brioche, stone fruits and floral notes’, and was captivated by its ‘mineral intensity, high acidity and fresh floral/herb length’.

£10.75 Boutinot

Biblia Chora, Estate White, Sauvignon Blanc/Assyrtiko 2018, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

Team leader Charlie Young waxed lyrical about this Silver medal-winning wine’s ‘clean and simple fruit aromas, spiky intensity and lots of mineral flavours’, summing it up as ‘young but full of energy’.

£15.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Monemvasia Winery, Monemvasia Red 2009, Laconia, Greece

Silver medal winner

This opened with ‘toasted oak, leather and some spicy aromas’, according to team leader Carlos Ferreira, and was followed by ‘a beautiful, long and fresh palate, with more smoky leather, lots of cherry fruit, and very good balance’.

£13.98 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Kir Yianni, Paranga White 2017, Macedonia, Greece

Bronze medal winner

Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall described ‘orchard fruits’ and ‘peachy characters with a distinctive fresh salty aftertaste’ in this Bronze medal-winning wine.

£8.50 Enotria&Coe

Avantis Estate, Agios Chronos 2014, Evia, Greece

Bronze medal winner

‘A ferrous nose, with some green capsicum notes too, leading to velvet tannins and some oak spice on the palate, as well as some black and purple fruits, leading to a minty finish,’ said Woodhead 17’s James Fryer.

£15.16 Amathus

Domaine Glinavos, Primus-Zitsa 2017, Epirus, Greece

Commended medal winner

Strofilia, Mountain Fish, Agiorgitiko 2017, Peloponnese, Greece

Commended medal winner

£7.86 Matthew Clark

Alpha Estate, Ecosytem, Reserve, Vieilles Vignes, Single Block, Barba Yannis, Xinomavro 2015, Amyndeon, Macedonia, Greece

Commended medal winner

Papagiannakos, Kalogeri Malagouzia 2018, Attica, Greece

Commended medal winner

£10.40 Boutinot

Idaia Winery, Ocean, Thrapshathiri 2017, Crete, Greece

Commended medal winner

Avantis Estate, Dolphins Santorini 2018, Evia, Greece

Commended medal winner

£12.89 Amathus

House Wine: Red - <£6 ex-VAT

Anciens Temps, Rouge 2018, Vin de France, France

Gold medal winner

Taking home a Gold medal for its ‘easy-drinking, ripe fruit style’, according to Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, this had ‘cherry, liquorice and plums with a bit of vanilla oak’, for team leader Carlos Ferreira, who went on to describe it as ‘quite floral on the fresh palate, with good balance and a long finish’. ‘A great all-rounder, with structure in the background to hold it all together,’ added team leader Hamish Anderson.

£5.83 Unity Wines & Spirits

Bodegas Olarra, Otoñal, Crianza 2017, Rioja, Spain

Gold medal winner

‘With its lovely dark berry character and notes of cedar, some red bush tea and leather, along with fairly high tannins, this seems too serious a wine for such a low price!’ remarked team leader Laurent Richet MS, among plenty of other generous praise for this well-deserved Gold winner. Equally impressed, Kai Mayfair’s Elisa Soggia described ‘well-managed alcohol, leather and earthy notes, with a hint of peppermint on the finish’.

£5.50 C&D Wines

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Vinha do Fava, Touriga Nacional 2017, Península De Setúbal, Portugal

Gold medal winner

This had all the makings of a Gold medal House Red, with Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan describing it as ‘a spicy, meaty, dark currant wine with a fine texture, elegant tannins and an easy, juicy finish’. Its ‘damson, black cherry, cassis and smoky, graphite notes’ led The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones to recommend it as ‘a match for barbecued meats’, while Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains declared it ‘generous, silky and impressive’.

£5.85 Direct Wines

Concha y Toro, CyT Merlot 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

‘Bramble and hedgerow in a glass,’ summarised Claire Love of Loves Consultancy as this Chilean Merlot joined the Gold list. Team Leader Nigel Lister found ‘an earthy, smoky green capsicum nose with a dense, ripe black fruit core’, while Dave Cushley of Prestonfield House noted a ‘smoky and savoury underbelly with good lilac and plum character’, before describing it as ‘a rather grown-up wine with more than a little grip and rich fruit’.

£5.50 CyT UK

Due Palme, Sea Change, Negroamaro 2017, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Easy drinking style but well done, great body with pleasant tannin. A great value everyday drinker,’ said Janusz Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles, while team leader Andres Ituarte found a ‘super floral nose with a candied palate’, adding: ‘A touch of residual sugar but a good, easy-drinking house red.’

£5.75 Inverarity Morton

Journey's End, This Merlot Needs You 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Joshua Castle of Noble Rot found this to have ‘a nose of ripe blue fruits and violets and a lush texture’, and noted that its ‘nuanced, elegant tannins provide a persistent finish’. Team leader Lionel Periner, meanwhile, remarked on the ‘crunchy berries, fairly high acidity and meaty, fleshy, body’.

£5.75 Bibendum

Michel Servin, Rouge 2016, Vin De France, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner picked up ‘red fruit with a hint of cacao’. He commented that the ‘dry, balanced palate suggests raspberries and a touch of rhubarb, while the well-integrated tannins lead to a decent finish with attractive freshness’, and described it as ‘versatile’.

£5.03 Majestic Commercial

Boutinot, Les Oliviers, Merlot Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Lovely texture’, commented Valentin Radosav of Gymkhana Restaurant, adding that it had ‘ripe red and black fruit, finely grained tannin and a juicy finish’. The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia, meanwhile, noted ‘lifted pretty aromas of cherry and cranberries with a structured, smooth palate’.

£5.90 Boutinot

Broadland Wineries, El Tesoro, Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister noted ‘soft red fruit berries with a touch of pencil lead’ and ‘easy blackcurrant and raspberry coulis with a hint of liquorice; very quaffable’. Woodhead 17’s James Fryer picked out ‘an aniseed and herbal note with a juicy black fruit mid-palate’.

£4.90 Broadland Wineries

DFJ Vinhos, Coreto Tinto 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Good quality and nice complexity; the red fruit flavours also have a nice farmyard character,’ said Corina Stanila of La Dame de Pic at Ten Trinity Square, with Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club noting ‘ripe cherry aromas with herbaceous notes and an elegantly soft palate’.

£5.95 Ellis of Richmond

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Malbec, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Christopher Delalonde MS of The Dorchester found ‘dark fruit and plum with notes of olives, smoke and spice’. He went on to describe a ‘juicy, lifted mid-palate with fruity berry flavours, good texture of ripe fruit and a balanced, spicy finish’.

£5.70 Molson Coors

Finca Constancia, Altozano, Tempranillo Syrah 2017, Toledo, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club described this as having ‘ripe cassis and sweet spices, black pepper over jammy notes and a long finish’.

£5.35 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Domaine du Grand Mayne, Merlot Cabernet 2016, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

This had ‘an attractive nose of spice and bramble’ with ‘a touch of green pepper’ for team leader Hamish Anderson.

£5.85 Grand Mayne

Blass, Shiraz 2017, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam noted a ‘smoky, liquorice nose with a lick of oaky vanilla and a perhaps slightly under ripe, herbaceous note’.

£4.50 Molson Coors, Treasury Wine Estates

Wolf Blass, Blass Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Coonawarra, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Good black, jammy fruits with a plum-driven mid-palate warmed by the alcohol on the finish,’ said Aster Restaurant’s Marco Marcuzzo, describing it as ‘good with food’.

£6.00 Molson Coors, Treasury Wine Estates

Pegões, Fonte Do Nico, Tinto 2017, Península De Setúbal, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘Fruity and juicy wine with notes of plum, cherry and a touch of leather. Very good balance between tannins and acidity,’ commented Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair.

£4.85 Majestic Commercial

Félix Solís, La Prensa, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Central Spain, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche enjoyed a ‘slightly gamey, vegetal nose with a simple juicy, fruity palate, good balance and a nicely bitter finish’.

£5.66 Matthew Clark

Broadland Wineries, Pais de Poetas, Merlot 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurants remarked on ‘an easy-drinking, juicy, red fruit style at an excellent price’.

£3.60 Broadland Wineries

Concha y Toro, CyT, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found a ‘very smoky nose with lots of rosemary, pine nuts and pepper’ and ‘a fresh, floral palate of soft stewed fruit’.

£5.50 CyT UK

Cramele Recas, Pinot Noir 2017, Banat, Romania

Commended medal winner

Finca Constancia, Altozano, Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Toledo, Spain

Commended medal winner

Jarrah Wood, Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Robert Brunel, Jardin, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

WX Brands, El Molturo, Tempranillo Garnacha 2018, Spain, Spain

Commended medal winner

Peninsula Viticultores, Dominio de la Fuente, Tempranillo 2018, Castilla, Spain

Commended medal winner

The Wine Group, Roller Girl, Merlot 2017, California, USA

Commended medal winner

Bird Island, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

Broadland Wineries, Cawston Crossing, Shiraz 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Sivipa, Terras Do Sado, Tinto 2018, Península De Setúbal, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Blends, Big Earl, Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Bibendum

San Valero, Big Earl, Tempranillo 2014, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.55 Bibendum

Bodegas Olarra, Añares, Crianza 2016, Rioja, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.38 C&D Wines

De Bortoli, Under The Sycamore, Shiraz 2017, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, Mucho Mas, Merlot 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Boutinot

Bellefontaine, Merlot, Pays d'Oc 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.90 Boutinot

Félix Solís, Viña San Juan, Tinto 2018, La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.95 Adnams

Cintila, Red 2017, Península de Setúbal, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Félix Solís, Casa Albali, Tempranillo Shiraz 2018, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.93 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

LGI-Wines, Baron De Baussac, Vieilles Vignes, Carignan 2017, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Paul Sapin, Laughing Giraffe, Shiraz 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£5.97 R D Wines

DFJ Vinhos, Portada, Winemaker's Selection, Tinto 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Badet Clément, Le Bosq Rouge 2018, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

£6.00 Matthew Clark

Cielo e Terra, Farfalla, Sangiovese 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Robert Brunel, La Colombe, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

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

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

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

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

Commended medal winner

£3.40 Kingsland

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

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

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Adnams

Félix Solís, Ayrum Rosado 2018, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.25 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

£5.70 Molson Coors

House Wine: White - <£6 ex-VAT

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Dona Ermelinda Branco 2018, Palmela, Portugal

Gold medal winner

For Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group this impressive Gold medal winner opened with ‘a ripe apple and smoky character, as well as creamy and buttery notes, all very well balanced by a lively acidity, and with a delicate hazelnut hint on the finish’. Sonal Clare of Purnell’s Restaurant noted ‘honeydew melon and a lovely texture’, adding praise for its ‘balanced, honeyed notes on the palate, combined with an exotic sweetness’.

£6.00 Atlantico UK

The Wine People, Frederico, Pinot Grigio 2018, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Gold winner stood out for its ‘dry, aromatic, lemon and lime peel character’, according to Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair, while team leader Andres Ituarte enjoyed its ‘fresh, grapey palate and long finish that shows some femininity’. Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins found it to be ‘aromatic, with a fresh citrus character’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira praised its ‘well-balanced palate and long, crisp finish’, before adding that the ‘price is fantastic’.

£5.40 Frederic Robinson

Cintila, White 2017, Península de Setúbal, Portugal

Gold medal winner

This Gold-worthy Portuguese white was praised by Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles, who found a nose that was ‘grapey, with lychee and spice’ leading to ‘a soft palate with the addition of some pithy grapefruit character’, while 67 Pall Mall’s Beatrice Bessi picked up hints of ‘fresh rose petals counterbalanced with a lovely refreshing palate, and a hint of salinity, too’. Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks spoke highly of ‘warm oranges, pineapple and banana on the palate’, before suggesting it as ‘a great by-the-glass choice’.

£5.81 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Cramele Recas, Pinot Grigio 2017, Banat, Romania

Silver medal winner

Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection noted: ‘A floral nose with hints of green apple and pear, melon, peach and citrus. The palate shows good balanced acidity with asparagus, white pepper over melon and decent length.’

£5.25 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Finca Constancia, Altozano, Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Toledo, Spain

Silver medal winner

Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel found ‘warm, yellow stone fruit and rubbery notes as well as some dark chocolate’, and continued: ‘The palate is nuanced with minerality, ripe stone fruits, a touch of nutty bitterness. The wine finishes with notes of ripe yellow peach.’

£5.35 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Famiglia Ferratti, Pinot Grigio 2017, Codru/Stefan Voda, Moldavia

Silver medal winner

Street XO’s Raphael Thierry enjoyed the wine’s ‘clean stone fruit and lime freshness’ and noted that ‘it has good texture and a touch of sweetness that is lifted by the fresh finish’.

£5.37 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Riondo, Castelforte, Garganega 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

The Dorchester’s Christopher Delalonde MS noted: ‘A floral nose of white flowers with hints of spice and minerals. Well structured with a dense mid-palate, the alcohol brings this power that would make this a good food wine. There is great balance throughout and a long finish of primary fruit.’

£5.98 Moreno Wines, Inverarity Morton

Boutinot, Mucho Mas, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Aster Restaurant’s Marco Marcuzzo noted: ‘A nose of citrus and tropical fruit with melon, pineapple and grapefruit. A hint of gooseberry on the palate lends a vibrant acidity and an uplifting finish.’

£5.65 Boutinot

WX Brands, El Molturo, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Spain, Spain

Silver medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group thought the wine had an aromatic nose of ‘fresh white flowers and elderflower, with a ripe lemon and lime palate and a balancing, vibrant acidity’, while team leader Laurent Richet MS noted ‘a herbal character with lemon, gooseberry and fresh mint’.

£4.79 Majestic Commercial

Wolf Blass, Blass Reserve, Chardonnay Semillon 2017, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club noted ‘zesty pink grapefruit aromas with a refreshing green apple palate and an elegant, peppery finish’, while team leader Andres Ituarte found the wine to be ‘fat and textural with notes of honeydew and currant leaf’.

£5.00 Molson Coors, Treasury Wine Estates

DFJ Vinhos, Portada, Winemaker's Selection, Branco 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Silver medal winner

Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche found ‘candied aromas of orange and rhubarb followed by a velvety, juicy mouthfeel and a refreshing finish’, while Woodhead 17’s James Fryer, commented on the ‘delicate, floral, pear flesh palate. So elegant!’

£5.95 Portugalia Wines UK

Félix Solís, Viña San Juan, Blanco 2018, La Mancha, Spain

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest found ‘delicate notes of white peach and citrus on the nose, with a palate reminiscent of tinned peaches and pears and a long citrus finish’.

£4.95 Adnams

Broadland Wineries, Cawston Crossing, Chenin Blanc 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Silver medal winner

Dave Cushley of Prestonfield House enjoyed this wine’s ‘fragrant lime and elderflower notes that follow up on the palate, good acidity, good intensity of flavour and a little petillance on the finish’.

£3.40 Broadland Wineries

Félix Solís, Casa Albali, Verdejo/Sauvignon 2018, Valdepeñas, Spain

Silver medal winner

Raphael Thierry of Street XO noted ‘banana skin and melon on the nose, with candied fruit on the palate’, while team leader Jade Koch found the nose to be ‘heady and intense with pear drops to the fore yet the palate was soft and easy with apple and pears’.

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Three Choirs, Willow Brook 2018, Gloucestershire, England

Silver medal winner

Dave Cushley of Prestonfield House described a ‘punchy, fragrant, rich, inviting nose; a nicely intense palate with fruit in abundance’, while team leader Jade Koch found ‘a lime and passion fruit nose with a freshly squeezed lemon palate that would be great with sautéed scallops or fish and chips’.

£6.00 Three Choirs Vineyards Ltd

Badet Clément, La Cour des Dames, Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d'Oc 2018, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 noted: ‘Green peppers and fresh herbs on the nose. Hints of elderflower, white pepper spice and a subtle note of white flowers and citrus wax. Finishes well.’

£5.69 Molson Coors

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

Silver medal winner

For team leader Nigel Lister this had a ‘very floral, gewürtzy nose with lychee and rose; a slight salinity on the finish and a lifted freshness that makes for a very user-friendly wine’.

£5.49 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Cielo e Terra, Primi Soli, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group thought the wine showed notes of ‘baked pastries and butter with a creamy palate’, while team leader Laurent Richet MS admired the ‘very aromatic peach and lychee nose, lovely, elegant palate and texture, and generous length. A beautiful wine by the glass.’

£5.49 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Otra Tierra, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Sonal Clare of Purnell’s Restaurant noted a ‘spicy, capsicum nose with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Clean and crisp the wine finishes with a savoury acidity.’

£5.53 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Le Jardin, Chardonnay 2016, South West France, France

Bronze medal winner

Sylwester Piasecki of Zuma picked up this wine’s ‘pronounced tropical fruit aromatics of lime and pineapple, and a palate of fresh citrus and pineapple with a zesty grapefruit finish’.

£5.09 LWC Drinks Ltd (Merchant and Shippers)

Borsao, Selección Blanco 2017, Campo de Borja, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Le Gavroche’s Rémi Cousin noted the ‘heady aromas of ripe stone fruit – white peach – and the nicely bitter spice finish’.

£6.00 Boutinot

Boutinot, Percheron, Chenin Blanc Viognier 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Oliver Nagy of Hakkasan Hanway Place found ‘aromatic notes of apricot, peaches and cream that carried on through to the palate; medium body and acidity and a ripe fruit finish’.

£5.70 Boutinot

Cherry Tree Hill, Chenin Blanc 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall found a ‘vibrant, juicy, citrusy, herbal profile on the nose: sage, basil and cress… followed with a very refreshing, balanced long finish’.

£5.50 Eurowines

Broadland Wineries, Villa Benizi, Pinot Grigio 2018, Puglia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Christopher Delalonde MS of The Dorchester described this as having ‘ripe pears, apples and a touch of marshmallow with brisk acidity’.

£3.85 Broadland Wineries

Broadland Wineries, Proudly Vegan, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

For Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club this had ‘a perfumed nose of elderberries with a lemon zest palate and a ripe finish’.

£3.90 Broadland Wineries

Casa del Valle, Acantus, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Castilla, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair found this wine to be ‘dry citrusy and fresh, with green fruit notes’.

£4.65 C&D Wines

Casa del Valle, Antina, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Castilla, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister enjoyed the ‘fresh, floral nose, a juicy peach and pear palate and the slight petillance to help bring freshness’. His suggestion? ‘Try with ceviche.’

£4.00 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Botter, Vivoli Pinot Grigio 2018, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£4.98 Molson Coors

Eurl Caveaux, La Colombe, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, South West France, France

Commended medal winner

López Morenas, El Mazo, Pardina/Chardonnay NV, Extremadura, Spain, Spain

Commended medal winner

£3.40 Kingsland

Anciens Temps, Medium Blanc 2017, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

Caviro, Il Molo, Pinot Grigio 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.62 Enotria&Coe

Caviro, Sospiro, Bianco d'Italia NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

Murviedro, Fauno, Blanco 2017, Valencia, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.10 Boutinot

Boutinot, Montevista, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.90 Boutinot

Due Palme, Sea Change, Chardonnay 2018, Puglia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Los Haroldos, Finca Don Mauro, Torrontes 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£6.00 R D Wines

Sivipa, Terras Do Sado, Branco 2018, Península De Setúbal, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Michel Servin, Blanc 2017, Vin De France, France

Commended medal winner

Pegões, Fonte do Nico, Vinho Branco 2017, Península De Setúbal, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Araldica, Alasia, Piemonte Cortese 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.40 Boutinot

Félix Solís, Castillo De Mureva, Organic Verdejo 2018, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.67 Matthew Clark

Adega Ponte da Barca, Este, Loureiro, Grande Escolha 2018, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£5.11 Marta Vine

Félix Solís, Ayrum, Verdejo 2018, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.25 Matthew Clark

Broadland Wineries, Honu, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Broadland Wineries, Pais de Poetas, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Concha y Toro, CyT, Chardonnay/Pedro Ximinez 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.50 CyT UK

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

Commended medal winner

Badet Clément, Le Bosq Blanc 2018, Vin de France, France

Commended medal winner

£6.00 Matthew Clark

Cielo e Terra, Farfalla, Pinot Grigio 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cielo e Terra, Farfalla, Trebbiano 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Hungary

Bolyki, Egri Bikavér 2016, Eger, Hungary

Gold medal winner

‘An excellent all-rounder,’ began impressed team leader Charlie Young as this was awarded a well-deserved Gold, going on to describe ‘a full, dark, spicy nose, leading to a puff of small berry fruit, light tannins and great length, with a cracking finish’. Woodhead 17’s James Fryer highlighted some ‘peppery tones and chalky tannins’, while Daniel Loughlin of 20 Stories thought the combination would be ‘great with a rack of lamb’.

£12.45 Top Selection

Gizella Pince, Szil-Völgy, Furmint/Hárslevelű 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Gold medal winner

As this was elevated to Gold, Claire Love of Loves Consultancy praised its ‘smoky, mineral and lemon aromatics, with fresh, vibrant pear and fig, as well as Braeburn apple, and a concentrated, elegant finish’, while team leader Nigel Lister described ‘banana, guava, peach and apricot notes leading to a creamy mid-palate’. Le Gavroche’s Rémi Cousin picked up ‘ripe stone fruit and an orange blossom note’, before concluding that it was ‘zingy, fresh and appealing’.

£20.78 The Wine Rascals

Vida, La Vida 2013, Szekszárd, Hungary

Silver medal winner

Anita Vighova of Manor House Hotel described ‘layer upon layer of savoury notes and red fruit, with additional tobacco, cedar, blackcurrant leaf and cherry brandy, with big, bold acidity and big tannins, too’, adding that it ‘would be great with a rich stew’.

£20.00 Malux Hungarian Wine & Spirits

Kovács Nimród, Battonage, Chardonnay 2015, Eger, Hungary

Silver medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group found ‘heavy bread crust notes on the nose’ and was impressed by its ‘smoky yeastiness on the palate, with vanilla notes, honey and a rather long finish’.

£13.33 Boutinot

Heimann, Alte Reben, Kékfrankos 2016, Szekszard, Hungary

Silver medal winner

‘An incredibly pronounced nose, and very developed,’ began Sean Arthur of Cliveden House, who found ‘violet petals and dark fruit, with ripe but integrated tannins, and a toasted, persistent finish – a good food wine’.

£17.01 Top Selection Ltd

Disznoko, Dry Furmint 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner enjoyed the ‘lemon and floral aromas’ of this Silver medal-winning wine, and described the palate as ‘simple, dry and easy on the acidity’.

£10.15 González Byass

Vida, Bonsai Kadarka 2016, Szekszard, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Charlie Young described ‘an impressive wine that’s gentle but deep, with savoury aromas, good fruit definition, and some fine tannins’.

£12.20 Malux Hungarian Wine & Spirits

Szepsy, Estate, Furmint 2015, Tokaj, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

‘A great wine,’ thought Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche, with its ‘lovely phenolics and texture’. He went on to suggest that ‘with stone fruits and length’, this is a ‘wine for food’.

£22.76 Top Selection

Heimann, Céh Kereszt, Kadarka 2017, Szekszárd, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£17.01 Top Selection

Heimann, Kékfrankos 2017, Szekszárd, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£10.95 Top Selection

Gál Tibor, Titi, Egri Bikaver 2016, Eger, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£11.27 Bibendum

Israel

Barkan, Classic, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Judean Foothills, Israel

Gold medal winner

For team leader Tom Forrest this approachable Gold Lister had ‘light bubblegum and cherry on the nose, as well as some spice aromas, followed by more soft cherry fruits on the spicy palate, as well as some vanilla’. Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants added praise for its ‘vibrant nose, with fresh fruits and some nice spice’, going on to describe ‘blackcurrant and anise on the palate, with smooth tannins’.

£7.00 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Classic, Chardonnay 2018, Judean Foothills, Israel

Gold medal winner Pub & Bar

Tasters were intrigued by this Gold Lister’s exotic, tropical notes, with team leader Lionel Periner finding ‘banana and candied lemon, leading to some apple on the dry palate, and a light, elegant finish’, while Jordan Moore of Trullo enjoyed notes of ‘elderflower, acacia and lychee’. ‘Fine, elegant and refreshing,’ praised Le Gavroche’s Rémi Cousin, who found ‘lovely fruit and crisp acidity’, not to mention some great value for money.

£7.00 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Altitude 624 2014, Upper Galilee, Israel

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

‘Initially showing some balsamic development on the nose, this has great complexity and balance on the palate,’ began Street XO’s Raphael Thierry on encountering this clear Gold winner, before describing ‘red and dark fruit, some chocolate, and dark spice from the oak, along with good tannic structure and a long finish’. For team leader Andres Ituarte there were also some ‘oregano, pepper and vanilla notes, and big, balanced tannins’.

£22.67 Kedem Europe

Segal, Whole Cluster, Syrah 2017, Judean Hills, Israel

Gold medal winner

This undisputed Gold medallist had ‘blueberries on the nose, joined by red cherries and strawberries, and all leading to a beautiful, silky texture on the palate, that’s well balanced between acidity, length and complexity,’ began Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish. Team leader Andres Ituarte, meanwhile, found it to have ‘a fresh style, with lots of pepper and violets, and a long finish of red fruit’ and added that ‘it will age, but needs big meat dishes now’.

£33.00 Kedem Europe

Binyamina, Chosen Diamond 2014, Galilee, Israel

Silver medal winner

Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn admired this wine’s ‘great integration, balance of fruit, elegance and weight, with notes of plum, damson and loganberry’. Additional notes, according to team leader Tom Forrest, included ‘ripe red and black aromas, as well as some liquorice spice and vanilla, leading to cherries and berries on the palate, with some currants, too’.

£38.00 Kedem Europe

Covenant Israel, Blue C, Adom 2016, Golan Heights, Israel

Silver medal winner

‘This is fresh, lively and balanced, with ripe tannins and integrated oak, leading to a lingering finish,’ said Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants, describing ‘floral aromas, as well as cedar and spice’. Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis further described ‘violets and roses on a perfumed nose, with black fruit, sweet spices, leather and forest floor on the palate’.

£26.66 Kedem Europe

Tabor, Adama, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Galilee, Israel

Silver medal winner

Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group described this Silver medal-winning wine as ‘crisp and lemony, with essences of melon and ripe fruit. Herbs and grassiness dominate the length, partnered by lively acidity’.

£11.58 Kedem Europe

1848, 5th Generation, Cabernet Franc 2014, Galilee, Israel

Silver medal winner

‘There’s overall harmony here,’ began Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant, who described ‘some interesting spices, as well as some bruised black fruit notes’. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones thought this showed ‘good winemaking, with good balance of fresh berry fruit, some spiciness and length, and a menthol finish’.

£16.66 Kedem Europe

Barkan, The Beta Series, Single Vineyard, Marawi 2017, Judean Hills, Israel

Silver medal winner

This was a hit with Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, who described it as ‘smoky, with vanilla and ripe fruit on the nose’. She found the palate ‘rich with a refreshing finish’, which she attributed to ‘the presence of the oak’.

£25.00 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Free Run, Merlot 2017, Judean Hills/Upper Galilee, Israel

Silver medal winner

‘A lovely nose of cherries and sugar plums, as well as some cinnamon spice, leading to a complex palate with acidity and structure well balanced, and all overlaid with delicious fruit – a great wine,’ said team leader Angela Reddin.

£22.00 Kedem Europe

Carmel Winery, Carmel Limited Edition 2011, Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

‘Aromas of violets, roses, liquorice and kirsch lead to some great structure on the palate – a great wine by any standard,’ thought team leader Angela Reddin.

£37.33 Kedem Europe

Covenant Israel, Syrah 2016, Golan Heights, Israel

Bronze medal winner

‘This has good depth, with cooked black-fruit coulis and both dried and fresh berry fruit,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, who further thought that it was ‘long and succulent, and will age’.

£40.00 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Superieur, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Upper Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch found this to be ‘bright and energetic, with a hint of strawberry, ripe acidity and some fine, dusty tannins’. Texture’s Alan Bednarski, meanwhile, noted its ‘good tannic structure, with complexity, and not over-extracted, with the alcohol well integrated’.

£30.83 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Classic, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Judean Foothills, Israel

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely aromas of fresh fruit, with floral notes such as jasmine, lilies and a little acacia,’ said Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche.

£7.00 Kedem Europe

Tabor, Malkiya, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

‘Sour cherries and blackcurrant on the nose, with a hint of violets,’ began Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn, going on to describe ‘a palate that shows a lot of attention to hedgerow fruits, with oak used to add a lovely bit of spice’. Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group identified ‘cedar, cocoa and a lovely bouquet of wild berries, leading to velvety tannins’ and described it as ‘a well-structured wine’.

£30.00 Kedem Europe

Tabor, Limited Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

‘Savoury notes of herbs and blueberries on the nose, leading to good tannins on the palate, with some cherry and wild berry notes, too,’ said Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, while Alan Bednarski of Texture remarked on its ‘elegance and good acidity, with crème de cassis notes too’.

£26.66 Kedem Europe

Barkan, Altitude 720 2014, Upper Galilee, Israel

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch found ‘an intense nose, with liquorice and blackcurrant’. ‘A fruity and peppery nose, with some spices too, and a hint of clove,’ added The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi, going on to describe ‘a mature yet jammy palate, with good tannins’.

£22.67 Kedem Europe

Binyamina, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£13.33 Kedem Europe

Dalton Winery, Alma Scarlet 2014, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£13.60 Kedem Europe

Jezreel Valley Winery, Jezreel, Single Vineyard, Agrarian 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£26.66 Kedem Europe

Jezreel Valley Winery, Jezreel, Carignan 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£20.00 Kedem Europe

Pelter Winery, Matar by Pelter, Cumulus 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£22.00 Kedem Europe

Pelter Winery, Matar by Pelter Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2017, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£19.16 Kedem Europe

Or Haganuz, Namura, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£30.66 Kedem Europe

Tabor, Single Vineyard, Tannat 2014, Golan Heights, Israel

Commended medal winner

£23.33 Kedem Europe

Yatir Winery, Yatir Forest 2014, Judean Hills, Israel

Commended medal winner

£37.33 Kedem Europe

Adir Winery, Kerem Ben Zimra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£16.65 Kedem Europe

Adir Winery, Kerem Ben Zimra, Shiraz 2016, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£18.67 Kedem Europe

Segal, Petit UF, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Upper Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£35.00 Kedem Europe

Segal, Levant, Argaman 2017, Judean Hills, Israel

Commended medal winner

£9.32 Liberty Wines

Italy: Central – White

Torre dei Beati, Bianchi Grilli, Pecorino 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Pure, crystalline and very incisive’ were the Gold-worthy characteristics that impressed Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan here, who found notes of ‘saffron, leading to a mineral, salty finish, with a lovely texture’. Consultant Anja Breit added praise for this ‘classy wine, with ripe apple and stone fruit, good spice and green herbs’ and a palate that featured ‘yellow apple and lemon pith, and an oiliness on the finish’, which made it ideal for ‘richer fish dishes such as smoked salmon with horseradish cream’.

£17.35 Matthew Clark

Santa Barbara, Tardivo ma non Tardo, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Riserva Classico 2016, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

With its ‘wow factor’, according to team leader Charlie Young, a Gold medal was certain here. Young went on to speak of ‘elegance, depth and very well-defined fruit, with citrus, apple and almond notes’, while impressed team leader Laura Rhys MS described it as a ‘polished, classy wine, with herbaceous notes, lovely acidity and minerality, too’. House of Sake’s Honami Matsumoto decided that its ‘grapefruit and yellow citrus, with a hint of saltiness and smokiness’ made it perfect for ‘veal with tuna mayonnaise’.

£22.50 Delitalia

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Falesia, Chardonnay 2017, Lazio, Italy

Gold medal winner

With its ‘concentration and elegance’, according to Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis, this couldn’t be anything but Gold. Symeonidis went on to describe ‘sweet spices and a creaminess, alongside citrus and stone fruit’, while Kai Mayfair’s Elisa Soggia thought it ‘rich and smoky, with almond and brioche, with real complexity on the rounded palate’. ‘A sweet almond, marzipan nose and a generous, warm and balanced palate, with some juicy, intense acidity and a lingering honeyed almond finish,’ concluded team leader Lionel Periner.

£20.30 Eurowines

Monte Schiavo, Ruviano, Verdicchio Classico 2018, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

A unanimous Gold for our judges, with House of Sake’s Honami Matsumoto finding it ‘mineral and salty, with citrus and white stone fruit, and some good concentration’, before recommending it be paired with seafood. Consultant Anja Breit described ‘lemon peel and apple, as well as a herbal note’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS concluded: ‘Fresh, elegant and fruit-driven, with some herbal notes – a super glass of wine as an aperitif, and great value too!’

£6.35 Boutinot

Colle Corviano, Pinot Grigio, Colline Pescaresi 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

Earning a spot on the Gold podium with its ‘aromatic style’, this Pinot Grigio had, for team leader Lionel Periner, impressive ‘floral and lemon aromas, leading to white pear on the palate, with well-balanced acidity’. It was ‘super-crisp and bright, with some peach and banana peel, and a pétillance’, according to Woodhead 17’s James Fryer, while Kai Mayfair’s Elisa Soggia noted ‘lemon and lime peel, and green apple, too, with good freshness’.

£7.87 AZIENDA VINICOLA TALAMONTI SRL

Capannelle, Chardonnay 2011, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Lime zest, peach, rubber and petrol’ summed up this Gold Lister’s complex nose, according to team leader Lionel Periner, who went on to describe ‘a dry, well-structured palate with walnuts and ripe yellow fruit’. Fellow team leader Carlos Ferreira declared it ‘a beautiful wine’, which had ‘very complex notes of stone fruit and pear, with excellent acidity’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 praised ‘oxidative bruised apple notes and oily caramel and nutty notes, with some bright fruit and coconut on the finish’.

£25.99 Top Selection

Casata Mergè, Sesto 21, Frascati Superiore Riserva 2017, Lazio, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Green asparagus, gooseberry and lime leaf, with flinty flavours, too,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS, while Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastropub spoke of ‘sun and sea breezes, with floral notes and exotic fruit, leading to grapefruit and orange blossom on the finish’.

£20.92 Casata Mergè

Contesa, Caparrone, Pecorino 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘An elegant wine that’s peppery on the nose, with some wet stone notes,’ began Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, further describing ‘silky texture, with some bitter lemon notes’, while Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang thought it ‘a food-friendly wine, with good weight and body’.

£7.45 Boutinot

Fattoria Le Pupille, Poggio Argentato 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

For Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse, this was ‘rounded and concentrated, with good orchard fruit and floral notes’, while Elena Serban of Hakkasan found it ‘refreshing, with some spiciness, and oak present but not overpowering’.

£12.00 Armit

Belisario, Del Cerro, Verdicchio di Matelica 2017, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Beautiful tropical fruits on the nose,’ began Cliveden House’s Sean Arthur, who described this wine as ‘very well balanced, with great drinkability’, while Manor House Hotel’s Anita Vighova described ‘floral notes, and a savouriness that carries through to the palate, joined by orange and lemon’.

£10.50 Liberty Wines

Talamonti, Trabocchetto, Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant appreciated this wine’s ‘ripe stone fruit character, with peach and a hint of melon’, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan described it as ‘bright and vivacious, with zesty, peppery aromas, and some elegance on the palate, leading to a fresh, crisp finish’.

£10.48 VinumTerra

MGM, Villa dei Fiori, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A lovely floral aroma, with some fresh apple, too,’ began Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, who went on to describe this as ‘lively, fresh and fruity – an easy-drinking wine that’s good value for money’.

£6.72 Bibendum

Moncaro, Verde Ca' Ruptae, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2018, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A great example of a classic, foodie Verdicchio,’ decided team leader Charlie Young, on the basis that this wine had ‘marzipan and almond aromas, which lead to quite a rich palate, with some decent complexity, too’.

£8.65 Eurowines

Moncaro, Vigna Novali, Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva Classico 2014, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

This opened with ‘freshly baked pastry, cream, apricots and acacia honey on the nose’, according to Manor House Hotel’s Anita Vighova, who found ‘quite a rich palate, and herbaceous, with a dry finish, making this a great food wine’.

£13.75 Eurowines

Colle Corviano, Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Earthy and mineral, with some good floral notes,’ was consultant Emanuel Pesqueira’s first impression, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan went on to identify ‘saffron and white pepper notes, alongside bright stone fruit – fresh, zesty, ripe and bittersweet’.

£11.78 AZIENDA VINICOLA TALAMONTI SRL

Cantina Villafranca, Roma, Bianco 2017, Lazio, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A fun wine, with richness and complexity shining through,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS, who went on to describe ‘honeysuckle, some waxy, bruised apple, and cinnamon bun’, while Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse summarised it as ‘a fruit-forward wine for a summer picnic’.

£8.95 Eurowines

Umani Ronchi, Centovie Pecorino 2016, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Grassy, floral and perfumed, with an exotic smoky note, leading to a fruity palate with well-balanced acidity and good weight,’ said Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant.

£14.56 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Colonnara, Cuprese, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2017, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Candied lemon peel, almost oily in its nature’ was joined by ‘a resinous character on the palate, with hints of pine and bergamot’, thought 67 Pall Mall’s Terry Kandylis.

£8.74 Alivini

Cecchi, Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A great value, straightforward, crisp white wine,’ said The River Cafe’s Mattia Mazzi, while team leader Lionel Periner highlighted its ‘refreshing, fruity style, with good acidity’.

£6.14 Vinexus Ltd

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Terre di Ala 2017, Umbria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Citrus and salinity on the nose, followed by a very juicy and appealing palate, with well-integrated acidity and minerality, and an elegant, dry finish,’ said Mattia Mazzi of The River Cafe.

£13.25 Eurowines

Belisario, Vigneti B, Verdicchio di Matelica 2018, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Manor House Hotel’s Anita Vighova found ‘floral notes and white grapes, as well as some lemon juice, with zingy acidity and some almond notes on the finish’.

£12.50 Liberty Wines

Cincinnato, Castore 2017, Lazio, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A flinty, mineral nose, leading to a juicy palate with more minerality, and all balanced by some crisp acidity – a great wine for food matching,’ thought Mattia Mazzi of The River Cafe.

£9.22 Wine Traders

Cantina Tollo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Biologico 2018, Abruzzo , Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.80 Eurowines

Marotti Campi, Luzano, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2017, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.15 Bibendum

Umani Ronchi, Vecchie Vigne, Castello di Jesi Classico Superiore 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

Contesa, Terradura, Pecorino 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.90 Boutinot

Monte Schiavo, Coste del Molino, Verdicchio Classico 2018, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.25 Boutinot

Santa Barbara, Back to Basics, Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi 2017, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£20.00 Delitalia

Terenzi, Balbino, Vermentino di Maremma 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.81 Top Selection

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Vermentino 'Massovivo', Toscana, Frescobaldi 2018, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cantina Tollo, Pecorino, Terre di Chieti, Linea Cru 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.15 Eurowines

Orsogna, Aete, Terre di Chieti 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Calanchi di Vaiano, Chardonnay 2017, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.05 Eurowines

Casal Thaulero, Orsetto Oro, Pecorino Terre di Chieti 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.39 Alivini

Cantina Tollo, Pinot Grigio, Rocca Ventosa, Terre Di Chieti 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.50 Eurowines

Monte Schiavo, Villaia, Verdicchio Classico 2017, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.35 Boutinot

Belisario, Cambrugiano, Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 2016, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.00 Liberty Wines

Colle Corviano, Chardonnay, Colline Pescaresi 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

£10.48 VinumTerra

Moncaro, Le Vele, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico 2018, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.70 Eurowines

Italy: Central, including Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Casata Mergè, Sesto 21, Syrah 2016, Lazio, Italy

Gold medal winner

For team leader Carlos Ferreira, this Syrah was ‘a big wine, but very well balanced, with notes of blackcurrant and vanilla’, while fellow team leader Tom Forrest described it as ‘lightly spiced and juicy, with soft cherry fruit’. ‘Velvety and toasty,’ added Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam.

£20.92 Casata Mergè

Umani Ronchi, Jorio, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

Impressed by this lighter, fresher style of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, judges handed over a well-deserved Gold, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW described a ‘silky palate full of juice, like plums and damson’. Consultant Cinthia Lozano appreciated its ‘round tannins, and smooth and dry palate, with oaky notes of chocolate and coffee’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS spoke highly of its ‘dark cherries and blackcurrants, along with some liquorice spice’.

£11.18 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Umani Ronchi, Pelago 2014, Marche, Italy

Gold medal winner

Team leader Hamish Anderson was impressed by this Gold winner’s ‘great nose and classical palate’, going on to describe ‘lavender and pepper aromas, with red fruit, spice and minerals, as well as good grip and structure on the finish’. Joshua Castle of Noble Rot described ‘tannins suave and captivating, along with tomato leaf, ripe red fruit and cardamom spice’, while team leader Lionel Periner thought the palate ‘mature, full bodied, complex, with an elegant finish’.

£24.87 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Orsogna, Nican 2009, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

As an impressed panel of judges elevated this to Gold, consultant Cinthia Lozano praised it as ‘complex and round, with smooth blackberry fruit and a velvety texture, with stunning aromas of mocha and coffee’. Finding it ‘toasty and smoky, with leather, prune, thyme and rosemary’, and going on to describe a ‘well-structured palate with firm, powdery tannins’, The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki thought this would be ‘great with venison in a prune sauce with red cabbage’.

£23.52 Cantina Orsogna

Talamonti, Modà, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Gold medal winner

This worthy Gold winner was ‘bursting with flavour’, according to team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who spoke of ‘vivid sour cherry notes’, while Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London described it as ‘quite intense, with violet and a touch of smoke, leading to a juicy and refreshing palate, with velvety tannins’. Victoria Sharples of St John Wines, meanwhile, enjoyed notes of ‘rich, round plums and bright acidity’. ‘Great value and an excellent choice by the glass,’ concluded team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£7.69 VinumTerra

Casata Mergè, 1960 Cesanese 2017, Lazio, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This is rich, powerful and dense,’ said team leader Hamish Anderson, ‘with notes of grilled meat, stewed plum and earth; yet there is a real feeling of poise in the power. It’s iron and grippy to the finish – an intriguing and complex wine.’

£18.95 Casata Mergè

Orsogna, Coste di Moro Riserva 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This has farmyardy aromas, with notes of the forest floor,’ said Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse, while team leader Laura Rhys MS noted: ‘With its ripe and jammy, rich dark fruits it’s certainly bold and intense.’

£11.13 Cantina Orsogna

Orsogna, Coste di Moro Riserva 2011, Abruzzo, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This has high intensity and is very concentrated with pronounced notes of cedar with supple tannins,’ said Lucie Kalertova of Sexy Fish, adding: ‘Black cherry and liquorice coat the palate, with raisiny notes leading to a long finish.’

£11.13 Cantina Orsogna

Monte Schiavo, Sassaiolo, Rosso Piceno 2016, Marche, Italy

Silver medal winner

With its ‘deep brambly nose with wild herbs, spice and earth there’s a lot going on for the price’, said team leader Hamish Anderson, adding: ‘The palate has red cherry, herbs and meat. It’s lovely characterful stuff.’

£7.00 Boutinot

Querciabella, Mongrana 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘An intensely complex nose with bitter cherries and chocolate, are followed by a ripe fruit palate and uncompromising but ripe tannins,’ said team leader Hamish Anderson, ‘and there’s a warm, earthy finish that would make this great with hearty braised meats.’

£11.50 Armit Wines

Torre dei Beati, Cocciapazza, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘This feels very savoury,’ said Lucie Kalertova of Sexy Fish, ‘'it’s aromatic with meaty, smoky and herbaceous bell pepper aromas; the black cherry palate finishes long.’

£21.53 Matthew Clark

Santa Barbara, Mossone, Merlot 2016, Marche, Italy

Bronze medal winner

With its ‘dense, black fruit and balsamic notes’, Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London noted that this brooding wine was ‘fresh, though tannic and long’.

£51.50 Delitalia

Vinicola Tombacco, Biferno Rosso Riserva 2014, Molise, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A deep and powerful brooding nose,’ noted team leader Hamish Anderson, ‘this feels very modern and polished – almost New World in style; but it certainly has an appeal.’

£7.50 Continental Wine and Food

Marotti Campi, Orgiolo, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore 2015, Marche, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.65 Bibendum

Farnese, Fantini, Edizione 17, Cinque Autoctoni 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.02 Liberty Wines

Cincinnato, Pollùce 2017, Lazio, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.22 Wine Traders

Cantina Tollo, Montepulciano D'abruzzo Dop Biologico 2017, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.80 Eurowines

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Notturno dei Calanchi, Pinot Nero 2015, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£27.35 Eurowines

Paolo e Noemia d'Amico, Atlante, Cabernet Franc 2014, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£31.90 Eurowines

Cantina Tollo, Cagiòlo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2013, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.45 Eurowines

Casal Thaulero, Orsetto Oro, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.39 Alivini

Cantina Tollo, Mo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2014, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.50 Eurowines

Talamonti, Tre Saggi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.48 VinumTerra

Colle Corviano, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018, Abruzzo, Italy

Commended medal winner

Lungarotti, Rubesco, Vigna Monticchio, Torgiano Rosso Riserva 2012, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£28.95 Eurowines

Lungarotti, Montefalco Sagrantino 2015, Umbria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.30 Eurowines

Italy: Chianti

San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this earned itself a well-deserved Gold, Paola Giraldo of Wiltons had praise for its ‘elegant nose and delicate aromas, leading to intense spices and ripe fruits on the palate, with great length’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 appreciated notes of ‘coffee, red earth and leather, along with dried black fruits and grippy tannins’. Further noting ‘dense dark berry fruits, as well as chocolate and liquorice’, team leader Nigel Lister added: ‘Pappardelle with wild boar ragu, anyone?’

£13.10 Boutinot

Villa Cerna, Primocolle, Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

Amid generous praise from our judges, this was awarded not only a Gold medal but a Food Match award, too, with team leader Martin Lam approving of its ‘proper Chianti profile, with pencil shavings and a cherry-fruit nose, more sour cherry on the palate, and a savoury finish’. Raphael Thierry of Street XO, meanwhile, was impressed by its ‘tannic structure balanced by good freshness, and some redcurrant, mocha and tobacco notes’.

£9.22 Vinexus Ltd

Castello Vicchiomaggio, Agostino Petri, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

This ‘rich and intense’ Chianti Classico Riserva, according to Paola Giraldo of Wiltons, was clearly a candidate for Gold, with team leader Laura Rhys MS describing it as ‘perfumed and floral’, with ‘black cherries and cherry stone notes, and good tannic structure’, while Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group found it ‘very elegant, with some liquorice and woody notes’. An ‘amazingly silky texture, with elegant tannins and dark fruit flavours’ made this a good accompaniment for ‘winter dishes’, thought team leader Lionel Periner.

£17.00 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

San Felice, Poggio Rosso, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

For Valentin Radosav of Gymkhana Restaurant, this Gold-worthy Gran Selezione was ‘ripe and expressive, with grippy tannins, cherries, sweet cardamom spice and vanilla’. Team leader Andres Ituarte thought it ‘bright, pretty and elegant, as well as mineral and earthy, with oaky, spicy notes’, while Raphael Thierry of Street XO appreciated its ‘good fruit concentration, with redcurrants and strawberries, as well as well-integrated oak, with tobacco, mocha and cinnamon, and a long, fresh finish’.

£29.15 Boutinot

Castellare, Il Poggiale, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this took its place on the Gold podium, The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia expressed appreciation of its ‘very concentrated morello cherries and subtle spices, with a smooth, yet softly structured palate that will age well’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 enjoyed notes of ‘sap and varnish, with black fruits and milk chocolate, too’. Finding it ‘rich and balanced’, Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse thought it would be ideal to serve alongside ‘liver and bacon with sautéed apples’.

£25.06 Bibendum

Prunatelli, Chianti Rufina 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

This Chianti had much to commend it, with team leader Jan Konetzki finding ‘barnyard notes with game and leather’ among the ‘red and black cherry fruit’. He described the palate as ‘dry and grippy with good length’ and thought ‘osso bucco would be a good match’.

£8.15 Boutinot

Uggiano, Fagiano, Chianti Riserva 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Nice, elegant nose,’ said Paola Giraldo of Wiltons, adding: ‘It’s spiced, with red plum flavours; there’s fairly high tannins, but it’s elegant, with nice, long length. This would be really good with steak.’

£9.50 Boutinot

Villa Saletta, Chianti 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

This aromatic wine brought notes of ‘clove, cinnamon, vanilla and honeycomb’ to the nose of team leader Jan Konetzki, while for Claire Love of Loves Consultancy there was ‘concentrated cherry note’ and ‘a morello cherry palate with a thyme and sage finish’.

£13.73 Fattoria Villa Saletta Società Agricola srl

Castello Vicchiomaggio, La Prima, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This is a great example of the 2015 vintage,’ said Alan Bednarski of Texture, adding: ‘Along with the good, ripe, stewed red cherry and strawberry fruit, there are notes of cherry in chocolate and ripe red currants with tarry balsamic notes; plus great aromatics with orange zest, violet and rose.’

£33.15 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Castello Vicchiomaggio, Vicchiomaggio Vegan 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Nice forest fruits, with dark chocolate, black pepper and tobacco,’ said Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection, adding: ‘It’s juicy, with sweet tannins and fine use of oak, plus there’s good balance and length.’

£15.70 Castello Vicchiomaggio

Tenuta di Capraia, Effe 55, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Very ripe dark and red cherry fruit with violet, clove and mocha aromatics,’ said team leader Jan Konetzki, while Claire Love of Loves Consultancy thought it had ‘great concentration of sour cherry with herbal notes and good texture’.

£25.65 Eurowines

Castellare, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This has a lifted, perfumed nose of cherry pie and a nicely mineral, crunchy palate,’ said Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club. ‘It’s rich, with a lot character,’ added Paola Giraldo of Wiltons.

£21.18 Bibendum

Castellare, Chianti Classico 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Silver medal winner

For Raphael Thierry of Street XO this wine brought ‘an aromatic umami note of stewed tomato peel; there are juicy tannins and a long refreshing finish, where the fruit is peppered with complex notes of cinnamon and mocha’.

£15.84 Bibendum

Uggiano, Prestige, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A lovely nose,’ said Paola Giraldo of Wiltons, ‘there’s rich plums, spice with dried herbs and lots of character.’

£8.85 Boutinot

Ruffino, Chianti 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Texture’s Alan Bednarski ‘this medium-bodied wine has good black cherry fruit with fresh floral notes and good concentration’.

£9.16 Matthew Clark

Grati, Poggio Galiga, Chianti 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Claire Love of Loves Consultancy this brought hints of ‘cherries and tea leaves to the nose’, and had a ‘fresh, creamy, juicy character with gentle fruit’.

£6.30 Majestic Commercial

Brancaia, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Very animal aromatics,’ thought The Royal Automobile Club’s Michael Fiducia, ‘and the smell of old leather armchairs’. ‘It’s certainly rich, with lots of character,’ added Paola Giraldo of Wiltons.

£24.58 Enotria&Coe

Castello di Gabbiano, Chianti Classico Riserva 2013, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘This could work well served by the glass,’ thought Paola Giraldo of Wiltons, adding: ‘It’s aromatic, with ripe red fruit and sour cherry, rich tannins and notes of liquorice.’

£8.45 Molson Coors, Treasury Wine Estates

Villa Rosa, Ribaldoni, Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Nicely aromatic, this Chianti brought ‘notes of violets, cinnamon, clove and dark chocolate’ to team leader Jan Konetzki, with a ‘good dry finish’.

£9.99 Vinexus Ltd

Ruffino, Santedame Estate, Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Jan Konetzki found this wine to have ‘fresh and very ripe dark cherry fruit with a dry, oak-spiced, herbaceous finish and good acidity’.

£15.44 Matthew Clark

Ruffino, Riserva Ducale, Chianti Classico Riserva 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘This is well balanced and earthy, cooked red fruits, plum, chocolate and spice and leather; plus, there’s smooth tannins and a decent finish.’

£15.70 Matthew Clark

Prunatelli, Chianti 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.95 Boutinot

La Sala, Il Torriano 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.78 La Sala

Ruffino, Il Leo, Chianti Superiore 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.00 Matthew Clark

Villa Cerna, Chianti Classico Riserva 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.58 Vinexus Ltd

Fèlsina, Rancia 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£31.27 Liberty Wines

Ruffino, Riserva Ducale, Oro, Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

£25.26 Matthew Clark

Nipozzano, Chianti Rúfina Riserva, Frescobaldi 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Commended medal winner

Italy: North-East - Red, including Amarone & Valpolicella

Domìni Veneti, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

This great-value Amarone was easily worthy of a Gold medal for its ‘good fruit intensity’, according to Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, who went on to describe a wine that was ‘earthy, spicy and woody, with rich cherry notes and generous tannins’. ‘For the price point it’s hard to beat,’ added consultant Anja Breit, who described ‘wood, smoke and dark berry fruit’, and suggested this was served with ‘braised meat or ox cheek’.

£15.12 Direct Wines

Ca' La Bionda, Ravazzòl, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

This was clearly destined for no less than Gold, with ‘a savoury nose with black tea and prunes’, according to team leader Laurent Richet MS, and notes of ‘clove, prune and chocolate, and a sweet palate that has an oxidative note but is very fruit forward’, according to Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston. ‘Elegant and silky,’ added team leader Laura Rhys MS, who enjoyed its ‘juicy, sweet red and black fruits’.

£36.70 Top Selection

Santa Sofia, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Displaying all of the qualities needed for Gold, this Valpolicella was praised by Woodhead 17’s James Fryer for its ‘dark, dense purple fruit and freshly ground coffee, with sappy, plush black fruit on the palate, as well as some black pepper, finishing with chocolate and leather’. ‘Concentrated, big and bold with lovely liquorice and sweet spice along with the cherry and plum fruit, and a nice texture, too,’ said Diana Rollan of D&D, adding that its acidity made it ideal ‘to pair with oily fish’.

£13.40 Mondial Wine

Villa Mattielli, Valpolicella Ripasso 'San Giacomo' 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Rather opulent’ was Diana Rollan of D&D’s first impression of this great-value Gold winner, going on to praise its ‘savoury notes of tapenade as well as dense cherry and kirsch’, while Virginia Fontò of La Trompette appreciated its ‘notes of tobacco leaf and cigar box’. Woodhead 17’s James Fryer, meanwhile, pointed out ‘an almost lacquer character on the nose’, which led to ‘vanilla and nutty chocolate notes on the palate’.

£14.10 Top Selection

Orion Wines, Tenute Fiorebelli, Cabaletta Rosso 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges had praise for this Gold winner’s great value, as well as ‘purity of fruit and bright acidity’, according to team leader Andres Ituarte, who found it ‘concentrated and toasty’. Nut Tree Inn’s Sarah McKenzie appreciated its ‘ripe red fruits on the palate, as well as some bell pepper, and well-integrated tannins’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira found it ‘complex and peppery, with blackcurrant, blackberry and leather, as well as cigar and coffee notes’.

£7.82 Matthew Clark

La Dama, Valpolicella Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

As judges handed over the Gold, Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis spoke highly of this Valpolicella’s ‘perfumed nose with black fruit, leading to some tart acidity’, while La Trompette’s Virginia Fontò thought ‘its persistent tannins and sour cherry and strawberry flavours make it feel versatile’. ‘Spiciness and some mint on the nose, leading to a complex palate with good, fresh acidity’ made this ‘a great wine for a Sunday roast’, concluded team leader Carlos Ferreira.

£11.09 Bibendum

Zenato, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

With team leader Laura Rhys MS describing this Amarone as ‘rich, bold, meaty and complex, with black fruit and tar’, and declaring that ‘this wine has everything’, it’s unsurprising that it was awarded not only a Gold medal but a Critics’ Choice award, too. An impressed Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant found it ‘fresh and vibrant, with liquorice, chocolate, prune and tobacco’, while consultant Anja Breit described ‘smoke, raisins and dried fruit, with some marzipan and cherries, too’.

£35.15 Eurowines

Montresor, Castelliere delle Guaite, Valpolicella Classico Primo Ripasso 2015, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

With judge Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn describing this as ‘gamey and built to last, with really great balance and richness, with a long lasting finish’, it’s no surprise this went home with Gold. Team leader Carlos Ferreira appreciated its ‘smoky nose of oak, vanilla, tobacco leaves and leather, with a palate that’s elegant, smooth and aromatic, with lots of complexity’, while Kai Mayfair’s Elisa Soggia described notes of ‘red cherries and plums, orange marmalade and a herbaceous note, too’.

£19.90 Boutinot

Zenato, Sergio Zenato, Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Riserva 2012, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Super-complex and very powerful,’ praised team leader Laurent Richet MS as this was elevated to Gold status, while Giorgio Scarsella of The Stafford was impressed by its ‘great purity of fruit’, describing it as ‘elegant and velvety, with baked cherry, cinnamon and star anise’. ‘A really exciting wine,’ added impressed team leader Laura Rhys MS, who found it to be ‘dark, rich and inky, with some minerality and polished tannins’, which all made it ideal for ‘rich, meaty stews’.

£70.25 Eurowines

Riondo, Castelforte, Corvina 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘There’s a nice, smoky nose with an earthy rustic finish,’ noted Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks. ‘It offers good complexity at this price point,’ added team leader Andres Ituarte, agreeing that it had an ‘earthy style with crunchy red fruit’.

£6.17 Moreno Wines, Inverarity Morton

Villa Mattielli, Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Classic style, going back to its roots; very enjoyable wine,’ said Benares Restaurant & Bar’s Filip Viorel, adding: ‘Lots of black olive tapenade, excellent balsamic notes and a slightly oxidative style. Absolutely beautiful.’

£26.30 Top Selection

Ca' Rugate, Campo Lavei, Valpolicella Superiore 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Diana Rollan of D&D liked the ‘lifted notes of blackberries, blackcurrant, tea leaf, tobacco and dark chocolate’ and found it ‘well balanced and concentrated, yet with refreshing acidity’. She thought it was ‘craving for roast lamb’. Virginia Fontò of La Trompette summed it up as ‘outstanding and great value for money’.

£18.66 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Perhaps it lacks a bit of acidity but everything else is outstanding,’ said Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, pointing to the ‘ripe, jammy, almost baked fruits, like cherry pie or cooked strawberry’ and the ‘subtle notes of raspberries and strawberry sorbet’.‘It may have grippy tannins,’ he added, ‘but it’s very drinkable.’

£46.29 Liberty Wines

Sartori, 120° Anniversary, Valpolicella Superiore 2016, Valpolicella, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Great spicy, very “Mediterranean” flavours,’ thought team leader Lionel Periner, adding: ‘There’s good aromas of fresh-picked red berries and a nice floral note. The palate is balanced with refreshing acidity and a long finish.’ ‘Spicy and earthy,’ added The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones.

£10.48 Casa Vinicola Sartori S.p.A.

Prà, Morandina, Valpolicella 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Juicy and balanced, this is very approachable and easy to drink,’ said D&D’s Diana Rollan, adding: ‘With its fruity notes of blueberry and cherry this has great by-the-glass potential.’ ‘Elegant and pure, light and fresh,’ thought La Trompette’s Virginia Fontò.

£10.55 Boutinot

Zenato, Cresasso, Corvina Veronese 2013, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

While Sarah McKenzie of Nut Tree Inn found a nose of ‘farmyard, black pepper and plenty of spice’, Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club enjoyed the ‘savoury, baked fruits, fine structure and good length’.

£29.05 Eurowines

Guerrieri-Rizzardi, Clos Roareti 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks picked out the aromatics, finding ‘piquant notes of resin, violets and a leather’. For team leader Andres Ituarte, meanwhile, it had ‘big, woody notes, lots of oak grip and jammy fruit with a touch of vanilla’ and he thought it would be ‘a style that lots of people will like’.

£13.55 New Generation Wines, New Generation McKinley

Cantina di Negrar, Bartolomeo Lorenzi, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Francesca Turra of Mondrian London this had a ‘powerful and intense nose’ with ‘red fruit, chocolate and leather’. She described ‘a very good palate’ and found it ‘pleasant to drink’ and ‘full bodied with well-handled oaky tannins’.

£9.05 cantina valpolicella negrar

Masi, Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘This would work with raw meat,’ said Virginia Fontò of La Trompette, describing ‘clean and pure strawberry and plum flavours with balanced acidity and tannins’ and summing it up as ‘rather elegant’.

£10.22 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Santa Sofia, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Sean Arthur of Cliveden House found this a typical example of the style: ‘With its touch of salinity, raisins and prune notes, and intense, dark red fruit, this well-balanced wine tastes like a definitive recipe for Amarone.’

£29.00 Mondial Wine

Trastullo, Primitivo 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks described this as an aromatic wine with notes of ‘pine and eucalyptus’ that led to a palate of ‘raspberry fruit and tar’.

£7.50 New Generation Wines, New Generation McKinley

Bolla, Le Origini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2010, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Richly aromatic with dried dates and prune, chocolate, coffee, tobacco and herbs,’ said Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, adding: ‘Good intensity of fruit concentration is balanced by fairly high acidity through a long finish.’

£40.70 Matthew Clark

47 Anno Domini, Le Argille, Cabernet di Cabernet 2014, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks, this was another aromatic wine, with a ‘medicinal nose, dense black fruit, notes of tar and crunchy a red fruit finish’.

£20.39 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Sansonina, Merlot 2016, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira noted ‘plums and black pepper with dried cherry and vanilla’ and described the palate as ‘fresh with good balance’ and the finish as ‘long and clean’.

£29.75 Eurowines

Santa Sofia, Antichello Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£24.35 Mondial Wine

Masi, Costasera Amarone Classico 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Orion Wines, Tenute Fiorebelli, Fiorebella 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.24 Matthew Clark

Nicolis, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£30.39 Bibendum

Cantina di Negrar, Bartolomeo Lorenzi, Rosso 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.92 Direct Wines

Villa Mattielli, Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£38.44 Top Selection

Campagnola, Valpolicella Classico 2018, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.05 Eurowines

Sartori, 120° Anniversary, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Sartori, 120° Anniversary, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Nicolis, Ambrosan, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£42.00 Bibendum

Montresor, Capitel della Crosara, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£39.90 Boutinot

Zenato, Ripassa, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.20 Eurowines

Cantina di Custoza, Corvina Garda, Val dei Molini 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.65 Eurowines

Italy: North-East - Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia – Red

Colterenzio, Pinot Nero 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

Chalking up another Gold for Colterenzio, this Pinot Nero drew praise from judges for its ‘delicate nose of wild strawberry and raspberry, with sweet cinnamon spice, some woody herbs and generous fruit’, said Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang, who found that its ‘silky texture and delicate tannins support good concentration, fruit intensity and length’. A similarly impressed Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental found it ‘fruit driven, with hints of violet and rose, with a well-defined, elegant palate’.

£11.47 Enotria&Coe

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Merlot 2017, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges were impressed by this great-value Gold’s ‘maraschino cherries and baked plum notes, with a grippy, chalky texture and smooth tannins’, began The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki, while Immacolata Cannavo of Hakkasan Mayfair spoke highly of its ‘bright red fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry’, before describing it as ‘quite earthy, but with light, supple tannins’. ‘A very fresh wine, with black pepper spice and herbal, rosemary notes,’ added Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang.

£7.40 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Bastianich, Vespa Rosso 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Filip Viorel of Benares Restaurant & Bar noted: ‘A light and fruity nose, with a palate dominated by black fruits; complex notes of smoke and leather with lots to think of… the more time you spend with this one, the more you start to love it!’

£23.63 Bibendum

Fantinel, La Roncaia, Fusco 2014, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Filip Viorel of Benares Restaurant & Bar noted: ‘Black fruits with minerals on the nose, followed by dark, plummy soft fruit flavours. A sweet balsamic note comes through on the finish, along with a touch of cinnamon.’ ‘Tar, violet and rose, really quite perfumed,’ added Hakkasan Mayfair’s Immacolata Cannavo.

£19.93 Matthew Clark

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Nero 2016, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Very pale colour,’ remarked Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, ‘with bright, floral and red cherry aromatics. There is a hint of a green note but the finish is long, with lots of red berry fruit and a pleasing, spiced twist.’

£9.05 Boutinot

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A nose of floral red fruit; medium bodied with nice texture. Easy drinking. Sour cherry notes are balanced with a good acidity and gentle tannins,’ said 67 Pall Mall’s Antonio Federico Moccia.

£7.69 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2014, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Cliveden House’s Sean Arthur was impressed: ‘A smooth and velvety wine showing dense blackcurrant, chocolate and an aromatic spiced note. Excellent value for money.’ ‘Wild berries and violets,’ added 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen’s Melania Battiston, ‘with a lovely herbal note.’

£9.22 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Moschioni, Schioppettino, Colli Orientali del Friuli 2011, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Expressive and decadent,’ said Alonso Abed of Hide Above, adding: ‘Powdered chocolate and cacao reach out to the nose. Rich notes of plum and red cherry jam fill the palate.’ ‘Bitter chocolate and soy,’ mused Sonal Clare of Purnell’s Restaurant.

£36.75 Eurowines

Fantinel, Tenuta Sant Helena, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Melania Battiston of 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen noted: ‘The wine has a herbaceous character with notes of bay leaf and sage, as well as a green bell pepper note. The fruit, however, is all tart strawberries and raspberries, giving great acidity, soft tannins and a long finish.’

£12.92 Matthew Clark

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Teroldego Rotaliano 2017, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

With its ‘smoky, blackcurrant nose with hints of eucalyptus and lick of oak’, team leader Jade Koch certainly thought this wine had its place: ‘Perhaps a bit brash but could be good in a pub by the glass.’

£8.16 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Fantinel, La Roncaia, Refosco 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£20.84 Matthew Clark

Moschioni, Rosso Celtico, Colli Orientali del Friuli 2011, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.15 Eurowines

Moschioni, Rosso Real, Colli Orientali del Friuli 2011, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.30 Eurowines

Alois Lageder, Krafuss, Pinot Noir 2015, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£31.46 Bibendum

Italy: North-East - Trentino, Alto Adige & Friuli Venezia Giulia – White

Bastianich, Vigne Orsone, Friulano 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Delicate and elegant,’ began Raphael Thierry of Street XO in his praise of this worthy Gold medal recipient, further finding ‘smoky minerality on the nose, followed by some good fruit and white flowers, too’. With its ‘orange peel, with floral notes too, and a delicate balance’, Prestonfield House’s Dave Cushley thought this was ‘one to get to know’, while The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi thought its ‘stone fruit and honeysuckle, with creaminess on the palate balanced by freshness’ made it the right choice for ‘spiced lentil daal’.

£12.98 Bibendum

Colterenzio, Gewürztraminer Classici 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Delicious’, was team leader Hamish Anderson’s summary of this Gold winner, which he described as ‘very aromatic and perfumed, with some Asian spice and ginger, leading to a more restrained palate with chalk and lime zest’, while Prestonfield House’s Dave Cushley pointed out that it was ‘voluptuous and refreshing at the same time’. ‘Rosewater, pear and lychee aromas, with a ripe, floral palate’ made this an ideal match for ‘seabass curry and coconut’, according to team leader Jan Konetzki.

£13.48 Enotria&Coe

Colterenzio, Chardonnay La Foa 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

A hit with our judges, and a clear candidate for Gold, this showed ‘oak and minerality on the nose, leading to more well-integrated oak on the palate, with some toasted sesame and good fruit, too’, according to Street XO’s Raphael Thierry, while team leader Angela Reddin found ‘white peach, crème anglaise and lemon posset, leading to a crunchy palate of cashews and lime’. ‘Lovely, delicate and light on the nose, yet very deep and complex on the palate,’ concluded Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains.

£26.81 Enotria&Coe

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Grigio 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

This ‘rich and developed’ Gold winner, for Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel, had some appealing notes of ‘yellow stone fruit and baked pastry, and a yeasty note’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira spoke highly of ‘lemon pie and peach, with a complex palate and big finish, with some white spices and good acidity – a very well-made wine’. Fellow team leader Martin Lam added praise for its ‘very creamy palate, with a toasted, vanilla character’.

£22.30 Eurowines

Jermann, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Gold medal winner

This worthy Gold medallist was ‘a big mouthful of crunchy, dry fruit with concentration and aromatic complexity’ for team leader Martin Lam, while Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall added praise for its ‘melon, honey and soft brioche notes, with a palate that’s zesty, with an oily touch of red apple and grapefruit, and a long finish’. ‘An oily texture, with some chalkiness and good acidity’ stood out for Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn.

£17.38 Enotria&Coe

Alois Lageder, Am Sand, Gewürztraminer 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges were generous in their praise of this worthy Gold winner, from team leader Laurent Richet MS’s description of it as ‘charming, and packed with minerality, blossoms, peach and apricot notes’ to fellow team leader Tom Forrest’s appreciation of its ‘typical floral, aromatic, perfumed Gewürztraminer nose’. ‘Buttery vanilla and some lemon and lime, with a fresh finish’ led The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi to recommend this be served with ‘monkfish or risotto’.

£20.37 Bibendum

Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this clinched a well-deserved Gold, Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn admired ‘summer flowers and orange on the nose’, before going on to describe ‘Seville orange marmalade on the palate, alongside some good minerality and acidity, and a long, orange blossom finish’. The Cross Kenilworth’s Clément Loubeyre described ‘savoury, artichoke aromas, and some evidence of skin contact’, which led to a palate that was ‘quite rich, but with lovely acidity and good citrus flavours, leading to a long finish’.

£16.88 Bibendum

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Chardonnay 2018, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Unsurprisingly taking home a handful of awards, including a Gold medal, this Chardonnay drew praise from judges for its complex notes of ‘apricot and lemon verbena’, according to team leader Jan Konetzki, who enjoyed its ‘grip, and a touch of elegant bitterness’. For Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish it was ‘light and easy drinking, but with good balance, and some grassy, green notes – all at a remarkable price. A good by-the-glass option.’

£7.38 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Rulendis, Pinot Grigio 2017, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A super-elegant wine,’ began James Fryer of Woodhead 17, who went on to describe ‘lemon pith on the nose, leading to an oily, structural palate with lemon balm notes’, while Jim Bass of Scarlet Hotel appreciatd its ‘fresh aromatics, and a clean, mineral palate’.

£12.50 Boutinot

Colterenzio, Pinot Bianco Cora 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

For team leader Angela Reddin this had ‘wet stone and herbal notes like thyme’, while Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish thought its ‘smooth, easy-drinking character, with a long finish, would make you want to drink another glass’.

£10.71 Enotria&Coe

Fantinel, La Roncaia, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A toasty nose, with hints of oak, touches of brioche, and a nice dose of melon and mature pear,’ described Rockliffe Hall’s Daniel Jonberger, while Michael Fiducia of The Royal Automobile Club found it to be ‘a richer, more opulent and serious style, with stone fruit, and real depth and length’.

£13.60 Matthew Clark

Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Sultanas, lychees and cardamom and ginger spice on the nose, leading to lovely balance on the palate, with nice acidity and bags of complex flavours,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, while The London Cookhouse’s Michael Moore further identified ‘rose petal and lavender, with an orange finish’.

£21.69 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Pretty, with gooseberry and floral aromas, like honeysuckle, leading to a palate that’s crisp, precise and dry, with some peachy stone fruit,’ said Jim Bass of Scarlet Hotel, concluding that it was ‘well made, in a popular style, and with a great price’.

£6.43 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Expressive and aromatic, with good balance, and some white peach and pear drops on the palate,’ said Pavilion Wine’s Tomasz Kuszneruk, while Rockliffe Hall’s Daniel Jonberger found it ‘light at first, with light pear fruit, before a nice oily palate, with more pear on the finish’.

£7.90 Boutinot

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Nosiola 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

According to Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection, this opened with ‘citrus, herbal and white blossom aromas, as well as some white pepper’, while Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish found ‘balanced acidity and an oily texture’.

£7.15 Boutinot

Livon, Manditocai Friulano 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A very intense, complex nose, with some spice, followed by lots of stone fruit, and an oily texture on the palate, all leading to a spicy finish,’ thought Sexy Fish’s Julien Sahut, while team leader Hamish Anderson described ‘some oak and vanilla, and a rich, generous palate’.

£22.35 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

James Fryer of Woodhead 17 found ‘apricot skin and flesh on the nose, and even a bit of smokiness, leading to more apricot, and a slight melon note, too, with a more textural mid-palate, along with some grassiness’.

£7.98 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Cavit, Maso Toresella, Chardonnay Doc Trentino Superiore Riserva 2017, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Crushed apple and chalk aromas’ led, according to team leader Angela Reddin, to ‘a saline note on the palate that’s definitely moreish – shellfish anyone?’

£13.35 Boutinot

Ruffino, Lumina Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Giulia 2016, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘An attractive, elegant nose, followed by good acidity on the citrus palate, along with some stone fruit and a delicate finish,’ said Pavilion Wine’s Tomasz Kuszneruk.

£9.39 Matthew Clark

Tramin, Stoan 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Aromas of ‘yellow stone fruit like white peach, as well as a floral note’ led, according to Dilger Sommelier Selection’s Markus Dilger, to a palate with ‘fresh acidity, and some minerality too’.

£19.47 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Sauvignon 2018, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A good value, well-made wine,’ according to team leader Nigel Lister, who described ‘a warm, spicy nose leading to a fresh, floral palate, with some apple notes’.

£8.08 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Fantinel, Tenuta Sant Helena, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.13 Matthew Clark

Colterenzio, Pinot Grigio 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.19 Enotria&Coe

Mezzacorona, Terre del Noce, Chardonnay 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2018, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.60 Boutinot

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Pinot Bianco 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.30 Eurowines

San Michele Appiano, Sanct Valentin, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.50 Eurowines

Collavini, Villa Canlungo, Pinot Grigio 2017, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Alois Lageder, Fórra, Manzoni Bianco 2016, Alto Adige, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.14 Bibendum

San Simone, Pinot Grigio Prestige 2018, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Castel Pietra, Pinot Grigio 2017, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Italy: North-East - White, including Soave

Villa Mattielli, Campolungo, Soave Classico Superiore 2017, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

This ‘rich and textured’ Soave took home a Gold medal for ‘bright acidity with some pineapple and melon notes’, according to team leader Andres Ituarte, while Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks described it as ‘fresh and mineral, with some oily, smoked characteristics’. Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish added praise for its ‘spicy nose, leading to a richer style on the palate’, and described ‘honeycomb, tangerine, and some spiciness, with a nutty finish’.

£11.75 Top Selection

Pieropan, La Rocca, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this took its rightful place on the Gold podium, impressed team leader Hamish Anderson called it ‘toasty and young, leading to a warm, savoury and complex palate, with nuts, lemon and beeswax’. Fellow team leader Andres Ituarte, meanwhile, spoke highly of its ‘rich style, nutty and ripe, with some well-integrated fruit and balanced acids, not to mention a long, toasty finish – making it perfect with salted cod or Dungeness crab’.

£20.02 Liberty Wines

Alpha Zeta, Terrapieno, Pinot Grigio 2018, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

‘This has a lovely aromatic profile,’ began Raphael Thierry of Street XO on encountering this clear Gold winner, going on to describe ‘melon, apple and white flowers, leading to a nice, fresh texture and a long finish’. Sexy Fish’s Roberto Sanchez praised its ‘apricot, peach and lime notes’, finding it to be ‘really beautifully balanced and well structured’. ‘Perfect for cheese and English charcuterie – think a ploughman’s lunch on a sunny day in the country,’ concluded Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn.

£8.87 Liberty Wines

Riondo, Castelforte, Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2018, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Refreshing and pleasant, with some melon flavour, and a bit of creaminess,’ began Raphael Thierry of Street XO, while team leader Angela Reddin described ‘great typicity of pear fruit, with some spice characters too’.

£6.12 Forth Wines, Moreno Wines, Inverarity Morton

Pieropan, Calvarino, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Delicious, balanced and food friendly,’ summarised team leader Nigel Lister, who described ‘elegant peach fruit aromas with hints of honey, leading to some floral, honeysuckle notes on the palate’. ‘Great texture, with a hint of spice,’ added Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish.

£15.27 Liberty Wines

The Wine People, Frederico Collezione, Pinot Grigio 2018, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh, light and easy drinking, with nice texture and a long finish,’ described Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish, adding: ‘You’d want to keep drinking this until the end of the meal.’ ‘A very nice food wine,’ concluded team leader Angela Reddin.

£6.25 Frederic Robinson

Cantina di Custoza, Custoza Superiore Custodia 2017, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘The nutty, buttery nose is laced with both ripe and candied lemon,’ began The River Cafe’s Mattia Mazzi, who went on to describe a palate that was ‘fresh, but with a mouth-coating texture, well-integrated oak flavours and a long, pleasant, saline finish’.

£9.90 Eurowines

Suavia, Monte Carbonare, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Almonds, spice and fresh flowers on a very lifted and pure nose,’ began team leader Hamish Anderson, who went on to describe a palate that was ‘supple and nutty, with lemon and lime’.

£15.49 Bibendum

Prà, Staforte, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A fresh nose with lemon and a nuttiness leads to a pure and refreshing palate, with fresh lemon juice, lime leaf and some savoury nuance,’ said team leader Hamish Anderson.

£14.60 Boutinot

Anselmi, Capitel Croce 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A complex, aromatic wine, and creamy, too, with toasted notes of almonds, vanilla and a hint of honey too,’ thought Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair.

£17.23 Enotria&Coe

Anselmi, San Vincenzo 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘A very expressive wine, with sweet papaya and mango notes, and great for Thai or spicy Indian food,’ thought Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurants.

£11.37 Enotria&Coe

Suavia, Soave Classico 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection described aromas of ‘melon, apricot and almond, as well as a floral element’, going on to find ‘fresh acidity on the palate, with some green apple notes’.

£11.42 Bibendum

C&C, Zimor, Organic Pinot Grigio 2018, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

For Raphael Thierry of Street XO, this was ‘creamy, with bright, ripe fruit, showing melon, apple and a hint of lime, leading to a long, clean finish’.

£9.43 C&C SRL

Ca' Rugate, San Michele, Soave Classico 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Novità, Pinot Grigio 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Anselmi, Capitel Foscarino 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.24 Enotria&Coe

Musella, Bianco del Drago 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.40 Armit

Cantina di Custoza, Custoza Val dei Molini 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.55 Eurowines

Italy: North-west, Red including Barolo/Barbaresco

Boroli, Cerequio, Barolo 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

As this took its rightful place on the Gold List, La Trompette’s Virginia Fontò spoke highly of its complex combination of ‘strawberry and sour cherry notes, as well as tobacco, cigar box, black pepper and dark chocolate, as well as truffle and wet autumnal leaves’. D&D’s Diana Rollan found it ‘floral, with notes of dried herbs and tar – an elegant and delicate wine with a beautifully balanced palate and lovely concentration and texture’, adding: ‘This would be a great wine for your perfect steak.’

£81.14 Top Selection

Negro, Barbaresco Basarin 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Barbaresco snapped up Gold with its ‘red cherry and green peppercorn aromas, leading to firm and chalky tannins, culminating in a long, elegant finish’, according to Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, while team leader Martin Lam appreciated its ‘fresh, lifted-fruit nose, with lots of spice and lovely liquorice, as well as some sweet and sour fruit’. ‘Intense and highly structured, with leather and tobacco leaf,’ added fellow team leader Laurent Richet MS, who thought that made it ideal for ‘wild boar with smoked peppers’.

£28.26 Enotria&Coe

Bruno Rocca, Barbaresco, Rabajà 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

This was clearly deserving of a place on the Gold List, with its ‘intense creosote, oaky nose and sweet, tannic, oak-enveloped palate’, according to team leader Martin Lam, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated its ‘perfumed red cherry and coffee aromas, firm chalky tannins and a fresh long finish’. ‘Nicely balanced,’ said Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants, describing ‘tobacco, leather and underlying red fruit, along with a delicate tannin structure’.

£62.17 Liberty Wines

Tomaso Gianolio, Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Power and elegance’ elevated this to Gold, according to team leader Charlie Young, along with its ‘leafy blackcurrant aromas and a super-fresh palate packed with blackberries and spice’. A similarly impressed Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse thought this had ‘a really fresh, punchy nose and crunchy red fruits, leading to a palate that is firm and fresh, showing the classic flavours of Barbera’, before concluding that it was ‘yummy and juicy, with great grip’.

£12.96 Top Selection

Vietti, La Crena, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A marvellous wine from start to finish,’ began Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall, echoing the sentiment of his fellow judges as they elevated this to Gold, and further describing ‘a mixture of soft berries, and a good dose of cedar wood too, with a hint of spice’. Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles went on to describe ‘lovely lingering sweet morello cherry fruit character, with mouth-coating tannins that clear nicely to reveal a refreshing, dark fruit flavour’.

£34.12 Bibendum

Vietti, Tre Vigne, Barbera d'Asti 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Lovely purity of fruit’ made this a clear Gold winner for team leader Charlie Young, who thought it was ‘beautifully defined, with dark red berry aromas, full tannins and good freshness on the finish’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated ‘wild strawberries and gentle herbal hints, with a spicy, cherry fruit-driven finish’, while team Leader Martin Lam enjoyed ‘dark berry fruit notes mingling with violets on the nose, and a palate that’s high toned but balanced, and savoury, too’.

£17.30 Bibendum

Massolino, Margheria, Barolo 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘A top Barolo with superb ageing potential’ was Diana Rollan of D&D’s summary, as this unsurprisingly took Gold. She went on to describe it as ‘floral, with classic rose petal notes and dense red berries, with lovely dried herbs, too, as well as sweet spices, cedar wood and vibrant acidity – great balance and concentration. Delicious.’ A similarly impressed Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants found it ‘pretty and perfumed’, with ‘cigar box, prune, cherry and vanilla notes’ making it ideal for ‘pork with mustard mash’.

£48.57 Liberty Wines

Il Cascinone, Crocera, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Judges were generous in their praise of this Gold Lister, with Elena Serban of Hakkasan finding ‘great varietal definition, with cherry and plum, and a nice floral lift’, while for Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles there were ‘fresh tomato leaf aromas and hints of coffee’. An impressed Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall further described it as ‘smooth, with notes of lavender’, before adding that ‘the oak gives a lick of caramel, too’.

£6.95 Boutinot

Damilano, Marghe, Langhe Nebbiolo 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

As this took its place on the Gold List, team leader Jade Koch described ‘tea and purple fruit notes, as well as some chocolate liqueur’, and found it to be ‘elegant and lingering, sweet and taut’, while The Gilbert Scott’s Juan Manuel Marcos Perez noted its ‘intense flavours, with ripe tannins and fruit well integrated with the oak’. ‘A juicy palate of cherries, cedar and tobacco’ all led team leader Laurent Richet MS to picture this alongside a ‘peppered steak with morel mushrooms and green asparagus’.

£15.89 Wine Traders

Rovellotti, Costa del Salmino, Ghemme Riserva 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

This ‘taut and beautiful’ Gold winner had a ‘gorgeous floral, tarry nose’, according to team leader Nigel Lister, while fellow team leader Laurent Richet MS spoke highly of its ‘perfumed notes, bright tobacco and sour cherries, as well as some pencil shavings’, and further praised its ‘vibrant acidity well balanced with firm acidity’. Cliveden House’s Francisco Macedo, meanwhile, thought its ‘tertiary notes of dried fruit and liquorice’ would pair perfectly with ‘venison served with a berry sauce’.

£35.25 Mondial Wine

Pelassa, Sot, Nebbiolo d’Alba 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Nebbiolo took home a well-deserved Gold medal for its ‘electric red rose bouquet, with marked red berry aromas’, according to Alonso Abed of Hide Above, who went on to find a palate with ‘piercing cherry and floral notes that invite you to finish the glass’. Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants found it similarly ‘approachable, with a pretty nose of juicy fruits, and good structure – a very bright and vibrant wine’.

£13.14 Davy's Wine Merchants

Angelo Veglio, Barolo 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Diana Rollan of D&D described this as ‘spicy, earthy and toasty’ and went on to say: ‘Quite floral on the nose but with notes of white pepper. The wine has good acidity with round tannins making it feel agreeable and balanced.’

£15.60 Bibendum

Conte Vistarino, Tavernetto, Pinot Nero 2015, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘There’s light, fresh and fruity red berries, with a floral and herbal twist of aromatics,’ said Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, adding: ‘The palate is very well balanced with lots of young, fresh red fruit flavours. The fairly high acidity balances with the elegant tannins.’

£22.95 Eurowines

Vietti, Tre Vigne, Barbera d'Alba 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

This had ‘clean, pure and fresh blackcurrant aromas’ for team leader Charlie Young, who added: ‘The fruit is very attractive and juicy and the finish is not heavy at all.’ ‘I like the meatiness to it,’ said Tanguy Martin of New Street Warehouse, adding: ‘It’s intense and full but the fruit is sweet with nice touches of mint and liquorice.’

£16.43 Bibendum

Vietti, Tre Vigne, Dolcetto d'Alba 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Alonso Abed of Hide Above admired the ‘dense, blackberry and blackcurrant aromas, the beautiful structure and lively fruit finish’, while Rémi Cousin of Le Gavroche noted that ‘the wine is intense, yet fresh; juicy and persistent’.

£14.73 Bibendum

Il Cascinone, Rive, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh cassis aromas with some green leaf notes,’ said Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, also noting ‘gentle, raspberry jam fruit with a touch of black pepper and a nice mouthfeel’.

£10.75 Boutinot

Damilano, Cannubi, Barolo 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Cigar box, cedar wood and spice,’ noted D&D’s Diana Rollan, adding: ‘The red berry fruit has good acidity and the tannic structure is in balance. This is really concentrated with good texture and very good potential.’

£41.07 Wine Traders

Cordero di Montezemolo, Monfalletto, Barolo 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Pronounced red fruit aromas mingle with dried herbs, chocolate, clove and liquorice in this full-bodied wine,’ said Savoy Grill’s Matteo Cali, while D&D’s Diana Rollan described it as a ‘floral, delicate and complex Barolo with a great texture’ and concluded: ‘Classic style to be paired with red meat.’

£34.60 Eurowines

Michele Chiarlo, Tortoniano, Barolo 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Beautiful nose,’ said team leader Carlos Ferreira: ‘floral with red fruits, really very complex. Very well balanced, fresh and elegant.’ ‘The refreshing acidity makes the wine feel lighter,’ remarked D&D’s Diana Rollan, who found it ‘very round and balanced’.

£35.57 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Michele Chiarlo, 16 Mesi Le Orme, Barbera d'Asti 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Gentle wild berry and bramble nose leads to firm, ripe tannins. There are some nice high herbal notes adding complexity to the finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club. ‘Floral, sappy, perfumed and assured,’ thought team leader Martin Lam.

£11.68 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Michele Chiarlo, Reyna, Barbaresco 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘This has real depth and nuance,’ said team leader Martin Lam, ‘the chewy tannins and nice depth of fruit shows promise.’ ‘Red cherry and fresh plum mingle with meaty aromas and spice, leading to a long finish,’ added Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club

£27.84 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Olim Bauda, Barbera d'Asti, Nizza 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Big on colour, nose and palate! A rich mouthful that explodes in flavour from oak, tobacco, black cherry and supple blueberry fruit. Really rather well balanced though,’ said Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall.

£22.84 Alliance Wine

Pelassa, San Pancrazio, Barbera d’Alba 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Essence of hay with cherries, too,’ said Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall, adding: ‘The mouthfeel is calm, with cedar tree and a long aftertaste.’

£11.64 Davy's Wine Merchants

Marchesi di Grésy, Martinenga, Barbaresco 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£40.00 Boutinot

Scarpa, Rouchet, Monferrato Rosso 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£22.00 Carson Wines

Conte Vistarino, Pernice, Pinot Nero 2015, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£24.95 Eurowines

Vietti, Barbaresco Masseria 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£53.11 Bibendum

Vietti, Barolo Castiglione 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£40.76 Bibendum

Vietti, Perbacco, Nebbiolo 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.10 Bibendum

Ca’ Bianca, Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.00 Matthew Clark

Scarpa, Casa Scarpa, Barbera d'Asti 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.00 Carson Wines

Scarpa, La Bogliona, Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2012, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.00 Carson Wines

Fontanafredda, Raimonda, Barbera d'Alba 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.28 Enotria&Coe

Tomaso Gianolio, Barbaresco 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£20.69 Top Selection

Michele Chiarlo, Cipressi, Barbera d'Asti Superiore, Nizza 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

GD Vajra, Barolo Albe 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£26.90 Liberty Wines

San Silvestro, Brumo, Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Italy: North-west, White including Gavi

Fontanassa, Gavi di Gavi, Rovereto 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn saw Gold here, with its ‘sweet and sour notes, and with some creaminess, too, giving it some interesting weight’, while The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki found ‘peach, pear and apricot notes, with some steely, limestone minerality’. ‘Super-fresh and really fruity, and yet light and easy drinking, with a round finish,’ added an impressed Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam, imagining it well paired with ‘chicken or light meat dishes’.

£14.17 Top Selection

Ca' del Bosco, Chardonnay 2014, Lombardy, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Youthful and charming,’ began Texture’s Alan Bednarski as judges declared this a Gold, going on to describe ‘fantastic crunchy peach with well-balanced, generous French oak, and complex brioche and melted butter balancing the fresh limestone minerality and beautiful floral finish’. For The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki it was ‘complex, with a pronounced intensity’ with notes of ‘lemon, lime, yellow grapefruit, melon and pomelo, as well some white rose petals, and a touch oak to it, too’.

£54.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Pratello, Catulliano Lugana 2018, Lombardy, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Really showing typicity, with a pronounced grassy and herbaceous nose, leading to a refreshing palate with some good acidity,’ said Matteo Cali of Savoy Grill as this was elevated to Gold, while team leader Andre Luis Martins appreciated its ‘gentle, perfumed peach aromas, some spice notes, and a lingering finish’. Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam added further praise for its ‘approachable style, with stone fruit and some herbaceous notes, too’.

£10.45 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Ca’ Bianca, Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘All you want!’ began an enthusiastic Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn about this worthy Gold winner, calling it ‘proper Gavi, steely and mineral, with wet stone notes’. Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis went on to admire its ‘excellent intensity and purity of fruit’, while Adam Michocki of The Glasshouse thought its ‘pronounced intensity and classic style, with peaches, pears, apricot and great minerality’ made it ‘a very approachable wine’.

£9.53 Matthew Clark

Rovellotti, Il Criccone, Colline Novaresi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

One of a pair of Gold medals for Rovellotti Viticoltori in Ghemme in this year’s competition, this was described as a ‘citrus-driven wine’ by Juan Manuel Marcos Perez of The Gilbert Scott, while Francisco Macedo of Cliveden House identified ‘notes of red apple, as well as grapefruit’. ‘A fun wine,’ summarised team leader Laurent Richet MS, who particularly enjoyed ‘a salted caramel note’.

£12.10 Mondial Wine

Cà dei Frati, Brolettino, Lugana 2017, Lombardy, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Fresh and elegant’ was team leader Andre Luis Martins’ take on this Gold winner, describing ‘some green apple and light camomile aromas, leading to some ripe mango notes and a long finish’. ‘Sweet pear aromas’ led, for fellow team leader Jade Koch, to ‘a juicy, ripe and very fleshy palate, with more peach on the finish – this would be great with baked fish dishes, or with risotto’.

£17.02 Liberty Wines

Fontanassa, Ca' Adua, Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest was impressed by the complexity in this wine, with its ‘crisp lemon notes, as well as some white pepper’, going on to describe a palate with ‘some creaminess and almond nuttiness, as well as a drying, mineral finish’.

£11.67 Top Selection

Negro, Onorata Langhe Favorita 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Refreshing and light, with some interesting peach fruit, as well as some grip, all leading to a bright, silken finish,’ thought team leader Jade Koch. ‘Crisp and fresh,’ agreed Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam, who described ‘green-apple fruit and a smokiness too’.

£11.70 Enotria&Coe

Nunzio Ghiraldi, Sant'Onorata 1953, Lugana 2016, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Gunpowder and graphite on the nose, followed by ripe apple and honey on the palate – a well-balanced wine with some great acidity,’ thought Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, while Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine appreciated its ‘interesting fruit, like honeydew melon and cantaloupe, as well as some citrus’.

£15.78 Wine Traders

Lunae, Etichetta Nera, Colli di Luni Vermentino 2018, Liguria, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘An intense nose of herbs, thyme and lavender,’ began Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group. ‘Elderflower, rose and peach aromas lead to a complex and aromatic palate, with a sweet finish – a good alternative to Alsace or Mosel when pairing with curry,’ added Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston.

£17.00 Armit

Ottella, Le Creete, Lugana 2017, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch found this ‘chalky, with a bell pepper and pear drop character, and a little grip on the finish’, while Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston appreciated its ‘lovely aromatic structure, with apple and pineapple notes, and a palate that’s fresh, with some lemon’.

£17.50 Enotria&Coe

Ottella, Back to Silence 2017, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Pink grapefruit aromas lead to some baked apple notes, with a palate that’s rich and complex, with a long, lemony finish,’ thought Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, while team leader Jade Koch appreciated its ‘intense orange blossom aromas, and an attractive, silken texture’.

£18.00 Enotria&Coe

Ottella, Molceo, Lugana Riserva 2015, Lombardy, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Complex, long and fascinating,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who went on to describe a wine that was ‘plump and fleshy, with notes of greengage, gooseberry and green herbs’, while Savoy Grill’s Matteo Cali enjoyed ‘herbaceous aromas of fresh grass and asparagus, leading to a fresh palate and a long finish’.

£18.90 Enotria&Coe

Il Cascinone, Campo Fiorito, Chardonnay 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Light and easy, with some camomile flower and honey, leading to good intensity on the palate, with some minerality, too,’ said Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston, while Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine found ‘lemon and peach aromas, with hints of apricot on the soft palate’.

£6.95 Boutinot

Castel del Lupo, Della Ginestra, Pinot Grigio 2018, Lombardy, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Pronounced orange flowers on the nose, along with herbal, mint notes on the palate, leading to a lovely finish with persistent acidity,’ said Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group, while team leader Jade Koch found it ‘ight, fragrant and floral, with some sweet pear notes’.

£7.85 Boutinot

Lunae, Etichetta Grigia, Colli di Luni Vermentino 2018, Liguria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Peppery and aromatic, with some intense white flower aromas, as well as some pear and apple, leading to a palate that’s backed by good acidity,’ thought Savoy Grill’s Matteo Cali.

£12.50 Armit

Pelassa, San Vito, Roero Arneis 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Peach, pear and flowers on the nose,’ began Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth, Simpsons & Edgbaston, going on to describe a palate that was ‘full, fresh and pétillant, with an intense finish that’s both spicy and aromatic – great with aromatic fish dishes’.

£10.47 Davy's Wine Merchants

La Scolca, Black Label, Gavi dei Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Vibrant, with a zippy palate, and fresh acidity,’ began Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants, further describing ‘elegant stone fruit with some minerality, leading to a rounded and balanced finish’. ‘Delicious, with some great complexity,’ added Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis.

£24.90 Eurowines

Vietti, Roero Arneis 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£16.18 Bibendum

Olim Bauda, Gavi di Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.15 Alliance Wine

Ancilla, Ella, Lugana 2017, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

Araldica, Valle Berta, Gavi 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.95 Boutinot

La Battistina, Gavi 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.40 Boutinot

Fontanassa, Marin Timorasso 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.81 Top Selection

Michele Chiarlo, Rovereto, Gavi del Commune di Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

Zenato, Sergio Zenato, Lugana Riserva 2016, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.70 Eurowines

Morgassi Superiore, Volo, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.86 Bibendum

Italy: South – Red

Agricole Vallone, Vallone Susumaniello 2016, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Red cherries and berries well balanced by some spicy, peppery notes,’ said Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish on encountering this Gold Lister, while Ieva Markaityte of Portuguese Concepts praised its ‘old-school style, with some black olives and black bread crust notes, and some good acidity and freshness, too’. ‘A fillet of beef with Stilton would complement this well, with its dark cherry and rich chocolate notes,’ thought Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse.

£8.70 Boutinot

Vinosia, Sesto a Quinconce, Aglianico 2011, Campania, Italy

Gold medal winner

This well-deserved Gold winner was showing some ‘black fruit and sweet spices, as well as some black pepper and a savoury, meaty note, with fine-grained tannins and well-integrated alcohol’, according to Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant. ‘A complex nose of plum and vanilla, with a hint of caramel, leading to raisin fruit with fresh cherries on the palate, bringing some necessary acidity,’ continued Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine, adding that ‘hints of white truffle and crème brûlée make this a great wine’.

£43.78 Alivini

Amastuola, Primitivo 2016, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Elegance,’ summarised Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn as judges unanimously awarded Gold, further describing it as ‘dry and lean, with good fruit breaking through, and leading to a pleasant finish’. Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants thought it ‘floral and fresh, with some chalky tannins’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira found interesting notes of ‘olives, pine and eucalyptus, as well as some rosemary, all leading to a long, fresh finish with black fruits and good acidity’.

£13.05 Amathus

Francesco Candido, Salice, Salentino Riserva 2015, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

For team leader Angela Reddin, this worthy Gold winner opened with some serious ‘humidor aromas, as well as some crushed red bramble fruits, leading to a good, spicy palate with some good fruit and some tertiary leathery characteristics, too’. Woodhead 17’s James Fryer added praise for its ‘tart palate, with black plum and kirsch notes, as well as some mouthwatering acidity’, while team leader Carlos Ferreira further identified some ‘red roses, cherries and pine, with a fresh finish’.

£9.21 Enotria&Coe

Regio Cantina, Donpà, Aglianico del Vulture 2014, Basilicata, Italy

Gold medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest was taken with this Gold winner’s ‘perfumed, violet aromas, as well as cherries and blueberry notes’, which led to a palate with ‘soft red fruit, some cinnamon spice and a nice meatiness’. Fellow team leader Laurent Richet MS found it to be ‘scented with spices and liquorice, as well as some lavender and thyme, leading to prunes and dates on the palate, with elderberry and cassis, in addition to some grippy tannins’.

£11.36 Matthew Clark

Amastuola, Lamarossa, Primitivo 2015, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

This Puglian Gold medallist earned praise from team leader Tom Forrest for its ‘leafy tobacco notes and black fruit’, while The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones appreciated its ‘bright, clean flavours, including fruits of the forest, with richness and smoothness’, further describing ‘plenty of vigour and minerality on the finish’. Savvas Symeonidis of Gymkhana Restaurant found it to be ‘savoury on the nose, with leather notes, as well as red and black fruit, and sweet spices, too’.

£10.48 AMASTUOLA SOCIETA' AGRICOLA s.s.

Antica Masseria Jorche, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2014, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

Clearly a Gold winner for its ‘intense perfume of dark cherry, vanilla and liquorice, leading to a rich, full-bodied palate with good concentration, and well-integrated alcohol’, thought Matteo Cali of Savoy Grill, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW appreciated its ‘dense, ripe fruit balanced by sawdusty oak, and a complex, fleshy finish’. Woodhead 17’s James Fryer went on to describe additional interesting notes such as ‘rhubarb crumble and cola, with some earthiness, too’.

£17.95 Alivini

Francesco Candido, Cappello di Prete, Salento 2015, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Stylish, with warm black cherry notes, as well as confiture de prunes, and some hints of spices too,’ said Texture’s Alan Bednarski, while Chiara Sieni of Bottles Group appreciated its ‘delicate dried rose and violet, along with lovely, jammy dark fruits emerging – a warm and full-bodied wine’.

£10.51 Enotria&Coe

Orion Wines, Masseria Borgo dei Trulli, Primitivo 2017, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

This had, for team leader Tom Forrest, ‘warm aromas of ripe cherry and berry fruits, leading to more ripe fruit on the palate, with chalky tannins and fresh acidity’. Gymkhana Restaurant’s Savvas Symeonidis appreciated its ‘nice perfume, with red berry fruit and sweet spices, with good concentration’.

£8.00 Bibendum

Orion Wines, Masseria Borgo dei Trulli, Salice Salentino 2016, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A characterful glass of wine,’ began team leader Hamish Anderson, going on to describe ‘dark, rich bramble fruit, like blackberry jam, leading to black plum, all with some grip underneath, as well as some earthiness’.

£8.00 Bibendum

Feudi Salentini, Gocce, Primitivo del Manduria 2015, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

For Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants, this had ‘juicy black cherries, blackberries, chocolate and tobacco notes’, adding that it had ‘good structure, and a finish that is fresh, long and elegant’. Team leader Tom Forrest, meanwhile, appreciated its ‘dry, mineral palate, with some spicy, peppery notes too’.

£16.06 <