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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > New World Sparkling Wine

Winner Details

New World Sparkling Wine

With sparkling wine still a strong element of lists in all kinds of venues, right across the country, there are clear opportunities for New World producers to carve themselves a small slice of the fizz market.

And while ten years ago the quality was somewhat up and down, increasingly they’re producing the kind of wines that can do it, whether elegant champagne wannabes like the Chromy or board-pounding surfer-dude fizz like the Hunter’s pet-nat.

No surprise that Graham Beck was in the high-end medals again, either – it’s a regular fixture on our list.

From The Tasting Teams

‘South Africa was pretty great here, while Australia surprised with the quality from the mainland. It would depend on the restaurant, but there was some fun stuff to do by the glass here.’ Matteo Furlan, The Ritz London

‘There was good value here across the board from quite a few different areas. In the on-trade a lot of people are looking for that reasonably priced aperitif that’s more of a treat and a bit different to prosecco, but not as pricey as champagne.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘It’s interesting seeing different styles like this all together. There were some great wines here. Some were beautifully subtle.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘The quality level was much higher than general prosecco, and I didn’t baulk at the prices either. They’re great because they’re different.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

Award winners

Found 10 wines

Sparkling: New World countries

Hunter's , Offshoot, Sauvignon Blanc Pet Nat 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'Cloudy and very leesy, in quite an earthy, mineral style, with freshness and personality. This would be good as an aperitif for adventurous customers.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Crunchy apple and pear, along with apricot, lime and lemon, and notes of yoghurt from the unfiltered lees. This would be a lovely pairing with something like cod mantecato, Venetian-style. Great stuff.' Matteo Furlan, The Ritz London.

£12.00 Jeroboams

Josef Chromy, Sparkling NV, Tasmania, Australia

Gold medal winner

'Delicate fruit notes with traces of bread and pastry, leading to an elegant palate with fresh acidity and a zesty finish.' Matteo Furlan, The Ritz London. 'A complete aromatic profile, with a great variety of aromas including yellow apples, peach and delicate walnut. The mousse is smooth, with a velvety texture and a delicate ginger note on the finish. Delicious.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London.

£17.41 Bibendum

Graham Beck, Blanc de Blancs 2014, Robertson, South Africa

Silver medal winner

'This is a fruit-driven style with some fresh minerality joined by notes of lemon, green apple and white flowers, with a zesty mousse and a crisp finish.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London. 'A refreshing sparkling wine that really speaks of its origin, and would work on a Michelin-starred restaurant wine list.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader.

£16.03 Bibendum

Huia Vineyards, Huia, Blanc de Blancs 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'Like a fresh spring breeze over a bay... This is floral and citrus, with some tropical notes as well as biscuit and almond. A smoky element gives depth, but freshness is key here. Begs for shellfish.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'There's papaya on the nose, and a florality, with mango and tropical fruit on the palate, and good balance overall.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£21.57 Bibendum

Undurraga, Extra Brut NV, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

'An excellent sparkling from Chile, with pineapple and mango on the nose, and some great tension on the palate that really follows through.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'Warm peach aromas encased in digestive biscuit crumb lead to a nice fresh mousse with acidity in balance with the flavours and toastiness.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£11.71 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Hunter's , Miru Miru NV, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'A really expressive and intense nose with engaging citrus, stone fruits and brioche notes, with very fine bubbles and a really good finish - especially at this price point.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'A great sparkling wine that's well-suited to a restaurant list, with notes of quince, toast, vanilla and pears.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

£14.30 Jeroboams

Akarua, Brut NV, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£18.45 Liberty Wines

Graham Beck, Brut NV, Robertson, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£13.70 Bibendum

Accolade, Croser NV, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Commended medal winner

£16.72 Matthew Clark

Peller , Ice Cuvée, Sparkling NV, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£22.27 Enotria&Coe

 

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