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Winner Details

Sweet Wine

Wow. What a ride. This year stickies saw Golds from seven different countries; prices from cheap to expensive and wine styles that went from ‘cheerful and bouncy’ to ‘serious and intellectual’. Sweet wines tend to attract a fair slew of medals, but even allowing for the Joys of Sugar, this was a really interesting part of this year’s competition.

Of course, our tasters found classic styles – Canadian ice wine, Tokaji, straw wines and Mosel Auslese. But their eyes were well and truly opened by what they weren’t expecting: high-class Kiwi sweeties, a succulent English Schönburger and a playful Brachetto.

Customers might not ask for these unprompted, but with a bit of gentle prodding, they can really provide the wow factor.

From The Tasting Teams

‘Non-botrytis sweet wines are very good in a restaurant, for pairings, or for private dining where you have a larger room, and can have a white, red and sweet wine at the end to upsell.’ Erik Simonics, Annabel’s

‘I enjoyed the easy-going fruity, sparkling reds. Almost Asti-esque, they were good fun, would work well by the glass, and pair well with fruit-based desserts.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘If people don’t want to gamble they’ll probably go Tokaji.’ Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier

‘The ice wines were all good. They’re great for dessert pairings.’ Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant

‘I’d want to list a few of these reds. They’re varied and versatile. You could be imaginative with the dessert matches.’ Laurent Richet MS, team leader

‘Everything in the ice wine flight was just really lovely. They’re expensive, but they’re ice wines, and that comes at a cost.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘The late-harvest New Zealand wines really impressed me – a really good alternative to Austrian or German wine.’ Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House

Award winners

Found 21 wines

Sweet Wines

Contero, Brachetto d'Acqui 2019, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

'With its lovely fruit and fresh bubbles, this is an interesting style to finish dinner, ending on a sweet, fresh note.' Raphael Thierry, consultant. 'Vibrant and juicy strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants combine with some lively acidity on the palate. This would be a really fun pairing for fruit-based desserts such as peach Melba or strawberries and cream.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.

£12.10 Size: 75cl Liberty Wines

Markus Molitor, Graacher Himmelreich, Auslese 2015, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

'A typical Riesling, rich and ripe, with some jammy stone fruit and well-balanced acidity.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s. 'Myer lemon, orange blossom and a hint of honeysuckle, and lively acidity. A perfect match with funky cheeses.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London. 'A really damn good wine, with crème brûlée and kerosene, as well as honeyed fruits.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£18.21 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum

Tupari, Late Harvest Riesling 2014, Awatere Valley, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'This is textbook botrytis.' Raphael Thierry, consultant. 'Some full-on marzipan and honey notes, with little licks of orange peel too, and decent acidity.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Nectarine and apricot skin flavours lead to some light treacle notes. Overall this is an elegant and food-friendly wine.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£12.82 Size: 37.5cl Ester Wines

Biddenden Vineyards, Schönburger 2018, Kent, England

Gold medal winner

'Refreshing and fruity with sweetness that isn't over the top. There's lively freshness with pineapple acidity.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Some delicate aromatic peach and apricot notes here.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'Very elegant on the nose, and delicate on the palate - an option for a fine-dining wine list.' Gianluca Provenzani, Belmond Cadogan Hotel.

£7.05 Size: 50cl Biddenden Vineyards

De Trafford, De Trafford Straw Wine 3V NV, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Gold medal winner

'Wow. Dried fruit, gingerbread spice and salted caramel.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Honeyed toffee apple, luscious raisins, and some floral notes of rose perfume too.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'This has a big personality, with roasted fruit and toffee, as well as burnt caramel on the palate, with raisins and hay too. I love the texture and flavour. Beautiful.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£26.53 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum

Peller , Riesling, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada

Gold medal winner

'The complexity here is impressive, with serious decadence on the nose and palate, showing candied rose, pineapple, tarte tatin, honeyed apricot and candied orange peel.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'Ripe, with honeyed peaches and apricots. This is luscious, rich and complex, not to mention intensely sweet.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.

£35.08 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Szepsy, Szamorodni 2016, Tokaj, Hungary

Gold medal winner

'A glorious Tokaji, with golden plums and peaches, tea leaves and the suggestion of mint.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader. 'Elegant, rich, complex! This is a really lovely example.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'Extravagant, complex and full of joy. This is rich and unctuous in the mouth with fresh honey drizzled on pineapple. Spot on.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£38.09 Size: 50cl Top Selection

Anama, Vintage 2013, Commandaria, Cyprus

Silver medal winner

'Complex, rich and enthralling.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'A mature, tawny style with lots of tertiary notes, with dates, dried fruits and raisins.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant. 'This has notes of cloves, lemon thyme and bruised apple, together with toasted almonds and lemon zest.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£75.80 Size: 50cl Anama Cellar

Tokajicum Borház, Tokaji Aszú, 6 Puttonyos 2016, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'A nose full of cooked, ripe stone fruit, with a soft and gentle palate with a lasting edge of sweet cinder toffee.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier. 'Buttery, honeyed loveliness, with a tart citrus finish.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Built around citrus acidity, with pineapple notes, as well as some vanilla.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader.

£18.60 Size: 50cl Best of Hungary Ltd.

Peller , Vidal, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada

Silver medal winner

'Delicious, with intense honeyed apricot notes.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'An unctuous texture, with honeysuckle and floral notes joining poached pears in cinnamon and orange syrup.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Orange and sherbet lemon notes, with some crisp acidity.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House

£30.83 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Peller , Cabernet Franc, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada

Silver medal winner

'Amazing juicy notes of redcurrant, raspberry, rhubarb and dried apricots, with great freshness on the palate and acidity that keeps the flavours running for miles. This would be an incredible match with rhubarb and custard dishes, as well as creamy blue cheese.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'Super-sweet and luscious, with good length and complexity.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.

£41.87 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Stratus, Riesling, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada

Bronze medal winner

'This is racy and vibrant on the palate, with a mixture of barbecued pineapple, apricot, marmalade, honeyed lemon zest and minerals, all with some incredible complexity and acidity, and a finish that lasts for a century.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'So delicious and refreshing for a sweet wine - this would go astonishingly with chilli-spiced roasted pineapple and coffee ice-cream.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader.

£21.84 Size: 37.5cl Bibendum

Yealands Estate , Winemaker's Reserve, Noble Riesling 2019, Awatere Valley, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Super-classy New Zealand purity, with a silky mouthfeel and notes of jasmine, gooseberry, greengages and crystalline fruit, with some green tea leaves too.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader. 'Ripe, luscious and incredibly vibrant, with melon, mango and citrus.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

£16.17 Size: 37.5cl Enotria&Coe

Siddùra, Nùali, Moscato di Sardegna 2016, Sardinia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A very complex and clear wine that would suit a fine-dining restaurant, with notes of apricot and honey.' Gianluca Provenzani, Belmond Cadogan Hotel. 'Ripe quince, peach and apricot aromas, with a floral, petal note, leading to a honeyed and syrupy palate with some warming spices on the finish. Bring on the biscotti.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£20.20 Size: 37.5cl Mondial Wine

Royal Tokaji, Blue Label, 5 Puttonyos 2016, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£24.59 Size: 50cl Bibendum

Berton Vineyard, Botrytis Semillon, Reserve, Riverina 2018, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£10.37 Size: 37.5cl Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Nicolis, Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£24.03 Size: 50cl Bibendum

Balassa Bor , Bomboly, Tokaji Szamorodni 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£25.90 Size: 50cl Best of Hungary Ltd.

Szarka Pince, Tokaji Cuvée 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£12.87 Size: 37.5cl Top Selection

Tokajicum Borház , Tokaji Aszú, 5 Puttonyos 2014, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£14.00 Size: 50cl Best of Hungary Ltd.

Saint Clair, Godfrey's Creek, Noble Riesling 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£15.16 Size: 37.5cl Hallgarten & Novum Wines

 

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