South-East Glory: English sparkling wines shine at International Wine Challenge with Sussex producers leading the charge
21 English wines win medals at the IWC 2016’s Tranche One, including one Gold
- 21 English wines win a medal at the prestigious wine competition
- One English sparkler receives ultimate accolade earning a Gold medal
- Half of medal winners produced in Sussex
- More medals expected in Tranche 2
A flurry of English wines received medals at Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2016, announced today. A total of 21 medals were awarded to home-grown wines, including one wine from Herefordshire grapes being awarded a much-coveted Gold medal. 12 wines were also awarded Silver medals, and eight English wines earned Bronzes.
- Nine of the medal winners were produced in Sussex, which continues to thrive as one of England’s top wine making counties. The exception was English bubbly Hart of Gold, made from grapes grown in Herefordshire. It lived up to its name – Hart of Gold 2010, a delicious sparkling Chardonnay, was the only Gold medal-winner.
- Another Sussex producer, Court Garden, showed star quality at this tranche of the competition, scooping three Silver medals and a single Bronze medal. Its Court Garden Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011, Court Garden Ditchling Reserve 2011 and Court Garden Ditchling White Ortega 2014 all earned Silver medals, while its Court Garden Classic Cuvée Brut NV won a Bronze accolade.
- Ridgeview Wine Estates, which has been producing sparkling wine in Sussex since 1994, also received four Silver medals including its Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2011, Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2010 and Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs 2010. Its Marksman English Sparkling Brut Blanc de Blancs 2011 also received a Silver medal, and is available in Marks & Spencer for £26.
- England might be famed for its sparkling wines, but the latest IWC results show how English still wines are improving, with awards to prove this. Nine still wines received medals at this tranche of the competition, including four Silver and five Bronze medals.
- The still Silver medals winners were all white wines: Halfpenny Green Vineyards’ Tom Hill 2014, CHAFOR Wine Estate’s Chafor Bacchus 2014, Litmus’s White Pinot 2013 and Court Garden Ditchling Ortega 2014.
- Five still wines (four white, one rosé) won Bronze this year, coming from various regions, including Devon, East Anglia and the South West. Gifford Hall Vineyard’s Giffords Hall Bacchus and R.W. Buckingham & Son’s Double Hedges Bacchus 2014 were both produced in East Anglia and received Bronze medals. R.W. Buckingham & Son picked up another Bronze for its Double Hedges Solaris 2014.
- Somerset vineyard Dunleavy produced the country’s only medal winning rosé, for its Dunleavy Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Sussex is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to producing outstanding English sparkling wines. And our only Gold, from Herefordshire, is a glorious newcomer. Year on year, English wines are winning more medals. All we need are a few good summers.”
Charles Metcalfe continued:
“Sparkling wines may win the most awards, but there are some very good still wines, as well. The producers are honing their skills and it is a joy to see the result of their hard work.”
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