Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 - Golds Galore!
The 2018 Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) results have been revealed and we're delighted to announce there are 119 winning wines from our portfolio!
This includes 20 Gold medals, 32 Silver Medals and one special trophy:
Food Match Trophy
San Silvestro, Brumo, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Italy 2015
"A ‘great value and good all-rounder’, according to Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, this took its place on the Gold List, offering ‘ripe red cherry notes, with some floral perfume and a raisin note too’."
Gold Medal Winners
Ancilla, Ella, Lugana, Italy 2016
"An impressive Gold medal recipient, this had a ‘full, volcanic nose with hints of incense and floral notes’, according to Matteo Furlan of The Ritz London."
Berton Vineyard, Reserve, Shiraz, Australia 2015
"Judges had nothing but praise for this Gold medallist. Royal Automobile Club’s Davide Dall’Amico was keen on its ‘fresh crushed black and Morello cherry with minty notes on the nose'."
Château de Campuget, 1753, Syrah/Vermentino Rosé, France 2017
"This was a hit with our judges, who pronounced it worthy of Gold for its ‘intensely aromatic nose led by ripe cantaloupe melon skin and pulp as well as ripe, sweet peach’"
Château de Campuget, 1753, Viognier, France 2017
"A lovely attack of peach fruit and white peach skin,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, as this took home a well-deserved Gold, going on to describe the palate as ‘oily, well textured and complex’."
Château Ksara, Chardonnay, Lebanon 2016
"‘Plenty of fruit, good, juicy and vibrant,’ began team leader Simon Woods, finding this Gold winner to have ‘lots of power and presence."
Château Puy Guilhem, Fronsac, France 2009
"Identifying a wine that was nothing but solid Gold, Adam Michocki of Glasshouse appreciated this for its ‘developed, farmyardy, leather and forest floor complexity of aromas, nice plums and cassis on a smooth palate."
Frescobaldi, Castelgiocondo, Brunello di Montalcino, Italy 2012
"A ‘beautifully perfumed style, with violets and blackberries, meaty and fleshy on the palate,’ began team leader Andrea Briccarello as this took the Gold."
Ktima Gerovassiliou, Avaton, Epanomi, Greece 2014
"A hit with our judges, this Macedonian red struck Gold with its ‘opulent and modern’ style, thought Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin."
Lake Chalice, The Raptor, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2016
"‘Ripe lemons with baked pink grapefruit on the nose,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who found this Gold medal wine to be ‘elegant, almost a Sancerre in a ripe year’"
Larry Cherubino, Ad Hoc, Hen & Chicken, Chardonnay, Australia 2016
"There was plenty of fruit and personality in this clear candidate for Gold, with team leader Nigel Lister noting ‘quince, pineapple, coconut and vanilla, and an exotically rich and creamy texture."
Michele Chiarlo, Tortoniano, Barolo, Italy 2013
"Impressing Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms with its ‘herbs and tar on the palate, great fruit all in place and well-structured tannins’."
Pegões, Touriga Nacional, Portugal 2015
"‘Bold oak and strong, tarry aromas’ were the hallmark of this full-bodied Gold Lister, said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who also found ‘firm, dark plums balanced with savoury notes, making for a thumping, black fruit impression."
Saint Clair, Omaka Reserve, Chardonnay, New Zealand 2016
"Echoing the praise that other judges had for this Gold medal-winning Chardonnay, team leader Sam Caporn MW found ‘sappy oak on the nose and palate, some interesting back notes and wood phenols on the finish'."
Saint Clair, Wairau Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2016
"A Sauvignon Gold to go with Saint Clair Family Estate’s Silver medal-winning Pinot Noir. Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles liked its ‘clean nose with vegetal notes and elegant minerality, an intense palate?."
Santa Maria La Nave, Calmarossa, Etna Rosso, Italy 2014
"‘An enticing nose’ was among the effusive praise this Sicilian red received, along with its Gold medal, with Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia describing ‘an opulent palate, with good length"’
Sylvain Loichet, Bois de Gréchons, Ladoix Blanc, France 2015
"‘Massive but classy’ was Lutyens Bar & Restaurants’ Mattia Mazzi’s first impression of this Gold medallist, going on to describe it as ‘intense, fine and concentrated’."
Teusner, The Riebke, Shiraz, Australia 2016
"It was ‘elegance, with depth, balance of fruit, spice and weight’ that earned this its Gold medal, according to The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones, who further described it as ‘savoury and meaty?'."
Tramin, Nussbaumer, Gewürztraminer, Italy 2016
"'A delicate, rose petal nose with very pretty, plump fruit, some gentle peach and spiced pear,’ was team leader Nigel Lister’s appraisal as this took its rightful spot on the Gold List."
Tramin, Stoan, Italy 2016
"A broad combination of flavour influences helped elevate this to Gold, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighting ‘ripe stone fruit with an oily texture, orange peel and lemon zest on a creamy mid-palate'."
Castello Vicchiomaggio, La Prima, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2014
"On encountering this Gold winner, Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia was lured in by an ‘enticing nose of dark berry compote and toffee apple, leading to an opulent and silky-smooth palate’."
Castello Vicchiomaggio, Agostino Petri, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2015
"Team leader Laura Rhys MS was drawn to this exceptional Gold winner’s ‘bold and juicy dark fruits on the nose, spice and weight on the palate’, finding it a ‘modern style with prominent but well-integrated oak’."
Oveja Negra, Single Vineyard, Carignan, 2015
"‘I really like the finesse and light oak here,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte in his praise of this Gold winner, further describing a wine that was ‘soft, fruity and balanced’"
Barros, Colheita, 1998
"Effusive in their praise, judges didn’t hesitate in handing over the Gold here. Finding the nose ‘very spicy with dried fruits, leather, tobacco and cinnamon’, The Don’s Carlos Ferreira admired a palate that was ‘very beautiful, perfectly fresh and balanced’"
Silver Medal Winners
Bernard Remy, Carte Blanche, Brut, France NV
Berton Vineyard, Reserve, Botrytis Semillon, Australia 2015
Carpenè Malvolti, 1868, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry, Italy NV
Carpenè Malvolti, 1868, Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze, Italy NV
Carpineto, Poggio Sant’Enrico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy 2009
Château de Chamilly, Montagny 1er Cru, Les Burnins, France 2015
Château de Rouillac, Pessac-Léognan, France 2012
Champagne Collet, Art Deco, Brut, France NV
Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Creux Brouillard, Gevrey-Chambertin, France 2015
Doña Paula, Selección de Bodega, Malbec, Argentina 2014
Echeverria, Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Chile 2016
Gaia, Wild Ferment, Assyrtiko , Greece 2017
Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, Pica Broca, Terrasses du Larzac, France 2014
Gerovassiliou, Malagousia, Greece 2017
Lake Chalice, The Raptor, Chardonnay, New Zealand 2016
Larry Cherubino, Ad Hoc, Middle of Everywhere, Shiraz, Australia 2016
Lismore, Chardonnay, South Africa 2015
Matias Riccitelli, Old Vines from Patagonia, Merlot, Argentina 2015
Pagos del Moncayo, Prados, Fusión, Garnacha/Syrah, Spain 2016
Philippe Bouzereau, Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru, Les Duresses, Rouge, France 2015
Piattelli Vineyards, Grand, Malbec, Argentina 2015
Pinord, +&+, Cava Brut Selección, Spain NV
Roccolo Grassi, Valpolicella, Italy 2012
Saint Clair, Pioneer Block 22, Barn Block, Pinot Noir, New Zealand 2016
San Marzano, Collezione Cinquanta, Rosso d’Italia, Italy NV
San Marzano, Talò, Malvasia Nera, Salento, Italy 2016
Schloss Johannisberg, Bronze Seal, Riesling Trocken, Germany 2016
Schloss Johannisberg, Yellow Seal, Riesling Feinherb, Germany 2016
Schloss Johannisberg, Pink Seal, Riesling Auslese, Germany 2014
Umberto Cesari, Liano, Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon, Italy 2015
Zorzal, Eggo, Tinto de Tiza, Malbec, Argentina 2015