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Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

The 2019 Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) results have been revealed and we are delighted to announce there were a total of 158 winning wines from across our portfolio.


One Critics' Choice Trophy, 34 Gold medals and 42 Silver medals! Below is a round-up of the highlights... For further details on any of the wines, or to see the full list, please contact your account manager.


 Critics’ Choice Trophy & Gold Medal

Barros, White Port NV

‘A very complex nose filled with toasted almonds and dried figs, along with some spicy orange and leather notes’ secured this white port’s Gold medal, according to team leader Carlos Ferreira, who found the palate to be ‘fresh and elegant, with a long finish’. Fellow team leader Tom Forrest noted ‘warm, cooked, honeyed apples with orange peel notes over a medium sweet, peppery spiced palate’, adding that its ‘good acidity keeps the toffee apple finish in check’.


 Gold Medals



Matias Riccitelli, Old Vines from Patagonia, Merlot 2016


Clos Clare, Riesling 2017

Ocean Eight, Pinot Noir 2015

Berton Vineyard, High Eden, The Bonsai, Shiraz/Cabernet 2016


Kozlovic, Malvazija 2017


Wiston Estate, Goring Rosé NV


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

Château de Rouillac, Pessac-Léognan 2016

Domaine Jean Goulley, Chablis 2017

Domaine Georges Vernay, Terrasses de L'Empire, Condrieu 2016

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

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

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

Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, La Villa Rosé, Pays d'Oc 2017

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

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

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


Alpha Estate, Malagouzia, Single Vineyard Turtles 2018

Alpha Estate, Xinomavro, Single Vineyard Hedgehog 2016 (Hallgarten are currently on the 2012 vintage)


Colomba Bianca, 'Vitese', Sicily, Zibibbo 2018

Santa Maria La Nave, Millesulmare, Sicilia Bianco 2015

Santa Maria La Nave, Calmarossa, Etna Rosso 2015

Carpineto, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015

Castello Vicchiomaggio, Agostino Petri, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 (Hallgarten are currently on the 2015 vintage)

Colomba Bianca, 'Vitese', Sicily, Nero d'Avola 2018

New Zealand

Saint Clair, Wairau Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Pegões, Adega de Pegões, Selected Harvest Red 2014

South Africa

Lismore, The Age of Grace, Viognier 2017


Dominio de Fontana, Sauvignon Blanc/Verdejo 2018

Hiruzta, Txakoli 2018

Viñátigo, Vijariego Blanco 2017

Casa del Valle, 'Antina', Tierra de Castilla, Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017