Triumph for English still and sparkling wines at the International wine Challenge 2020
Hot on the success for England in the International Wine & Spirit Competition last week – with Langham Wine Estate crowned sparkling wine producer of the year – further triumph can be celebrated in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) whose results were unveiled yesterday. No less than four trophies were awarded this year including for a first English Red Trophy. Balfour Hush Heath Red Miller 2018, produced from 100% Pinot Meunier, one of the trio of limited edition wines from the Kent estate’s Winemaker Collection. The same wine won a second Trophy – the James Rogers Trophy for the best wine in its first year of production.
English Classic Method wine triumphed with three sparkling wines: the English Sparkling Rosé Trophy was awarded to Hattingley Valley Rosé 2015; Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve NV won the Non Vintage Classic Blend English Sparkling Trophy and Nyetimber was awarded the Vintage Classic Blend English Sparkling Trophy for their Classic Cuvée 2010.
It proved another year for results in the medals, with an impressive 131 medals – 14 Gold, 56 Silver and 61 Bronze. 30 Commended medals were also awarded.
19 counties’ wines were in the line up of winners, from Yorkshire to Cornwall, Kent to Hampshire. Sparkling wines scooped 102 of the overall winners, which included both classic method and charmat method wins, and 59 stills.
You can find further details on the wines on the IWC website.