English sparkling wines triumph with IWSC accolades

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English sparkling wines have picked up eight Gold and Gold Outstanding medals in IWSC’s announcement of winning wines from the northern hemisphere.

Revealed at London Wine Fair at London Olympia today, the results – excluding wines from France and Italy – also saw Gold medals going to wines from Austria, Greece and Israel.

The eight leading English wines were Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs 2013 and Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013, Breaky Bottom Cuvée Reynolds Stone 2010, Marksman English Sparkling Brut Blanc de Blancs 2014, Meunier Pinot Meunier Brut 2014, Greyfriars Vineyard Blanc de Blancs 2013, Wiston Estate Cuvée 2009, and Bluebell Vineyard Hindleap Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008.

The Austrian Gold medal winning wines included the Sektkellerei Gebrüder Szigeti Zero Dosage 2014, Weingut Rabl Grüner Veltliner Ried Dechant Alte Reben, Lenz Moser Selection Grüner Veltliner 2017, and Weingut Türk Eiswein vom Grünen Veltliner 2016. The latter was described as “a superb wine” and praised by judges for its “crystalline aromas of apricots, lemon zest and orange marmalade with an ethereal gardenia nuance”.

The Israeli Gold winner Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was described by judges as “powerful yet graceful” with “enticing savoury spice”, while the Greek Chateau Porto Carras 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which won Gold Outstanding, impressed for its freshness – a “serious, complex wine,” judges agreed.

Many of these are available for tasting on the IWSC stand throughout London Wine Fair which opened today and runs until Wednesday.

Chapel Down won Gold Outstanding for Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013 and Gold for Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blanc 2013 in the bottle fermented sparkling categories.

Mark Harvey, managing director of Chapel Down in Kent, said “These are exciting results. Our mission is to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in this country and under the leadership of our exceptional head winemaker, Josh Donaghy-Spire, we are consistently doing that. Our vineyards are capable of global excellence and we are thrilled to share these wines with the world.”

Josh added: “Kit’s Coty is the jewel in our crown and we’re thrilled the excellence of these wines has been recognised in this way. Its unique climate & terroir allow me to push English wine and sparkling wine to ever greater heights.” –

For a full list of the IWSC results, visit iwsc.net.

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