Decanter World Wine Awards 2016: How did SW wines perform?
The Decanter World Wine Awards were announced on the Decanter Magazine website on 14th Jun, in a release two weeks later than originally scheduled and attended by IT problems, as the results website crashed in the first few minutes.
The top awards from the 13,000 entries were dominated by wines of France and Chile this year, but Decanter highlighted the performance of English wines too in this extract:
Three English wines achieved the new "Platinum" top award, the two wines mentioned above and Gusborne's sparkling Blanc de Blancs.
Golds were all for sparkling wines from the SE, Coates & Seely's "La Perfide" Rosé Brut, Exton Park's Blanc de Blancs Brut, Henners Brut and Wiston Blanc de Blancs.
Camel Valley Lead for the South West, with Knightor, Langham and Lyme Bay also in the Silvers.
With six Silvers, Cornwall's Camel Valley led a smaller than usual field for this competition from the South West. Their four sparkling and two still white wines were: Chardaccus, Chardonnay Brut, Darnibole Bacchus, Darnibole Brut, Pinot Noir Brut and Pinot Noir Rosé Brut. Silvers also went to Cornwall's Kniightor (Brut), Dorset's Langham (Blanc de Blancs) and Devon's Lyme Bay (Bacchus Block).
Bronzes for Camel Valley, Lyme Bay, Oatley, Sixteen Ridges and Trevibban Mill
Camel Valley also won three Bronzes, for Bacchus Dry, Cornwall Brut and Cuvée Raymond Blanc. Other Bronzes were for Devon's Lyme Bay Winery (Pinot Noir and Shoreline), Somerset's Oatley (Jane's and Leonora's), Worcestershire's Sixteen Ridges (Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Early, Pinot Noir Rosé Brut, Signature Cuvée Brut) and Cornwall's Trevibban Mill (Black Ewe Red, Black Ewe Brut, Merope)
Commended for Smith&Evans, Three Choirs
There were Commended awards for Somerset's Smith & Evans (Higher Plot) and Gloucestershire's Three Choirs (Sonnet and Sonnet Dry)