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IEWA 2018 Results: Langham wins Top Sparkling Wine

    1. Second Year of Independent English Wine Awards

    2. The Wine Competition season this year kicked off with the Independent English Wine Awards2018_THE_IEWA_MEDAL_OBVERSE_SIDE_GOLD
    3. (The IEWA), which held its second annual judging at the historic Rummer Hotel, Bristol on 17 March 2018. In the second year of this Competition it attracted 88 entries from 22 different counties, a rise on its first year.
    4. The competition awarded 72 medals, up from last year's 54: 13 gold, 28 silver and 31 bronze, with winners a near even split between sparkling and still wines. 
    5. Langham Estate wins Top Sparkling Wine

    6. The title of top sparkling wine of the competition was awarded to Dorset's Langham Estate's 2014 Sparkling Rosé. 
    7. Other Golds for SWVA members were Lyme Bay Winery's red Pinot Noir 2016 and Worcestershire's Astley Vineyard Sparkling Kerner 2014. 
    8. SWVA member Silver Medals went to three 2016 Bacchus wines, from Polgoon, Aldwick Court Farm and Astley, two sparklers from Lyme Bay, their Blanc de Noirs 2014 and Classic Cuvée 2013 and also their 2017 Bacchus, to Langham's Blanc de Noirs 2013, Three Choirs Classic Cuvée NV and Dunleavy's still Pinot Noir Rosé 2016.

    9. SWVA Bronzes were: Three Choirs Siegerrebe 2016, Astley Old Vine Kerner 2015, Langham's Classic Cuvée 2014, Lyme Bay Chardonnay 2016, Fenny Castle Blanc de Noirs 2015, Polgoon  Rondo 2016, Oatley Leonora's 2014, Dalwood Brut 2015, Oatley Barrel Matured 2016, Three Choirs Coleridge Hill 2016. 

    10. The 18-person judging panel was chaired by Master of Wine Liam Steevenson, and sub-chaired by winemaker Ben Hulland, Champagne buyer Alex Schuster and drinks writer Cherry Constable, with panel members drawn from across the wine spectrum, from merchant, to broadcaster, to knowledgeable consumer.
    11. Judging was carried out by blind tasting, with scoring submitted via a digital platform, with gold medals then tasted again by the panel chairs to verify results and establish ‘trophy’ wines for both sparkling and still.
    12. Chair of Judges: "Lyme Bay Red: Pinot Noir that the Burgundians would be proud of"

    13. Judging panel chair Liam Steevenson MW noted of English wine: “What cannot be disputed anymore is that England and its talented group of enthusiastic producers are creating wines that compete in style and quality with anything the rest of the world can offer. We are without doubt a wine producing nation! Steevenson went on to reflect of the results: “There is real strength in the sparkling and white categories, and for me those that dared to be 'English' in style rather than try and emulate French counterparts really stood out. For all that, my wine of the day was the Lyme Bay red: Pinot Noir that the Burgundians would be very proud of!” 
    14. Founder: "So much to celebrate.."

    15. Event founder, Bristol-based marketer Alexander Taylor commented: “These results really show off the diverse capability of English wine. They show that we’re making compelling wine all over the country, still and sparkling, using a range of grapes and styles - a fantastically broad offering to consumers; Cornwall to Hampshire, Staffordshire to Sussex - medal winning wine is being made all across England. There is such a wide range of styles to choose from. English wine now means genuinely different still and sparkling wines, from our take on international styles, from Classic Cuvées, Blanc de Noirs, Pinots Gris, Blanc and now even Noir (!), to lesser known Ortega, Seyval, and Kerner, and of course our own emergent still wine messiah, Bacchus. There is so much to celebrate in English wine right now - and the results of the IEWA this year simply reflect that. It’s a real privilege to be able to work with producers to help grab people's attention and tell the story" Taylor said.
  1. Full list of result can be viewed at: https://www.iewa.uk/gallery/2018


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