English wine wins top prize at DWWA

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

A NORFOLK WINE has made a strong case for join­ing wine world roy­alty, after win­ning one of the De­can­ter World Wine Awards’ most cov­eted medals. Win­birri Vine­yards’ Bac­chus 2015 was awarded the Plat­inum Best in Show medal for the best value white wine made from a sin­gle va­ri­ety. That va­ri­ety is Bac­chus, a grape rel­a­tively un­touched by most of the wine world, but which has found a home in the fledg­ling English wine in­dus­try. Win­birri’s vic­tory lays down a strong marker for English still wine, which has been over­shad­owed by the coun­try’s emerg­ing sparkling wines.

‘I think I might re­tire now,’ joked Win­birri’s owner and head wine­maker, Lee Dyer. ‘It doesn’t get any big­ger than win­ning a De­can­ter award.’ When the award was an­nounced, Dyer said he had spent most of the day wel­com­ing news crews and field­ing me­dia queries. ‘For ev­ery call I take, I’m miss­ing an­other five calls,’ he said.

Win­birri Vine­yards, Bac­chus 2015 is the ‘per­fect aper­i­tif’, ac­cord­ing to DWWA ex­pert judges. They com­pli­mented the wine for its ‘com­plex, oily nose with spice, el­der­flower and cit­rus’, and its ‘very el­e­gant and del­i­cate palate with a slight spritz and a long, clean fin­ish’.

Re­tail­ers Waitrose and Lea & Sande­man quickly sold out of the award-win­ning Win­birri, priced at £13.49 and £12.95 re­spec­tively. A spokesper­son from Lea & Sande­man com­mented that the com­pany is ex­pect­ing a fresh de­liv­ery in the com­ing weeks to keep up with the high de­mand.

Only 34 Plat­inum Best in Show medals were awarded at DWWA 2017, out of more than 17,200 en­tries. To se­cure the top prize, Win­birri’s Bac­chus was first awarded a Plat­inum medal for the best UK white. It was then pit­ted against its peers from all over the world, com­ing out on top as the over­all best value white sin­gle va­ri­etal.

All of the DWWA 2017 re­sults are avail­able on De­can­ter.com/dwwa.

Above: Win­birri Vine­yards in Norfolk

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