Raising a glass to top vineyard
A vineyard has added to its cluster of awards at an international wine competition. Biddenden Vineyards came away from the Decanter World Wine Awards with an array of gongs after the firm impressed judges from The Institute of Masters of Wine, at London’s Tobacco Dock. Biddenden’s Ortega 2014 was awarded a Decanter silver medal, while its Pinot Reserve 2010 was bestowed with a bronze sommelier wine award, with judges describing the drink as “unusual but beautiful”. Ortega 2014 was also a commended medal winner in the sommelier wine awards. All the wines were blindtasted by the experts at the event, which is the largest international wine competition of its kind and attracted more than 16,000 entries this year. Judges work in small teams according to their regional or speciality knowledge of wines. A Biddenden cider was also recognised for its quality at the International Cider Challenge 2016 awards, which received entries from Canada to Croatia. Biddenden’s Bushels received a Bronze award after a nine-strong judging panel consisting of buyers, independent retailers, cider experts, journalists and cider makers rated it highly.