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Still wines score big in UKVA's annual awards for English wines

Published:  02 July, 2015

Still wines have picked up nine of the 13 trophies in this year's English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, organised by the UK Vineyards Association.

Albourne Estate 2014 Bacchus was named most oustanding varietal wine and best large production wine from that vintage.

Chapel Down's Bacchus from the same year won the prize for the trophy for the most outstanding wine with production of over 10,000 litres.

New Hall Pinot Noir Rosé won most outstandng large production wine from any other vintage, for its 2013.

The Vintners' Trophy for the most outstanding sparkling wine went to Langham Wine Estate Classic Cuvée 2011.

Overall, 19 gold, 124 silver and 141 bronze medals were awarded.

Anthony Foster MW, chair of the judges, said: "What was really impressive was the very clear cut styles of wines emerging.

"There are clearly some very skilled winemakers putting together some great wines.

"The sparklings are always outstanding, but this year the 2014 still white wines probably surpassed, particularly the way Bacchus has come through and become a style that is just getting better and better."

Rebecca Hull MW, English wine buyer at Waitrose, which sponsored the competition, said: "English and Welsh wines are continuing to show exceptionally strong sales at Waitrose."

English vineyard enjoyed a record breaking harvest in 2014 with production up 42% to 6.3 million bottles. A record-breaking 72 English wines won medals at this year's International Wine Challenge.