There were happy faces amongst the team in the winery yard this morning (and that’s not just because it is Friday!). The Wessex Vineyards Association annual wine competition was held yesterday at The Guildhall in Winchester. Hattingley Valley entered the 2013 sparkling Rosé and not only did it achieve a gold medal (the 4th for this vintage) but it was also awarded the top accolade of Wine of the Year.
The judges tasting note says: “Elegant, subtle fabulous texture, fresh, perky, strawberry, cream, yeasty, delicate. Good mousse.”
Hattingley Valley were in good company in the gold medal department with fellow Vineyards of Hampshire member, Exton Park, also receiving a gold medal for their Pinot Meunier Rosé.
Winemakers Jacob Leadley and Will Perkins were there to see the results come in. Jacob says, “It’s an excellent way to end what has been a fantastic year. By the time a wine is released onto the market we have spent many hours in the winery nurturing it. We literally pour our heart, body and souls (particularly when it all starts during harvest!) into making each of our wines, so to receive industry recognition like this for our hard work is truly rewarding. The shiny silverware in the tasting room is a great morale boost for the whole team too.”
This latest result means that Hattingley Valley’s success rate for wine competition results remains at 100% for 2016. For full details of how Hattingley Valley has fared in the wine competitions read our awards post from earlier in the season.