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Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc wins gold at the UK's Sommelier Wine Awards 2012


Esk Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has won a coveted gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2012.

‘Judged by the on-trade, for the on-trade...’ The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Focused entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade, since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers.

Not only are wines that sell in the High Street supermarkets not permitted to enter, but all of the judges are members of the on-trade, too. The tasting panel for the Sommelier Wine Awards reads like a Who’s Who of the UK hotel, restaurant and sommelier scene. 

Because the tasters are sommeliers, during judging they are looking for wines with balance, personality, versatility, food-friendliness and value for money. Our Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc obviously impressed.

'A friendly Kiwi, this has plenty of character, but doesn't have to shout for attention,' said a happy Matthew Cocks, Cubitt House. With rich gooseberry fruit alongside herbaceous hints and tomato stalk notes, this has 'good weight and length, and a steely tang,' said Peter McCombie MW. 'Very Awatere.' Try with salmon and dill with a light mustard beurre blanc.