Esk Valley Estate's Marlborough Riesling 2011 has been awarded a trophy for Gastropub Wine of the Year at the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards 2013. This wine is a top performer having already collected a trophy and 5-star rating last year.
This trophy was awarded during the annual Imbibe Live show at Olympia London, during which 30 of the world's top sommeliers gathered together to judge the Gold-medal wines from the Sommelier Wine Awards. During the two-day event for on-trade professionals, the sommeliers re-tasted the top 50 Gold-Medal winning wines from this year's 1,800 Sommelier Wine Award entries. Competition Director and Imbibe Editor Chris Losh was delighted with the quality of wines on show, stating, "The standard of the entries in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 was higher than ever."
Wines were sampled within four main categories: House wine of the Year, Gastropub Wine of the Year, Fine Wine of the Year and Best in Show; with trophies being awarded to the best of the best.
For Gordon Russell, Wine maker at Esk Valley, it was a proud moment when he heard the news, "This competition is judged by some of the most critical palates in the business, these top sommeliers judge not just the wine on its own but how well it will go with food. It's also exciting to come through on top with such tough international competition. What's more I'm so pleased to see Riesling on top, it's a great variety that is grossly under-rated, it really is a wine that everybody should drink," he said.
One of the judges, Jade Koch commented on the wine: "Value for money and a zesty zing led Esk Valley to the top. Honey blossom, lemon and ginger mix with lime peel and kaffir leaves on the nose, while the palate is well balanced and round, combining white peach and fresh green fruit flavours with just the right amount of acidity. Juicy, fresh and lively, with a bright youthful finish and good minerality, this would be excellent by the glass," she said.