The Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir has won a gold medal at the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards.
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Britain’s only on-trade/restaurant wine competition, it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers.
In the category ‘New World Pinots, Rest of the World’, only two gold medals were awarded, with the Lethbridge Pinot being one of them. ‘The distinctive point of this competition is … to put together the Gold List, a kind of ultimate wine list, from the 2,500 wines sent in.’
And here is what the judges said about the Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir:
‘Serious but elegant, intensity and complexity took Lethbridge to the winners' circle. Athila Roos of The Arts Club admired the ‘classic, beautiful Pinot nose’ on this example, adding: ‘Fragrant red berries and petals, soft and inviting. Silky texture with extract and density, mineral undertones and a complex, layered finish.’ 'The palate is savoury and meaty, with texture and firm tannins,' said Vincent Pastorello of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, suggesting matches ranging from turbot with a red wine sauce to boeuf bourguignon.
You can read more reviews of this wine on our ‘Wine and Shop’ page here.
With such tough competition, we here at Lethbridge Wines were delighted to also be awarded a silver medal for the 2012 Dr Nadeson Riesling. It was described as:
‘A little shy on the nose, but really comes through with a full-textured palate, developing beautifully through the finish,’ said an impressed Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, with La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan adding: ‘Terroir-driven, smoky, austere character with long, persistent mineral and juicy fruit notes.’