TOAST OF THE TOWN:
Make a gala night of it with this impressive line-up of labels
With awards season in full swing and stars descending on the red carpet,
why not set the gold standard at home with a medal-winning wine?
Forget those winner-revealing gold envelopes on Oscars night – open any
of these top tipples, all of which have scooped awards at international
wine competitions, and you’re sure to be thrilled with the results.
Better yet, you don’t have to be Hollywood royalty to enjoy them.
So acceptance speeches at the ready; here are six gold medal-winning
wines worthy of a starring role in any kitchen or soiree…
1. Waitrose Brut Special Reserve Vintage 2005, France (£24.99, Waitrose)
Every stylish party should start with a glass of champagne, so why not
make it the critics’ choice? A shimmering straw yellow with a toasty,
nutty nose, it’s rich and fruit-forward, with ripe, lemony notes, a
creamy edge to the first-class fruit and impressive length on the
2. KWV Mentors Grenache Blanc 2015, South Africa (£15.99,
A fine example of the grape’s potential, white grenache is usually found
in a blend and widely grown in Southern France. But on its own, it can
make fantastically refreshing full-bodied whites such as this. Floral
notes of honeysuckle and white peach with nuances of herbs are followed
by a textured palate of baked apple, with a swirl of juicy pear and
fresh acidity on the finish. Worthy of a standing ovation.
3. Yealands Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand (£11.95,
A pungent style of sauvignon blanc, intense blackcurrant leaf and grassy
aromas meet an elegant, polished palate of passion fruit and herbaceous
flavours. Behind the scenes, the wine is shaped by specific vineyard
parcels – one warmer site which lends the wine its expressive aromatics,
and a cooler, coastal block gives the wine its minerally backbone and
4. Robert Oatley Signature Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2015,
Australia (£9.99, The Co-operative, in store only)
An exemplary Margaret River chardonnay in a bright and refreshing style,
this well crafted mix of ripe peach, nectarine and green apple flavours
is gently oaked, with a pure, minerally palate and subtle hints of spice
and vanilla for complexity.
5. Rioja Reserva Imperial 2012, Spain (£22.99, Majestic)
Cited as one of the best Rioja reservas around, this is a rich, powerful
red that deftly balances deep, plummy spice, toasty vanilla, tobacco and
savoury mulberry fruit. Velvety smooth with a lengthy finish, it’s
deliciously complex and deserves your best decanter. Otherwise, open a
couple of hours before tuning in to Tinseltown.