The English and Welsh Wine Competition – enticed by our dessert wine

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Hattingley Valley’s 2014 Entice dessert wine made by winemaker Jacob Leadley, was awarded a Gold Medal as well as the Berwick Trophy (for the most outstanding large production unchaptalised still wine) and the Stefanowicz Trophy (for the most outstanding sweet wine).

This prestigious competition run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) was judged from 24th – 26th June by Anthony Foster MW (Chair), David Bird MW, Dee Blackstock MW, Robin Crameri MW, Sally Easton MW and Rebecca Hull MW.

Entice was created when Jacob saw the potential of the Bacchus planting after having gained experience in New Zealand in ice wine production. The Bacchus grapes were frozen to -10°C before being pressed for 36 hours, prompting Jacob to stage an overnight vigil at the winery. The resulting juice, with its naturally high sugar content, was fermented at cool temperatures to entice the powerful ‘fruit driven’ nose carried by fresh English acidity, at an alcohol level of 11%. Entice is a delicious drink which pairs beautifully with blue cheese or any pudding, it is equally good served as a chilled aperitif.

Wines, AwardsRebecca Fisher