Yet another distinction awaited Alpha Estate Rosé 2017 at this year’s Global Rosé Masters held by The Drinks Business.
Being the only one among the seven rosés in the £15-£20 price category to win a gold medal that was not produced in Provence only adds to the significance of the distinction.
Judge Tim Jackson MW even made particular mention of the fascinating rosé grown by the iconic wine estate in Florina region, Greece, as seen in the opening lines of the result-announcing piece titled “Fabulous wines”: “What was exciting was when we saw something a little bit different. It has a certain Nebbiolo character, but in its own style, as it should be. There are some fabulous wines being made in Greece, if you know where to look, and if they get out of the country. Xinomavro can be an exceptional grape variety. I was very pleasantly happy, not surprised, that it was a Greek wine, because it is an endorsement of what we know is going on in Greece.”
Other notable highlights in the same category were Provence’s By Ott Rosé from Domaines Ott, Famille Sumeire’s Château Coussin, also from Provence, and rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s first attempt at a rosé in collaboration with Languedoc winemaker Gérard Bertrand; all received gold medals.
The Drinks Business Global Rosé Masters is a competition open to all styles of rosés from around the globe. Close to 200 entries were judged blind in this year’s event by a panel of highly experienced tasters.
The finest among them received medals ranging from Bronze to Gold, while the Master medal –the most prestigious of the awards– was reserved for the most outstanding wines featured in the tasting event.
Judges tasted the wines over the course of one day in London’s Pimlico on 19 April.
More information on the competition and all results can be found here