Our 2018 IWC Silver winners
The judges have deliberated, (and quite frankly tasted an insurmountable quantity of wine) and results are in! The world’s most influential wine competition, the International Wine Challenge, recently published their 2018 results, and we are delighted to announce that this is a silver year for us! This is a great testament to our winemakers’ talent. Unfortunately not all of our wines got entered this year, but we are confident in the consistent quality of our wines across the board, don’t take just our word for it, just ask any of our 3D Partners, or become a partner and try our wines for yourself! To celebrate our 2018 silver streak, we thought we would share with you our silver star line up and some of the comments from our IWC judges.
Sancerre Cuvée Caillottes 2017, Domaine du Carroir Perrin, Loire Valley
Our exclusive Sancerre made for 3D Partners comes from a single vineyard area littered with small stones of chalk and limestone. It’s one of our most popular wines and shows a lovely mix of white flowers, apple and white peach on the nose and succulent citrus and stone fruit flavours in the mouth complemented by fresh grapefruit acidity. Drink this beauty within three years with grilled seabass in olive oil, smoked salmon or air-dried ham.
Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc 2016, Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Burgundy
A truly delicious white Burgundy with intense aromas of apple, citrus zest and white flowers. In the mouth it has lovely fresh lemon, melon and white peach fruit and brioche and toasty oak that positively fills the palate. The finish is very long with a chalky minerality at the back. Try it with jambon persillé, cheese soufflé, almond trout or a simple roasted chicken. Drink to 2021/22.
Côte de Nuits-Villages Les Perrieres 2015, Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Burgundy
From an outstanding Burgundy vintage this is a seductive and fragrant Pinot Noir with summer red berry fruits, dried rose and sweet spice leading to a concentrated, juicy palate of red and dark fruits, vanilla spice and a silky smooth texture.
It will pair well with local classic dishes, but why not try it with game paté, roast lamb, pork or venison as it takes on some age. Drink to 2023/25.
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Cuvée Carine 2016, La Jarnoterie, Loire Valley
Our exclusive Cuvée Carine is a classic Loire Cabernet Franc which has been aged for eight months in chestnut barrels. This rounds out the tannins and gives extra complexity in the taste. It is fruity and fragrant with delicious red and black fruits with a core of earth and graphite.
It’s an elegant and versatile red that will go very well with grilled salmon or tuna. You could also try beef and broccoli stir fry, or Sunday roast lamb. Drink to 2025/26.
Margaux 2015, Château Mongravey, Bordeaux
From a truly great Bordeaux vintage and released next spring, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc has been lavished in a mix of new and used oak barrels for 18 months. Joyfully fragrant, with lifted forest and crimson fruit and long, spicy finish, this will develop beautifully over the next decade.
A fine match with rare Sunday beef or succulent lamb.
Riesling Les Prélats 2016, Domaine Gruss, Alsace
Our exclusive Riesling is a consistent medal-winner. It has lovely fragrance and pure, lipsmacking fruit flavours.
The judges described this as having ‘lime leaf and spice aromas and lingering flavours of white pepper, nectarine with a mineral saltiness.’
It’s another beautifully crafted Riesling from André Gruss. It has perfectly balanced fruit and acidity which will provide a great match with Thai dishes, smoked fish, goats cheese or poultry. Drink now to 2021-2022.
Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes 2016, Domaine Gruss, Alsace
Although one of the most instantly recognisable of grape varieties, Gewürztraminer is actually quite tricky to handle in the vineyard. André takes great care to enhance the exuberant fruit flavours with a fresh seam of acidity.
The IWC judges described it as having a ‘lovely aromatic rose petal aromas and rich, honeyed palate with good, balanced acidity and a fresh, clean finish.’
Alsatian dishes such as tarte flambée made with ham and gruyère or Munster cheese topped with caraway seeds. Drink to 2021-2022.
Châteauneuf-du -Pape rouge 2016, La Fagotière, Rhône Valley
Vintage 2016 had all the key elements of greatness. Many are comparing it with the legendary 1990 and some vignerons have remarked that it is one of the best vintages in a generation. Our exclusive 2016 is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre.
The IWC judges commented ‘elegant aromas, with dark fruits and peppery notes balanced with glycerol and savoury characters leading to a persistent finish.’
Try this lovely wine with lamb tagine or roast leg of lamb with thyme, garlic and olive oil. Drink now to 2022-2026.
Châteauneuf-du -Pape blanc 2017, La Fagotière, Rhône Valley
White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is really quite rare and little seen in the UK. Ours is an assemblage of 65% Roussanne, 30% Grenache blanc and 5% Picpoul. The IWC judges liked the ‘rich, peach, dried apricot and spiced pear on the nose with a creamy texture.’
It is their best white yet in our opinion! Try this delicious white with sea bass stuffed with herbs and pesto or monkfish, flamed with pernod, fennel and herbs. Drink now to 2022.