At this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, supermarket wines proved they're not only excellent value but also worthy some of the highest accolades. Here are the Platinum medal winners you can find at the supermarket...
DWWA 2017: Top supermarket wines
From over 17,200 entries coming in from all over the world, the following supermarket wines fought off tough competition in their categories to win Platinum medals – the top award given out by Decanter judges.
This includes the much talked about Bacchus from Norfolk newcomer Winbirri Vineyards, pioneering UK still wine for only £13.49 (available in Waitrose). It stunned many by receiving the Platinum Best in Show award for the best value white wine made from a single -varietal.
The results show that the best wines are not always the hardest to get your hands on. Particularly Australian wines, with top awards going to Yalmuba’s Viognier from Eden Valley and Marks & Spencer’s Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. Not to mention a Muscat from De Bortoli in New South Wales that was named the Best Value Sweet Fortified in the competition (Tesco £15).
Overall, Marks & Spencer takes the top spot for supermarket wines, accounting for half of the wines featured below. Its entries from Chile to New Zealand were awarded Platinum medals, while its Pisano Cisplatino Tannat from Uruguay won the highest accolade Platinum Best in Show for Best Value Red Single-Varietal.
Platinum: Best Value Australian White Single-Varietal Toast, butter, peach and nectarine and subtle highlights of rose water linger on the nose and palate. Really impressive, richly flavoured but wonderfully balanced with a flow of white peach and ginger on the long finish.
Platinum: Best Value Australian Red Bordeaux Varietals Complex nose of red fruits, violets and vegetal notes (pine, capsicum). The palate is smooth but structured; intense blackcurrant and a bit leafy. Oak is prevalent on the finish.
Platinum - Best in Show: Best Value White Single-Varietal Complex, oily nose with spice, elderflower and citrus. Well-defined on the palate with grassy notes. Very elegant and delicate with a slight spritz and a long, clean finish. A perfect aperitif wine!
Platinum: Best Value New Zealand Red Bordeaux Varietals Engaging and intriguing bouquet with aromas of dark plums and black fruits. Juicy hedgerow fruit on the palate, but with beautiful freshness. A vibrant and super elegant youthful wine.
Platinum - Best in Show: Best Value Red Single-Varietal Very expressive, fruit driven nose that brims with blueberries, cassis and a whisper of smoke. The palate is elegant and full-bodied with a stream of cherry and bubble gum flavours. Unbeatable value.
Platinum: Best Mature Sherry Rich complex nose with characterful fruitcake aromas; pure palate of concentrated toasted pecans, burnt citrus peel, and spice. Touch of sweetness and a slight grip of walnut skins rounds out the palate. Lovely, long and complex finish.
Platinum: Best Value Chilean Red Blend Rich dark fruit on the nose. On the palate it's another beast: fresh, fun, lively, juicy. Lovely concentration from the Carignan. Good value, lots of wine for the price!!. Nice combination of freshness and weight.
Platinum: Best Australian White Blend Creamy, citrusy, nutty nose, with delicious flavours on front palate: waves of cream, honey, apricot and marzipan. Medium to full bodied, with lovely textural weight and real aromatic complexity - a layered and delicious wine.
Platinum - Best in Show: Best Value Sweet Fortified Black tea, celery, and toasted marshmallow aromatics. The palate offers roast hazelnut and walnut kernel flavours, plus cleansing acidity There's a flourish of caramel and orange on the long, toasty finish. Such incredible freshness for such a sweet wine! Staggering value.
Platinum: Best UK Sweet Very powerful, nose and long full-flavoured palate.Lovely ripe musky apricot, melon and steamed artichoke heart with impressive honey sweetness. Long and clean finish.