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DWWA Shopper’s Guide: Award-winning wines from Booths

Booths is known for its dedication to sourcing quality local produce. The selection below, of some top performers from this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, showcases this northern retailer’s quality, range – and good value.

Announced Supermarket of the Year at the 2022 Decanter Retailer Awards, Booths is a small, family-run chain of supermarkets with 28 stores in the northwest of England. It’s known for its commitment to working with smaller-scale, quality-focused producers and for its broad product range.

In 2022 Booths opened a wine bar in Lytham, Lancashire, and introduced new fine wine concepts in Ilkley, Ripon and Windermere – always with a commitment to sustainability.

The supermarket stocks a range of award-winning wines worth seeking out, including Decanter World Wine Awards 2023 Gold medal winner Gonzalez Byass, Leonor, Palo Cortado, Sherry NV. The judges noted this wine’s stunning delicacy and richness, awarding it 96 points. At £16, it is exceptional value.


Scroll down to see our Booths shopper’s guide for DWWA-winning wines


Shoppers can also find six Silver medal winners available at Booths – three of which are wines from New Zealand. From Marlborough, both Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (£9.50) and Kono, Tohu Pinot Gris 2022 (£14) received 91 points each from the expert judges. From Hawke’s Bay, Trinity Hill, Syrah 2020 was awarded 94 points, with the judges commending its silky tannins and fresh acidity. Approachable and fresh, at £22, this is a great wine to bring to a dinner party.

To Spain, a 90-point Silver medal was awarded to to Beronia’s 2018 Reserva Rioja (£13). Judges commented on its lovely aromas of sandalwood, violets and liquorice.

Two more Silvers to seek out at Booths for exceptional prices under £10: from Mendoza in Argentina, Trivento, Reserve Malbec 2022 (£8.50) and a sweet Australian from Victoria – Brown Brothers, Explorer Series Orange Muscat & Flora 2022 (£9.50/37.5cl).

Of the 11 Bronze medal winners Booths stocks, there is a variety worth seeking out, including English and New Zealand sparkling, Italian red and delicious rosés from Provence.

Needless to say, this award-winning retailer is firmly on track for quality, variety – and good value, too. If you have a Booths nearby, make a note of the award-winners below before your next shop…

Shopper’s guide: award-winning wines from Booths

Gold 

Gonzalez Byass, Leonor, Palo Cortado, Sherry, Spain NV
Gold, 96 points
£16
A stunning delicacy of orange blossom, dried apples and hazelnuts with a provocative lemon sherbet freshness; expansive and rich with a well-defined Palo Cortado typicity. Alcohol 20%


Silver

Trinity Hill, Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 2020
Silver, 94 points
£22
Deep bramble and blueberry fruit with generous, silky tannins, a fresh acidity and a savoury, black olive finish. Alc 13%

Brancott Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Silver, 91 points
£9.50
Lifted passionfruit, ripe peach, gooseberry and freshly cut grass; crisp and lively with a bright lemon zest acidity. Alc 12.5%

Kono, Tohu Pinot Gris, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Silver, 91 points
£14
Attractive green apple, pear and lemon zest with an undertone of savoury complexity from the white spice and chalky minerality. Alc 13%

Beronia, Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2018
Silver, 90 points
£13
Lovely aromas of sandalwood, violets, rose petal, leather and liquorice. The palate is quite concentrated, with a lovely combination of ripe fruit and sweet spice. Alc 14%

Brown Brothers, Explorer Series Orange Muscat & Flora , Victoria, Australia 2022
Silver, 90 points
£9.50/37.5cl
Inviting nose displaying nuances of yellow blossom, honey and citrus. Harmonious, with a lovely length and fresh acidity. Alc 10%

Trivento, Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2022
Silver, 90 points
£8.50
Aromatic nose of violets and black fruits. Very fresh on the palate, well made and easy to drink. Long finish. Alc 13.5%


Bronze

Chapel Down, Brut , Kent, United Kingdom NV
Bronze, 89 points
£28.50
Aromas of white flower but a nice creaminess to the rich texture with a strong finish. Alc 12%

Hambledon Vineyard, Classic Cuvée Brut, Hampshire, United Kingdom NV
Bronze, 89 points
£33
Lemon and fresh yellow apple notes with a grippy, grassy character. Reasonable balance on the end. Alc 12%

Maison Mirabeau, Pure, Côtes de Provence, Provence, France 2022
Bronze, 89 points
£17
Elegant notes of raspberries and tangerine with a spritzy palate with good, balancing acidity. Good length. Alc 13%

Yealands Estate Wines, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Bronze, 89 points
£14
Plentiful ripe fruit with grassy, capsicum aromas, a sweet, citrus core and a mineral finish. Alc 12.5%

Maison Mirabeau, Classic, Côtes de Provence, Provence, France 2022
Bronze, 88 points
£14
Crushed sea shells and a pleasant smoky lees aroma with quite a peppery palate. Good grip. Alc 13%

Villa Maria, Earthgarden Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Bronze, 88 points
£12
Spicy, leafy aromatics with gooseberry, passionfruit and lemon notes; soft and gentle with a vibrant acidity. Alc 12%

Wirra Wirra, Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 2021
Bronze, 88 points
£15
Restrained nose showing minty notes and aromas of cassis. Savoury palate, with seaweed touches, powerful. Alc 14.5%

Oyster Bay, Cuvée Rosé, New Zealand NV
Bronze, 87 points
£14
Strawberries and cream with a red apple crunch of acidity and a warming, toasty complexity. Alc 12.5%

Brown Brothers, Explorer Series Tarrango, Victoria, Australia 2022
Bronze, 86 points
£13
Fruity nose of strawberry candy and crunchy red berries. Fresh and friendly on the palate. Alc 12.5%

Nicosia, Lenza Di Munti, Etna, Sicily, Italy 2020
Bronze, 86 points
£11.50
Plenty of bright red fruit, wild strawberries, roses and sweet spices aromas. Soft and round tannins. Alc 13%

Oyster Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Bronze, 86 points
£10.50
Soft apple and citrus notes with a herbaceous edge; warm and generous with a long finish. Alc 12.5%


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