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DWWA Shopper’s Guide: Award-winning wines from Marks & Spencer

Supermarket of the Year 2023 at the Decanter Retailer Awards, Marks & Spencer has been overhauling its wine range to focus on diversity as well as value and a much improved customer experience, including the introduction of Enomatic machines to some of its flagship stores. With a host of award-winning wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, this much-loved retailer continues to go from strength to strength.


Marks & Spencer’s new strategy includes a renewed focus on own-label wines, and the retailer is aiming to make its range easier to navigate to entice not just new shoppers, but existing ones who buy food but not necessarily drinks, according to Andrew Shaw , head of BWS transformation.

This approach is paying off as we can see from the M&S’s medal-winning repertoire at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Introduced in late 2022, the new premium wine range, Collection was co-launched as a collaboration with producers in the world’s best wine regions and immediately wowed the DWWA judges. Winning Gold, the Collection Late Bottled Vintage Port 2017 produced in association with Taylor’s , is a real belter, unashamedly rich with a great concentration of tart black cherry and culinary herbs.

A further four Silver and four Bronze medals were awarded to this inspiring curation including the Collection Sauvignon Blanc from the Saint Clair Family Estate in Marlborough , New Zealand which scored 91 points for its abundance of fresh herbs, apple and passionfruit and the Reserve Collection Chenin Blanc from South Africa’s King of Chenin, Ken Forrester, which secured 91 points for its rounded, lush succulence.


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M&S is known for the strength of its sparkling range and the silky, fragrant, refined Rosé Brut NV Champagne from the exclusive Delacourt label never fails to impress, scooping a well-deserved Silver medal at this years’ DWWA. Its counterpart, the Delacourt Brut 2015 , was awarded 89 points for its lovely marine complexity.

Launched last year, M&S’s Found range aims to shine a spotlight on ‘hidden gems’ – wines from lesser-known regions that are worth getting to know. Winning a Bronze, the Found Weissburgunder from the Pfalz region of Germany scored 89 points for its aromatic white stone fruit and zesty grapefruit character.

Moving onto reds, the Silver medal-winning M&S Cahors Malbec from South West France, a steal at £8.50, dazzled the judges with its inviting ripe dark berry flavours. For another classic benchmark, over to Spain where the El Duque de Miralta, El Coto de Rioja Reserva  achieved 91 points for its juicy red cherry notes and oaky complexity.

An impressive line-up from a retailer that continues to think creatively about its wines.

Discover our full M&S ]Shopper’s Guide below, including tasting notes and prices. All wines listed have been tasted and rated by some of the world’s leading wine experts at DWWA 2023.

Shopper’s Guide: Award-winning wines from Marks & Spencer

Gold

M&S, Collection Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal 2017
Gold, 95 points
£14.75
A real belter! Immensely concentrated tart black cherry, liquorice and culinary herbs with hints of tar and a cleansing bitter note; rich and unashamed in its expression. Alcohol 20%


Silver

Delacourt Rosé Brut, Champagne, France NV
Silver, 92 points
£26
Aromas of sweet candied red fruits on the nose. Silky, fragrant and refined, with a citrusy undertone and a lively structure. Alc 12.5%

Les Domaines Brocard, Organic Chablis, Burgundy, France 2020
Silver, 91 points
£17
Layers of green apple, citrus and oyster shell with hints of marzipan toast; rich and concentrated with a mouthwatering finish. Alc 12.5% 

M&S, Collection Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Silver, 91 points
£16
Abundant fresh herbs, apple, passionfruit and angelica with a clean acidity and an emergence of tropical fruit on the finish. Alc 12.5%

M&S, Ken Forrester Reserve Collection Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2020
Silver, 91 points
£12
Creamy marmalade edge to apricot puree on the nose. Rounded and succulent, positively lush on the palate. Fleshy and structured. Alc 13.5% 

Domaine Chevreau, Sancerre, Loire, France 2021
Silver, 90 points
£19
Precise notes of grass and citrus with an attractive mouthfilling texture and a beautiful drive of acidity. Accomplished and long. Alc 13%

M&S, Collection Chablis, Burgundy, France 2020
Silver, 90 points
£15
Lemon and hazelnut cream overlay green apples and lime with a crisp, oyster shell core and a vibrant acidity. Alc 12.5%

M&S, 22 Families Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2021
Silver, 90 points
£10
Attractive nose of gentle flower, green apple and notes of pear and peach. Light and vibrant, pure and focused. Alc 12.5%

El Duque de Miralta, El Coto de Rioja Reserva, Spain 2017
Silver, 90 points
£13
Ripe red cherry nose. Juicy, fairly oaky and complex in the mouth with a long, pleasant finish. Simple but satisfying. Alc 13.5%

M&S, Cahors Malbec, Southwest France 2020
Silver, 90 points
£8.50
Very nice, inviting nose showing aromas of very ripe dark berries. Big in the mouth, with firm tannins. Long. Alc 13.5%

Matetic, Estela Lunar Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2021
Silver, 90 points
£12
Floral nose with bright aromas of red cherry and raspberry, vanilla undertones. Rounded palate, with soft tannins and a meaty finish. Alc 13.5%

M&S, Collection Partnership with Lustau Pedro Ximénez, Sherry, Spain NV
Silver, 90 points
£8
Warm nose of sweet spices, treacle and intense prune and dried figs note. Rich and very sweet, intense and unctuous. Alc 17%| 37.5cl


Bronze

Delacourt Brut, Champagne, France 2015
Bronze, 89 points
£25
There is dimensionality and complexity here, with marine notes, lime leaf and reductive characters. Alc 12.5%

M&S, Found Weissburgunder, Pfalz, Germany 2021
Bronze, 89 points
£9.50
Pretty aromatics of pear drop, plum and yellow apple, palate of white stone fruit and zesty grapefruit pith. Alc 12.5%

Stepp, S Riesling, Pfalz, Germany 2021
Bronze, 89 points
£18
White blossom, citrus lemon and apricot aromatics lead to a palate of juicy apple and peach. Alc 12.5%

M&S, Classics No30 Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria 2021
Bronze, 88 points
£9.50
Pretty, perfumed nose of restrained fruit and subtle spice, then a palate of pear drop and lean, clean fruit. Alc 12% 

M&S, Collection El Duque de Miralta Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2015
Bronze, 89 points
£17
An easy-going style with ripe tannins, smooth wood spice and chocolatey flavours; medium length. Alc 13.5%

M&S, Collection Moueix St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France 2019
Bronze, 89 points
£16
A dense red fruit profile, with strawberry, rose jam, ripe blackberry and some dried leafy notes. The fruit is concentrated and the finish is spiced and long. Alc 14%

M&S, Collection Margaux, Bordeaux, France 2020
Bronze, 88 points
£22
Ripe, fleshy plum fruit, macerated cherries, and warming spice on the nose, with hints of earth and leather. Ample fruit on the palate, with savory notes of dried herbs, rosemary, and thyme. Chalky tannins and a long finish. Alc 13.5%

M&S, Collection Susana Balbo Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2022
Bronze, 88 points
£12
Dried herbs along with pristine fruit and touches of violet petals. Pure, juicy, and intense palates. Alc 14.5%


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