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International trophy winners – Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

International Dry Aromatic Trophy Over £10

Domaine Schoffit Gewurztraminer, Lieu-Dit Harth Cuvée Caroline Alsace France 2005

Rich, complex aroma packed with peachy fruit, delicate honeysuckle, and refreshing spearmint. A delicious sipping wine with dynamic development and a fruit finish.

UK price: £13.99; LNG

International Sweet Trophy Over £10

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer, Sélection de Grains Nobles Alsace France 2005

Expressive aromas of roses, lychee, peach and grapefruit continue onto the palate. A firm acidity balances the sugar, the finish is elegant.

UK price: £33.25; STG

US price: unknown; USWJD

International Red Single Varietal Trophy Under £10

Domaine Vistalba Viñalba Reserva Malbec Luján de Cuyo Mendoza Argentina 2006

Black cherry nose with an attractive lingering flavour of sweet, rich fruit. Interesting and different.

UK price: £6.99; RBS

International Red Blend Trophy Over £10

Caro Mendoza Argentina 2005

Black-red, dense, minerality by nose with ripe fruit behind. A medium, elegantly rich red with a very fine textured tannin. Effortless in its long, gentle, superb spicy length. Great class.

UK price: £25; L&S, EVY

US price: $40; USMC

International White Single Varietal Trophy Over £10

Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon Barossa Valley South Australia Australia 2002

Pale gold, a wonderful toasty bottle with age beginning to emerge. A dry, lean, classic Semillon with zest and minerality. A long lasting wine with a great future.

UK price: £11.99; ENW

International Riesling Trophy Over £10

Peter Lehmann Reserve Riesling Eden Valley South Australia Australia 2002

A beautiful bouquet of honey characterizes this classic, mature Riesling. Dry, pure, and elegant.

UK price: £11.99; ENW

International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy Over £10

Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Tasmania Australia 2007

Complex with a fresh, soft, and subtle fruit aroma. A lush, full, yet subtle sauvignon with balance, poise, and volume.

UK price: £10.94; The Harrow Cellars (01672 870871), WCW, Octopus (01475 568918)

International Red Bordeaux Varietals Trophy Over £10

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Western Australia Australia 2005

Expressive tight-knit blackcurrant nose with a hint of mint. Elegantly smokey fruit, cedary medium-weight – graceful and youthful. A silky texture with some pretty, late tannins.

UK price: £14.19; SEL, HAN, PIP, P&S, CMB, TWL, FLG, HIG, AWO, EVY

US price: $30

International Sparkling Trophy Over £10

Waitrose vintage Champagne France 1996

Light gold, persistent, and a toasty, delicate nose. Fine flavour, attractive freshness, and great length.

UK price: £24.98; WAI

International Pinot Noir Trophy Over £10

Weingut Meyer-Näkel Dernauer Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs Ahr Germany 2005

Soft, velvet fruit with a toasty aroma. Very seductive fruit and length.

UK price: £41.5; WBN

International Red Italian Varietal Trophy Over £10

Cantina Tollo “Cagiolo” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Abruzzo Italy 2005

Rich, full, wonderfully drying tannin is in balance with deep, red, lovely ripe fruit. Wonderful structure and length. Authentic, but with great concentration.

UK price: £18; ALI

US price: $17; USYOU

International White Single Varietal Trophy Under £10

Mandrarossa Fiano Sicily Italy 2007

Very honeyed to smell. Soft, yet fresh and full of ripe fruit. Delicious persistence.

UK price: £5.75; WSO

International Red Rhone Varietal Trophy Under £10

Cave de Roquebrun Les Fiefs d’Aupenac Saint-Chinian Roquebrun Languedoc-Roussillon France 2006

Dark plum, floral, powerful rich filling fruit – fantastic!

UK price: £7.88; TES

International Sweet Fortified Trophy Under £10

Graham’s Reserve Ruby Port Portugal 0

Aromas of lush plum, mulberry rose, with a round of toffee. Sleek, delicate, not spirity. Has freshness and vigour. Not exactly layered, but long and very attractive.

UK price: £9.99; THR, SAI, WAI

US price: $unknown; USPPW

International Sweet Fortified Trophy Over £10

Sandeman 30 Year Old Tawny Port Portugal 0

A supple, elegant, alluring, warm amber character. This lovely nutty, sweet, smooth drop has excellent acidity to carry long, lingering flavour.

UK price: £52.60; HAR, STG

International Red Blend Trophy Under £10

Skalli Terra Vecchia Merlot/Nielluccio Réserve Vin de Pays Ile de Beaute Corsica France 2007

Soft, ripe spicy fruit. Garrigue and a little floral – a touch of violets. Supple with a firm backbone and fresh on the finish.

UK price: £5.99; SOM

International Red Single Varietal Trophy Over £10

Château Pineraie L’Authentique Cahors Southwest France France 2005

A deep red with purple intensity. Rich, powerful, with dry but fine tannin. Excellent texture – rich velvet.

UK price: £18.14; BOU

International Red Rhone Varietal Trophy Over £10

Cederberg Shiraz Cederberg South Africa 2006

Aroma of ripe black cherry and young berry fruit with notes of cedar and chocolate. Tightly knit fruit is interwoven with classy oak. Youthful with punchy tannin and underlying fruit.

UK price: £15; HBA

US price: $16; USVNN

International White Blend Trophy Over £10

Tokara White Stellenbosch Coastal Region South Africa 2006

A nice touch of oak, delicate fruit, with lean, high acid, gives restrained lime notes.

UK price: £20.94; SAO

International Chardonnay Trophy Under £10

Paul Cluver Wines Chardonnay Elgin South Africa 2007

A full, supple, graceful dry white with ripe fruit and light oak vanilla. Broad without being heavy, it is generous and satisfying with lovely length.

UK price: £9.99; POW, GGR, HED, SAO, LAY, JER, DBY, SEE, SHJ

International Chardonnay Trophy Over £10

Rustenberg Wines Five Soldiers Stellenbosch Coastal Region South Africa 2006

Light, creamy, and delicate. Intense and very well crafted with attractive oak aromatics. Classy, and classic.

UK price: £25; SEE, L&S, SAO, SWIG, GGR

US price: $37.99; USCPC

International Red Bordeaux Varietals Trophy Under £10

Amani Vineyards Amani Cabernet Franc/Merlot Stellenbosch Coastal Region South Africa 2006

Black-red with a cedary nose. A fresh, ripe flavour that is quite juicy. Light dry tannin with a nice length. A very attractive, fresh, fruity, lighter style.

UK price: £7.5; oakbridgewines.co.uk

US price: $8;

International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy Under £10

Lomond Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Pincushion Cape Aghulas Overberg South Africa 2007

Lean, elegant and crisp. Hallmark gooseberry flavours with a firm stony minerality compliment aromas of minerals, pure fruit, and a hint of five spice.

UK price: £9.99; FOR

US price: $unknown; USTAF

International Red Spanish Varietal Trophy Over £10

Contino Viña del Olivo Rioja Spain 2005

Massive ripe vibrant fruit with robust elegant blackberry. Juicy, lush, good balanced tannins and good lengthy flavour.

UK price: £45.20; HAM

International Dry Fortified Trophy Under £10

Bodegas Valdivia Valdivia Fino Sherry Spain 0

Very pale with a wonderfully light character – intense and importantly fresh. Dry, austere, and long, this is a brilliant glass of wine.

UK price: £7.69; LYS

International Dry Fortified Trophy Over £10

Sandeman Royal Esmeralda Fine Dry Amontillado Sherry Spain 0

A beautiful nose of honey, raisins, spice and hazelnut, cinnamon and sandalwood prepare the taste buds for an explosion of flavours – dry nuttiness, mushrooms, sweet dried fruits, and intriguing spices. Amazing length.

UK price: £12.5; WRL, HAD, CPT

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