Norfolk-based winemaker Lee Dyer of Winbirri Vineyards has certainly got a reason to celebrate. Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus 2015 has gone down in history by winning the accolade of the world’s “Best Value White Single-Varietal” at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017.
The format of the Decanter World Wine Awards sees wines being rated Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, before the Gold’s are all re-tasted and platinum Trophy’s are awarded to the best of the best. The Winbirri scored an outstanding 95/100. Following on from this, the platinum Trophy winners from around the world are all re-tasted and the very best in each category is awarded Platinum Best in Show. The Winbirri Bacchus 2015 was awarded Platinum Best in Show for “Best Value White Single-Varietal”, beating out tough competition. The wine is priced at £13.00 and available to order from M&S online.
As a champion of the Bacchus variety from the very beginning of GreatBritishWine.com, it is hugely exciting to see the Bacchus variety receive high acclaim from such a prestigious international wine awards. This is a big year for English Wine, and with news like this it is certainly not just the sparkling wine that people are talking about!
You can read more about the Bacchus grape variety, including the Winbirri Bacchus 2015, in our Great British Bacchus Tasting 2016 feature.
Lee Dyer, owner and winemaker at Winbirri Vineyards
“Winning this award for our Bacchus 2015 at the Decanter World Wine Awards really doesn’t get any bigger,” says Lee. “It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it will help put England and Norfolk on the map as a region capable of making world-class wines. It’s also a fantastic endorsement for us and proves the quality of the wines, it is good to see them get the recognition they deserve.”
Stephen Skelton MW www.englishwine.com, Decanter Head Chair judge for UK region . “The Winbirri 2015 Bacchus is one of the best wines made from Bacchus that I have ever tasted. Its nose is fresh and fruity and although the colour is very pale, the wine packs a powerful, fruit-filled palate. The acidity is amazingly fresh with a real zing to it, but at the same time balanced with a harmonious, full body. It is mouth-filling and packs a powerful, acid-toned finish. This is the type of dry English wine that will please any discerning palate”.
Although only in its forth vintage, Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus has already made a huge impact, collecting eight trophies in just three years, including Platinum Best In Show, English & Welsh Wine of the Year and East Anglia Wine of the Year.
Alison Curwood Dip WSET, Decanter (www.wineathome.co.uk)
‘I am so delighted for Lee and his team it is a phenomenal achievement in producing such a world class wine. As part of my role at decanter this year I managed the award entries for the UK and as the previous Secretary of the EAVA I have always had confidence in the quality of his wine and persuaded him to entered the competition. I feel so fortunate that Winbirri Vineyard has now put its and East Anglian wine on the world stage of winemaking’
Founder of GreatBritishWine.com, John has been a prolific user on wine rating app Vivino for the last couple of years. Now a self appointed Great British Wine ambassador and with a mission to explore all corners of the UK to uncover the best producers and most exciting wines.