Stanlake Park Rosé wins an international recognition
Author: Natalia Pezzone
Our Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 was awarded a Silver Medal at the prestigious Global Rosé Masters 2021, an international competition organised by The Drinks Business and featuring a judging panel comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior wine buyers.
Alongside top-score rosé wines from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and many other countries, Stanlake Park wine was the only English Rosé wine to win an award.
Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Nico Centonze, said "We’re flattered and honestly amazed to be the only English vineyard to receive this international recognition, and all the more so when you know how hard it is to get the right balance between ripeness, flavours and acidity in a Pinot Noir-based rosé in this country".
Commenting on the results, Patrick Schmitt MW, Chair and editor-in-chief, said that there’s a high base standard in rosé today. "A second major finding from this year’s sample is the improved balance of characters in the more premium segment, those samples priced over £10 [...] with flavours of ripe white-fleshed peach, a texture that was slightly oily, and a finish that showed a dry brightness from a fine, chalky tannin component and a gently bitter orange and grapefruit zest note".
Globally recognised still wines
Sales Manager Natalia said the latest medal was a testament to Stanlake Park's commitment to producing excellent still wines in its own unique way. “We've always knew that our Pinot Noir Rosé was a great wine, and this is reflected by the incredibly high-demand this wine commands, both in retail and in the on-trade". The last vintage of the wine, in fact, only lasted 4 months on the shelves, and despite having made double quantity this year, stock levels are already low. "We are, in any case, thrilled to receive an international award because it is an endorsement on our ambitions for the Estate to develop small batches of award-winning still wines".
Stanlake Park is a relatively small producer with just around 30,000 bottles across 12 different labels every year, 70% of them being still wines. "Many times we were told that we were making a mistake focusing on still wines in England, as the weather conditions can be very challenging", Natalia commented.
"However, this award is proof that Nico is a genuinely world-class winemaker, and that his meticulous attention to the vineyard and the cellar, is reflected into wines that are aesthetically pleasing, distinctive and globally-recognised.”
About the Global Rosé Masters
The Global Rosé Masters is an international wine competition created and run by The Drinks Business, and forms part of its successful Masters series for famous grape varieties like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, major wine styles and popular regions such as Champagne or Rioja. This competition is exclusively for rosé, the top wines were awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals and only the medal winners were reported by the magazine.
Read the entire report and discover all the winners here.