Top best value Proseccos
With fears of a Prosecco shortage and bottles of the Italian fizz flying off the shelves, we round up the best-value bottles, as judged in the drinks business 2015 Prosecco Global Masters.
Having hooked the cash-strapped consumer mid-recession, successfully positioning itself as an alternative to pricier Champagne brands, Prosecco is positively flying.
In the UK, sales last year were up 75% and overtook Champagne for the first time as Brits splashed out an estimated £1 billion on the fizz in the on- and off-trade.
In supermarkets sales of fizz are up by around 40% in supermarkets, with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S all reporting strong growth.
Light and fresh with an appealing price point, Prosecco brought about a change of mindset, with wallet-friendly Prosecco emerging to become the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
With that in mind, here we round up the wines priced under £10 that were awarded a silver medal by our judges in the Drinks Business Prosecco Global Masters 2015.
Click through for the lineup and a selection of some of our judges comments…
About the competition
The Prosecco Masters is a competition created and run by the drinks business and an extension of its successful Masters series for Champagne, Rioja and fortified wine, as well as its Global Masters series for major international grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The competition is exclusively for Prosecco and the entries were judged blind by a selection of highly experienced tasters using Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic White Burgundy glasses supplied by Wine Sorted. The top Proseccos were awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals according to their score, and those that stood out as being outstanding received the ultimate accolade – the title of Prosecco Master. The Proseccos were tasted over the course of one day at the Punch Room within Ian Schrager’s London Edition hotel in Fitzrovia.
Santero,Villa Jolanda NV
“Nose delicate and slightly floral with notes of apple”.
“Slightly creamy on the palate with a fine mousse. Delicately sweet and gently peachy.”
Lidl UK Line Prosecco Spumante NV
“Delicate nose of pear drops with a hint of banana.”
“Noticeable sweetness on the palate with a hint of pear and a frothy mousse. A simple crowd-pleaser with just enough freshness.”
Continental Wine and Food, MIOL Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry NV
“Ripe pears with a dash of almond blossom on the nose.”
“Full, rounded pear fruit in the mouth but has a heaviness that comes through and a steely background, but which doesn’t weigh down the finish.”
Spagnol, Domus Picta Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut, 2014
“Delicate nose with a touch of pear.”
“Pretty palate with lots of sugar and pear fruit. Some freshness with a simple, reasonable length.”
Cavit, Lunetta Prosecco DOC Brut NV
“Aroma of pear drops on the nose that tail off to reveal more floral notes.”
“Pretty, stylish character, with pear fruit and a slightly chalky finish on the palate – classy.”
Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze, Prosecco DOC Extra Dry, 2014
“Interesting, very open, full nose. Honeyed and a touch of sweet hyacinth.”
“Seemingly very sweet on the palate with an attractive floral character and just enough freshness.”
Antica Quercia, Matiu Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut, 2013
“Honeyed nose with a touch of peach.”
“Palate more peachy with a chalky finish and slightly firm mousse. Quite pleasant and persistent – very good for the price.”
Bortolin Angelo Sparkling, Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry, 2013
“Delicate with citrus notes on the nose.”
“Citrus notes, bright and dry in style. Rather firm and stand-offish at first but opens to show chalky, mineral character.”