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Who’s won a Gold medal in the Decanter and in the Wine GB awards, and a Silver in the Sommelier Awards? Only our seriously sociable Cuvée, that’s who!

A little background here:

Decanter is the wine drinker’s go-to in 90 countries worldwide. And Ashling Park is up there in their Top Ten of recommended English sparklings.

Here’s what Decanter said about Ashling Park Cuvée NV in the blind tastings that won it a Gold at their Awards: “Focus and precision on the nose, full of personality and vigour. The mousse is persistent and the texture light and poised. A decent dose of autolytic complexity on the finish.”

We particularly love that they noticed its personality and vigour. In our humble opinion, it’s got that by the ice bucket load.

Wine GB is a competition for home-grown wine and is run by Wines of Great Britain in association with Hotel du Vin, Country Life and Waitrose. We couldn’t have been more thrilled and flattered to be awarded a Gold from such august bastions of the English wine and hospitality establishment.

The Sommelier Wine Awards is the only competition aimed solely at the on-trade and gave us a chance to be judged by world-leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers. And we struck Silver! Olivier Gasselin, Hakkasan’s senior head sommelier, said Ashling Park’s Cuvée had “broad, fine, toasty aromas with gingerbread and Granny Smith apples, bright lemon and white peach, then a rounded palate with crunchy fruit, hints of bitter almond and fine texture”.

We’ll second that!

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So, who else has been talking about us?

Well, Susie Atkins, the popular award-winning writer on wine and drinks who also appears regularly on TV and radio as wine expert. We sent her a bottle to try and she said, “very clean with a rich texture and lovely lemon meringue notes. Dry and fresh with a lovely juicy mid-palate.”

And thank you, Jamie Goode of wineanorak.com who will be know to many of you as the Sunday Express wine columnist, and for TV appearances on the likes of the BBC and Sky. He recognised the Ashling Park enchantment early on. Back in April, he was served Ashling Park in a blind tasting and said, “it’s fruity and lively and fine with a lovely rounded lemon and cherry fruit character. Refined, taut, fruit-driven and pure, with some subtle toasty notes in the background. Very fine.”

Doesn’t that just make you want to pop the cork and get stuck in?

"I was served this blind and I thought it was a very good grower Champagne. Very fine. 92/100"

Jamie Goode