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Balfour Winery’s English Pink crowned one of the ‘World’s Best Rosés’ at prestigious awards

Nannette’s Rosé, made by Balfour Winery in Kent, has won a gold medal at this year’s Rosé Global Wine Masters – beating fashionable French entries and international competition to be recognised as one of the world’s leading pinks by top sommeliers and experts.

A gold medal at the Rosé Masters is only awarded according to the rigorous judging criteria, which states it must be ‘a brilliant wine that is a benchmark for its type’. It’s the second time an English Wine has done well at the competition after last year’s surprising impressive win for the Cotswold’s Woodchester Valley Sauvignon Blanc scooped a top prize – which led to the winery’s website crashing under the demand.

Premium rosé has boomed in popularity over recent years in the UK, and we Brits are now only second to the USA in terms of exports of wine from Provence. Key brands, and celebrity endorsements, have made the likes of Whispering Angel and Miraval household names. But our homegrown market is catching up fast, with many experts believing English Rosé could become the next big trend.

Balfour Winery believes that – given the opportunity – more of us should try Kent over Provence this summer to see for ourselves how far English rosé has come. “Our taste for rosé has changed dramatically over recent years” explains Balfour’s Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias, “Now it is much more common to see paler, delicate styles of pink. The English style is very similar in terms of being beautifully light and fresh – but you’ll also find more quintessential summer fruit and crisp apple notes. It’s a joy to discover – and we’re so proud that the style has been recognised at such a prestigious competition”.

Balfour Winery’s journey began when their 2004 vintage of Balfour Brut Rosé became the first-ever English wine to win a trophy and gold at the International Wine Challenge. The judges at the time believed the bottle (which was tasted blind) to be premium champagne, and the resulting interest and press turned a hobby vineyard into one of the UK’s leading producers. They now produce over 800,000 bottles a year and have made rosé their speciality. This summer, for every bottle of their gold-medal-winning Nannette’s Rosé sold the winery is also donating to a Kent Wildlife Trust – to help support the creation of wildflower meadows in the county. This means you can sip one of the world’s best rosés, and support nature, this summer.

About Nannette’s
Nannette’s Rosé, named after the daughter of co-founders Leslie and Richard Balfour-Lynn, is one of England’s leading still rosés. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the wine has gained popular and critical acclaim over recent years; recognised by the Sunday Times as one of the country’s best wines. The wine also shares its name with Nannette’s Vineyard, which is surrounded by wildflower meadows on three sides and is easily accessible from Balfour’s Winery.

For more information visit – www.balfourwinery.com

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