The best Proseccos for 2018

Judges’ comments

Nick Tatham MW, wine development manager for Continental Food and Wine (CWF) and Prosecco Masters judge

Nick Tatham MW
“This year I detected a clear difference in the general quality level of the DOCG wines over the DOC wine… I suspect again that this is partly due to the more difficult vintages and the DOCG vineyards performing better thanks to their location and topography. I did like the fact that many of the better wines in particular were deliciously fruity on the nose with excellent pear and apple notes; this is for me the hallmark of a good and well-made Prosecco which can be lost sometimes in the more ‘serious’ wines which in their search for gravitas can sadly lose the ‘Drink me!’ bouquet which makes Prosecco the great success it is.”

Patricia Stefanowicz MW

“Whilst there were excellent wines in the DOC classes, the very best DOCG wines shone a brighter light with more definition and refinement. Particularly exciting and exhibiting true ‘sense of place’ were some of the wines from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and Asolo. The ‘Rive’ wines, from the 40 or so hamlets entitled to the designation, were also interesting, packed with pure aromas and flavours.”

Jonathan Pedley MW

“The strongest and most consistent bracket for us was the DOCG £15-20: we had a super flight of eight wines with only one reject, the other seven sharing out Golds, Silvers and the odd Bronze. After these our trio of DOCG £20-30 wines were marginally disappointing; the extra cost did not seem to deliver more complexity or finesse. I would exhort the Prosecco industry to carry on producing the fresh, fruity, hedonistic, slightly sweet wines that have proved to be such a massive hit in the UK.”