A unique sweet wine produced by Knightor Winery near St Austell has been named ‘Critics Choice’ at the Sommelier Wine Awards – the UK’s only wine awards for the hospitality trade.
The wine, Mena Hweg (in Cornish, Mena = hill, Hweg = sweet), which also won a Gold Medal, was the only English wine to be singled out by the judges as a Critics’ Choice Trophy winner.
A panel of industry experts were universally impressed, describing the wine as: “A delicate delight offering seriously good value, this entranced all who had the chance to taste.”
Mena Hweg is inspired by the renowned sweet wines of Germany and is made from Schonburger – a Germanic grape variety which is suited to cool, maritime climates.
Adrian Derx, Owner of Knightor Winery, was thrilled with the award, saying: “In many ways this is a niche wine, given the fashion for much dryer wines with higher alcohol. However it is actually wonderfully versatile and refreshing; it’s great as an aperitif or palate cleanser, and also works well with Asian food.”
Knightor Winery owns vineyards at Seaton in South East Cornwall and Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsular, and also sources fruit from other local growers.
The team produce a range of still, sparkling, white and rose wines and have received mulitple awards; Knightor wines are listed at many top restaurants across the South West and further afield, and are also served on Great Western Railway’s exclusive Pullman Dining Car.
Mena Hweg is available via selected retailers and online at www.knightor.com.