Camel Valley Vineyard’s Pinot Noir 2008 sparkling rose wins Italian Bollicine del Mundo title

Camel Valley Pinot Noir 2008 was crowned top international sparkling rosé  at the Bollicine del Mundo, the sparkling wine competition run by Italy’s wine magazine Euposia.

In an extremely close contest, Camel Valley’s Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2008, the only English wine in the rosé category, edged out Boschendal’s Le Grand Pavillon from South Africa. It scored higher than a raft of champagnes – judged in another category – including cuvées from Laurent Perrier, Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon, and the highest scoring champenois representative, R de Ruinart’s Millesimato 2002.

The highest scorer was the winner of the Italian category, Rinaldo Rinaldi’s Cuvée Privée 1999. Of the 145 entries, 70 came from Italy and the remainder from 11 other countries, including Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. The white sparkling section was higher scoring overall, placing Camel Valley at 14 in the whole competition.

Camel Valley co-owner Bob Lindo said he was “really pleased” with the award, seeing it as a confirmation of the International Wine Challenge result earlier in the year where the Camel Valley Pinot Noir 2008 similarly trounced all other sparkling rosés.

Judged by a panel of oenologists, winemakers, sommeliers and journalists, the competition took place in October.

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