Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Drinks Product of the Year
PUBLISHED: 08:57 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:40 07 October 2016
Dorset Magazine were looking for an exceptional and innovative product that is proudly made in within the county. Find out the 2016 winner of Drinks Product of the Year at the Food, Drink & Farming Awards here
Our readers love raising a glass or two of the award-winning sparkling wines created at this Dorset vineyard. “We have used their lovely wines to celebrate the weddings in our family as well as marking other occasions with them,” one reader told us. They also liked the fact that the vineyard, which is situated at Crawthorne Farm near Dorchester, has a tasting room just a stone’s throw from the vineyard which you can also explore on one of their tours. The owner Justin Langham planted vines from Champagne varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier - in 2009 and their English Sparkling wine has won numerous awards.
Launched in May, Porter’s Perfection Vodka is the creation of Liberty Fields – who are Robert Imlach, Vicky Morland, Peter and Alison Lemmey, four friends who came together to help Liberty Farm (Pete’s family farm) diversify, restore the lost orchards of Dorset and create amazing things from traditional varieties of apple grown in their 12 acres of orchard. Porter’s Perfection is a deep red heritage apple renowned for its taste and curiously fused fruit; it’s this unusual English cider apple that is at the heart of this new spirit. Distilled in small batches using local spring water, wheat grain and hints of other botanicals, readers said this Dorset vodka has a clean and refreshing taste “It’s like the first bite of a crisp apple,” said one.
And the winner is…
This new British blended small batch gin has been created in Christchurch by friends Lukasz Dwornik and Martin Jennings of Soapbox Spirits. The duo share a passion for organic, handcrafted, artisan produce and each botanical element is distilled separately, and then blended. Included in the mix is Provençal lavender, which brings savoury notes, Anatolian black mulberries, which have a sweet, jammy taste and tilia flowers, foraged in Poland, which lend a honey tone. Juniper and Sicilian lemon complete the five botanicals that helped Pothecary Gin to win a double gold at the globally renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Our readers described Pothecary Gin as “just lush – it tastes like summer in the bottle!”
Drinks Product or Producer of the year was sponsored by Pengillys