International Wine Challenge 2015 lives up to its name, awarding medals to wines from 47 different countries
IWC discovers some unexpected delights at this year’s competition, awarding medals to wines from all corners of the globe
- Wines from 47 different countries receive medals at International Wine Challenge
- China, Russia, Israel and more pick up top prizes
- Results demonstrate how the global wine industry is changing and expanding
The International Wine Challenge lived up to its name today by awarding medals to wines from 47 countries all around the world, following an intensive two-week period of blind tasting in April. The IWC 2015 discovered medal winners from all corners of the world, as the global wine industry continues to become more and more diverse.
- In a first for the competition, a wine made in Taiwan was awarded a Gold medal. The Moscato Oro Vino Fortificato created by Domaine Shu Sheng National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism scooped a Gold medal after wowing the IWC judges.
- China grows more than 10 per cent of the world’s vines, but the majority of its wine is consumed locally. However, at this year’s competition, two Chinese wines were awarded Bronze medals. Helan Mountain Special Reserve Chardonnay 2013 produced by Pernod Ricard (Ningxia) Winemakers Co., and Changyu Dionysus Italian Riesling Dry White Wine 2013 created by Yantai Chagyu Pioneer Wine Company both won Bronze.
- One of the big surprises of the competition was the success of Kazakhstan winery, Arba, which received a Silver medal for its Lagyl Arba Saperavi 2013 and five Bronzes for its other wines, including two Rieslings, a Pinot Noir, a Rkatsiteli and a Gewürztraminer. These grapes, typically associated with cooler climates, thrive in the Arba vineyards, planted at 1000m altitude in the foothills of mountains near the border with Kyrgyzstan.
- Russia’s burgeoning wine industry was also evident at the competition. Two Russian wines received Bronze medals, both produced in the Krasnoder Region, located to the north-east of the Black Sea. Lazurnaya Yagoda picked up a Bronze medal for its Syrah Divnomorskoye 2012 and Lefkadia 2012, produced by Lefkadia, also received a Bronze medal.
- Other Eastern European countries also performed well at the competition. Croatian wines received a flurry of medals, including eight Silver and 12 Bronze. Two Croatian wines created for Marks & Spencer’s own-brand range received medals. The Marks & Spencer Golden Valley Graševina 2013 created by Ivana Jambrovića was awarded a Silver medal, and Marks & Spencer Marko & Marino Gerzinic Istrian Malvasia 2013 picked up a Bronze.
- Four Silver medals and six Bronze medals were awarded to wines from Georgia, as the country’s wine industry continues to improve. Jsc Telliani Valley vineyard, located in the Kakheti region of the country picked up a pair of Silver medals for its Kisi-Mtsvane 2013 and its Kindzmarauli Teliani Valley 2013.
- Serbia’s Winery Aleksandrovic received two Silver and two Bronze medals at the competition. Rodoslov Grand Reserve 2009 and Trijumf Barrique 2012 were both awarded Silver medals, and the Trijumf Selection 2013 and Regent Reserve 2009 picked up Bronzes. Amenet 2011, produced in the country’s Niŝava-South Morava region by Winery Aleksic, was awarded a Silver medal. Romania received one Silver and five Bronze medals, and two Slovakian wines received medals, one Silver, one Bronze.
- Despite its challengingly damp climate, Japan’s winemakers excelled at this year’s competition, with three Silver medals and eight Bronze medals being awarded to its white wines. Tomi No Oka Winery received a pair of Silver medals for its Japan Premium Koshu 2013 and its Japan Premium Takayamamura Chardonnay 2013. Château Mercian Nitsuru Chardonnay 2013 produced by Château Mercian in Katsunuma in the Yamanashi Prefecture also received a Silver medal, as well as a trio of Bronze medals for its other 2013 Chardonnays.
- Winemakers in very hot climates face different challenges, but the results of the IWC 2015 show how talented winemakers can beat the odds and produce excellent wines. Indian producer KRSMA Estates received a Silver medal for its KRSMA Chardonnay 2014 and a Bronze medal for its KRSMA Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Mexico’s oldest winery, Vinicola San Lorenzo, received a Bronze medal for its Casa Madero Chenin Blanc 2014. Peru secured its first ever medal at the competition, with a Bronze medal awarded to Selección Especial Alicante Bouschet 2014 by Viña Tacama, located in the Ica Valley, 300km south of Lima.
- Brazil had a vintage year at the competition picking up two Gold medals, three Silver and 11 Bronze medals as its wine industry continues to thrive. Gold medals were awarded to two Brazilian sparklers; Lirica Brut NV from Vinicola Hermann and the Ponto Nero Brut NV by Domno do Brasil, which also received a Bronze medal for its Ponto Nero Brut Rosé NV. The Marks & Spencer Coconova Brut NV created by Vinicola Ouro Verde, also received a Bronze medal.
- Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean countries also scooped a handful of medals at the competition. Turkey produced two Gold medal winning wines, as well as 16 Silver medal, and 28 Bronzes. Gold medals went to the Sayeste Öküzgözü Boğazkere 2012 from Gulor Wine in Turkey’s East Anatolia, and Pamukkale Sarapcilik also struck Gold with its Anfora Cabernet France 2012.
- Hot on Turkey’s heels was Greece, which secured one Gold for The Tear of the Pine 2014 from Stelios Kechris Domaine, as well as five Silver and 19 Bronze medals. Lebanon received a pair of Silver medals for red wines Château Fakra Pinacle De Fakra 2012 and Château Musar Jeune Red 2012, as well as five Bronze medals.
- A Silver medal was awarded to Alexander Winery in Israel for its Alexander Reserve Cabernet Franc 2011. Six more Israeli red wines also received Bronze medals, with two awarded to Carmel Winery for its Carmel Single Vineyard Kayoumi Shiraz 2010 and its Carmel Kayoumi Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Malta received a solitary Bronze medal for Emmanuel Delicata’s Gran Cavalier Chardonnay 2014.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the IWC commented:
“We are lucky enough to see wines from all corners of the winemaking world at the International Wine Challenge, and it is wonderful to see how different regions are continuing to improve. We taste wonderful wines from all the great wine making countries and regions, and award them the medals they deserve, but it’s a thrill to come across these utterly unexpected gems. From a Silver medal winning Kazakhstan Riesling to a Taiwanese Gold, it’s brilliant to see the boundaries of good wine expanding.”