Going up down under: Australia puts in a formidable performance at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with 815 Aussie wines being awarded medals
Australia has yet again proven it is a powerhouse of winemaking, receiving a total of 815 medals at the International Wine Challenge 2016, which announces its results today. 80 Australian wines picked up Gold medals. 375 won Silver medals and 360 Bronze. Following two weeks of intensive blind tasting by an international panel of wine experts in London last month, Australia finished second on the medal leader board, beaten only by France.
- 51 Australian red wines received Gold medals, with Aussie favourites Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the charge. 29 whites struck Gold across a range of grapes, including Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
- Wolf Blass Wines put in an impressive performance; scooping a whopping seven Gold medals, with top marks going to three Shiraz, two Cabernet Sauvignon and two Riesling entries. Three wines from its aptly named ‘Gold Label’ range received Gold medals. The Wolf Blass Gold Label Barossa Shiraz 2013, Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and the Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2015 are all guaranteed to be hits with consumers after their great results. Wolf Blass also received a pair of Gold medals for two different vintages of the same wine, the Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2012 and 2014 both won Golds.
- White wine wizards McGuigan Wines were awarded a flurry of five Gold medals, including three top prizes for McGuigan. The Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages, highlighting the producer’s incredible consistency and ability to overcome vintage variation. McGuigan also scooped two more Gold medals for Semillons, McGuigan The Shortlist Semillon 2007 and McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2006.
- Penfolds received five Gold medals at this year’s competition. Two of its top winners were Cabernet Sauvignons, including the Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. The 2012 vintage of that same wine received a Gold medal at last year’s competition, displaying impressive consistency from the team. A pair of Gold medals were awarded to Penfolds Chardonnays, the Penfolds Bin 14A Chardonnay 2014 and the Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2014. The Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013 completed the Golden line-up for this world famous wine brand.
- In a competition first, two Aussie winemakers secured Gold medals this year with wines made from Montepulciano, an Italian native grape. Both came from the Adelaide Hills. Bird in Hand Montepulciano 2014 and Montepulciano d’Adelaide Hills 2014 by Mr. Riggs were each awarded Gold medals. This marked the first time a non-Italian Montepulciano has won a Gold medal.
- No stranger to success at the IWC, O’Leary Walker Wines won a Gold medal for its Polish Hill River Riesling 2013. The 2010 vintage of the same wine picked up a Gold medal at the 2012 competition, and the 2008 vintage received a Gold medal at last year’s competition.
- While the vast majority of the Gold medals winners awarded to Australian wines were dry wines, 11 sweet wines also secured Golds. Victoria-based Morris Wines won three Gold medals, for the Morris Cellar One Classic Liqueur Muscat, Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque and the Morris Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur Muscat. The Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009 secured another Gold medal this year.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Our winemaking friends down under have put in a fantastic array of wines at this year’s competition. Many producers have been really successful with several different grape varieties, and maintaining consistency across vintages. Many of these Gold medal winners have very modest price tags, and that shows you can get fantastic Aussie wine to suit any budget. A phenomenal performance overall.”
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