German wines shine bright at International Wine Challenge 2016, winning 105 medals
German winemakers showed star quality at the International Wine Challenge 2016 and were awarded a flurry of medals by the panels of wine experts. Following a two-week intensive blind tasting at Kia Oval last month, the International Wine Challenge judges awarded 21 Gold medals to German wines, seven more than in 2015. The judges also awarded 51 Silver and 33 Bronze medals to German wines, bringing the total medal count to an impressive 105.
- Although Germany is best known in the UK for its sweet wines, today’s results show Germany can do more than great sweet whites. In addition to the eight Gold medals awarded to its sweet white wines, 13 Gold medals were awarded to dry German wines, one of which was a red wine, Quercus Pinot Noir 2013, created by Weingut Fritz Allendorf.
- The country’s winemakers demonstrated their special skill with their native Riesling grape. 13 of the Gold medal winners were Rieslings. Of those, four were sweet wines and a total of nine were dry. German Riesling is a very versatile grape.
- Weingut Horst Sauer from the Franken region put in a formidable performance, and was awarded six Gold medals, five of which were grown on its iconic Lump vineyard. Three of the producer’s Rieslings received Gold medals; Escherndorf am Lumpen Riesling GG trocken 2014, Escherndorfer Lump Riesling S. trocken 2014 and Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Beerenauslese 2014.
- Two further wines using the Silvaner grape also secured Gold medals for the vineyard; Escherndorf am Lumpen Silvaner GG trocken 2014 and Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Trockenbeerenauslese 2014.
- The lightly oaked Escherndorfer Fürstenberg Weisser Burgunder S. trocken 2014 completed the shower of Gold medals for Horst Sauer.
- Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut from the Rheingau region picked up Gold medals for three of its 2014 dry Rieslings. The Domdechaney Hochheim Riesling trocken Grosses Gewächs 2014, Domdechant Werner Hochheirmer Riesling Classic 2014 and Hochheirmer Domdechaney Riesling Spätlese 2014 all secured top marks.
- Another big winner at the competition was Weingut Schloss Reinhartshausen, a vineyard in the Rheingau region, which has been producing wine since 1337. The producer received two Gold medals for its dry Rieslings, the Schloss Reinhartshausen Schlossberg Grand Cru 2012 and the Schloss Reinhartshausen Schlossberg Riesling 2014. A further Gold medal was awarded to its Preussens Gloria Auslese Riesling 2003, a sweet Riesling.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“I have long been a fan of great German Rieslings. This year’s IWC results for German wines show how great German Rieslings can be. We tasted wonderful wines, both sweet and dry. And it’s not just Riesling that scored highly. We had Gold medals for Silvaner, Weiss Burgunder and Pinot Noir wines as well. A stunning performance!”
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com