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International Wine Challenge 2016 names 28 world-class Gold medal winning supermarket own-label wines

UK supermarket aisles are shelved with Gold, according to the results of the International Wine Challenge 2016, announced today. The world-renowned wine competition awarded medals to 317 supermarket own-brand wines, with 28 picking up a Gold medal.

  •  Wines created for Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-Operative and Waitrose all secured Gold medals, but it was Marks & Spencer that picked up 13 of them.
  • Marks & Spencer won Golds across a range of different styles, including dry white, sparkling, sherry and port, demonstrating the prowess of its buying team. Fans of bubbly will be clamouring to pick up any one of the three Gold medal-winning M&S sparkling wines.
  • The South African Marks & Spencer Graham Beck The Rhona Blanc de Blancs 2010 will certainly be popular with its price tag of £13, yet for those who insist on Champagne, the non-vintage Marks & Spencer Oudinot Rosé (£27) or the Marks & Spencer Oudinot Brut Vintage 2007 (£31) will be real hits for the most discerning Champagne-lover.
  • Four sherries created by esteemed producer Emilio Lustau were awarded Gold, including the Marks & Spencer Very Rare Palo Cortado and the Marks & Spencer Very Rare Pedro Ximenez, both available for £8. Three M&S ports also struck Gold, including the Marks & Spencer Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010 (£13)
  • In addition to its mighty haul of Golds, Marks & Spencer also received 43 Silver medals and 61 Bronze medals bringing the total medal count to a whopping 117. Wine-shoppers are truly spoiled for choice in M&S.
  • Morrisons received 52 medals for their own label range. This included a trio of Gold medals, 13 Silvers and 36 Bronzes. The elegant French Morrisons Signature Chablis 1er Cru 2013 (£15) was one of the Golds, as were a pair of sherries; the Morrisons Signature Oloroso Dry and the Morrisons Signature Pedro Ximénez, both £6.
  • Aldi secured four Gold medals. Two antipodean whites from the supermarket’s Exquisite Collection won Golds, the Exquisite Collection Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 (£6.99) and the Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (£7.99). A Chilean red, the Lot 08 Colchagua Carmenere 2012, and one from France, the Lot 14 Minervois La Livinière 2014 (£9.99), also picked up gold medals. Six Silver medals and ten Bronzes were also awarded to the supermarket’s own range.
  • Tesco finished the 2016 competition with a pair of Gold medals, as well as 20 Silvers and 28 Bronzes. The Tesco finest* Sancerre 2014, from the Loire Valley, was awarded Gold and costs just £11. The Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009 (£6), which received the Trophy for Great Value Sweet Wine under £10 last year, secured another Gold medal in 2016, and could be in the running for further accolades when the IWC Trophies are announced next week.
  • Waitrose wines performed well, with two Gold medals, seven Silvers and 16 Bronzes, bringing the grand total to 25. Gold medal winner Waitrose Brut Special Réserve Vintage Champagne 2005 (£29.99) is bound to be popular with fans of vintage champagne when it hits the stores in June, and the Waitrose Solera Jerezana Amontillado NV will keep sherry sippers happy at £9.99.
  • Next was Sainsbury’s which also received a pair of Gold medals for its sweet wines; the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximénez (£8) and Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selections Moscatel de Valencia, available for just £5. Sainsbury’s own-brand wines also won a trio of Silver medals and 16 Bronzes.
  • Asda won a single Gold medal, for its Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva 2010, a Rioja red available for less than ten pounds. This is the third year running that El Meson Gran Reserva Riojas have won Gold medals for Asda. A further 16 medals were awarded to wines from the Asda range, with 6 Silvers and 10 Bronzes.
  • Champions of convenience, The Co-operative took home 11 medals, including a Gold for The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Fiano 2014, a refreshing Italian white costing just £6.99. Five of its own-brand wines were also awarded Silver medals, and a further five picked up Bronzes.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“We are so fortunate in the quality of the wines selected for UK supermarkets. Not all are winners, but if you stick to wines that have won IWC medals, you will find so many great wines, of all colours and styles. And even the Gold medals don’t have to cost you a fortune. There are great wines in UK supermarkets to suit every occasion and every budget.”

“By selecting an IWC medal winner from a supermarket shelf, you can buy with the confidence of knowing that wine has been tasted and judged by some of the world’s finest wine experts. Whether you want to impress friends and family, or just experiment with a new style, the IWC medal is the official stamp of approval you can trust.”

Full list of Supermarket Gold medal winners

  • Aldi – The Exquisite Collection Hunter Valley Semillon (£6.99)
  • Aldi – Lot 08 Colchagua Carmenere (£9.99)
  • Aldi – The Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (£7.99)
  • Aldi Lot 14 Minervois La Livinere 2014 (£9.99)
  • Asda Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva (£9.98)
  • Marks & Spencer Oudinot Rosé (£27.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Oudinot Brut Vintage (£31.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Mineralstein Riesling (£10.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Da Vinci Vin Santo (£20.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Late bottled Vintage Port (£13.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Vintage Port (£25.00)
  • Marks & Spencer 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£16.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Stonedance Roussanne (£10.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Graham Beck The Rhona Blanc de Blancs (£13.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Very Rare Palo Cortado (£8.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Very Rare Dry Old Amontillado (£8.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Very Rare Oloroso (£8.00)
  • Marks & Spencer Very Rare Pedro Ximenez (£8.00)
  • Morrisons Signature Chablis 1er Cru (£15.00)
  • Morrisons Signature Oloroso Dry (£6.00)
  • Morrisons Signature Pedro Ximénez (£6.00)
  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximénez (£8.00)
  • Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection Moscatel de Valencia (£5.00)
  • Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon (£6.00)
  • Tesco finest* Sancerre (£11.00)
  • The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Fiano (£6.99)
  • Waitrose Solera Jerezana Amontillado NV
  • Waitrose Brut Special Réserve Vintage (29.99)

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