International Wine Challenge 2017 Tranche One highlights: star performers from results of top wine competition
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IWC 2017 announces medal winners from Tranche One of the 2017 competition
After a week of intensive tastings by the world’s top wine judges, the International Wine Challenge today announces results of Tranche One of its competition. Thousands of wines were judged, and, with Christmas just around the corner, shoppers will be clamouring to get their hands on the top medal-winners.
- For the second year running at Tranche One Australia was awarded the most Gold medals, 27 in all, seven more than its closest rival France and 12 more than third placed Spain. Australia also clocked up an impressive 96 Silver medals and 120 Bronze bringing its total to 243.
- Riesling was Australia’s most awarded grape. Five Aussie Gold medals were for Riesling. Clare Valley producer, Pikes, led the charge, picking up a pair of Gold medals for its Riesling Traditionale 2016 and its Clare Valley Riesling 2016. The other Riesling Golds were awarded to Gatt Wines (Gatt High Eden Riesling 2010), Mr. Riggs (Ein Riese Riesling 2015) and Magpie Estate (Rag & Bone Riesling Eden Valley 2016).
- Australia may have clocked up the most Gold medals, but France did take top spot in total medals won, with a whopping 347, including 20 Gold, 130 Silver and 197 Bronze. Champagne clocked up five Gold medals, including two for Waitrose own-brand range champagnes; Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut and Waitrose Brut Special Reserve Vintage 2005.
- New Zealand achieved an impressive medal count of 218, 14 Golds, 94 Silvers and 110 Bronzes. Kiwi Pinot Noir led the charge, winning eight of the nation’s 14 Golds. The country’s standout producer was the Yealands Wine Group, awarded two Gold medals for its Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 and Yealands Estate Winemaker’s Reserve Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015.
- Spain secured a solid medal haul of 141, including 15 Golds, 52 Silvers and 74 Bronzes. Of the 15 Gold medals awarded, over half were for sherries, the country’s outstanding fortified wines. Celebrated sherry maker Emilio Lustau produced three Gold medal winners for two of the UK’s supermarkets, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. For a taste of Lustau’s genius, grab a bottle of Morrisons The Best Oloroso, Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado or Marks & Spencer Very Rare Dry Old Amontillado. Two Waitrose sherries also struck Gold at the competition, Waitrose Manzanilla and Waitrose Fino.
- Neighbouring Portugal won 15 Gold medals, eleven of those for its fortified wines (eight for Ports and three for Madeiras). The most successful winemaker was Symington Family Estates, who won three Golds for ports blended for two UK supermarkets, Morrisons The Best 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port and Tesco finest* Vintage Port 1997. Portugal also won a further 37 Silvers and 61 Bronzes.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“It really was an outstanding effort from Australia. Top spot in the Gold medal table and for a bewildering variety of wines. Riesling may have been the most successful grape, but there were also Golds for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay Shiraz, Semillon (dry and sweet) . Pinot Noir, Muscat and fizz. France did brilliantly, as well, with the highest medal tally, from all over this great wine country. New Zealand did very well, and, unexpectedly, most of its Gold medals were for red wines. Spain and Portugal were not far behind, with most of their top awards going to fortified wines, sherries, ports and Madeiras. Perfect timing for Christmas.”