Australian wines challenge French domination with 75 gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014
890 Australian wines awarded medals at 31st annual International Wine Challenge
Australia has firmly cemented its reputation as a powerhouse of wine making, with 75 Australian wines receiving Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014. Beaten only by France in the medals table, Australia was awarded a total of 890 medals by the world-renowned wine competition including 335 Silver and 480 Bronze medals.
- Australia vying for France’s crown as top winemaking nation
- 12 varietals pick up top prize at competition
- Gold medal awarded to £7.99 2013 Viognier from Oxford Landing
- Australian wines impressed the judges across a variety of styles, with twelve different varietals being awarded the much-coveted Gold medal. Aussie winemakers demonstrated their mastery of the Shiraz grape with a total of 21 winning Gold including Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz 2012, and First Pick Shiraz 2011 from the 1847 Winery in the Barossa Valley, South Australia
- Australian Sémillons performed very well, with ten receiving Gold medals. Three Gold medals were awarded to Sémillons by McGuigan Wines, as it continued its success from last year (when CEO of the Hunter Valley vineyard, Neil McGuigan, was named the IWC White Winemaker of the Year)
- Twelve Australian Chardonnays received Gold medals, including a sparkling Chardonnay from Tasmanian vineyard Jansz. The vineyard was responsible for producing Tasmania’s first premium vintage sparkling wine back in 1986, and this year the 2008 Jansz Tasmania Premium Vintage Cuvée wowed the judges. The distinctive style of wines grown in the comparatively cooler climate of Tasmania has been increasingly successful at the competition
- Oxford Landing Estates in South Australia proved drinkers don’t need to spend a fortune to get an exquisite wine. The IWC awarded a Gold medal to its 2013 Viognier, which retails at around £7.99
- This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“The standard of these Gold medal-winning Australian wines is undeniable. They have star quality and tick all the boxes: elegant, balanced and absolutely stunning. Yet again the some Australian Chardonnays and Shirazes have been brilliant, and it has been wonderful to see such a high standard of wine across a broad range of styles. Lesser-known wine making regions such as Tasmania have really shone. Australian wines can offer great value to drinkers. To be able pick up an IWC Gold medal winner for under eight pounds is fantastic.”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com