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International Wine Challenge

World Wine Finale: International Wine Challenge announces Champion wine shortlist for 2015

Finalists announced for top prizes at 32nd annual International Wine Challenge

  • Switzerland first time trophy winners with a Syrah and a Chardonnay
  • Hungary, Greece, Austria also in the running for Champion status in the white wine category
  • English Sparkling wine continues to impress in Champion Sparkling shortlist
  • Big hitting wine nations all represented in Champion Red category

Following the International Wine Challenge’s medal winner announcement last week, the wine judges of the prestigious competition reveal the shortlist for the Champion wines of the year. Champion status is only awarded to one Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet wine from the thousands of entrants at the IWC Awards Dinner on Thursday 16th July.

  • Ten wines are on the shortlist to be crowned international king of the reds at the IWC this year.
  • Big hitting winemaking nations, France, Australia, Spain and Italy, are all represented in the Champion Red category, but Switzerland also impressed the expert panel of wine judges with Charles Rolaz’s Clos de la George Grand Cru Yvorne Syrah
  • Reds from Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Chile are also in the running to bag the top accolade
  • Hungary, Greece, Austria and Switzerland are all countries in the hunt for the IWC’s esteemed White Wine Champion award
  • They are also joined by Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain
  • The Riesling grape has once again come up trumps for Germany, with Escherndorf am Lumpen Riesling GG Trocken 2012 making the respected shortlist
  • East Sussex-based Court Garden’s Garden Vintage Blanc De Blancs 2010 is in with a chance of winning Champion Sparkling wine, as English wines continue to mount an impressive charge at the IWC this year
  • Vinicola Hermann’s Lirica Brut NV, produced in Brazil, makes a first ever appearance on the list and France, Spain and New Zealand are also represented
  • Seven countries will compete for sweet success in the IWC’s Sweet Wine Champion category
  • Canada’s icewine entry, a 2013 Riesling Icewine produced by Inniskillin, will battle it out with Australia’s Longview Vineyard Epitome Late Harvest Riesling 2013, Austria’s Hans Tschida Sämling 88 TBA 2008 and France’s Pfaffenheim Sélection de Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer 2009 to be Champion in the Sweet Wine category
  • Portugal has two entries in the Fortified Wine category with Dalva Colheita 1975 and Justino’s Madeira Terrantez 1978 making the list
  • Moscato Oro Vino Fortificato NV puts Taiwan on the map for the first time, with Australia and Spain also in with a shot for the top spot

Champion Red shortlist

Unánime 2011 by Mascota Vineyards  (Argentina)

Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 by Tolpuddle Vineyard (Australia)

Maray Limited Edition Syrah 2012 by Viña Tabali (Chile)

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2013 by Domaine De La Vougeraie (France)

Brunello di Montalcino ”Filo di Seta” 2010 by Castello Romitorio (Italy)

Elephant Hill Merlot-Malbec-Cabernet Franc 2013 by Elephant Hill (New Zealand)

Cortes de Cima Touriga Nacional 2012 by Cortes de Cima (Portugal)

Saronsberg Full Circle 2013 by Saronsberg Cellar (South Africa)

Aster Finca El Otero 2010 by La Rioja Alta (Spain)

Clos de la George Grand Cru Yvorne Syrah 2011 by Charles Rolaz (Switzerland)


Champion White Shortlist

Penfolds Reserve Bin 10A Chardonnay 2010 by Penfolds Wines (Australia)

Grüner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube 2013 by Weingut Türk (Austria)

Château Brown 2013 by Château Brown (France)

Escherndorf am Lumpen Riesling GG Trocken 2012 by Weingut Horst Sauer (Germany)

The Tear of the Pine 2014 (Retsina, Appellation by Tradition) by Stelios Kechris Domaine (Greece)

Premium Nagy-Somlói Juhfark 2013 by Tornai Pincészet (Hungary)

Papiri 2013 by Cantina Santa Maria La Palma (Italy)

Gravestone Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2013 by Man O’ War (New Zealand)

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2013 by Cape Point Vineyards (South Africa)

Pazo Señorans Selección de Añada 2007 by Bodegas Pazo de Señorans (Spain)

Domaine De Crochet Chardonnay Grand Cru Mont-sur-Rolle 2011 by Charles Rolaz (Switzerland)


Champion Sparkling Shortlist

Lirica Brut NV by Vinicola Hermann (Brazil)

Court Garden Vintage Blanc De Blancs 2010 by Court Garden (England)

Blanc des Millénaires 1995 by Champagne Charles Heidsieck (France)

Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV by Nautilus Estate (New Zealand)

AA Mirgin Gran Reserva 2010 by Alta Alella (Spain)


Champion Sweet Shortlist

Epitome Late Harvest Riesling 2013 by Longview Vineyard (Australia)

Sämling 88 TBA 2008 by Hans Tschida (Austria)

Riesling Icewine 2013 by Inniskillin (Canada)

Sélection de Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer 2009 by La Cave Des Vignerons De Pfaffenheim (France)

Hörsteiner Abtsberg Beerenauslese 2013 by Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg (Germany)

Royal Tokaji 6 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú 2011 by Royal Tokaji Borászati (Hungary)

Vinsanto Di Carmignano Riserva 2008 by Tenuta Di Capezzana (Italy)


Champion Fortified Shortlist

Saltram Mr Pickwick Rare Tawny NV by Saltram Wine Estate (Australia)

Justino’s Madeira Terrantez 1978 by Justino’s, Madeira Wines (Portugal)

Dalva Colheita 1975 by C. Da Silva (vinhos) (Portugal)

Harveys Very Old Palo Cortado 30 Year Old V.O.R.S. by Harveys (Spain)

Moscato Oro Vino Fortificato by Domaine Shu Sheng National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (Taiwan)


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Delighted to see so many great wines from so many different countries. We do our best to find the top wines out of the thousands of wines that are entered, these wines are the best of the best from a more diverse range of countries than ever before.”

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