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International Wine Challenge

They’re simply the Best: International Wine Challenge announces its 2015 Champion Wines

The 32nd International Wine Challenge announces its Champion wines at annual awards dinner.

  • IWC names Champions from France, Germany, Italy and Spain
  • France proves to be the master of the competition
  • Piper Heidsieck was also awarded the IWC 2015 Champion of Champions Award

The 32nd International Wine Challenge today announced its Champion wines for 2015 last night, following an intensive judging process, naming Champions from France, Germany, Italy and Spain. France proved to be the ultimate master of this year’s competition, with two French wines beating thousands of entrants from around the world to receive Champion status.

  • Tuscany-based vineyard Castello Romitorio received the 2015 Champion Red Wine Award for its 2010 Brunello di Montalcino ”Filo di Seta”. This exquisite red made with Sangiovese grapes impressed the judges with its plummy fruit aroma and alluring, glossy texture.
  • The 2015 IWC Champion White Wine Award was given to Bordeaux winery Château Brown for its Château Brown 2013. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes wowed the IWC panel with its complex waxy, floral and citrus notes. Château Brown also received a Silver medal at the competition for its red Château Brown 2012, a blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • German winemaker Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg picked up the top prize for Sweet wine, with its 2013 Hörsteiner Abtsberg Beerenauslese receiving the Alois Kracher Trophy for Champion Sweet Wine. This Riesling from the German region of Franken combines rich peach and apricot flavours with notes of marmalade and quince.
  • Spain-based winery Harveys was awarded the IWC Champion Fortified Wine for its Very Old Palo Cortado 30 Year Old V.O.R.S. This wine comes from the Spanish region of Jerez-Sherry and is made of Palomino and Pedro Ximénez grapes. This vibrant wine marries marmalade, praline and citrus aromas with roasted coffee flavour and salty complexity.
  • Charles Heidsieck was awarded the Daniel Thibault Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine 2015 for its 1995 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that Charles Heidsieck has produced the Champion sparkling wine.
  • Piper Heidsieck was also awarded the IWC 2015 Champion of Champions Award for its Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Magnum. This new category is open to wines that have received Champion status in a previous IWC competition. If past champions are entered again into the competition and receive a trophy, they qualify to be re-tasted again and the International Wine Challenge panel chairs select their Champion of Champions.
  • These Champion wines were selected following a rigorous judging process, beating thousands of contenders from all around the world. The wines were awarded IWC Trophies during two weeks of tasting in April this year at London’s Kia Oval.
  • The best wines in each style from every country were then awarded National Trophies (i.e. Best Italian Red). Finally, these national Champions went head to head before the Co-Chairmen of the IWC to decide which were the ultimate winners of each of the five categories.

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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“We’ve had a fantastic year at the competition this year, and we have tasted some truly spectacular wines. These Champion winners are the absolute best of the best. Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on any one of these wines will be in for a real treat. To beat thousands of other entries from all around the world is a huge achievement for these winemakers. They are masters of their craft and should be extremely proud to receive this prestigious accolade.”

For further information on the International Wine Challenge and the 2015 winners please visit: www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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