Supermarket super-save: International Wine Challenge names Great Values Champions of the year as supermarket own-brand wines clean up
The 32nd International Wine Challenge announces its Great Value Champions of 2015, with five out of six awards going to supermarket own-brand wines
Wine fans keen on a bargain should look no further than their local supermarket, according to the latest results from the International Wine Challenge, which announces its Great Value Champions of the year today. Five out of the six Great Value Champions were supermarket own-brand wines demonstrating that consumers can pick up fantastic wines with very modest price tags right on their door step.
Tesco, Aldi, Marks & Spencer and ASDA all produced Great Value Champions, beating thousands of other entries to scoop the prestigious prizes.
- Tesco topped the bill, with two of its wines being awarded Great Value Champion status. Its Tesco finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007 (RRP £24.99) was named the IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling 2015. This elegant sparkler produced by Union Champagne impressed the judges with its ripe apple nose and brioche undertones, with a decadent balance of creaminess and freshness.
- Tesco also impressed in the sweet category, receiving the IWC Great Value Champion sweet of the year for its Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009. Produced by De Bortoli Wines, this Semillon is an absolute steal at £6.49 and is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its rich, luxurious finish and honey aromas. It also won the Australian Botrytis Semillon Trophy and is a regular winner of top awards at the IWC.
- Aldi’s The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 demonstrated star quality, and was awarded the IWC Great Value Champion White 2015. Produced by Wakefield Wines for the supermarket famed for its low prices, this delicious white combines ripe lime and fragrant tealeaf aromas and its fresh complexity belies its modest price tag of £6.99.
- ASDA also earned its share of glory winning IWC Great Value Champion Red 2015, with its ASDA Extra Special El Mesón Gran Reserva 2005. This reasonable red will leave you change from a tenner and was produced for ASDA by El Coto de Rioja. Its mature palette and perfect balance of fruit and oak was a hit with the judging panel this year. It also won the Red Rioja Trophy in the competition.
- Marks and Spencer picked up the IWC Great Value Champion Fortified 2015 award for its Dry Old Palo Cortado NV. Produced by Emilio Lustau, this opulent fortified white has hints of dried fruits, citrus peel and old wood overtones and costs just £8.00.
- The only non-supermarket tipple to receive Great Value Champion status was the Italia Pinot Grigio Rosé 2014 produced by Adria, which was awarded IWC Great Value Rosé 2015. This delicious Rosé impressed the judges with its floral aroma and soft, red fruit flavours. Although not produced for a supermarket own-brand range, shoppers can pick this corker up in Waitrose, Nisa, Ocado and CostCutter for just £7.49.
- The final six Great Value Champions were chosen from a shortlist of 15 wines that had been awarded Great Value Trophies in May 2015. The trophies follow two weeks of intensive wine tasting in April at London’s Kia Oval.
Great Value Trophies are awarded to the best wines retailing under specific price points (up to £15 for Still, and up to £25 for Sparkling). To qualify, each winner must be available nationwide and have received a Gold or Silver medal at the International Wine Challenge 2015.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“The Great Value Champions are always a highlight of the International Wine Challenge every year. These Champions show you can pick up mouth-watering wines across all styles in their local supermarkets. We have tasted thousands of wines throughout this year’s competition, so winning a Great Value Champion is a huge coup for these entries. Head to your local supermarket and pick up a Champion today!”