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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 31st year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards

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Ali Maynard and Helen Kenny
Manifest London
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International Wine Challenge reveals 2017 Great Value Champions, with winners available from £5

Wine fans with an eye for a bargain will be rejoicing today as the International Wine Challenge (IWC) reveals its 2017 Great Value Champions. The six winners delivering on price and quality, beat competition from thousands of entries blind-tasted by an international panel of expert judges.

  • All six wines are available nationally within UK supermarkets or via online retailers enabling shoppers to easily get their hands on these Great Value Champions. Four of the six winners were from supermarket own-brand ranges, including entries from Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.
  • The top winner of the night was Morrisons, with two of its own-brand wines being awarded Great Value titles in the white wine and fortified wine category.
  • Perfect for summer, the Morrisons Best Rioja Reserva Blanco 2011 pipped its rivals to the post to receive the IWC Great Value Champion White 2017. This white Rioja seduced the judges with its complex blend of refreshing citrus fruit, stone fruit, and rich burnt almond. With a price tag of just £6.50, this is guaranteed to be a hit with white wine fans.
  • Morrisons Best Palo Cortado NV was named the IWC Great Value Champion Fortified 2017. Produced by world-famous sherry producer, Emilio Lustau, the rich and sophisticated palate of this sherry belied its extremely modest price tag of just £5.
  • Waitrose celebrated another year of sparkling success after its own-brand Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV (£21.99) was named IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling 2017. This delicate, easy-drinking fizz made with the Pinot Noir grape, will add a touch of luxury to any occasion, without breaking the bank.
  • Bargain hunters with a sweet tooth will be clamouring to get their hands on the Marks & Spencer Hermits Semillon 2013, which was crowned IWC Great Value Champion Sweet 2017. Made by De Bortoli Wines from 100% Semillion grapes, this rich dessert wine is bursting with fresh peach and pineapple flavours, and is available for just £9.50.
  • In the battle for reasonable reds, Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 beat its rivals to claim the IWC Great Value Champion Red 2017. This full-bodied red produced on Australia’s West Coast enticed the judging panel with its rich cocoa aromas and dark plum and blueberry notes. Judges noted that this delicious wine would only improve with age, so shoppers can drink now or stock up for a special occasion. This wine is available to buy in the Tesco wine aisle for just £12.99.
  • This year’s IWC Great Value Champion Rosé 2017 was The Château La Gordonne Vérité du Terroir Rosé 2016. This delightfully fresh pale pink rosé is the classic Provence rosé blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Shoppers are just one click away from a kiss from this rosé, that is available from online supermarket Ocado for £14.99.
  • These six Champion Great Value winners were selected from a shortlist of Great Value Trophy wines announced in May. To qualify for a Great Value Trophy, wines must retail under specific price points; £15 for still and sweet wine and £25 for sparkling. Wines must also win a Gold or Silver medal and be nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online. Still wines must have at least 100,000 bottles available, sparkling wines need 60,000 bottles available and fortified and sweet wines must have 6,000 bottles in circulation.

QUOTATIONS

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“The caliber of these Great Value Champions is truly outstanding, and their modest price tags make them even more appealing. The UK wine trade is thriving and the fact that you can find such fine wines for reasonable prices is testament to that. If you spot any one of these winners, I would recommend you snap it up – they are sure to fly off the shelves.”

“The IWC is committed to discovering those hidden diamonds which deliver on both price and quality and we’re proud to give our stamp of approval to help shoppers make better choices in the wine aisle. These winners have been blind-tasted by the finest wine judges from around the world so consumers can buy with confidence.”

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