Fantastic 15: International Wine Challenge announces its Great Value Award winners for 2015
Fantastic 15: International Wine Challenge announces its Great Value Award winners for 2015, with wines from £5.25 to £25 picking up prizes.
IWC announces its top wines with modest price tags that shoppers can find on the high street.
- Prestigious wine competition announces awards for best value wines of the year
- 12 of the 15 Great Value awards given to supermarket own-brand wines
- Tesco scoops four awards for its own-label range
The International Wine Challenge 2015 announces its Great Value awards today, proving you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy fantastic wine. After over two weeks of intensive blind tasting at the Kia Oval last month, the IWC judges picked fifteen Great Value wines. They all demonstrate quality and complexity beyond their modest price tags, and are certain to be snapped up by shoppers.
- 12 of the 15 Great Value Awards were given to supermarket own-brand wines in an outstanding performance from UK retailers
- Tesco led the charge picking up a whopping four trophies in the sparkling, white, rosé and sweet categories
- Sainsbury’s scooped a trio of Great Value awards for its own-brand wines and Marks & Spencer and Asda each picked up a pair of budget beauties
- Low-cost supermarket, Aldi, topped off a sterling performance at the 2015 competition by receiving a Great Value award today
- Each of the Great Value awards went to wines that received a Gold or Silver medal at the 2015 competition and are nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online wine clubs
- To qualify, still varietals must have at least 100,000 bottles available, while sparkling needs 60,000 bottles and fortified and sweet must have 6,000 bottles in circulation
- The prestigious wine competition awards trophies to wines at different price points up to £15 for still and sweet wines and up to £25 for sparkling, demonstrating how UK wine fans can pick up fantastic wines to suit any budget
- Kicking off with the sparkling category, the Great Value Sparkling Wine for under £12 award went to Asda Asti NV, sure to be a crowd pleaser with its £5.25 price tag
- Sainsbury’s swooped in to collect the prize for best mid-range value sparkler (£12-£20), with its Winemakers’ Selection by Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, which is available for £20
- If only vintage will do, head to Tesco and pick up the Tesco finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007 (RRP £24.99), which was named the IWC Great Value sparkling wine under £25
- Savvy shoppers looking for a delicious white wine that won’t break the bank should buy Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 (£6.99), which picked up the IWC Great Value White under £7 award
- The Great Value award for white wine priced £7-£12 went to Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2014 by Foley Family Wines, available at Majestic Wine for just £11.99
- Alternatively, treat yourself to Tesco finest* Chablis 2013 (£13.99), which received the Great Value under £15 award
- In the battle of the reasonable reds, Sainsbury’s scooped two Great Value awards with its own-brand red wines
- The Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhônes Villages 2013 picked up the award for Great Value Red under £7, whilst Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Châteauneuf-Du-Pape priced at just £14.00, received the IWC Great Value Red under £15
- Asda picked up the the trophy for IWC Great Value Red between £7-12 for its Extra Special El Mesón Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 (£9.97)
- Two rosé share the accolade of IWC Great Value Rosé under £12
- Tesco picked up its third Great Value award for its finest* Sancerre Rosé 2014 (that will leave you change from a tenner) and the Italia Pinot Grigio Rosé 2014 (£7.49) by Boutinot also received the prize
- Yet again Tesco impressed in the sweet category receiving the IWC Great Value Sweet under £10 award for its Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009, the modest price tag of £6.79 makes this delicious wine taste even sweeter
- The award for Great Value Sweet under £15 went to Marks & Spencer Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling 2013
- This South African beauty punches well above its weight in terms of quality, with delicious dried mango and marzipan notes
- Frugal fans of fortified should head to Marks & Spencer and pick up its Dry Old Palo Cortado NV (£7.49 per half-bottle), which trounced the competition to pick up the IWC Great Value Fortified under £10
- Anyone looking to splash out a little more should get their hands on the De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat NV (£14.99), which scooped the prize for Great Value Fortified under £15
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge commented:
“These Great Value Awards demonstrate that savvy shoppers are able to pick up fantastic wines with very competitive prices at their local retailers. Each of these marvelous award winners punches well above its weight in terms of quality and they are all delicious wines. These wines have been blind tasted by some of the best wine judges in the world, so consumers can buy these award winners with confidence. Impress your friends and family without denting your bank balance.”
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