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International Wine Challenge

Golden aisles of super wines: Supermarket wines storm the competition at International Wine Challenge

Embargoed till 11am 06.12.16

UK shoppers spoiled for choice with the announcement of 245 medal winning wines available in their supermarkets

  • 245 medals awarded to supermarket own-brand and exclusive wines
  • A whopping 19 Gold medals available in supermarket wine aisles
  • Marks & Spencer leading the charge with 60 medals winners in its range

Britain’s supermarket wine aisles are brimming with world-class wines according to the results of Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2017. A massive haul of 245 medals, including 19 Gold medals, was awarded to own-brand and exclusive wines from the nation’s supermarkets by top judges at Tranche One of the world-renowned wine competition.

  • Marks & Spencer achieved an impressive medal count of 60, including six Gold medals, 20 Silvers and 34 Bronze. Hot on its heels was Morrisons, coming a close second in the medals table with a total of 45 medals.
  • Marks & Spencer’s medal count included six Gold medals. Looking for a festive gift? These Gold medal winners will provide guaranteed Christmas cheer: Marks & Spencer 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Marks & Spencer Martinez Marsala Superiore Reserva Dolce 5 Year Old, 5 Year Old Finest Medium Rich Madeira and Marks & Spencer Very Rare Dry Old Amontillado.
  • Fans of fizz will also be spoiled for choice in the M&S wine aisle, with three of its sparklers receiving Silver medals at Tranche One of the competition. Celebrate the festive season with any one of these Silver sparklers: Marks & Spencer Champagne Oudinot Sparkling Rosé (£28.00) Marks & Spencer Oudinot Brut (£26.00) and Champagne de St Gall Grand Cru Brut 2009 (£35.00).
  • Morrisons picked up an impressive 44 medals, including four Gold medals, 16 Silver medals and 25 Bronze medals. Its ports and sherries were the biggest winners, with Gold medals going to Morrisons The Best 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£16.00), Morrisons The Best Oloroso (£6.00) and Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado (£6.00). The supermarket received a fourth Gold medal for its Morrisons The Best Chablis 1er Cru (£15.00); a rich, luxurious white wine which is sure to be a hit with shoppers.
  • Asda scooped an impressive haul of 39 medals, including eight Silvers and 31 Bronze medals. Fans of white wine should search out the Silver medal winner Asda Extra Special Barossa Chardonnay 2015, while red wine drinkers should pick up a bottle or two of Asda Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015.
  • Waitrose was awarded four Gold medals, with two to its fantastic fizzes, Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut (£21.99) and Waitrose Brut Special Réserve Vintage 2005 (£24.99). Savvy shoppers should stock up on these Gold medal winners for their festive celebrations. Two further Gold medals were awarded for the supermarket’s own brand Sherries: Waitrose Fino and Waitrose Manzanilla were given Golds by the IWC judges.
  • Tesco was awarded two of its three Gold medals for its ports, Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£12.00) and Tesco finest* Vintage Port 1997 (£18.00). With such inviting price tags, these winners will soon be flying off the shelves. The supermarket was also awarded 11 Silver and 17 Bronze medals.
  • Aldi impressed across a range of styles, with a total of 28 medals, with two Gold, eight Silver and 18 Bronze medals won by its own brand and exclusive wines. Grab a bottle of Gold medal-winning Maynard’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012 (for a jaw-dropping £8.95) or the outstanding Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon 2015 for £5.99, and you will not be disappointed.
  • The Co-operative was awarded two Silver and four Bronze medals. The Co-operative ends the year on a high with two of its red wines picking up Silver medals, the Co-operative Fair-trade Merlot 2016 and The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Mount Benson Shiraz 2016.
  • Sainsbury’s was awarded one Silver medal and 4 Bronzes. White wine drinkers should seek out the Silver medal winning Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Languedoc White 2016 this Christmas.

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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Whether looking for festive gifts, or party tipples, British supermarket shoppers are spoiled for choice. Tranche One of the 2017 IWC has rewarded some sensational own-brand and exclusive wines that deliver on flavour, quality and value every time. Our careful selection of medals allows people to buy with confidence: knowing these medal winners have been awarded by some of the world’s top wine judges.

For the full list of supermarket Gold medal winners see below:

  • Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon 2015 (Exclusive to Aldi)
  • Maynard’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012 (Exclusive to Aldi)
  • Marks & Spencer 5 Year Old Finest Medium Rich Madeira
  • Marks & Spencer Martinez Marsala Superiore Riserva Dolce 5 Year Old
  • Marks & Spencer 10 Year Old Tawny Port
  • Marks & Spencer Stepp Riesling *S* Kallstadter Saumagen 2015
  • Marks & Spencer Very Rare Dry Old Amontillado
  • Pikes Clare Valley Riesling 2016 (Marks & Spencer)
  • Morrisons The Best Chablis 1er Cru 2014
  • Morrisons The Best 10 Year Old Tawny Port
  • Morrisons The Best Oloroso
  • Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado
  • Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port
  • Tesco finest* Vintage Port 1997
  • Tesco finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva 2012
  • Waitrose Brut Special Réserve Vintage 2005
  • Waitrose Fino
  • Waitrose Manzanilla
  • Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut

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