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International Wine Challenge

Supermarkets sweep at the International Wine Challenge with almost a thousand medal-winning wines available in the aisles

News released: 10.05.18

Under embargo until 11am 10th May 2018

Supermarkets sweep at the International Wine Challenge with almost a thousand medal-winning wines available in the aisles

UK supermarkets aisles are paved with Gold, Silver and Bronze, according to the latest results from the International Wine Challenge 2018 announced today. Just over 900 (913) IWC medals were awarded to wines that are available in supermarkets, including 50 Gold medal winners, 351 Silver medals and 512 Bronze medals. With Gold medal winners available from Aldi to Waitrose, the nation’s wine fans will be spoiled for choice in the supermarket.

Waitrose stocked with Gold

The results reveal that Waitrose lists the highest number of Gold medal winners, with 20 wines from its shelves securing Gold medals.

It was fortified wines which stole the show for Waitrose, winning an impressive six Gold medals. One entry from Spain stood out for the judges as a particularly good example of sherry: González Byass Matusalem Cream VORS 30 YO (£19.99 for 37.5cl).

Elsewhere there were Gold medals at Waitrose for seven reds, four whites, and three sparkling wines, all available in store – including Cornwall’s Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2015 available for £29.99. Champagne lovers looking to splash out should pick up a bottle of Maison Mumm Rosé, which retails for £45, and received a Gold medal.

Waitrose also lists a further 112 Silver medal and 140 Bronze medal winners.

Own brand success – 17 Gold medals for UK supermarket own-brands

In the battle for own-brand Gold medals, it was Tesco, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer which triumphed, with each securing four Gold medals for their own label wines.

Tesco own label

Tesco received Gold medals winners across a range of styles including a Champagne which retails at under twenty pounds, namely the Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£19.99). The retailer also received a Gold medal for its Tesco Finest Chablis Premier Cru 2015, a classic French white wine which costs £15.

The supermarket also impressed with its own brand port and sherry, with one of each receiving a Gold medal.

Tesco Finest Vintage Port 1997 by Symington Family Estates (£20), and Tesco Finest Pedro Ximenez (£7 for 37.5cl).

The Tesco own label range as a whole did well along with the 4 Golds, they were awarded 35 Silvers and 38 Bronzes.

Morrisons own label

Morrisons found Gold own-label success for three Spanish sherries as well as a Rioja for £12: Morrisons The Best Marques De Los Rios Rioja Gran Reserva 2011. Their trio of gold medal winning sherrys all retail for £6 (37.5cl) they are: Morrisons The Best Oloroso, Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado and Morrisons The Best Pedro Ximenez – all available in-store now.

Morrisons range has had another great year not only picking up 4 Golds but also winning 24 Silver medals and 54 Bronzes.

Marks & Spencer own label

Marks & Spencer showed range in its own-label Golds with awards for three white wines and a red wine – including an Argentinean Malbec, a French Chardonnay, and a German Riesling, as well as the lesser-known Arneis grape.  From the Italian Piedmont region, the Marks and Spencer Ascheri Langhe Arneis 2017, was a hit with the judges and retails at £13.50.

The other two Gold-winning own-label whites were Marks and Spencer Domaine Pierre de Prehy Chablis 2016 (£15.50); and Darting Estate Durkheimer Riesling 2016 (£10.50).

The Gold medal winning red was the Marks and Spencer Colomé Altitude Blend Malbec Cabernet Franc Tannat 2015, retailing at £12.50.

Marks & Spencer always does brilliantly with their own label wines and as well as their 4 Golds they received 68 Silvers and 89 Bronzes.

Own labels from Aldi, Asda, Booths and Waitrose

Aldi secured two Gold medals, including a win for a sweet white wine: Chateau De Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru Classé 2013 – retailing at £11.99. The retailer received its second Gold medal for its Maynard’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 1992 – retailing at £19.99

At Asda, its own-label Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir 2014 from New Zealand scored Gold and is available for a very reasonable £8.50.

Based in the North of England, Booths did well in the fortified category with a Spanish sherry: Williams & Humbert, Booths Manzanilla Sherry – on sale for £7.75. This scored 96, one of only four supermarket own-labels to attain this high score within the ranks of the Gold medals.

In addition to its scores of branded Gold medal winning wines, Waitrose also received a Gold for its own-brand sherry, Waitrose Torre del Oro Palo Cortado (£11.29).

Recognition for English sparkling wine

Shoppers looking to pick up a Gold medal winning English sparkling wine in their local supermarket can purchase the Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2015 in either Waitrose (£29.99) or Booths (£31).

Champagne that won’t break the bank

Fans of Champagne will be pleased with the number of Gold medal winners in the supermarket aisles, especially as they are able to suit a range of different budgets. Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV carries a modest price tag of just £19.99, perfect for a spot of luxury without breaking the bank. When looking for great value on a well-known brand, the Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut is available from both Co-op and Morrisons for £31.99. Alternatively, head to Waitrose where you can find the Maison Mumm Rosé for £45.00 perfect for a special occasion.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chair of the IWC commented:

“Once again the UK’s supermarkets have proven that they can deliver a huge range of choice for an equally impressive range of tastes, palates and budgets. It’s also good to see their own-label brands doing so well. We’d definitely advise consumers to check these out. Many of these are made with some of the world’s top winemakers, so a great chance to find some world-class wines.”

For the full list of winners visit the IWC website: www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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