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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 35th 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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International Wine Challenge Tranche One Results – The Highlights

EMBARGOED UNTIL 11:00 02/12/14

Result highlights from Tranche One of IWC 2015 

  • France tops medal chart at Tranche One of competition, but Australia scoops equal number of Golds
  • 13 supermarket own-brand wines receive Gold medals
  • Turkey receives first Gold medal at the prestigious competition

The International Wine Challenge 2015 announces the results of Tranche One of the competition today, following a week of blind tasting last month.

  • France topped the medal chart, with a total of 277 French wines winning awards. However, in a competition first, Australia closed the gap on France with an equal number of Gold medals, 26 in all. France clocked up the highest number of Silver and Bronze medals, with 89 and 162 respectively. The medal tally will change after Tranche 2 of the competition which takes place in April.
  • In addition to its 26 Gold medals, Australian wines also received 71 Silver medals and 106 Bronze medals, bringing the county’s total medal count to 203. However, despite receiving so many Gold medals, Australia was beaten in the total medal chart by its rival New Zealand, which received 215 Gold, Silver or Bronze medals.
  • 11 New Zealand wines received Gold medals, 78 wines won Silver medals, and 126 were awarded a Bronze. New Zealand is rightly renowned for the quality of its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, but Kiwi winemakers impressed the IWC 2015 judges across a wide variety of styles with five different varietals being awarded Gold medals, including Syrah, Chardonnay and Riesling as well as its signature grape varietals.
  • Thirteen Gold medals were awarded to wines created exclusively for UK supermarket own-brand ranges, with the top awards going to wines from Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Morrisons, and budget supermarket Aldi.
  • A total of 184 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to supermarket own-brand wines, with Marks & Spencer trouncing the competition picking up 73 gongs, more than twice as many medals as its closest rival Tesco which received 32.
  • In a competition first, a Turkish wine received a Gold medal. Sayeste Okuzgozu & Bogazkere 2012 by Gulor Wine impressed the judges enough to secure the much-coveted prize at the competition. The boutique winemaker located near Istanbul also received a Bronze medal for its Gulor Okuzgozu & Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
  • This year is the second year the International Wine Challenge has split its competition into two separate tastings to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers greater flexibility over when to enter their wines.
  • Tranche One of the IWC 2015 competition was held last month, and Tranche Two will be hosted in April 2015, with the results being announced in May.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“The results from Tranche One of the competition have certainly thrown up a few surprises. Australian wines performed very well matching France’s Gold medal score, and New Zealand winemakers showed real diversity. Supermarket wines yet again performed well, and it is wonderful to see new areas such as Turkey shine. This result will make the upcoming Tranche Two results in May 2015 even more exciting.”

Charles continued:

“The reaction from winemakers and consumers to the new, improved competition process was overwhelmingly positive. By hosting two separate tastings, winemakers can enter their wines when they are ready to be tasted, giving them the greatest chance of success. Not only is this good news for producers, it is also great news for shoppers who can get their hands on a medal winning wine when it really is ready to pour.”

“IWC medal stickers are there to help shoppers navigate the sometimes confusing world of wine. If they spot a medal sticker on the bottle, they can buy with confidence, knowing it has been tasted by the best wine judges in the world.”

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