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There’s Gold down under: Australia tops leader board at Tranche 1 of the International Wine Challenge, with more Gold medals than rivals France and Spain

Australian wines awarded 27 coveted Golds at 34th International Wine Challenge, out of a total of  243 medals

  • Australia claims top spot with 27 Gold medals at Tranche One of International Wine Challenge
  • The Aussies cemented their success with a further 96 Silver medals and 120 Bronze medals
  • A range of styles receiving top prizes

Australian winemakers received international recognition today following a standout performance atTranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2017, receiving more Gold medals than any other country. 27 Australian wines received an IWC Gold medal, seven more than closest rival and winemaking heavyweight France.  Aussie winemakers were also awarded a further 96 Silver medals and 120 Bronze medals, impressing the expert team of IWC judges across a broad range of styles.

  • Family-owned producer De Bortoli was the most awarded Australian producer, winning an impressive four Gold medals. These were awarded across a range of varieties, including sweet botrytis and fortified styles. Gold medals went to Melba Reserve 2013 (a pure Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yarra Valley), Noble One 2014, Deen VAT Series No 5 Botrytis Semillon 2013 and Black Noble NV. De Bprtoli also secured a further five Silver medals and seven Bronzes.
  • South Australia proved it has the perfect conditions for producing fine wines with four producers from the region being awarded Gold medals. Mr. Riggs scooped a Gold Medal for its Ein Riese Riesling 2015, as well as a handful of Silver medals. Further Golds were won by Shingleback Wine for its Shingleback Davey Brothers McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015, Wakefield / Taylors Wines St Andrews for its Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Woodstock Wine Estate Woodstock Very Old Fortified.
  • Five Australian Rieslings struck Gold, with three from 2016, the most recent vintage. Pikes picked up two Gold Medals for the Pikes Traditionale Riesling 2016 and Pikes  Clare Valley Riesling 2016, and Magpie Estate picked up a further Gold for it Rag & Bone Riesling Eden Valley 2016. Older Riesling vintages that won Golds were Gatt High Eden Riesling 2010 and Ein Riese Riesling 2015 by Mr. Riggs.
  • The IWC judges also uncovered some stunning Semillons, another classic Aussie wine style. Australian Vintage Limited was awarded a pair of Gold Medals for its 2004 and 2005 vintages of Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon, both dry whites, produced in the Hunter Valley. Sweet Semillon Golds went to all-star producer De Bortoli Wines for their Deen VAT Series No 5 Botrytis Semillon 2013, and Berton Vineyards for the Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon 2015.


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“For a second year running Australian winemakers have shown they are tough competitors. They won more Gold medals than all their rivals in Tranche One of the competition. Only time will tell if they can hold onto the top spot through Tranche Two of the 2017 IWC. The judges were hugely impressed by the quality and diversity of the Aussie wines entered, and this winning result is a credit to the country’s winemakers for their tireless efforts.”

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