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Success for Australian Wines at the International Wine Challenge Awards
Sep 09, 11 | 12:03 am
Building on its award success earlier in the year, Australia's Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Chardonnay 2009 received the accolade of Champion White Wine 2011, and Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon 2007 from De Bortoli Wines won Great Value Champion Sweet Wine 2011.
The elite of the wine industry gathered last night to celebrate the best of the best at the Awards Dinner, which took place at the Hilton, Park Lane in London. Hosted by IWC Co-Chairmen Charles Metcalfe and Tim Atkin MW, the world's most prestigious and influential independent wine awards unveiled the 2011 Champion Trophy winners, Merchants of the Year and Winemakers of the Year.
The Champion Wine awards are the final stage of the IWC judging, in which overall Champions are chosen from the red, white, sparkling, sweet, fortified and sake categories. These award-winning wines are the outright winners chosen from among the thousands of wines entered into the competition. The Great Value Champions combine success in the judging (Gold or Silver medals) with value for money, in sufficient quantities for satisfactory distribution in the UK market.
The Southern Hemisphere enjoyed further success when Sir George Fistonich, founder of Villa Maria Estates, one of New Zealand's leading wine producers, collected the Lifetime Achievement Award, adding to his earlier honour of being inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for services to New Zealand's wine industry.
A grand total of 42 awards were presented, including Champion Winemakers of the Year, Great Value Champion Wines, and many others. Innovator of the Year was awarded yet again to Naked Wines, and Generic Campaign of the Year to Wines of Chile, for their ‘Carmenere Made for Curry' campaign.
Charles Metcalfe, IWC Co-Chairman, says: "The quality and range of wines now being produced all over the world ensures that UK wine-lovers are spoilt for choice. Each year we find the standard of entries has risen, resulting in a very strong contest for this year's winning wines. And, thankfully, we have fewer unacceptable wines entered.
"This is the world's most scrupulously judged wine competition. Each medal-winning wine is tasted at least three (and sometimes up to six) times, and marks are awarded for faithfulness to variety, country, region and vintage. The IWC recognises excellence and aims to help wine-lovers identify some of the world's best wines. Our meticulous and unrivalled attention to detail means a wine with the IWC logo is a wine you can trust.
"I'd like to thank all our tasters for their hard work, and particularly my fellow Co-Chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Derek Smedley MW, Oz Clarke and Debra Meiburg MW."
This year's awards went to:
Other success stories included:
For more information on the IWC and to see a complete list of all the winning wines, please visit www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Please contact Tamara Keefe at touch pr on 0870 744 0707, firstname.lastname@example.org
IWC 2011 Awards:
Great Value Wines:
Own Label Range of the Year
Planet Earth Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir George Fistonich
Len Evans Trophy (for the producer who has performed consistently well over the last five years): Emilio Lustau
James Rogers Trophy for best wine in its first year of production: Chambolle-Musigny 2009, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or
The International Wine Challenge (IWC):
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