Educating Sommeliers Worldwide.
By Beverage Trade Network
The 2nd Edition of the London Wine Competition, which judges quality, value and packaging sees Australian wines trounce the rest of the world with 11 Gold medals and scooping up 31% of the medals.
Although Australia strode above all the other countries there is considerable balance provided across the results with traditional France and Italy winning as well as new age wines from England, Portugal, New Zealand, Austria, Spain, and the USA scooping significant category awards.
Kellermeister’s Wild Witch Shiraz seized the top Gold medal securing ‘Wine of the Year’ and Best Wine By Quality. Situated in the Barossa Valley Australia’s classic region for top quality Shiraz growing and producing, the Wild Witch is not produced in every vintage.
Not to be outdone, the old classics also had their reflections in Gold medals. Jean Bouchard’s Mercurey Rouge 2015 won ‘Best In Show By Country’ for France and contributed to ‘Best Winery of the Year’ awards for this historic Burgundian producer.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva from Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani secured ‘Best in Country’ from the Italian entries, whilst La Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from Castello Vicchiomaggio won Best Sangiovese.
Some of the new age wines selected for awards also came from traditional countries such as Evidencia Reserva Touriga Nacional, Portugal’s national variety made and presented in contemporary ways.
Austrian winery Fink and Kotzian Weinbau won the highly prized ‘Best Wine by Package’.
Sid Patel CEO of London Wine Competition reviewed this year’s awards,
‘I am delighted with the level of quality which has gone up another 2 notches from last year. The high standard of judges has helped us achieve even more notable awards than in 2018. It has been interesting to hear so many judges comment on how the packaging has an effect on their scores’.
London Wine Competition judges quality, value, and packaging to assess the product entries in ways that consumers will judge the product. With 11 Masters of Wine, Master Sommelier, buyers from key retail and senior sommeliers from London’s fine dining scene, the experience and expertise applied to the judging has been of the best quality.
During interviews with the judges, many confessed that the packaging added a level of dimension that they hadn’t expected. Some even declared that it changed their mark of the final product and affected how they saw the taste of the wines.
The awards also demonstrated the real scope of global production and competition with award winners being selected from a number of lesser-known wine producing countries Uruguay, Russian Federation, Jordan, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine.
Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz - Wine of the Year
Jean Bouchard Mercury Rouge (2015) - Winery of the Year
Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz - Best Wine by Quality
Jean Bouchard Mercury Rouge (2015) - Best Wine by Value
Fink & Kotzian Weinbau OG - Best Wine by Packaging
Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz - Best in Show by Country - Australia
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva - Best in Show by Country - Italy
QUEEN OF KINGS BLANC DE NOIR (BRUT) - Best in Show by Country - Spain
Jean Bouchard Mercury Rouge (2015) - Best in Show by Country - France
Evidência Reserva Touriga Nacional - Best in Show by Country - Portugal
Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Best in Show by Country - United States
Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz - Best in Show by Varietal - Shiraz / Syrah
Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Best in Show by Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon
Guinevere - Best in Show by Varietal - Chardonnay
Jean Bouchard Mercury Rouge (2015) - Best in Show by Varietal - Pinot noir / Spätburgunder / Blauburgunder / Pinot nero
Old Coach Road Nelson Sauvignon Blanc - Best in Show by Varietal - Sauvignon blanc / Sauvignon gris
Rosso di Rosso - Best in Show by Varietal - Merlot
Fink & Kotzian Weinbau OG - Best in Show by Varietal - Riesling / Johannisberg
Pata Negra Reserva - Best in Show by Varietal - Tempranillo
Castello Vicchiomaggio. La Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione - Best in Show by Varietal - Sangiovese
Casalinga Pinot Grigio (2017) - Best in Show by Varietal - Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
To access the full list of winners, please check out on the website HERE.