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Australia Takes the Top Spot at the 2021 London Wine Competition

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13/04/2021 In the 4th edition, Australia’s 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon made by Levrier Wines takes the ‘Wine of the Year’ award with a top score of 96 points.

2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon made by Levrier Wines in Australia won the superlative ‘Wine of the Year’ award.

96 Points

Levrier by Jo Irvine 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine of the Year - 96 points

Single Vineyard on the Barossa floor, Barossa. Approximately 260 meters above sea level. This cabernet is crafted to enhance the rich, dark cherry and cassis fruit, with 40% new French oak, resulting in plush and juicy flavors with an elegant, soft, velvety tannin finish. Extended aging in the bottle before release integrates the unique characters of this premium Cabernet over time. The result is a complex wine that rewards the care and patience invested in creating it.

This award-winning wine is made by Jo Irvine, whose career began at a very early age. Her father, James Irvine is known as the “Master Merlot Maker”. From the tender age of seven, she followed him around the winery, undertaking the ritual tasting of ferments and wine blending.

Jo Irwine, Winemaker and Owner

This year’s competition saw entries from more than 36 countries. 135 different types of grape varietals were entered with the top three grapes being Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

The top countries to enter were Australia, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, United States, and Moldova. The biggest increase in wines was seen from Moldova.

The judges at the London Wine Competition include the world’s leading trade buyers, Master Sommeliers and Master’s of Wine. The competition prides itself on thinking and acting like the consumers that are going to end up buying the wines that win the top awards in the event. It is why from the day it was founded the competition has constantly been looking to listen and adapt its offerings so that it is giving producers, suppliers and importers clear and compelling reasons to enter their wines.

Here are the top winners of the 2021 London Wine Competition.

These wines won the Best wines by country award:

Australia - Levrier by Jo Irvine 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon

United States - Silverado Vineyards Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

France - Champagne Philippe Glavier - Folie d'Cramant

Spain - Habla Nº22

Italy -    1924 Prosecco

Portugal - Quinta do Gradil 1492

New Zealand - Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Greece - Nykteri

Austria - Hafner Kashmir

South Africa - Du Toitskloof Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc

Moldova, Republic of- Rose De Purcari Sapiens

Georgia -Château Mukhrani Qvevri 2017

These are the awards for the Best wines by varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon- Levrier by Jo Irvine 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia

Shiraz - Mr Riggs 2014 The Chap, Australia

Tempranillo - Habla Nº22, Spain

Pinot noir - Clyde Park 2020 Single Block F College Pinot Noir, Australia

Zinfandel - Twisted Cedar Zinfandel, United States

Sauvignon blanc - Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Riesling - 2018er Dürkheimer Michelsberg GG Riesling trocken

View the full list of results here.

About London Wine Competition

The London Wine Competition is an international wine competition organized by Beverage Trade Network. The competition looks to recognise, reward and help promote wine brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker profile. The competition recognizes that for any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list -  and then vitally stay there - they need to be marketable and consumer-driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. Learn more at

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