The 29th IWC saw 425 Gold medals awarded (the highest Gold medal tally in the history of the IWC) with winning wines selected from a record 50 countries. 12,000 wines participated in the last edition of the International Wine Challenge in the United Kingdom. Argentine wineries sent 405 samples, of which seven were awarded Gold medals and four, a much-desired Trophy.
Out of the three trophies the celebrated contests awarded to Argentine wineries, Finca La Chamiza received two for its wine Martin Alsina 2008, the International Malbec Trophy and Argentinean Red Trophy.
While the other two were granted to Andean Vineyards Shiraz, the “Argentinean Shiraz Trophy” and 2011 Trapiche Iscay, the “Argentinean Red Blend Trophy”.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, says: “The IWC is the most prestigious and influential wine contest in the world. Its global reputation means that winning an award is a tremendous achievement, and brings the award-winning wine to the attention of an international audience. The quality of the entries from established and emerging wine producing nations is testament to the unrivalled credibility and standing of the IWC.”
Charles Metcalfe adds: “Medal winning wines have the guarantee of being tasted by some of the world’s best, most impartial tasters. So the consumer can be guided and reassured by the IWC logo when it comes to selecting wines of quality and character.”
Over 400 experienced judges, including many Masters of Wine, meticulously tasted the IWC’s medal-winning wines, with each wine being tested at least three, and sometimes up to six times, with marks for faithfulness to variety, country, region and vintage. Wine lovers can be confident when choosing a wine featuring the IWC logo that it has been rigorously judged.
The renowned and respected panel of Co-Chairmen – Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe, Derek Smedley MW, along with global wine expert and TV personality.
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s results:
. Record number of 50 countries entered the competition
. Over 376 different grape varietals
. 4,777 total medals awarded
. 111 Trophy
. 425 Gold medals
. 1,637 Silver medals
. 2,715 Bronze medals
. Plus a further 3,488 Commended wines
. The top three Gold medal-winning nations for 2012 are reigning champions France with 120, Australia 69 and Portugal 55
. France topped the medal board overall with a total of 1,136 medals, while Australia came second with 673 and Portugal third with 444
Visit the IWC website www.internationalwinechallenge.com for the full list of winners.