Deze week was de International Wine Challenge in London.
35 landen deden mee met in totaal 9000 wijnen. Frankrijk kreeg de meeste medailles, Australie tweede, Portugal derde.
Hier de winnaars.
Champion Red: Viñas del Jaro Chafandín 2003
"The Chafandín was one of many wines included in the IWC’s Discovery Tasting back in May. This wine swept the IWC Chairmen off their feet. They are certain the UK wine consumer would react in the same way were they given the opportunity to purchase it. Currently no UK stockists."
Champion White: Guru 2004 Wine & Soul
"This is a subtle, understated, elegant and beautifully-made wine which demonstrates that Portugal can make brilliant, dry white wine to rival some of the world’s greatest. This is a wine made from Portuguese varieties, not the usual ‘international’ suspects. UK Stockists – C&D Wines £17.00. This wine has also won the James Rogers Trophy (see below)."
Champion Sweet: Weingut Günther Bardorf Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl Riesling Eiswein 2002
"To think that the 2002 vintage was the first year this wine was produced is a testament to Weingut Günther Bardorf. It has all the hallmarks of quality eiswein with fantastic concentration, showing dried nectarines and peach fruit. Yet again the IWC has awarded a Champion title to a wine which has yet to find a stockist in the UK."
Champion Fortified: Quinta do Portal Vintage Port 2003
"It was only a matter of time before Quinta do Portal claimed the IWC’s ultimate accolade. With a gold in 2003, 3 silver’s in 2004 and a gold in 2005, the Champion Fortified award in 2006 caps off an impressive period for this fine Port producer. UK Stockists – Charles Hawkins, Great Western Wine Company Ltd and The Wineman Ltd (price £26.20)"
The Daniel Thibault Trophy (Champion Sparkling): Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1996
"The Champagne and sparkling wine category is one of the toughest categories within the International Wine Challenge. Our tasters are privileged to sample some of Champagne’s finest, and not just from the most recent vintages either. All this makes success for Champagne Taittinger all the sweeter. UK Stockists – Thresher £105"
The James Rogers Trophy (best wine in its 1st year of production): Guru 2004 Wine & Soul
"For the 3rd year in a row this award has gone to a Portuguese producer but for the first time it has been awarded to a Portuguese white wine. Are we seeing the renaissance of Portuguese whites? The IWC results for this category would lead us to believe so, with no Gold or silver in 2004, 1 silver in 2005 and 3 gold and 6 silver in 2006. No UK stockists"
The Len Evans Trophy (consistent performance over past 5 years): Alois Kracher
"Since 2002, Kracher has submitted 62 wines and received 2 trophies, 7 gold, 15 silver, 24 bronze, 10 seals. In fact, only 4 wines of the total submitted have not received medals. Although recognised as one of the world’s finest sweet wine producers, Alois Kracher’s talents are much broader. In 2005, his Illmitz Zweigelt was awarded the Austrian Red Trophy. In the UK, Kracher wines are stocked by Noel Young."
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