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IWC - International Wine Challenge Australian Winners 2016

IWC (International Wine Challenge) Australian Winners 2016

One of the most reputed and highly acclaimed wine competition of the world, International Wine Challenge is known for judging wines that meet characteristics of region and vintage. Every wine which wins a medal is tasted on 3 different occassions by a minimum of 10 different judges.

Here is a list of wines from Australia that have won Gold and Trophy awards for 2016

  • First Creek Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay, 2013
  • Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2014
  • ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
  • Stefano LubianaEstate Pinot Noir, 2014
  • Lindemans Ben Ean Vineyard, Rare Release, Hunter Valley Shiraz, 2014
  • De Bortoli Black Noble, NV
  • Bird in Hand Montepulciano, 2014
  • Hill River Clare Estate Riesling, 2013
  • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2014
  • All Saints Estate ‘Rare’ Muscat, NV
  • Mr. Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2013
  • McLeish Estate Cellar Reserve Semillon, 2007
  • Sidewood Estate Mappinga Shiraz, 2013
  • Penfolds Bin 14A Chardonnay, 2014
  • Lindemans Coonawarra Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet, 2013
  • Australian Vintage Limited McGuigan The Shortlist Riesling, 2010
  • Morris Cellar One Classic Liqueur Muscat, NV
  • Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque, NV
  • Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon, 2010
  • McWilliam’s 1877 Hilltops Shiraz, 2014
  • Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2013
  • Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2013
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
  • Saltram Single Vineyard Moculta Road Shiraz, 2010
  • Woodstock Old Fortified, NV
  • Brown Brothers Tamar Ridge Riesling, 2014

IWC - International Wine Challenge Australian Winners 2016


Wolf Blass Wines – 60 years of Awards Winning Streak

If you really wonder what an innovative young winery can achieve, one of the few examples one could take lessons from is the Wolf Blass wines. In its relatively short period of existence as compared with some of the highly popular and established brands of wines, it has gone places in terms of international recognition it has attained over these 60 odd years.

Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass

The wines business was established in Australia in 1966 by an entrepreneur named Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass who was born in Germany in 1934. He moved to Australia in 1961 from Europe. Before moving to Australia, he learnt wine-making in France and wine-blending in London and then moved to Barossa Valley in Australia in 1961. A mere 5 years later, he established the Wolf Blass Wines as a brand. Glaetzer, of the Glaetzer wines fame, was the wine-maker behind the many accolades which Wolf Blass won both nationally and internationally.

In 1973, Wolf Blass made the first Wolf Blass Black Label which won the Jimmy Watson Trophy consecutively for three years in 1974, 1975 and 1976, and then again in 1999. With this initiation, there was no limit for its growth and the exports followed soon after. For a man who carried only GBP 400 when he landed in Australia, he founded Wolf Blass International after 12 years and made it into a public listed company in 1984. In 1996, Wolf Blass wines Australia merged with Mildara Wines, which in turn was taken over by Fosters for $560 million. In all these years since its inception the winery has won over 8500 awards.

The award-winning streak continues till now. More recently, it has won the InterVin International Award and the International Wine Challenge award in 2016. It has won the International Wine Challenge in 2008 and 2013 as well.

Role of Wine Events to Determine Best Wine in Australia

Australia is known for wines. It is one of the biggest producers, consumers and even exporters of wines. Most of the wine regions of this island country are situated in the south-eastern parts of the country where geo-climatic conditions favour the growth of vines. The different types of wines bear the hallmark of these regional influences and lend distinctive characteristics to the wines. Thousands of wineries present in these regions produce wines and their blends. For the benefit of wine lovers, there are many wine events held every year in different parts of the world. In these events, the wineries, the winemakers and the wines are awarded or are rated by experts. These recognition measures are one of the ways of bringing out the new varieties in the market and educating the consumers about their specialities.

The wines which are awarded or rated on high scale in these events become popular overnight. Since these are rated from well-known experts who are highly acclaimed professionals in their field of work, these easily become top sellers. People looking for best wine in Australia can recourse to these wines event awards to easily find the new varietals. Had it not been for these events, it would have become difficult for wine consumers to know which are the new ones, and more importantly, how good are these?

Wine events are also a platform for the small and new wineries to exhibit their products and mark their presence. Since there are a number of such events held every year, choosing a suitable platform is not a big deal. Wineries expect to carve out a niche for themselves by using these events as a promotional opportunity for new wines. Both business-to-business and business-to-consumer events are held and, therefore, the choice of suitable platform is important depending on the desired objectives.

However, best wines are not only adjudged on the basis of what a few experts would say. It also depends a lot on personal preferences of the people. People who do not like to experiment with the new wines, maintain their loyalty for their preferred brands. Sales data from different online and offline retailers would clearly show which wines are being preferred over the others