More exciting competition results!

Another bundle of results from one of those amusing (for doubters) and lucrative (for organisers) things called wine competitions. This time it’s the International Wine Challenge, which calls itself “The world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition” (some of which claim is presumably indisputable, but how do they compare prestige and influence, I wonder?).

Looking at it from the local point of view: there were entries from 41 countries – of which South Africa was one. There were 304 Gold medals awarded – of which South Africa got 9;  France got 49 (the most), followed by Australia and then Portugal. This has, interestingly, always seemed to be the international competition in which Australia does vastly better than South Africa, unlike the International Wine and Spirits Competition or the Decanter Awards.

The golds went to:

  • Bizoe Henrietta 2008
  • Engelbrecht Els Proprietors Blend 2007
  • Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (South African White Trophy)
  • Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (International Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy)
  • Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2008 (International Chenin Blanc Trophy)
  • KWV Mentor Chenin Blanc 2006
  • Lomond Snowbush Sauvignon Blanc 2007
  • Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2008 (International Late Harvest Trophy)
  • Tokara Red 2005

It’s always interesting, of course, to look at the other end of the awards as well, at some of the fancy names lingering there. Sadly we are never allowed to know the names of the wines that entered and didn’t get anything at all – it would be bad for business, I suppose, if wineries and judges were subjected to that sort of humiliation. Anyway, among the bronzes were such wines as Nederburg Ingenuity White Blend 2008, Bouchard Finlayson Tete de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2007 and De Toren Fusion V 2006.

At the Commended level (below bronze – like Veritas this competition makes four levels of awards in order to make more producers feel a bit happy at least) were, amongst many many others, Cederberg Shiraz 2007, a few of the Lomond Sauvignons that didn’t get gold, Forrester Meinert’s The FMC 2007, Constantia Glen (white) 2008, Mont du Toit Le Sommet 2003, and Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2006.

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