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The winners of the 4th Annual Melbourne International Wine Competition have been announced out of the most competitive field ever for this event. In total, there were more than 1,100 wines submitted from more than 10 countries.
“The judges were extremely impressed with the range and quality of entries they received,” said Adam Levy, founder of the Melbourne International Wine Competition.
Wines were judged exclusively by top trade buyers, including distributors, top retail stores, and sommeliers. In fact, the Melbourne International Wine Competition is distinctive in being the first trade only blind tasting competition, in which wines are judged according to price and category.
That makes the involvement of the judges extremely important since they are best qualified to know which wines will ultimately be successful with consumers and other wine drinkers. This year’s Australian judges included a number of high-profile retail store buyers, sommeliers, restaurant beverage directors, hoteliers, distributors and importers. Among the judges were: Bob Paulinski, MW (Head of Sourcing –Wine, Coles Liquor), Bert Wyden (Buyer and Director at WineStar) and Andrew Roper (Founder & Chief Selector – Wines to the Stars).
The real standouts of this year’s competition were the Double Gold medal winners. This year’s list of Double Gold winners included the following wines:
• Sidewood Estate 2013 Isabella Rose
• Idyll Wine Co St. Andrews 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Reillys Wine Dry Land 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Trifon Estate 2013 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
• Champagne Lanson NB Extra Age Brut
• Sum of the Few Wines 2016 Chardonnay
• Sieber Road Wines 2015 Shiraz/Grenache
• McGuigan 2014 Shortlist GSM
• James Busby Fine Wines The Fabulist 2016 Pinot Noir
• Soumah of Yarra Valley 2016 Soumah Pinot Noir Hexham
• Wild Earth Wines 2014 Pinot Noir
• Wild Earth Wines 2014 Special Edition Pinot Noir
• One Road 2015 Shiraz
• Bird in Hand 2013 MAC Shiraz
• Old Plains Wine Co. Longhop 2015 Shiraz
• Norfolk Rise Vineyard 2016 Shiraz
• Pondalowie Vineyards 2015 Shiraz
• Harcourt Valley Vineyards 2016 Mt Camel Range Shiraz
• Cantine San Marzano 2016 Edda Chardonnay, Moscatello Selvatico, Fiano Minutolo, Passulara
What’s notable about the list of winners is that one of the Double Gold medal winners was a private label wine submitted by ALDI Stores (One Road 2015 Shiraz). In addition, ALDI Stores had 7 other private label wines win in the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal categories.
This year’s event included a number of notable sponsors, including Beverage Trade Network (one of the world’s leading websites for importers and distributors), Drinks Trade magazine, Drinks Bulletin, BevRoute Magazine and Drinks World magazine.
Based on the success of this year’s event, the 5th Annual Melbourne International Wine Competition will take place on June 24, 2018. In addition, the founders of the Melbourne event are planning additional wine competitions within Asia.
About Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC)
The MIWC was founded by Adam Levy, who is also known as the Alcohol Professor and is a recognized liquor writer and judge. The Alcohol Professor has become a must-read website about beer, wine and spirits by consumers and the trade. Mr. Levy writes for other online and print media outlets and is a Contributing Editor for the USA Trade Magazine “Bar Biz Magazine.”
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