Australia Makes a Comeback in IWSC Awards

By Iwsc, PRNE
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LONDON, October 14, 2010 - Despite recent news that New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are outselling
Australian wines on their own turf, Aussie winemakers can remain proud of
their vinous production. They have received more gold medals than any other
country, including France, in the UK's most prestigious independent wine
competition, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, which has just
released its Southern Hemisphere results.

Australia received an impressive 568 medals in the competition, including
27 Gold (Best in Class) and 6 Golds. The majority of gold medals went to the
classic Australian varietals Shiraz and Semillon, whilst two cooler climate
Rieslings also won the top accolade. Chardonnay was notable in its absence
from the top ranking, with just one gold medal.

New Zealand itself did very well not only with its famous Sauvignon
Blancs, which got 90 medals, but also with Pinot Noir which received 70 -
with examples from the Central Otago region excelling in the competition.

In South America, Mexican wine production continues to grow with 50% more
medals than last year. The two Mexican wines awarded Silver (Best in Class)
were both made from the Shiraz grape varietal. Argentina and Chile again
struck gold with the grapes which they have made famous, Malbec and Carmenere
respectively, showing that they are capable of producing consistently great

South Africa also impressed the judges, winning a respectable 367 medals,
with all five Gold medals going to late harvest, Botrytis and fortified
dessert wines.

Editors' notes:

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is
the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the
quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All
entries of wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by
variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on a points system
and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories.

Technical analysis is carried out on Gold, Gold (Best in Class), Silver
(Best in Class) award winning wines, spirits and liqueurs to ensure that all
products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they
reach the consumer as they were when the judging panels originally tasted

The IWSC is supported by a group of Vice Presidents made up of some of
the most influential men and women in the trade, including Baroness
Philippine de Rothschild, Miguel Torres, Marchese Piero Antinori, Robert
, Paul Symington, May de Lencquesaing, Gina Gallo, Rafael Guilisasti
and this year's IWSC President, Prince Michael zu Salm-Salm, of the
distinguished and most venerated Salm-Dalberg family.

For more information on the competition please visit

Full results are available from 14th October 2010 on

For further information, please contact:

    Anna Noble
    Phipps PR
    17 Exeter Street, London, WC2E 7DU
    Tel: +44(0)20-7759-7400/ mobile: +44(0)7590-183383

Anna Noble, Phipps PR, 17 Exeter Street, London, WC2E 7DU, Tel: +44(0)20-7759-7400/ mobile: +44(0)7590-183383, e-mail: iwsc at

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