The highlights from this year's IWC and IWSC awards
Wine Awards season is back with us, and some of the first to release their results are IWC and IWSC 2021. Fortunately, we’re pleased to say that this year again a number of our wines brought home some fantastic results. This highlights yet again the quality of our offering and brings much-deserved recognition for the hard work our winemakers and agency partners put in throughout the year! Here’s a selection of the stand-out results:
International Wine Challenge
All wines for the IWC are tasted blind by a panel of judges a minimum of three times. Awards are then handed out according to their faithfulness to the style, region, and vintage.
IWC Gold + Rias Baixas Trophy + Spanish White Trophy
“Intense, floral sea salty Rias Baixas. Aromas of ripe melon with ripe pears, lemons and kiwi and rich peachiness on the palate. Ocean sea salt. Great concentration and a juicy tropical finish.”
IWC Gold + Italian White Trophy + Tuscan White Trophy
“Lots of really pretty ripe fruit on the nose and palate. This is full of peach, nectarine, and yellow plums with juicy acidity and notes of lime pith. Rounded, characterful, and delicious.”
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“Lifted, elegant, and full of gorgeous intense spice. Notes of lavender, violet, and damson. A fresh raspberry sorbet finish. Textured and layered with great structure and length.”
Other IWC award-winners include Teliani Valley Glekhuri Kisi Qvevri [Amber Wine] 2019 which took an IWC Silver with the judges describing it as “Rich and strong with flavours of Darjeeling tea, lemon pith, and tamarind.” As well as Vidussi Collio Ribolla Gialla 2019 being awarded an IWC Silver with its “Exotic tropical notes with green tea. Palate of grapes and waxy lemon, and lovely mineral finish.“
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Numerous judges from across the industry assess all wines in a blind tasting for IWSC. Notes are made, discussions are had and awards are given based on a wine’s complexity, character, and noteworthiness, as well as their typicity to region, variety, and vintage.
“Restrained, gentle apple aromas with touches of spice bacon and herbs. Subtle pear fruit and almond patisserie, layers of apple complexity throughout. Taut mousse with great potential to age thanks to the zippy acidity.”
As well as another excellent result for the new-look Henners wines, we were fortunate enough to pick up a number of Silver medals along the way too:
Alasia Barolo 2016 – IWSC Silver
“An alluring meatiness draws you in before lovely red stone fruits, orange peel and cedarwood evolve on an iron-rich palate. Wonderfully concentrated and defined with a big, savoury finish.”
Champagne Gremillet Sélection Brut NV – IWSC Silver
“Crusty baguette with melted butter, ground almonds, pear, cooked ginger and grapefruit zest. The palate has an impressive and lively freshness that is balanced and complete.”
Cavit’s Brusafer Pinot Nero 2018 – IWSC Silver
“Gorgeous aromas of fresh red cherries and raspberries with a hint of floral spice. Beautiful intensity on the palate with the evocative savour of an oak forest floor. Handsomely balanced.”
This list is by no means comprehensive! We’ll be updating the medal winners to our website, so don’t forget to take a look (using the ‘Awards’ filter on the search menu) to find more winning wines.
NB the wines and vintages above should be either in stock or on order.