Wine Australia is inviting the trade to register for the Australia Day Tasting in London and try a selection of over 1000 wines including gold medal winners from three international competitions.
For the first time at the London Australia Day Tasting, Wine Australia will be showcasing a selection of 60 gold medal winning wines from the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC), Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). The wines will be displayed in the free-pour Gold Medal Winning Wines Focus Room, one of two Focus Rooms at the event.
The 60 wines – 20 from each competition – will demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australian wine. From Tasmanian sparkling to aged Hunter Semillon, cool climate Shiraz to Rutherglen Muscat, guests can taste the exciting line-up and find out why they’ve been crowned gold. Some of the producers may be familiar names such as House of Arras, Langmeil and Robert Oatley. Others will be new discoveries and are seeking distribution in the UK and Europe, for example All Saints Estate, Gatt Wines and Levantine Hill.
Australia achieved a record number of gold medals in the 2017 IWC, DWWA and IWSC competitions, which reflects the growing enthusiasm for Australian wine around the world.
IWC 2017: Australia won 122 gold medals, 42 more than in 2016, and finished second in the total medal count, beaten only by France. Australia picked up 875 medals – gold, silver and bronze.
DWWA 2017: Australia received 66 gold medals, compared to 45 in 2016. France, Italy and Spain walked away with the most awards, however Australia outperformed all three in the share of gold and above. Of the 981 awards Australian wines received, 6.7 per cent were gold and above. 3.6 per cent of France’s awards were gold and above.
IWSC 2017: In previous years of the IWSC around 5% of Australian entries achieved gold medals, but this year it increased to 7%, with Australia winning 71 golds, compared to 39 in 2016.
Peter McCombie MW, Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge, commented:
‘Wine producers in Australia have had another fantastic year in the International Wine Challenge 2017. The array of medals awarded is testament to what Australian winemakers are capable of. Australia is at the forefront of the wine industry, producing good-value, high quality wines, and these results demonstrate that it’s an exciting time for Australian wine.’
Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia Head of Market EMEA, said:
‘We’re very pleased to be showcasing some of Australia’s gold medal winning wines in one of our new Focus Rooms at the London Australia Day Tasting. This area will give guests a snapshot of Australia’s most celebrated and iconic wine styles, whilst highlighting the diversity of Australian wine through a mix of regions, varieties and winemaking methods.’
The Australia Day Tasting, the largest trade tasting of Australian wine outside Australia, takes place in London (23 January), Edinburgh (25 January) and Dublin (29 January). Across the three tastings, there will be 1200 wines from 245 wineries.
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