The winners of the fourth annual Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC) have been revealed. This year’s competition was the most competitive in the event’s short history, with more than 1100 wines judged.

With a judging panel consisting of top trade buyers, including distributors, top retail stores and sommeliers the MIWC is a trade only blind tasting competition, with wines judged according to price and category.

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).

MIWC founder, Adam Levy said: “The judges were extremely impressed with the range and quality of entries they receive.”

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

The MIWC has already announced that the 2018 competition will go ahead on June 24 2018, with the founders planning additional wine competitions across Asia.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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