This year’s Sydney International Wine Competition saw a record number of entries winning trophies and medals and they will all be available for tasting next month.

The tasting takes place on Saturday 9 February at the Novotel Sydney Central, with late morning and afternoon sessions which will feature a total of 241 wines that were awarded trophies of Top 100 Blue Gold or Gold medals.

Chair of Judges, Warren Gibson, commented on this year’s results: “This year’s competition showed an overall increase in refinement and food-friendliness in the general entries. In the past cooler climate styles have tended to be rewarded and awarded and whilst this appears to still be the case, there is definitely a sense that the warmer climate wines are encroaching into this area.

“This is seen particularly in the trophy wines but also within the general results.  For example, in the medium and full-bodied red classes this year the warmer South Australian regions of McLaren Vale and Barossa performed extremely well with the food matchings.

“There is also increased focus on ‘alternative’ varieties in both entries and awards. This year a record of over fifty different grape varieties were entered. Successes were achieved with other white varieties such as Roussanne, Gruner Veltliner, Fiano and Vermentino. Similarly, relatively unheard of (in Australia) red varieties Saperavi and Castelao were award winners. Grenache showed beautifully in the light and medium bodied classes.

“Major successes this year were wines from countries as diverse as Portugal and Georgia. The Badagoni – Alaverdi Tradition 2015 (Saperavi) from Georgia was awarded The Ted Radke Perpetual Trophy for Best Table Wine made from a Lesser Recognised Grape Variety. The Casa Santos Lima winery from Portugal was particularly successful with eight awards from a range of robust red varieties.”

In total, over 1800 entries were received from 11 countries, with eight countries featuring in the medals’ list: Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, France, Argentina, Italy, Georgia and the United States.

Australian wines once again dominated the chardonnay and medium/fuller bodied red wine categories, while New Zealand continued to rule the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir categories.

There were also trophies and medals for wineries from a number of other countries.

France was the leading winner of medals in the sparkling wine category, while Portugal achieved their best-ever success with eight medals, and Georgian wineries won two medals.

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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