Four golds for English wines in IWC
Four English wines have been awarded gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.
Three were picked up by sparkling wines and the fourth medal was won by a sweet wine from Surrey.
Sparkling gold medal winners included Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2008 produced in Kent, Nytimeber Rosé (2008) from West Sussex and Classic Cuvée 2009 from Furleigh Estate in Bridport, Dorset.
The Classic Cuvée from Furleigh Estate was the first commercial vintage year for the vineyard.
Surrey wine estate Denbies was also awarded a gold medal for their 2011 vintage sweet white wine Noble Harvest.
A further 19 English wines were awarded silver medals.
Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the IWC, said: “We’re so pleased with the success of our English winemakers. The gold medal winning wines are absolutely stunning. They have been tasted against thousands of contenders so it is a tremendous achievement that will catapult their product to an international audience.
“It’s always brilliant to see a few surprise winners in the medals table and great to see these emerging wine regions and some great value wines triumph. The International Wine Challenge is unique. I know of no other wine competition in the world where each medal winner will have been blind tasted a minimum of three separate occasions to ensure consistency and fairness. We want high-quality wine to be available to anyone and with our medal system consumers can instantly trust the quality of the product, whatever the price.”