"Ding-a-ling, look at my gong

There is no denying the buzz that is generated by the release of Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) and the International Wine Challenge (IWC) results at the London International Wine Fair.

It starts with eager-to-please, well-groomed junior members of wine companies scurrying back and forth from company stand to show stand, keen to pick up the results and inform the boss how well their company or the wines that they represent have done. Next, signs appear on stands listing the gold, silver, bronze and commended winners. Chests are puffed, egos pumped, ties and skirts straightened and smug appearances exhibited.

As said in the intro, we are only looking at the golds and seeing what stands out from a TKR perspective.

The IWC boasted more than 9000 entries and awarded 430 gold medals in the 2012 awards. The DWWA says it had more than 14,000 entries but only awarded about 240 gold gongs. Does that mean gold from the DWWA is worth more than one from the IWC?

Australia won 13.4 per cent of the DWWA gold medals and 16 per cent of the IWC gold medals. The results were gathered from the awards websites so TKR could judge what was the better presentation. Decanter won hands down. The IWC results were a mess.

Australia is trying very hard to gain some recognition for its regions. The IWC on occasion shows region but more often just the state, or even Australia. Maybe it’s the entry form. If so, it needs suggesting that the IWC changes it. Perhaps Yvonne May could have a word with the organisers?

If consumers purchased Rutherglen fortified wines in proportion to the gold medals they receive in various shows each bottle would indeed be worth its weight in gold.

All Saints Rutherglen Grand Muscat NV [DWWA & IWC]
All Saints Rutherglen Muscat NV [IWC]
All Saints Rutherglen Rare Muscat NV [IWC]

Other Rutherglen fortified gold winners
Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV [IWC]
Stanton & Killeen Classic Muscat NV [DWWA & IWC]"

"... On the surface there is plenty to cheer, but for those that understand Australian wine in greater depth it’s easy to see huge gaps. I accept that these wines are very good wines indeed (those that have passed across the TKR tasting bench have certainly proved it). But these gold medals are just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more out there just as good, and a few better.

The superstars that received gold in both events are

All Saints Rutherglen Grand Muscat NV
Stanton & Killeen Classic Muscat NV
Yaldara 20 Year Old South Australia Muscat
Penfolds ‘Reserve Bin 09A’ Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2009
Hardy’s Eileen Hardy Tasmania Chardonnay 2009
McGuigan Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling 2007
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010
Yellowtail ‘Limited Release’ Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
McWilliam's ‘Morning Light’ Riverina Botrytis Semillon 2008

Worth noting three of the nine are muscat, two are chardonnay and only one is a red wine"


Tony Keys, 1 June 2012,

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