2014 Winners

THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2014 RESULTS

This Year’s Wine Competition Once Again Sets Unparalleled Standards and Uncovers the World’s Best Wines.

October 10th, 2014, Melbourne Australia- In its 1st year, the Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC) welcomed close to 500 submissions from Australia and from all over the world.

The MIWC is the only major international wine competition in Asia Pacific Region to be judged solely by trade buyers. Each wine is judged by its category and retail price. All participating judges have purchasing power through their stores, restaurants, distribution networks, which results in their ability to have a direct impact on brand sales.

The MIWC was held last month at the RACV City Club in the center of Melbourne, this year’s impressive judging panel included buyers from top retail stores, sommeliers, distributors, and importers. The judges were excited by the high quality of known wines submitted as well as the large number of new wines looking to break into the Asia Pacific Market.

What sets this competition apart from others is that the judges know the actual retail price of the wine they are judging and will the judge the wine as if they are buying it for their company. The wines are presented to the judges in their category as well as their price range. For example, the judges will be told that the wine they tasted is a “Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later” and whether it retails for $26 or $39.

All wines are judged in a blind tasting method and are sampled for appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, and finish. Each judging panel confers together to come to a unanimous decision. The judges make their decisions knowing that their peers (other trade buyers in the Asia Pacific Region and throughout the world) will also be making real buying decisions based upon the medals awarded at this particular competition.

Adam Levy, the founder of the MIWC states, “This wine competition is designed for both the consumer and the trade buyer for they both buy on quality and price. For instance, a consumer will walk into a liquor store or ask at a restaurant for the best “Merlot” at a certain price. The trade buyer also looks at their selection and will buy wines based upon the best value by category and price. Why should we not judge wine that way?”

Wines landing on these shelves are carrying awards designated as either: Double Gold, Gold, Silver, or Bronze though not every bottle entered received a medal, as is common practice with many other competitions. A Bronze medal indicates it is something a judge would buy; Silver medals designate the wine that judges really liked; Gold medals are affixed to brands that the judging panel believed was worth promoting to their customers. Double Gold is an amazing wine for its category and price.

The judges from the MIWC take great pride in not being a “Medal Factory” like other wine competitions where over 80% of those who submit win a medal. We affectionately refer to it at “Third Grade Soccer” where everyone who participates win a medal. This year less than 30% of those who submitted won a medal. Our trade buyer judges take the judging seriously and honorably.

The 2nd Annual Melbourne International Wine Competition will be held June 28th 2015.

The 5th Annual New York International Spirits Competition will be held October 19-20th.

The 4th Annual New York International Beer Competition will be held February 8th 2015.

The 2nd Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition will be held March 1st 2015.

The 1st Annual Berlin International Wine Competition will be held March 1st 2015.

Please also view our weekly updates on the liquor industry at the Alcohol Professor. Written for the trade and the enlightened consumer.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Champagne Producer of the Year
Champagne Collet

Chardonnay Producer of the Year
Juniper Estate

Merlot Producer of the Year
Bird in the Hand Winery

Private Label Wine Producer of the Year
Smidge Wines

Pinot Gris Winery of the Year
Yealand Winery

Adelaide Hills Winery of the Year
Bird in the Hand Winery

Barossa Winery of the Year
Murray Street Vineyards

Bendigo Winery of the Year
Harcourt Valley Vineyards

Clare Valley Winery of the Year
Kirhill Vineyards

Heathcote Winery of the Year
Tellurian Winery

Langhorne Creek Winery of the Year
Bemerton

Limestone Coast Winery of the Year
Cape Jaffa

Limoux AOC Winery of the Year
Primiere Bulle Sieur Darques

Margaret River Winery of the Year
Amelia Park Wines

Mount Benson Winery of the Year
Norfolk Rise Vineyard

Nelson Winery of the Year
Woollaston Estates

New Sound Wales Winery of the Year
Moppity Vineyards

Padthaway Winery of the Year
Orland Wines

Pyrenees Winery of the Year
Blue Pyrenees

Tasmania Winery of the Year
Stefano Lubiana

South Australia Winery of the Year
Jacobs Creek

Yarra Valley Winery of the Year
Seville Estate

Italy Winery of the Year
Nals Margreid

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Double Gold

Chardonnay ($25.01 or higher)
Juniper Estate 2012 Western Australia, Margaret River $30.00

Malbec
Paracombe 2010 Adelaide Hills $27.00

Merlot, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 and higher)
Bird in Hand 2012 Adelaide Hills $110.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2010 or earlier ($40.00 and higher)
Orlando Wines 2005 Australia, Padthaway $60.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.00 and lower)
Blue Pyrenees 2012 Victoria, Pyrenees $20.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
Kirrihill Vineyard Selection 2012 Clare Valley $25.00
Smidge Wines 2012 McLaren Vale $30.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($40.00 and higher)
Bird in Hand 2012 Adelaide Hills $110.00
Moppity Vineyards 2013 New South Wales, Hilltops $120.00

Gold

All other red varietal wines not otherwise listed
Piano Del Cerro 2008 Italy $31.00

Brut NV - Traditional grape varieties
Premiere 2011 Limoux AOC $19.99
Champagne Collet NV Champagne AOC $30.00

Brut Vintage, 2008 and earlier - Traditional grape varieties
Champagne Collet 2004 Champagne AOC $37.50

Cabernet Sauvignon/ Shiraz
Jacob's Creek 2010 South Australia $70.00
Willunga 100 2012 Australia, McLaren Vale $23.00

Chardonnay ($25.01 or higher)
Higher Plane Wines 2012 Western Australia, Margaret River $35.00

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($20.01 to $39.99)
Murray Street Vineyards 2009 Barossa $25.00

Merlot, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 and higher)
Bird in Hand 2012 Adelaide Hills $42.00

Pinot Gris ($20.00 or lower)
Bird in Hand 2013 Adelaide Hills $28.00
Woollaston Estates 2012 Nelson $25.00
Silverfern Pinot Gris 2014 Marlborough $20.99
The Crossings Pinot Gris 2013 Marlborough $19.95

Pinot Noir , Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
Gladstone Vineyard 12,000 Miles 2013 Wairarapa $27.00
Seville Estate 2013 Yarra Valley $24.00
Seville Estate 2013 Yarra Valley $36.00
Spy Valley 2012 Marlborough $29.00
Woollaston Estates 2012 Nelson $31.00
Woollaston Estates 2013 Nelson $22.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.00 or lower)
Ballerina Canopy 2014 Australia $20.00
The Hidden Sea 2014 Limestone Coast $11.99
Chalice Bridge Estate 2014 New South Wales, Hilltops $20.00
Norfolk Rise Vineyard 2014 Mount Benson $14.26

Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 or higher)
Yealands Estate Single Block M2 Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough $35.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Non Vintage
Raven Park NV Victoria $10.99

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
The Estates 2013 Frankland River $26.00
Bremerton 2012 Langhorne Creek $22.00
Cape Jaffa 2012 Limestone Coast $35.00
Harcourt Valley Vineyards 2013 Bendigo $24.00
Shingleback 2012 McLaren Vale $34.95
St Mary's 2012 Limestone Coast $30.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($40.00 and higher)
Levantine Hill 2012 Victoria, Yarra Valley $80.00
Tellurian 2012 Heathcote $40.00
St Andrews 2012 Australia, Clare Valley $56.35

Tempranillo
Gatt 2012 Australia, Barossa Valley $21.40
Harcourt Valley Vineyards 2014 Heathcote $24.00

Silver

All other red varietal wines not otherwise listed
Bird in Hand 2012 Adelaide Hills $42.00
Glenlofty 2011 Australia, Victoria, Pyrenees $28.00

All other white varietal wines not otherwise listed - 0 - .7% residual sugar
Bird in Hand 2013 Adelaide Hills $28.00
Nals Margreid 2013 Alto Adige DOC $35.00

Brut NV - Traditional grape varieties
Aimery Grande NV Limoux AOC $16.99
St Hilaire 2012 Limoux AOC $14.99
Stefano Lubiana NV Tasmania $34.00

Brut Rose NV, traditional varieties - Traditional grape varieties
Champagne Collet NV Champagne AOC $36.00

Brut Vintage 2009 and later - Traditional grape varieties
Blue Pyrenees 2011 Victoria, Pyrenees $24.00

Cabernet Sauvignon/ Shiraz
Jip Jip Rocks 2013 Padthaway $19.00
Chardonnay ($25.00 or lower)
Spring Mountain 2013 Australia, Hunter Valley $18.95

Chardonnay ($25.01 or higher)
Jacob's Creek 2012 South Australia $30.00
Stefano Lubiana 2012 Tasmania $45.00
Voyager Estate 2011 Margaret River $45.00

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($20.00 and lower)
Juniper Crossing 2012 Western Australia, Margaret River $20.00
Shingleback 2012 McLaren Vale $19.95

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($20.01 to $39.99)
Blue Pyrenees 2012 Victoria, Pyrenees $32.00
Higher Plane 2011 Western Australia, Margaret River $25.00

Mia Valley Estate, 2010 "Mia Mia" Heathcote $35.00

Extra Dry - 1.51 - 2.5% residual sugar (Charmat Process)
Bimbadgen NV Hunter Valley $16.00

Grenache
Gatt 2012 Australia, Barossa Valley $21.40

Pinot Gris ($20.00 or lower)
Bird in Hand 2014 Adelaide Hills $22.00
Stefano Lubiana 2013 Tasmania $30.00
Symphony Hill Wines 2013 Australia, Orange $30.00
Yealands Estate Landmade Series 2014 Marlborough $19.95
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard 2013 Marlborough $26.00

Pinot Noir , Vintage 2011 or earlier ($20.01 to $39.99)
Nals Margreid 2011 Alto Adige DOC $35.00

Pinot Noir , Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
Whitehaven Marlborough 2012 Marlborough $29.99
The Crossing NV Marlborough $22.95

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Peter Yealands 2013 Marlborough $18.99

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend ($20.10 to $39.99)
Taylors Winemaker's Project 2013 Australia, Clare Valley $23.20

Red Rhone Style Blend
Shingleback 2013 McLaren Vale $14.95

Rouge
Bird in Hand 2007 Adelaide Hills $85.00

Sangiovese ($20.00 or lower)
Blackbilly 2013 Australia, Langhorne Creek $18.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.00 or lower)
Nine Degrees2013 Marlborough, Awatere Valley $15.00
Mount Riley Wines 2014 Marlborough $16.99
Raidis Estate2014 Coonawarra $20.00
Spy Valley 2013 Marlborough $19.00
Kimi 2013 Marlborough $16.00
Mansion House Bay 2013 Marlborough $15.99
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Series  2013 Marlborough $26.00
Yealands Estate Landmade Series 2014 Marlborough $19.95

Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 or higher)
Symphony Hill Wines 2014 Australia, New South Wales $25.00

Sparking Rouge (Charmat Process)
Bundaleer NV South Australia $20.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2010 or earlier ($20.01 to $39.99)
Murray Street Vineyards 2009 Barossa $35.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2010 or earlier ($40.00 and higher)
Bird in Hand 2010 Adelaide Hills $300.00
Taylors 2010 Australia, Clare Valley $141.00

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.00 and lower)
DeBortoli Wines / DBFS 2013 Riverina $4.00
Jip Jip Rocks 2013 Padthaway $19.00
Mt. Monster 2013 Limestone Coast $15.00
Sanguine Estate 2012 Heathcote $14.99
Shingleback 2013 McLaren Vale $14.95

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
Amelia Park 2012 Frankland River $29.00
Braydun Hill 2012 McLaren Vale $25.00
Cape Barren 2012 McLaren Vale $38.00
Moppity Vineyards 2013 New South Wales, Hilltops $30.00
Shingleback 2012 McLaren Vale $23.50

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($40.00 and higher)
Amelia Park 2011 Frankland River $50.00
Moppity Vineyards 2013 New South Wales, Hilltops $70.00

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All other white varietal late harvest wines not listed - 6.1% and above residual sugar

Aloisiushof 1999 Pfalz $27.00
Totino Estate 2011 Adelaide Hills $20.00

 Brut NV - Traditional grape varieties
Champagne Collet NV Champagne AOC $22.50

 Cabernet Franc
Paracombe 2009 Adelaide Hills $27.00

 Carbonated White
viQua NV Germany $8.00

Chardonnay ($25.00 or lower)
Seville Estate 2013 Yarra Valley $24.00

Chardonnay ($25.01 or higher)
Amelia Park 2012 Margaret River $29.00
Bird in Hand 2012 Adelaide Hills $85.00
Fraser Gallop Estate 2013 Margaret River $35.00
Moppity Vineyard2013 Australia, New South Wales $30.00
Seville Estate 2013 Yarra Valley $36.00

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($20.00 and lower)
Lillypilly 2011 Riverina $16.50

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($20.01 to $39.99)
Paracombe 2011 Adelaide Hills $21.00
Ulupna 2012 Goulburn Valley/McLaren Vale $25.00

Dry Red Table Wine Blends ($40.00 and higher)
Moppity Vineyards 2013 New South Wales, Hilltops $45.00

Gewürztraminer - 0 - .7% residual sugar
Lillypilly 2011 Riverina $15.00

Grenache
The Old Faithful Estate 2010 Australia, McLaren Vale $40.00
Willunga 100 2013 Australia, McLaren Vale $23.00
Willunga100 2013 Australia, McLaren Vale $30.00

Merlot, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 and higher)
Raidis Estate 2012 Coonawarra $28.00

Pinot Gris ($20.00 or lower)
Pipers Brook Vineyard 2013 Tasmania $32.00

Pinot Noir , Vintage 2011 or earlier ($20.01 to $39.99)
Gladstone Vineyard 2011 Wairarapa $35.00
Greenhough 2010 Nelson $24.00

Pinot Noir , Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
D'Angelo Estate 2013 Yarra Valley $35.00
Ninth Island 2013 Tasmania $23.00
Kimi 2013 Marlborough $21.00
KI by Geoff Hardy 2013 Adelaide Hills $35.00
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard 2013 Marlborough $30.00

Pinot Noir, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.00 and lower)
Windy Peak 2013 Australia, Yarra Valley $8.00

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend ($40.00 and higher)
Higher Plane Wines 2011 Western Australia, Margaret River $65.00

Red Rhone Style Blend
Glenlofty 2011 Victoria, Pyrenees $26.00

Sangiovese ($20.00 or lower)
Gatt 2012 Australia, Barossa Valley $21.40

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Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.00 or lower)
Greenhough 2014 Nelson $16.00
NATURES STEP 2014 South Australia $9.31
Mallee Estate 2014 South Australia $10.00
Totino Estate 2013 Adelaide Hills $18.95
Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 Marlborough $19.00
KI by Geoff Hardy
Peter Yealands 2014 Marlborough $13.99
The Crossings 2014 Marlborough $19.95

Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Vintage 2012 or later ($20.01 or higher)
Paracombe 2014 Adelaide Hills $21.00
Silverfern 2014 Marlborough $20.99

Sparking Rouge (Charmat Process)
Shingleback NV McLaren Vale $23.50

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.00 and lower)
Shingleback 2012 McLaren Vale $17.99

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($20.01 to $39.99)
Bimbadgen Estate 2011 Hunter Valley $26.00
Peos Estate2013 Pemberton $24.00
Heathcote II 2012 Heathcote $38.00
Shingleback 2011 McLaren Vale $34.95

Syrah/Shiraz, Vintage 2011 or later ($40.00 and higher)
Bimbadgen Signature 2011 Hunter Valley $50.00
Blue Pyrenees 2012 Victoria, Pyrenees $40.00
Kies 2012 Australia, Barossa Valley $43.00
Shingleback 2011 McLaren Vale $55.00

White Table Blends, Dry 0 - .7% RS
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard PGR 2014 Marlborough $26.00

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