December 3, 2019 – Istrian wines have ended the year on a high and once again picked up the most Croatian medals in the autumn wine judging round at the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.
Moreover, Glas Istre writes that of the 40 awards received by Croatian wines in total, the only gold medal was won by the 2018 Graševina from Ilok Cellars. Still, in all other awards, Istrian wines lead over the rest of Croatia. Istrian winemakers thus received four silver medals (other Croatian wineries – 3), 11 bronze medals (other Croatian wineries – 5) and nine recommendations, respectively “commended” (other Croatian wineries – 7), totaling 24 awards for Istrian wines, and 16 for wines from all other Croatian regions.
The silver medals were thus awarded to Benvenuti teran Anno Domini 2016, Fakin malvasia La Prima 2017, Veralda malvasia Ambra 2017, and Degrassi cuvee blanc Terre bianche riserva 2015 (malvasia, sauvignon blanc and viognier). Bronze medals were awarded to Benvenuti malvasia Anno Domini 2017, Benvenuti malvasia 2018, Bertoša malvasia 2018, Giulio Ferenac malvasia 2018, Valenta sauvignon blanc 2018, Fakin teran 2018, Veralda malvasia Xtriana 2018, Vina Laguna Castello Festigia 2016 (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah), Vina Laguna malvasia riserva Vizinada 2015, Vina Laguna malvasia riserva Vizinada 2016 and Veralda Xtrian Brut 2016 (Teran sparkling wine).
The ‘commended’ labels, which is a kind of consolation prize for those who came close to medals, were awarded to Agris Malvasia 2018, Deklić Familia 2015 (teran, merlot and cabernet sauvignon), Deklić Familia 2016 (teran, merlot and cabernet sauvignon) , Franković malvasia 2018, Lunika pinot sivi Makiništa 2018, Vina Laguna riserva LV 2015 (teran, merlot, cabernet sauvignon), Vina Laguna Castellblanc Festigia 2018. (malvasia, chardonnay, viognier), Vina Laguna cabernet sauvignon Festigia 2016, and Degrassi Terre bianche cuvee rouge riserva 2008 (merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon).
The International Wine Challenge, which was held from November 11 to 15, saw more than 200 of the world’s top wine experts from 23 countries sample and judge thousands of wines from around the world. The results were published on November 28, 2019.
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