Australia took 20 of the 84 trophies given to IWC gold medal winners during the final round of the competition at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, beating last year’s top trophy winner, France, by two.
Portugal and Italy each picked up 12 trophies and Villa Maria Single Vineyard Graham Sauvignon Blanc 2006 was the most awarded wine with four trophies.
Japanese sake was included in the competition for the first time this year and made a strong impression on judges with 228 of the entries winning 130 medals and six trophies.
The steady rise of English wine was also recognised with Denbies’ Greenfields Brut 2003 meriting the first ever English trophy.
Of the 9,358 wines entered into the IWC this year, 260 were given gold medals after three blind tastings.
The gold medal winners were then put through a further test by IWC co-chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW who decided which wines should receive the top accolade.
New Zealand wine editor Bob Campbell MW has signed up to be guest international chairman of the IWC next year. He will replace Michael Fridjhon.
For the full list of trophies announced, click HERE