IWC unveils 2008 trophy winners

27 June, 2008

Ninety wines have been awarded trophies at this year's International Wine Challenge with France, Australia and Portugal scooping the most accolades.

France took 19 of the 114 trophies given to IWC gold medal winners as extra recognition of their quality. France beat last year's top trophy winner, Australia, by one.

Portugal picked up 12 trophies in third place, and the steady rise of English wine was also recognised, with Hush Heath's Balfour Brut Rosé 2004 winning the only trophy for England.

Maison Auvigue Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2006 and Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2006 from Central Otago in New Zealand both won the most trophies with five apiece.

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Coonawarra

in South Australia received four trophies. Argentina recorded its best

performance to date with six trophies

while Chile managed to gain five .

This year, 376 judges tasted wines from 38 countries in the world's largest blind tasting, with 267 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 - to decide which wines should receive

top accolades .

The complete list of trophy winners can be found at internationalwine

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