Supermarkets sweep the board at IWC Great Value awards

18 May, 2016

Supermarkets dominated the 2016 International Wine Challenge Great Value Awards, scooping 14 of the 17 gongs given out by the expert panel of blind tasters.

Marks & Spencer led the field with four awards, while Asda, Tesco and Aldi all scooped two apiece.

In 2014 and 2015 Tesco was top of the pile but Marks & Spencer is now reigning supreme. It won the best sparkling wine for under £12 award for its Rosado Cava Prestige, while its LBV port 2010 took home the award for best fortified under £15.

It also won two sweet wine awards for its Hermits Hill Bortytis Sémillon 2012, which took the mid-range prize, and its L’Or du Citron Sauternes 2012, which was named the best sweet wine under £15.  

To qualify for a Great Value award, wines must win a gold or silver medal and be nationally available at supermarkets, indies or online. Still wines must have a production run of least 100,000 bottles, while sparkling wines need 60,000 bottles and fortified and sweet wines must have 6,000 bottles in circulation.

Waitrose won a sparkling wine award for its Waitrose Brut NV, available for £18.99, and the Mirabeau rosé it lists – which is also stocked at independents – took the best rosé under £15.

Asda’s Extra Special Barbera d’Asti 2013, available for £5, was named best red under £7, while the Asda Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva 2010, a gold medal winner, took the £7-£12 Great Value award.

The prize for best red under £15 went to Beronia Reserva 2011, available at Waitrose and Ocado for £13.50.

Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne Grand Cru 2007, retailing at £24.99, won a sparkling award, while it also took the prize for best dessert wine under £7 with the gold medal-winning Tesco Finest Dessert Sémillon (£6).

Aldi’s awards were given to its Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, retailing at £7.99, and its Exquisite Collection Provence rosé (£5.99).

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenez, Morrisons Signature Olorosso Dry and The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible Chardonnay also won awards.

The final award went to Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, available at Majestic for £11.99.

Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the IWC, said: “Here we have 17 fabulous wines which belie their modest price tags and prove you don’t need a huge budget to impress your friends and family.

“Not only are they very reasonably priced, they are also readily available in supermarket ranges and high street stores meaning you can easily get your hands on them. As these wines have been blind tasted by the best wine experts in the world, you can buy with confidence trusting the guidance of the IWC judging panel.”




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