Friday 10th May, 2019

The winners of the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC) were announced on Wednesday (8th May).

We at Exel offer some of the top award winners.

The two very top levels are the Gold and Trophy levels. Gold medals are awarded to the very finest wines in the competition, scoring 95 points or more. These Gold wines are then re-judged at (effectively) a Best in Class and Best in Show level to produce the few Trophy winners. This system is very similar to the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWAs).

For more details on the IWC awards - ie how they work and are judged, click here.

For the full list of all award winners at IWC 2019, click here.

Although we offer many of the Silver, Bronze and Commended wines, experience shows that the typical Exel customer is almost solely interested - on these occasions - in the very top accolades.

This page therefore offers the 4 Trophy winners that we offer, plus 9 Gold medal winners. The 12 wines are all to be found at the foot of this page, with each product's page displaying a link to the IWC review.

Those Trophy winners are

  • Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro Tinto 2017 - a Portuguese (Douro) red blend - made from the classic Port grapes - that has consistently scored well in Decanter in previous vintages and provides an excellent, full-throttle, full-bodied glass of Iberian red for only just over £10. No wonder, then, that it won one of the very few Best Value trophies.
  • The Familia Schroeder Saurus Select Malbec 2017 from Patagonia 's Neuquen province. The judges were quite clear about this one: "Like a mountain in the mist, substantial yet a ghostly presence. Amazing brightness of fruit, like polished marble. Seamless and beautiful."
  • Late addition - a fascinating Rioja Reserva (technically) from the amazing vintage of 2005, the Pantocrator by Bodegas Taron. There's barely any in the UK at present, so, apart from a lucky first 12 bottles we can access, these will be with customers in the second week of June. "Mocha and chocolate still swing along with the fruit, which is remarkable and incredibly vibrant for its age. The palate offers all that Rioja lovers crave; creaminess, body, style and elegance. A shining star from Spain", said the IWC panel. We're readying for the rush on this one.
  • The super-classic that is CVNE's Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2011. Great producer, great year: all that you would expect from a Gran Res by one of the greatest of all Riojamakers. We don't typically take CVNE wines - they can be awkward to source - but we make an exception for this one.

Elsewhere, among the Gold medallists:

  • Wonderful - if not cheap - dessert icewines from Peller of Niagara in Canada.
  • A glorious, ready-to-drink Cahors from one of the great producers of that mysterious appellation - Chateau de Chambert.

And from IWC18, for 'sticky' fans, we can still (quickly/easily) obtain plenty of the Tokaji Trophy winner, the Patricius 6 Puttonyos Tokaji 2008 - pretty amazing stuff!!

Do take a look....