The best wines in the business have been revealed in the first stage of an international wine competition - and we’re 100% using these results to inform our Christmas shopping decisions.
After a week of intensive blind tasting by a panel of wine experts, there were over 1,600 medals awarded to wines from across the globe at the International Wine Challenge.
A whole host of supermarket wines won Gold awards - including three £6 bottles of vino from Morrisons.
The following wines were awarded a Gold Medal by the competition, and are all available on UK high streets ahead of Christmas:
£10 and under
:: Asda Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir, 2014 (£8.50) from Asda
:: Fortezza dei Colli Chianti Classico Riserva, 2014 (£6.99) from Lidl
:: Morrisons The Best Oloroso, NV (£6.00) from Morrisons
:: Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado, NV (£6.00) from Morrisons
:: Morrisons The Best Pedro Ximenez, NV (£6.00) from Morrisons
£15 and under
:: Tesco finest* Chablis Premier Cru, 2015 (£15.00) from Tesco
:: The Hedonist Shiraz, 2016 (£14.49) from Waitrose
:: Polish Hill River Riesling, 2012 (£12.99) from Waitrose
:: Colomé Altitude Blend Malbec Cabernet Franc Tannat, 2015 (£12.50) from M&S
:: Morrisons The Best Marques De Los Rios Rioja Gran Reserva, 2011 (£12.00) from Morrisons
:: Chateau de Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru Classe, 2013 (£11.99) from Aldi
£20 and under
:: Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir, 2015 (£20.00) from Morrisons
:: Tesco finest* Vintage Port,1997 (£20.00) from Tesco
:: Maynard’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, 1992 (£19.99) from Aldi
Among thousands of entries, two wines stood out as the best of the bunch for judges, scoring a staggering 97 points out of 100.
The first of these was Western Australia’s Domaine Naturaliste Artus 2016, produced in the Margaret River region. It proved to be a competition favourite, being described as ‘remarkable’ by the judging panel.
The other was Germany’s Weingut Reiss’ Randersackerer Pfülben Riesling Beerenauslese 2016. According to judges, this sweet white wine clocked up a high score thanks to its intense apricot and candid lemon flavours.
Two English-made sparkling wines also won Gold medals. These were the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage Magnum (95 points) and the Hush Heath Estate Balfour Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Skye 2014 (95 points).