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Liberty Wines awarded ‘Italian Merchant of the Year’ at SWA 2015

18th May, 2015

Liberty Wines awarded ‘Italian Merchant of the Year’ at SWA 2015

We are delighted to have been named ‘Italian Merchant of the Year‘ at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, while Champagne Charles Heidsieck was awarded ‘Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year‘ and Justino‘s Madeira collected ‘Fortified Producer of the Year‘.

These three major awards came alongside a total of 138 medals and commendations plus a Food Match trophy for wines in our portfolio. As a large proportion of our 26 Gold and 43 Silver medal-winning wines hailed from Italy, the SWA judges felt this to be a fitting award, commenting:

Another strong performance this year from Liberty Wines, with a high percentage of top-end medals. It was the only submitter whose Gold and Silver medal total was not lower than its Bronze and Commended awards, which gives you some idea of the standard of wines coming in.

“It was a broad-brush submission that did most things well, with top-end medals for most parts of the wine world, and outstanding submissions from both Charles Heidsieck and Justino’s Madeira Wines. But what really caught our judges’ eye was the strength of the Italian submissions. A third of its Golds and a quarter of its Silvers went to the country, and the variety in price and style was exciting.

From pricey Tuscans and Etna reds to bargain-basement Sangiovese, and über-sellable Veneto Pinot Grigio to sweet whites, it was a snapshot of everything the country can do well.”

Food Match Trophy:
Willunga 100 Shiraz/Viognier 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia
“What an evocative wine, let alone a richly food-friendly one, making it a worthy winner of the coveted Rack of Lamb Food Match trophy.”

Gold Medal Winners:

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV, Champagne, France
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV, Champagne, France
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Champagne, France

Alpha Zeta ‘Terrapieno’ Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio 2014, Veneto, Italy
Bachelder Chardonnay 2012, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Martín Códax ‘Organistrum’ Albariño 2012, Rías Baixas, Spain
Ponte del Diavolo Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy

Capezzana ‘Villa di Capezzana’ Carmignano 2010, Tuscany, Italy
Château de Chambert Grand Vin Cahors 2009, South-West France
Farnese Fantini Montepulciano d‘Abruzzo 2014, Abruzzo, Italy
Farnese Fantini Sangiovese 2014, Abruzzo, Italy
Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2011, Tuscany, Italy
GD Vajra Barbera d‘Alba Superiore 2012, Piemonte, Italy
Izadi Reserva 2011, Rioja, Spain
John Duval Wines ‘Plexus’ Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvèdre 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Mitolo GAM Shiraz 2012, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 2012, Rhône, France
Terrazze dell‘Etna Cirneco 2009, Sicily, Italy
Tinpot Hut Syrah 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand
Trinity Hill Syrah 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Willunga 100 Shiraz/Viognier 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Capezzana Vin Santo di Carmignano 2008, Tuscany, Italy
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2013, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Justino‘s Madeira Colheita 1996, Portugal
Justino‘s Madeira Malvasia 10 Years Old NV, Portugal
Justino‘s Madeira Sercial 10 Years Old NV, Portugal

Shelftalkers are available to customers for all our award-winning wines.  Please contact with your request.

For more information on the competition itself and the judging criteria, please visit