Liberty Producers Triumph at Recent Wine Awards

Liberty Wines

Awards season has arrived, and with it, the highly anticipated results from four key wine competitions: The Sommelier Wine Awards, The Wine Merchant Top 100, the IWC and the IWSC.

We are thrilled to have so many of our producers triumph at these awards, receiving numerous gold medals, ‘critics' choice’ and trophy accolades. Read on for our top scores.

Sommelier Wine Awards

After a brief hiatus, the Sommelier Wine Awards are back with their 2024 list, featuring wines judged blind by some of the UK’s leading on-trade buyers.

Sommelier Wine Awards Critics' Choice Winners

Valdespino, Classic Collection, Pedro Ximénez "El Candado", NV, Spain

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Valdespino, VOS & VORS Collection, Oloroso "Don Gonzalo" VOS, NV, Spain

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Sommelier Wine Awards Gold Medal Winners

Kaiken, "Mai" Mendoza Malbec, 2021, Argentina

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Chambers Rosewood, Rutherglen Muscat, NV, Australia

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Sattlerhof, Sauvignon Blanc Trockenbeeranauselese, 2022, Austria

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Château Los Boldos, "Grand Clos" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020, Chile

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Candover Brook, Brut, NV, England

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Domaine Vrignaud, Chablis, 2022, France

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Domaine Laroche, Chablis 1er Cru "Les Vaillons" Vieilles Vignes, 2022, France

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Domaine Corsin, Saint-Véran Vieilles Vignes, 2020, France

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Château Petit-Village, "Le Petit de Petit-Village" Pomerol, 2020, France

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Cien Y Pico, "En Vaso" Manchuela Bobal, 2021, Spain

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Valdespino, Premium Collection, Amontillado "Tio Diego" Pago de Macharnudo, NV, Spain

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Bodega Garzón Single Vineyard, Single Vineyard Tannat, 2022, Uruguay

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Far Mountain, "Fission" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020, USA

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Wine Merchant Top 100

Dedicated to wines in the independent off-trade, the Wine Merchant Top 100 is the only UK wine competition judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers.

Fortified Wine Trophy

Valdespino, VOS & VORS Collection, Oloroso "Don Gonzalo" VOS, NV, Spain

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The Top 100

Valdespino, VOS & VORS Collection, Oloroso "Don Gonzalo" VOS, NV, Spain

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Candover Brook, Brut, NV, England

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Devaux, Cuvée D, Aged 5 Years, NV, France

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Raventós i Blanc, "Textures de Pedra" Blanc de Noirs, 2019, Spain

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Dandelion Vineyards, "Legacy of Australia" XXXO Pedro Ximénez, NV, Australia

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International Wine Challenge

Arguably one of the most respected, globally recognised wine competitions, the International Wine Challenge is highly respected for its impartiality, with over 500 judges tasting thousands of wines blind.

Australian Red Trophy

Shaw + Smith, "Balhannah Vineyard" Adelaide Hills Shiraz, 2021, Australia 97 points

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Tasmanian Pinot Noir Trophy

Dawson James, Tasmania Pinot Noir, 2021, Australia 95 points

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Non-Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne Trophy

Piper-Heidsieck, "Essentiel" Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, NV, France 96 points

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Champagne Trophy

Rare Champagne, Millésime, 2008, France 97 points

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Vintage Rosé Champagne Trophy

Rare Champagne, Rosé Millésime, 2014, France 96 points

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30 YO Tawny Port Trophy

Sandeman, 30-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal 96 points

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Italian Sweet Trophy

Capezzana, Vin Santo di Carmignano, 2016, Italy 97 points

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Gold Medal Winners (all 95 points)

Dandelion Vineyards, "Pride of the Fleurieu" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2022, Australia

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Shaw + Smith, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2023, Australia

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Shaw + Smith, "Lenswood Vineyard" Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2022, Australia

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Morris of Rutherglen, Old Premium Rare Liqueur Rutherglen Muscat, NV, Australia

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Tolpuddle Vineyard, Coal River Valley Chardonnay, 2022, Australia

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Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires, 2014, France

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Piper-Heidsieck, Cuvée Brut, NV, France

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Piper-Heidsieck, "Essentiel" Extra Brut, NV, France

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Piper-Heidsieck, Vintage, 2014, France

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Rare Champagne, Millésime, 2013, France

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Sandeman, 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal

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Sandeman, 20-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal

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Sandeman, 40-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal

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Ferreira, "Dona Antónia" 20-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal

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Ferreira, "Dona Antónia" 30-Year-Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal

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Valdespino, VOS & VORS Collection, Oloroso "Solera 1842" VOS, NV, Spain

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International Wine and Spirit Competition

Encompassing both spirits and wines, the International Wine and Spirits Competition is similarly revered for its impartiality, with the added bonus of drinks professionals tasting blind across categories.

Gold Medal Winners

G.D. Vajra, Barolo "Coste di Rose", 2020, Italy 96 points

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Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires, 2014, France 96 points

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Morris of Rutherglen, Old Premium Rare Liqueur Rutherglen Muscat, NV, Australia 95 points

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Valdespino, Classic Collection, Pedro Ximénez "El Candado", NV, Spain 95 points

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