Piper-Heidsieck, Sandeman & Morris scoop IWSC Trophies
The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2019 results are out and we’re delighted that three of our wines have scooped Trophies.
The Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Liqueur Rutherglen Muscat was awarded the Fortified Wine Trophy, the Sandeman 40 Year Old Tawny Port collected the Port Trophy, and the Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2012 received the Vintage Champagne Trophy.
Gold medals were awarded to the Sandeman 30 Year Old Tawny Port and Bride Valley Rosé 'Bella' 2014.
Now in its 50th year and judged by over 400 global experts, the IWSC recognises and rewards the very best wines and spirits in the world. Please see tasting notes below for our Trophy and Gold winning wines. For the full results and more details on the competition, please visit the IWSC website.
FORTIFIED WINE TROPHY
Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Liqueur Rutherglen Muscat NV
Delicate but huge, with all sorts of nuts, dried fruits and chocolate. The prunes and figs are deep and refreshing, while the cocoa, hazelnut and mocha keep it layered with many different textures. This is an outstandingly well-made example, with a great balance and fantastically long finish of dates and black coffee.
Sandeman 40 Year Old Tawny Port NV
Golden oak colour with gleaming amber brushstrokes. Glacier fruits, sugarplums, citrus flower water and cardamom. Beautifully rich but which stops short of unctuous by a freshness and vibrancy in the mouth. The sweetness is counterbalanced by a savoury, nutty complexity which dries the wine off on the warm finish. A truly exceptional wine which has superb poise and elegance, worthy for a wine of this age and stature.
VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TROPHY
Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2012
Bright lemon straw colour. Beautiful persistent thread of moonlight silver tiny bubbles. Gorgeous scents of rising dough, roast lemon, baked figs, toasting almonds, chalky flinty smoky scents riding on a sea breeze. The palate is complex, vivid and sustained, gorgeous froth with scented cream. The palate exhibits great harmony, flows wonderfully and majestically to a long, sustained finish. A true gold.
Sandeman 30 Year Old Tawny Port NV
Deep reddish amber colour. A glorious but subtle nose, with hints of dried flowers, sweet chestnuts, crystallised and fresh citrus peel with a good dollop of Seville orange marmalade. Svelte, velvety approach, beautiful backbone of nutty wood notes and tannins, discreetly clothed in smooth satiny flavours. Superb integration. This wine is absolutely mesmerising for its sublime restraint and powerful control. An absolute delight to taste.
Bride Valley Rosé 'Bella' 2014
Salmon pink; sophisticated smoky and raspberry notes. This is classy and complex, with a nutty, smoky and creamy character. Lovely autolysis and a palate that excites througout. Elegant, regal and a classic wine. Stylish, with a good future.