Friday, May 19, 2017

Georgian wines get top awards at 2017 Decanter Awards

19.05.2017. (Hvino News) Wines produced by Georgian companies collected some of the major awards at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, with the prestigious international competition concluding this month.

Promoted as the world’s "largest and most influential wine competition”, the 2017 edition of the awards featured over 17,000 wines from across the world.

While the list of prize-winners will only be published by organisers next month, four Georgian companies have been confirmed to have claimed top awards by internationally recognised judges of the event.

The Platinum awards went to Château Mukhrani's Réserve Royale Saperavi 2012 and to Maranuli's Barrel Selected Ostkhanuri Sapere 2015, marking the first-ever platinum wins for Georgian wines at the Decanter contest.

In another major result, Georgia has won two gold medals, for Vaziani's "Makashvili Wine Cellar" Mtsvane, and Winery Khareba's red "In vino veritas". For more details, read here.

Submissions for the 14th edition of Decanter Awards were assessed by over 200 wine experts in London, the United Kingdom. Their ranks included 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers.

The judges qualified the wines based on their regional and style-based specialisation, tasting the products while knowing the region, style and price bracket of the given wines but being unaware of the producer or the brand name.

Comparing notes between each other, the juries finally reached a consensus on awards for the featured wines.

Gold medal-winning wines were advanced to compete for platinum against other winners from the same region or style, with platinum winners going through to another round of tasting for the ultimate Best in Show award.

Last year, 66 Georgian wines were awarded silver and bronze medals and seals of approval at the contest established in 2004.

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