Decanter Wine Awards 2013: Our Winning Wines

commended AWARDBronzeSilverGoldAt Decanter Magazine’s 2013 Wine Awards some 50+ of our very own wines were among the elite in being commended, as well as winning medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze and special value prizes. And with those winners’ prices starting at ¥90, there’s much to get excited about. Always nice to know the wines you opt to sell are doing well. Thought you might like to know, with the Holiday Season approaching fast.


De Bortoli Family Selection Chardonnay 2012

Sella&Mosca La Cala DOC 2012

Lindeman’s Bin 40 Merlot 2012 (PDF long list)

Miguel Torres Sangre de Toro 2011 (PDF long list)

Joseph Drouhin Laforêt 2011 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé NV (PDF long list)

De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2011 (PDF long list)

Torres Celeste

Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco 2009 (PDF long list only)

Bava Moscato D’Asti 2012 (PDF long list)

De Bortoli Estate Grown Chardonnay 2011 (PDF long list)

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay 2011 Central Coast (PDF long list)

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (PDF long list)


De Bortoli Family Selection Cabernet-Merlot 2010

Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2012 (BIN END)

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2012 (BIN END)

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (PDF long list) (BIN END)

Torres Viña Sol (Parellada)

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Carmenére 2011 (PDF long list)

Lindeman’s Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012(PDF long list)

Torres Vina Esmeralda: Bronze Medal 2013

De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay 2012 (PDF long list)

Sacred Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sacred Hill Brokenstone 2010 (PDF long list)

Miguel Torres Gran Sangre de Toro 2010

Rosemount Diamond Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (PDF long list)

Terredora Fiano Di Avellino (Sadly, Discontinued)

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2010 Napa Valley (PDF long list)

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Oakville (PDF long list)

Rosemount Balmoral Syrah 2011 Mclaren Vale (PDF long list)

Bava 2008 Barolo (PDF long list)


Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2012

Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera Carmenère 2008 (PDF long list)

Terredora Loggia della Serra Greco Di Tuffo 2012 (Sadly, discontinued)

Leon Beyer Gewurztraminer Cuvée Comtes d’Eguisheim 2007 (PDF long list)

Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2012 (PDF long list)

Château d’Esclans Les Clans 2011 (PDF long list)

Château d’Esclans Garrus 2011 (PDF long list)

Castello di Querceto 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva (PDF long list)

Miguel Torres Perpetual 2010 (PDF long list)

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009 Oakville (PDF long list)


Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2010

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut  2005 (PDF long list)

Value prizes:

Port under £15 Trophy: Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve NV (PDF long list)
Australian Sweet over £15 Trophy: De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2009 (PDF long list)
Port over £15 Trophy: Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos (PDF long list)
Vintage Champagne Trophy: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004 (PDF long list)

Thoughts, on Awards:

Those that have read previous musings about the validity of tasting panels on this site will be aware that they are considered by many to be far from an exact science and not at all the bottom line in quality control that a novice might expect.Indeed, many reporters argue that blind tastings throw up so much variation in results as to render any scoring system fruitless.

Despite this (and try as it might) the wine world has no more universally appealing system in place than judges, err… judging on a points scale and basing their opinions squarely within the framework of a Quality Value Ratio.

That means that an expensive wine achieving a bronze medal has a lower quality value ratio compared to a lower cost wine achieving, say, a gold. One must bear in mind that this does not mean that the low cost wine is ‘better’ than the high cost wine yet; merely that it represents better value and can be considered to be punching above its weight.

That said, we must be aware that there are political and commercial dimensions to large scale events, that can’t be ignored. Regions back certain producers and lend their weight. Trade delegations do their thing to promote their nations, etc. And of course, you have to enter a competition to win it. Self selection in this way affects outcomes, by discriminating against those who don’t enter (for whatever reason). Many great producers don’t enter at all: yet some supermarkets enter so many of their own branded wines (literally dozens and dozens), that it’s clear who has the massive marketing budget to throw at these events. It’s not a level playing field.

So long as the awards are seen as a guide, with perhaps an awareness of the associated showbiz-type commercial hype; considering all the evidence in the available data, then we can relax about the outcomes. Having said that, it’s always nice to know the wines you opt to sell are doing well; though we won’t get too carried away about it.



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