Wolf Blass Wins Red Winemaker of 2016 at the International Wine Challenge
Leading Australian winery Wolf Blass won ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ at last week’s 33rd edition of the International Wine Challenge in London. This is the third time the company achieves this accolade, first won in 2008 and more recently in 2013.
Wolf Blass compited against 15,000 entries from over 50 countries. Chris Hatcher, Chief Winemaker, was honoured to receive this award: “Being named Red Winemaker of the Year for the third time is humbling. It is a great triumph for Wolf Blass, reinforcing our reputation as one of Australia’s truly iconic winemakers with a strong history of major global award wins.”
He added that Wolf Blass’ “Quality, Character and Consistency” are what makes the wine renown and acknowledged that wines across all their range contributed to this win.
Wine Australia CEO, Andreas Clark said Wolf Blass’ win reflects the high regard that the international wine community has for Australian fine wine. He congratulated Chris and the Wolf Blass team and said that “in this year’s International Wine Challenge, Australian wine took home 815 medals, a testament to the high quality of Australian wine and the talent of our grapegrowers and winemakers. The world is taking notice of Australia and appreciates the great diversity of our wines and regions.”
Wines participating in the IWC are blindly assessed and go through a rigorous judging processes, in which each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.