International Wine Challenge - Prosecco Gold Medal for Piera’s wine
The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is a British-based wine challenge held every year since 1984. It was launched by British wine writer Robert Joseph, but is now meticulously managed by William Reed Business Media. The IWC is the world’s most respected blind-tasted wine competition, which judges each wine for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.
The rigorous judging process means that each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges. Commended, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are announced after each Tranche. The International Wine Challenge employs expert judges from all over the world, many of whom are Masters of Wine. This ensures that only the most experienced and respected palates judge the wine at the IWC. The IWC operates a tiered system of judges, based on a tasting panel usually consisting of five people.
Each panel has a Panel Chair, who leads a team of 4 judges, consisting of one senior judge, two judges and one associate judge. The IWC’s resident Co-Chair oversee the judging panels, assist them with any tough decisions and ensure only deserving wines win a medal.
Italian winemakers had an exceptional year at the International Wine Challenge 2017, receiving its biggest medal haul since 2011 with a total of 646. Italy was awarded 39 Gold, 238 Silver and 369 Bronze medals, finishing third in the total medal count, after just France and Australia.
In a record year of success for its bubbly, Italy received six Gold medals for its sparkling wines, including two for prosecco entries. Fans of the Italian favourite will be clamouring to get their hands on Gold medal winning Prosecco doc Spumante Brut 075 Carati NV by Piera Martellozzo 1899. A hundred Proseccos were awarded: 2 gold medals, 18 silver medals, 25 bronze medals, and the rest are Commended wines.
The Piera Martellozzo 1899 winery has also won the silver medal of the Tabbor Rosso Friuli doc from Selezionedi line, a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend refined for 12 months in barriques and another three months in the bottle. Another Silver Medal for the Terre Magre Sauvignon DOC Friuli Grave 2016, this wine has a highly personalized fragrance in which sage, pepper and tomato leaf tones accompanied by the luscious perfumes of apricot, grapefruit and exotic fruit. Rich, inviting and aromatic flavor. The high acidity of Sauvignon has the ability to make most foods shine.