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InWine Group scores at the International Wine Challenge
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InWine Group are delighted to announce that its Chardonnays have performed extremely well at the recent International Wine Challenge 2007.
SILVER — 2005 Red Hill Estate Classic Release Chardonnay BRONZE — 2005 Arrowfield Estate Show Reserve Chardonnay COMMENDED — 2006 Red Hill Estate Chardonnay
What sets the International Wine Challenge apart from other competitions is the number of times wines are tasted to earn their awards. At every stage, results are checked to ensure that justice is done to the wines entered, and that an even and consistent standard is applied to the judging of all wines.
A large part of the International Wine Challenge's reputation is down to the quality and experience of its judges. This year, more than 465 winemakers, merchants and writers from around the world took part, and judged 9,358 wines from around the world.
The Silver Medal winning 2005 Red Hill Estate Classic Release Chardonnay received praise from the judges: “Intense honeysuckle, toasty lemon and mineral nose. Rich well balanced palate with lemon curd toast and mineral. Nice finish.”
Red Hill Estate senior winemaker Michael Kyberd notes: “This is a further example of the consistency of Red Hill Estate wines in this prestigious competition, where we have been in the medals in every single year that we have entered. Don’t just go for those brands that have the odd star, go for the ones that perform year in, year out.”
The judges also had great things to say about the Bronze Medal winning 2005 Arrowfield Estate Show Reserve Chardonnay: “Very pale gold, pear and peach fruit, vanilla and spice accents. Good balance, spicy finish.”
Arrowfield Estate senior winemaker Barry Kooij recalls that: “2005 was a dry mild summer in the Hunter Valley — perfect ripening conditions for our 30 year old estate Chardonnay vines. We were able to pick the grapes at optimum flavour ripeness while still retaining great natural acidity.”