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Four Australian wines have been honoured at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Four Australian wines have been honoured with a Grand Gold Medal at Europe’s largest wine competition, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008, which took place in Bordeaux at the end of April 2008.

The wines are: Elderton Wines Ode to Lorraine Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot 2005; Fox Gordon Hannah’s Swing Shiraz 2006; Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz 2005 and Casella Wines Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

These four wines led the way for the other 30 decorated Australian wines – 12 of which received a Gold Medal each and 18 wines were decorated with a Silver Medal from a tally of ninety six (96) samples which were entered by Australian wine producers.

Other wineries to excel were McLaren Vale’s d’Arenburg Winery with 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals, Jacob’s Creek wines clinched 2 Gold and 4 Silver Medals and Clare Valley’s Kilikanoon walked away with 2 Gold Medals for different Shiraz bottlings from the 2005 vintage. A very credible outcome for Australian wines at this contest which is keenly watched by traders, particularly in the Benelux Countries.

At this year’s events 48 countries submitted 5890 wine samples for adjudication by 230 wine professionals from 40 countries. It should be noted that in accordance with the rules of the competition a maximum of 30% of the highest scoring wines may be awarded an individual Medal.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is a forerunner in the field of sensory evaluation. In order to guarantee to producers a maximum of rigour, effectiveness and equity in the attribution of medals, they have for several years collaborated with the Statistical Institute of the University of Louvain to analyse and optimize the reliability of the results by identifying some principal distortions. A procedure of standardization makes it possible to achieve this goal while preserving diversity and the appreciation of the experts’ palates.

The 2009 edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will be held in Valencia, Spain from 25–27 April 2009.

For further information www.concoursmondial.eu or contact CMB’s Australian Representative Sue van Wyk —

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