Denbies Wine Estate is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a gold medal by the International Wine Challengeⁱ for Denbies Sparkling Greenfields Cuvée NV. The gold awards were announced on 9th May, by eminent wine writer and presenter Oz Clarke in Central London.
For Denbies, celebrating its 30th year, it is particularly rewarding to receive an International gold, considered to be the ‘Oscar’ of the wine industry. Greenfields was the first sparkling wine to be made at Denbies (originally labelled as Classic Cuvée) and comes with its own legacy, having received multiple international awards since its original vintage. Greenfields is made from the best premium hand-picked grapes of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (classic champagne blend) from the estate in the traditional sparkling method. The current vintage is 2011 and the wine was bottled in 2012 after 4 years’ bottle fermentation in the cellars adding to its complexity and richness.
‘Winning an International gold is a tremendous accolade,’ commented Denbies CEO Christopher White, ‘The International Wine Challenge is one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world and it really demonstrates that consistency and quality has and always will be the principal factor in Denbies wine production.’
Denbies wine range in 2015 was awarded a total of 33 international awards.
It is exciting times for the UK wine industry and Denbies is a key contributor to the development of English wine in the UK. As England’s largest single estate vineyard, Denbies has gained benefit from maximising the economies of scale. By continually investing in the growth of the vineyard and winery Denbies is at the forefront of development and innovation.
- The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 33rd year. The IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards.