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Consumers judge premium Indian wine competition

EH STAFF - Mumbai

The first Indian Wine Consumer's Choice Awards 2012 (IWCCA) was held in Mumbai recently. IWCCA 2012 was organised by All Things Nice to give Indian consumers an opportunity to judge for themselves and on behalf of other consumers the best Indian wines available in the country.

All domestically produced wines (premium category) were tasted and assessed by the consumers. This competition created an independent list of India's finest wines judged by the very people who drank them. The consumer tasted the wines blind, unaware of the brand name, thereby allowing an unbiased judgment based on the quality of the wine itself.

Premium Indian wine labels were registered into the competition. The judging panel for IWCCA 2012 included wine consumers from the All Things Nice community of wine and drink aficionados. Wines were tasted blind, with the bottles kept in opaque bags. The scores were given on the basis of appearance, nose, palate and finish.

Following are the winners:

Gold category: 

White Sparkling - Zampa Soiree Brut (2011); Rose Sparkling - Sula Brut Rose; Chenin Blanc - Sula Chenin Blanc (2012); Sauvignon Blanc - Sula Sauvignon Blanc (2012); Chardonnay - Reveilo Chardonnay (2011) and Reveilo Chardonnay Reserve (2010); Viognier - Nine Hills Viognier (2012); Other white varietal - Sula Riesling (2012); Rose - Nine Hills Shiraz Rose (2012); Cabernet Sauvignon - Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (2010); Cabernet Shiraz blends - Alpine Oro Cabernet Shiraz (2011); Shiraz - Myra Shiraz (2012); Other red varietals - Reveilo Nero D’Avola (2012); Merlot Reserve - Vallonne Merlot Reserve (2011); Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Sauvignon Based Blends (Reserve) - Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon (Reserve) (2009), Vallonne Cabernet Sauvignon Classique (Reserve) – 2009, Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Syrah (2008); Shiraz Reserve - Alpine Vindiva Reserve Estate Shiraz (2010); Dessert Wines - Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (2012)

Silver category:

White Sparkling - Sula Seco; Chenin Blanc - York Chenin Blanc (2012); Sauvignon Blanc - Fratelli Sauvignon Blanc (2011); Chardonnay - Big Banyan Chardonnay (2011); Viognier - Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier (2012); Rose - Vinsura Rose (2009); Cabernet Sauvignon - Fratelli Cabernet Sauvignon (2011); Shiraz - Reveilo Syrah (2011); Other Red Varietals - Fratelli Cabernet Franc Shiraz (2011); Merlot Reserve - Vinsura Merlot (2009); Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Sauvignon Based Blends (Reserve) - Good Earth Basso Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (2009), Grover La Reserve (2011); Shiraz Reserve - Pause Shiraz Reserve (2011).

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