Overnight the International Win Challenge 2017 Trophies were announced in London and Patritti's 2015 Section 181 Single Vineyard Grenache has been awarded top regional Trophy for 'McLaren Vale Grenache'. Patritti's winemakers, James Mungall and Ben Heide were cautiously optimistic they could take out the top award following the Tranche 1 Gold Medal announcement in December last year.
Third generation Patritti winemaker, James Mungall says of the win, "The vines that produce this fruit for this wine were planted by my Nonno through the 1960s in the Tatachilla sub-region of McLaren Vale. Unlike most Grenache at the time, the fruit was used to make varietal wines for other European immigrants who were used to drinking lighter style red table wines. I think he would be pretty happy to see us winning McLaren Vale's best Grenache varietal wine from the same vines some 50 years later."
McLaren Vale is the only Australian wine region to have a Grenache Trophy class at this competition. Mungall says, "This is not only great for Patritti, but all of McLaren Vale. We have always believed that the region produces Australia's best Grenache, and this award helps us showcase the region and the exceptional Grenache it produces to the world."
Now in its 34th year, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) is considered the world's most meticulously judged wine competition, with tastings taking place over two tranches of blind tastings. IWC says, "Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least ten different judges..."
This is the first time Patritti has entered these awards. Each of the seven wines entered has scored an accolade, with the most notable:
2015 Patritti Section 181 Grenache McLaren Vale - Gold Medal and Trophy, McLaren Vale Grenache
2014 Patritti Saperavi Barossa Valley - Gold Medal
2015 Patritti JPB Limited Release Shiraz McLaren Vale - Silver Medal
2015 Patritti Lot Three Shiraz McLaren Vale - Silver Medal
Winemaker Ben Heide is currently in the UK at the London Wine Fair where Trophy wines are on tasting, "This is only the second international wine show we have ever entered, and the first time the 2015 Section 181 has been entered internationally. We couldn't be happier with the results."
About the International Wine Challenge, UK
The IWC has two separate tastings to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the globe. Tranche 1 wines were tasted in November (2016) with results announced in December. Tranche 2 wines were tasted in April with results announced in May. All wines are tasted in the context of style, country and region.
Wines that win Gold Medals in Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 are held for a Trophy tasting in April. At this blind tasting wines are sorted into regional and national Trophy winning wines.