Irish Wine Show Winners

Happy out - NOffLA's Irish Wine Show award winners with their plaques. Happy out - NOffLA's Irish Wine Show award winners with their plaques.

Febvre Wines' Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015 won Wine of the Year at the National Off-Licence Association’s annual Irish Wine Show Awards while its Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Reserva 2010 came up trumps as Red Wine of the Year.

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11 October 2017 | 0

In all, NOffLA awarded 45 wines at its SIP 2017 event, its pre-Christmas show for off-licensee members, held in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin, of which 15 enjoyed top echelon status. Now in its 17th year, the winning wines will be available to consumers from NOffLA outlets all around the country of which there are over 315.

However, speaking at the awards, NOffLA Vice-Chairman Cathal McHugh said that, “This offering is under serious threat due to the soaring cross-border trade following on from Brexit and the 25% reduction in the value of the Sterling since the 23rd June 2016 referendum. Our members who’re locked out of the recovery due to the punitive excise rates, are under significant financial pressure because as much as 50% of the cost of a bottle of wine is excise & VAT.

“In terms of alcohol generally, Irish consumers pay 175% more than the average EU citizen,” he pointed out, adding that excise duty and employment are intertwined with his members reporting that they’ve had to reduce staff due to duty increases.

The Star Award adjudication panel comprised NOffLA judges and independent wine journalists. Points were awarded on the basis of appearance, smell, taste and value-for-money criteria and the winning 15 were selected as the best wines from key suppliers across a number of price categories.

The chosen wines will be recognisable by distinctive Award symbols on each bottle. In the pre-Christmas period NOffLA members will promote the Irish Wine Show Star Awards 2017-2018 Collection as ideal Christmas gifts in a variety of special gift packs.

 

 

2017 Gold Star Award Winners

Category Wine Vintage Company
Old World White Under €10 Cramele Recas, Legendary Sauvignon Blanc

Feteasca Regalá

2015 Febvre Wines
Old World White Under €15 Marquis de Goulaine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Cassidy Wines
Old World White Under €20 San Marzano Estella Fiano (Salento) IGP 2016 Taserra Wine Merchants
New World White Under €10 Tierra Antica Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Taserra Wine Merchants
New World White Under €15 Château Los Boldos Tradition Reservé Chardonnay 2017 Liberty Wines
New World White Under €20 Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015 Febvre Wines
Old World Red Under €10 Casa Santos Lima Azulejo Tinto 2015 Taserra Wine Merchants
Old World Red Under €15 Pasqua Lapaccio Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 Ampersand Wines
Old World Red Under €20 Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Reserva 2010 Febvre Wines
New World Red Under €10 Saddle Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2015 Taserra Wine Merchants
New World Red Under €15 Andean Vineyards Reserve Malbec 2015 Findlater & Co.
New World Red Under €20 De Martino Gallardía Cinsault 2016 Febvre Wines
Rose Under €15 Castaño Monastrell Rosado 2016 Liberty Wines
Sparkling Wine Under €25 Cecilia B. Spumante Rosé NV Ampersand Wines
Champagne Under €60 Champagne Deutz Brut Classic NV Febvre Wines
New World White Under €20 Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

WINE OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

2015 Febvre Wines
Old World Red Under €20 Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Reserva

RED WINE OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

2010 Febvre Wines

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