Australia scoops IWSC awards
Australia scooped 34 awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition this year, way out in front of joint second place winners South Africa and France, who took home 19 each. New Zealand was the next highest with 11 gold medals.
107 gold medals were awarded equating to 2% across all wine entries worldwide and 23 trophies were announced.
New Zealand and Australia both picked up three trophies, which included the Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Marlborough.
All three trophies for champagne or champagne style wines were produced by P & C Heidsieck, including two made for Waitrose, which won the vintage and non-vintage champagne trophies.
The IWSC is the only wine competition in the UK which works with producers on an extended judging schedule to allow those in the Southern hemisphere to submit their samples after the current year's harvest.