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2019 IWC Tranche One

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2019 IWC Tranche One

The results of the 2019 IWC Tranche 1 have been announced, with the wines from the Hallgarten portfolio showcasing why it was awarded 2018 Merchant Wine List of the Year.


Receiving Gold medals were…

96 points; Domaine Antoine Olivier, 1er Cru Beaurepaire, Santenay 2016

“Delicate cherry perfume, then earthy notes with fine leathery spice. Lovely elegance in a humble and authentic way, and plenty of grip on the finish.”


95 points; Jim Barry Wines The McRae Wood, Clare Valley, Shiraz 2013 – vintage en-route, 2012 currently in stock

“A ripe and luscious style, peppery and spicy with a great level of intensity on the nose. Ripe tannins, light balsamic notes, a touch of development but still elegant and precise.”


96 points; Doña Paula 'Selección de Bodega', Uco Valley, Malbec 2016 – vintage en-route, 2015 currently available

“Leathery, with good potency, and dried fruits. Great potential going forward with concentrated, ripe tannins. A muscular wine.”


Receiving Silver medals were…

92 points; Tenuta Perano Frescobaldi Chianti Classico Riserva, 2015

“Cherry black tea, herbaceous green tea. grippy but ripe tannins. Rich cedar notes on the finish.”


90 points; Domaine Antoine Olivier, Santenay Le Biveaux L'Air de Rien 2016 – vintage en-route, 2015 currently available

“Lemon, stone fruits and gunflint on the nose. A core of flint and lemon fruit on the tight palate.”


91 points; Bodegas Ondarre, Ondarre Reserva, Rioja 2015 - vintage en-route, 2014 currently available

“Wild strawberry and plum fruit in this intense and powerful wine, showing chewy oak and pepper on the warm finish.”


90 points; Bodegas Ondarre, 'Rivallana' Crianza, Rioja 2016 - vintage en-route, 2015 currently available

“Perfumed raspberry, complex spices, powdered tannins with Moroccan spices and green tea leaf finish.”