Waverley Hills (see pictures) was awarded not only a gold medal for their Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2009 but also snatched the Best Organic Wine – Southern Hemisphere award at the 2011 Challenge International du Vin.
This challenge was held for the 35th time in Bourg (Bordeaux, France) on 8 and 9 April 2011. During the competition, 4624 wines from 35 countries were judged by 768 tasters, including people from the wine industry and consumer-connoisseurs.
This year the organizers decided to award a special prize for organic wines. Chateau Croque-Michotte 2007 from Saint-Emilion won best organic wine for Northern Hemisphere and Waverley Hills Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2009 for Southern Hemisphere.
Bernard Donèche, President of the Challenge International du Vin, gave his appraisal of this highly successful competition:
“Finally, I would like to mention our great satisfaction at the lovely range of French and foreign wines entered into the Organic Wine category. Two reds won awards: a wine from the Coastal Region in South Africa and one from Saint-Emilion.”
The gold, silver and bronze medals bear the image of Bacchus and a total of 315 gold medals were awarded this year. Waverley Hills are proud to have been awarded with a gold medal for their maiden Shiraz MourvÃ¨dre Viognier 2009 vintage. This complex wine is soft and velvety and boasts aromas of mocha and coffee beans. Sweet berry and plum flavours follow through with spicy notes and caramel that linger beautifully on the pallet.