Hungarian medals at the world’s oldest wine contest


International Wine & Spirit Competition 

IWCS winners were announced in May at London Wine Fair, but for those who missed the event, here we present our winners. One Tokaj Essencia made by Tokaj Classic in 1999 received the prestigious gold outstanding evaluation. 2 Hungarian wines obtained gold medal: Grand Tokaj Szarvas Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013 and Szent Tamás Mád Late Harvest 2016. Two wines – again from Tokaj – won silver outstaning medals: Royal Tokaji Tokaji Aszú 5 putttonyos and Tokaj Classic Dry Furmint Király Cru. We can be proud of 11 silver medals as well: 4 of them are from Tokaj, and we have 2 silver medals for red wine as well, and one of them is a awarded to our most important black grape variety, Kékfrankos (blaufrankisch) made by Csányi Winery in Villány. Apart from gold and silver Hungary won 17 bronze medals.

Grand Tokaj Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos, Szarvas Vineyard, 2013

2013 vintage was an outstanding vintage when berries were fully infected by the noble botrytis. The nose is full of aromas: notes of loess based soil, pear, dried chamomile, candied orange peel and a touch of smokiness from the new barrel. Pear compote and ripened orange on the palate with honey and chamomile tea. Creamy texture, the blessing of sunshine, amazing structure!

Chateau Teleki Villányi Kékfrankos, 2015

Intense, developing nose with fully ripened fruits, mainly cherry and sour cherry with a touch of subtle smoky character from barrel ageing. On the palate it is rich, juicy, fruity with vibrant acidity and matured, fully integrated, refined tannins. A layered, complex, exciting wine – easy and lovely to drink.

Chemistry in wine evaluation?

Now in its 49th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded Club Oenologique in 1969. Massel had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition which was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.
In 1978, the name was changed to the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and the disciplines were refined into what we know the competition to be today. Technical controls were tightened to ensure the highest quality standards were achieved and maintained to a consistent standard year after year.