Wine Innovation results released

the drinks business has announced the results of the Innovation Masters for 2011.

The competition is engineered to reward the novel in the world of wine, from new blends, improved winemaking, as well as original packaging.

In the design category, the likes of the Amour de Deutz wowed the judges, along with the striking appearance of Crown Estates Tokaji Essencia.

Notable among the medal winners for innovative winemaking was an “icewine” made from frozen apples, a “summer red” from Gallo, and Freixenet’s new Mia range of lower alcohol wines for women.

Among the labels commended for quality and originality were McGuigan’s The Semillon Blanc, a Semillon designed to entice Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, and Funambule, a new brand whose name, which is French for a tightrope walker, references its “perfect balance”.

The competition highlighted the focus on new product development in the lower alcohol category, with the likes of Banrock Station Light, Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Aromatic & Delicate, Astoria’s 9.5 – named after its abv – and the aforementioned Mia, all featuring, and gaining medals.

Speaking to db on the potential of the lower alcohol sector in UK retail, Julian Dyer, wine buyer at Sainsbury’s said, “This has a big future and at Sainsbury’s we’ve made a commitment that by 2020, we’ll double the sales of lighter alcohol wine and reduce the average alcohol content of own brand wine and beer.

Medals awarded for tasting

Producer Brand Name Medal
Champagne Deutz Amour de Deutz 2002 MASTER
Laurent-Perrier Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV GOLD
Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs Reserva Vintage 2008 SILVER
Casella Wines Yellow Tail Tree Free Chardonnay 2010 SILVER
Viña Carmen Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009 SILVER
Orion Wines Sette Vigne Vino Rosso Italiano 2009 SILVER
Luis Felipe Edwards LFE 900 2008 SILVER
La Face Cachee de la Pomme Neige Winter Harvest – Apple Icewine NV SILVER
Tokaj Kereskedohaz Crown Estates Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2004 SILVER
Astoria Vini Astoria 9.5 Cold Wine BRONZE
Aimery Sieur d’Arques 1531 Blanquette de Limoux 2008 BRONZE
Angas/Yalumba Tesco Angas Sparkling Rosé NV BRONZE
Bodegas Murviedro Estrella Frizzante Rosé NV BRONZE
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Aromatic & Delicate BRONZE
Constellation Australia Banrock Station Light 2010 BRONZE
Schmitt Söhne Fünf 5 Moscato 2010 BRONZE
Yealands Estate Wines Full Circle 2010 BRONZE
Stellenzicht Cellar Master’s Release Chardonnay 2010 BRONZE
Adoro Wines Adoro 2008 BRONZE
E & J Gallo Winery Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red BRONZE
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Aromatic & Smooth BRONZE
Santa Tresa Purato 2010 BRONZE
KWV Cafe Culture Pinotage 2010 BRONZE
The Grape Grinder The Grinder Pinotage 2010 BRONZE
Bodegas Murviedro Murviedro Colección Petit Verdot 2010 BRONZE
Freixenet Mia Singature Blend No 1 – 2010 BRONZE
Luis Felipe Edwards Mourvedre – Gran Reserva 2009 BRONZE
Viña Carmen Carmen Gran Reserva Petite Sirah 2008 BRONZE
DeMorgenzon DeMorgenzon DMZ Concerto 2008 BRONZE
Schild Estate Wines Schild Estate Wines Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz 2006 BRONZE
Tokaj Kereskedohaz Grand Selection Tokaji Késői Arany 2009 BRONZE
KWV Berraz Sweet Shiraz NV BRONZE
Domaine du Tariquet Domaine du Tariquet L’Idée Folle BRONZE
Spyglass Trading Île Four Sparkling Blanc BRONZE
Spyglass Trading Île Four Limited Edition BRONZE
Reh Kendermann Black Tower Pink Bubbly 2010 COMMENDED
McGuigan Wines McGuigan The Semillon Blanc 2011 COMMENDED
Viña Doña Paula Dona Paula Estate Torrontes 2010 COMMENDED
Santa Tresa Purato 2010 COMMENDED
Schmitt Söhne Agris 2010 COMMENDED
The Company of Wine People Arniston Bay Bushvine Selection Chenin Blanc 2010 COMMENDED
Bodegas Murviedro Cueva de la Espera 2010 COMMENDED
Freixenet Mia Signature Blend No 2 – 2010 COMMENDED
Lenz Moser AG Fete Rosé 2010 COMMENDED
Schild Estate Wines Schild Estate Wines Old Bush Vine GMS 2010 COMMENDED
Vina Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Single 2010 COMMENDED
Bodega Volcanes de Chile Tectonia 2010 COMMENDED
Caves Du Mont Tauch Farmer Yvan 2010 COMMENDED
Summit Vineyards Funambule 2010 COMMENDED
Santa Tresa Insieme 2010 COMMENDED
Neethlingshof Neethlingshof Malbec 2010 COMMENDED
Overhex Wines Balance Winemakers Selection Shiraz 2010 COMMENDED
Stellenzicht Cellar Master’s Release Petit Verdot 2009 COMMENDED
The Company of Wine People Arniston Bay Bushvine Selection Pinotage 2009 COMMENDED
Adoro Wines Adoro 2009 COMMENDED
Spyglass Trading Île Four  Citrus COMMENDED
Tatsuuma-Honke Isake Classic COMMENDED

 Medals awarded for design and packaging

Producer Brand Name Medal
Champagne Deutz Amour de Deutz 2002 GOLD
Tokaj Kereskedohaz Tokaji Essencia 2007 GOLD
De Bortoli Wines BellaRiva 2010 SILVER
Vignerons du Pallet Muscadet Les Dix du Pallet 2010 SILVER
Caves Du Mont Tauch Farmer Bernard 2010 SILVER
Caves Du Mont Tauch Farmer Yvan 2010 SILVER
The Grape Grinder The Grinder Pinotage 2010 SILVER
Freixenet Mia Signature Blend No 1 – 2010 SILVER
Overhex Wines Ostrich Landing The Baron 2009 SILVER
Cantina di Soave Dino Durello 2009 BRONZE
Laurent-Perrier Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV BRONZE
Sogrape Vinhos SA Sparkling Mateus Brut Rosé BRONZE
Overhex Wines Ostrich Landing Chenin Blanc 2011 BRONZE
Casella Wines (Yellow Tail) Tree Free Chardonnay 2010 BRONZE
Schmitt Söhne Agris 2010 BRONZE
Yealands Estate Wines Full Circle 2010 BRONZE
Freixenet Mia Signature Blend No 2 – 2010 BRONZE
DeMorgenzon DeMorgenzon Garden Vineyards Rosé 2009 BRONZE
Le Chai Au Quai La Part Du Boucher NV BRONZE
McGuigan Wines McGuigan Classic Range 2010 BRONZE
Santa Tresa Purato 2010 BRONZE
Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Pouch-Up COMMENDED
Bodegas Murviedro Dual Pack – Gran Castillo White & Rosé COMMENDED
Bodegas Murviedro Dual Pack – Alba & Rosa de Murviedro COMMENDED
Astoria Vini Astoria 9.5 Cold Wine COMMENDED
McWilliam’s Winery Ocean’s Edge COMMENDED
Angas/Yalumba Tesco Angas Sparkling Rosé NV COMMENDED
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill Winemakers Reserve Zinfandel Sparkling NV COMMENDED
Reh Kendermann Black Tower Pink Bubbly 2010 COMMENDED
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Aromatic & Delicate COMMENDED
Constellation Australia Banrock Station Light 2010 COMMENDED
Vinedos Emiliana Signos de Origen 2010 COMMENDED
Caves Du Mont Tauch Farmer Dominique 2010 COMMENDED
Santa Tresa Purato 2010 COMMENDED
Schmitt Söhne Fünf 5 Moscato 2010 COMMENDED
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay 2010 COMMENDED
Constellation Australia Banrock Station Light 2010 COMMENDED
Blossom Hill Winery Blossom Hill White Zinfandel 2010 COMMENDED
Export Union GmbH Motörhead Shiraz 2010 COMMENDED
Vinedos Emiliana Adobe 2010 COMMENDED
Santa Tresa Insieme 2010 COMMENDED

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