The ‘Oscars of the Wine Industry’ – International Wine Challenge – took place in London recently where they honour the wines, winemakers, merchants and personalities who make this such a great industry. Now in its 36th year, the competition itself is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential wine contest, so the winners really do deserve the respect of everyone in the industry. But who are the winners this year?
Hans Tschida from Weingut Weingut Angerhof Tschida
was once again crowned the Sweet Winemaker of the Year 2019.
This is the sixth time that Hans Tschida has won the Sweet Winemaker of the Year award. In 2019, he was awarded 1 Trophy, 2 Golds, 4 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals.
Hans was reclaimed his crown after also being awarded in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
If you have never heard of the winery, it’s probably because owner and passionate winemaker Hans Tschida shuns the limelight, and prefers to stay at home and tend to his 40 hectares of vineyards in the quaint winemaking town of Illmitz on the right bank of Neusiedlersee. It is a place that seems to have been created to produce great sweet wines, with foggy autumn mornings giving way to dry sunny afternoons, producing perfect conditions for the development of Botrytis. The range of wines begins with lightly Botrytised Spätlese to the rich and luscious delights of Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA).
🍇 25% Chardonnay, 25% Traminer, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Welschriesling
Bright golden yellow, light exotic fruits, white flowers, pineapples, yellow apples, very fine integrated sweetness on the palate well balance with supportive acidity, final crispy and clear.
🍽 Pairs great with pies, asian cuisine with sweet & spicy sauces, strudel and dumplings
Retail Price: S$ 46.00
🍇 100% Sämling
Significant concentration, candied peaches, orange peel, lemon balm and ground pepper, clear impressions of tropical fruit on the palate, powerful with fine acidity and powerful in the long finish.
🍽 Pairs great with thai cuisine with spicy notes, apple crumble & fruity desserts
Retail Price: S$ 54.00
🍇 100% Muskat Ottonel
Tropic notes like mango, a tropical firework; acidity is present, clear as crystal to drink, very good length.
🍽 Pairs great rich desserts, puddings
Retail Price: S$ 83.00