The Lerida Estate 2013 Shiraz Viognier has been awarded a trophy at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. The trophy follows the Gold medal that the wine was awarded last week at the same show.  The wine is now a contender for the Champion Trophy which will be presented at the lavish IWC Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 16 July 2015. The trophy winning wine has been described by the judges as a ‘benchmark wine’.

The IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Every wine is assessed blind and judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

The IWC trophy for this wine comes on top of the Gold medal and Chair of Judges Trophy the wine won at the 2014 Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show (Australia’s premier wine show) in November 2014.  This discretionary award is for what the Chair of Judges (in 2014, Jim Chatto) considers to be ‘an exceptional wine’.

The owner of Lerida Estate Jim Lumbers today described the wine’s success as “a win not only for Lerida Estate, but for the Canberra District wine region. What an international trophy confirms is that Canberra District fruit and its winemakers can make world-class wines. The trophy enhances the district’s already stellar reputation for making great wines.”

According to Anne Caine, co-owner of Lerida Estate, “While the Canberra District is known for Shiraz made from grapes grown in Murrumbateman, it is now clear that fruit grown on the slopes of the Cullerin Range overlooking Lake George can make not only make great Pinot Noir (Lerida Estate’s predominant variety) but in warmer years, like 2008, 2009 and 2013, also great Shiraz. Interestingly, Lerida Estate’s 2009 Shiraz Viognier also won a trophy at the 2012 IWC.”

Lerida Estate has been making wines since 2002 and in that time its wines have been awarded 12 Trophies and over 450 medals.