Coles’ $6 wine bags award
The St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 recently won at the prestigious Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC).
The wine is exclusively sold by Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars.
Head of wine sourcing Bob Paulinski said Liquorland was thrilled with the latest accolades for the chain’s portfolio of exclusive wines.
“We’ve worked really hard with our winemaking suppliers for years to create a portfolio of amazing quality wines that over-deliver for our customers,” he said. “A win like this shows that our exclusive wine brands can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the market, and is a testament to the incredible work our suppliers do in making these wines.”
The panel of expert judges at the MIWC were unanimous in rating the award-winning wine as worthy of a gold medal – a rare consensus on quality that is marked by the award of ‘double gold’ status.
Only 15 other wines were ranked as double gold from more than 1,100 tasted during the competition, including a wine exclusive to Vintage Cellars, the $12.99 Fabulist Pinot Noir 2016, which took home a double gold in the Australian Pinot Noir $30 and under category.
Liquorland exclusive wines won a further eight medals at the show, including one gold, two silver and five bronze medals. The medals follow a major victory for Liquorland’s exclusive wines when the Big & Bold Shiraz 2015 was in November named the best wine in Australia or New Zealand under $20 by influential wine industry magazine, Winestate.
Over the past 18 months Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars have won more than 80 medals for exclusive liquor products, including 17 gold medals.