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Liberty Wines awarded ‘Merchant of the Year’ at SWA 2016

03 May 2016

Liberty Wines awarded ‘Merchant of the Year’ at SWA 2016

We are delighted to have been named ‘Merchant of the Year’ at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards.

The recipient of the SWA’s top merchant trophy is based on both the number and spread of their medal-winning wines in the competition, bearing in mind the needs of the on-trade. With 27 Golds awarded from Australia, Canada, England, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the USA, the SWA judges felt this to be a fitting award:

“This year’s top award goes to Liberty Wines, who showed a brilliant spread of awards across the entire world of wine, with a nice mix of value for money and showcase wines, plus Golds in most of the on-trade’s must-stock regions and styles. If all you were to do was to put together your wine list from Liberty’s winning selection...you would have a really good wine list.”

SWA Gold & Food Match Trophy:

Château de Chambert Cahors Malbec 2010, South West France
“Impact and versatility won not only Gold but a share in the Pulled Pork Food Match Trophy for this characterful Cahors…Sweet, purple fruits offer dense, layered tannins and a long finish.”

SWA Golds:

Sparkling
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Champagne, France
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV, Champagne, France
Devaux Ultra D NV, Champagne, France
Hattingley Valley Rosé 2013, Hampshire, England

White
A Mano Bianco 2015, Puglia, Italy
Cantina di Monteforte Soave Classico Superiore DOCG `Vigneto Montegrande` 2014, Veneto, Italy
Cantine Belisario Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Cambrugiano 2012, Marche, Italy
Cazes Le Canon du Maréchal, Muscat/Viognier 2013, Roussillon, France
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015, Victoria, Australia
Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2014, Paarl, South Africa
Isole e Olena Collezione Privata Chardonnay 2014, Tuscany, Italy
Kim Crawford `Spitfire` SP Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015, New Zealand
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2014, California, USA
Villa Baulieu Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Blanc 2012, Provence, France

Red
Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Rouge 2014, Burgundy, France
Chateau Larose Perganson Haut-Médoc 2010, Bordeaux, France
De Loach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014, California, USA
Delta Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014, New Zealand
GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2013, Piemonte, Italy
La Croix de Saint Jean Minervois `Lo Mainatge` 2011, Languedoc, France
Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2013, Northern Rhone, France
Mitolo `The Angela`Shiraz 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany, Italy
Seghesio `Old Vine` Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012, California, USA

Sweet/Fortified
Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2014, Ontario, Canada
Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado NV, Jerez, Spain

Please visit the SWA website for the judges’ comments on our Gold and Silver medal-winning wines, as well as more information on the competition.