Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc takes home Best in Show medal at world's most prestigious wine competition, Decanter World Wine Awards
BEAMSVILLE, ON, July 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Bordeaux, Burgundy and now Beamsville, Ontario can be counted among the very best wine regions in the world. Beamsville Bench's very own Thirty Bench Wine Makers takes home the top prize for the winery's 2015 Small Lot Cabernet Franc with the Best in Show medal and a score of 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), the world's largest and most prestigious wine competition. Over 16,000 wines from more than 60 countries are blind tasted and scored by the competition's renowned judges. Thirty Bench is the only Canadian winery to be awarded Best in Show, the top prize, at the 2018 competition and the first-ever Canadian winery to win the Cabernet Franc varietal class. Thirty Bench Wine Maker's 2015 Steel-Post Riesling was also judged at the competition and earned a score of 97 points.
The 15th edition of the DWWA took place over the course of one week in London, England with 275 international experts, including 59 Masters of Wine and 25 Master Sommeliers from 33 countries assessing the entries. According to Decanter Magazine: "wines at the DWWA are given an enormous amount of consideration and thoughtfulness. Among all wine competitions in the world, this is the competition producers want to be part of. It was clear to the panel of judges that the Cabernet Franc from Thirty Bench Wines was the best in its varietal class and is evidence that wine lovers should be taking note of what is happening in Canada."
"The recognition from the international wine community demonstrates our commitment to producing premium wines grown exclusively within the Beamsville Bench appellation," says Emma Garner, winemaker, Thirty Bench. "It's an honour for our Cabernet Franc – which is hand-picked and organically farmed – to be recognized by such accomplished judges as one of the best wines in the world."
For this small lot wine, each vine was custom grown, hand cropped and thinned to produce a very low yield with incredible quality. The wine was made in small batches, reinforcing Thirty Bench's belief that less is more. Full-bodied and firm with notes of ripe black cherry, dark plum and black currant, the 2015 Small Lot Cabernet Franc retails for $75.00 and is available for purchase at Thirty Bench Winemakers in Beamsville, Ontario or by contacting the winery at 905-563-1698. From June 21st – October 15th, you can also experience the wines of Thirty Bench at a 'Thirty Bench: Off the Bench' – a temporary tasting bar at Trius Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario.
About Thirty Bench
Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown on estate vineyards in the Beamsville Bench appellation, a superior winegrowing region on the Niagara Peninsula. At Thirty Bench, the winemaking team focuses on what the vineyard does best, growing Riesling and classic red varietals on vines managed for low yield and maximum fruit intensity. Wines are carefully crafted by a skilled winemaker in small lots, ensuring every single bottle of Thirty Bench wine boasts exceptional quality and flavour. For more information please visit www.thirtybench.com
About the Decanter World Wine Awards
Launched in 2004, the Decanter World Wine Awards is the world's largest wine competition. The 2018 edition saw a panel of 275 judges from 33 countries, including 59 Masters of Wine and 25 Master Sommeliers, judge a total of 16,903 wines submitted from 61 countries. This year a new system to award top medalists was introduced – Platinum and Best in Show. Gold medal-winning wines are re-categorized by grape or style and re-tasted by a panel of Regional and Co-Chairs. The wines are judged according to their origin and the judges are aware of countries, regions, sub-regions, grapes, vintages and price bands. The winners are awarded Platinum medals. Those with a price band below £15 are awarded a Best Value Platinum medal. In a separate tasting, the 4 Co-Chairs of the judging panel select the Best in Show from the Platinum winners, and are aware of origins, grape varieties, vintage and price. Full details on the judging process can be found on Decanter.com.
SOURCE Thirty Bench Wine Makers
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