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Decanter WW Awards: Gold eludes India at the ‘Wine Olympics’

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:45

Decanter WW Awards: Gold eludes India at the ‘Wine Olympics’

June 26: India has managed a sole silver medal for Sula’s ‘Jewels of Nasik’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013 whereas Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2013 managed a Bronze with Krsma Winery winning a Bronze each for their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc-both 2013, at the Decanter World Wine Awards often dubbed as the Olympics of wine competitions, with a record 15,007 entries, writes Subhash Arora

‘Jewels of Nasik’ is a label owned by Marks and Spencer and promoted jointly with Sula, with M & S having exclusive arrangement with Sula for the production and has the exclusive marketing rights. (For the launch article in delWine, click HERE) Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has been the ‘Recommended Wine’ and on the Editor’s Choice list for several weeks. It is currently one of the best value-for-money white wines in India, according to delWine. See details:

Krsma Chardonnay 2013 is one of the wines showcased by Krishna and his wife Uma Chigurupati, owners of Krsma Winery in Karnataka in the yet unrecognized appellation of Hampy Hills. At the invitation of Subhash Arora they had participated at the annual World Wine Symposium held in November last year at Villa d’Este. Tasted by peers and world-class journalists, the Chardonnay was well liked by everyone for its clean, concentrated, fruity and expressive flavours, along with their flagship wine Cabernet Sauvignon.

The prestigious (but not ultimate) ‘Gold’ has been still elusive but the competition reflects the steady improvement in the quality of Indian wines. Earlier, Indian entries could bag only ‘Commendation Certificates’ and no medals but in recent years medals have been won -even though Bronzes have been more common in coming, so far. For a report on the 2008 Awards, please visit:

Even last year (2013) was not very fertile for India with only Fratelli in Akluj Maharashtra managing a Commendation Certificate for its dry Chenin Blanc 2012.

In 2012, Zampa Shiraz Reserve 2011 had won a Bronze with Fratelli managing a Certificate of Commendation for Chardonnay.

After being edged out last year, French producers have reasserted their authority on the wine world by winning several coveted trophies. “Like with agricultural products it’s not just a reflection of the wine industry but what the vintage was like, so you can’t expect one country to be top of the tops every year,” says Sarah Kemp, publishing Director of Decanter. “The French did come back this year but the big surprises were winners from Switzerland for the first time and Canada. But everybody has dodgy vintages — even Bordeaux over recent years,’ she said.

It was the most spread year, very evenly spread in terms of winners and no one country dominated, with South Africa, Canada, the US and British supermarket chains also scoring notable successes.

However, Steven Spurrier, Decanter consultant editor and chair of DWWA said last night at a dinner attended by 200 people at Central London where the International trophies were announced, ‘This shows the constant re-invention and therefore re-evaluation of France, whose staying power is now unquestioned.'

Trophy winners constituted only 0.22% of the 15,007 wines entered. A total of 10,455 medals were awarded. This included 125 Regional Trophies, 454 Gold, 2003 Silver, 4378 Bronze and 3620 Commended. There were 224 judges from around the world, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers.

Decanter World Wine Award (DWWA) was founded in 2004 and in 11 years has been on a sprinting spree with a spectacular performance both in terms of professionalism, quality of the competition and the ever-increasing number of entries.

For the overall results of DWWA 2014 click

Subhash Arora

Tags: Jewels of Nasik, Sula, Krsma, Decanter World Wine Awards, Marks and Spencer, Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Krsma Chardonnay 2013, Sarah Kemp, Decanter, Steven Spurrier, DWWA



Vinod Bahl Says:

Sula Sv. Blanc 2013 getting the Silver does not surprise me at all. In my , mails exchange with the ' Sommelier India ' and you I did happen to mention about this wine,after having tasted it at The Imperial in early this year. India , seems to have the right climate for this grape Variety. Even Four Seasons at Baramati, is also, very good. Hats off to Rajiv Samant.

Posted @ July 03, 2014 10:60


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