Best supermarket own-brand wine revealed in blind taste test including £4 bottle from Morrisons

YOU can pick up award winning booze from just £4 from your local supermarket as the top bottles are revealed in a blind taste test.

The winners of this year’s International Wine Challenge competition have been announced and stores like Morrisons and Tesco selling winning tipples.

Aldi’s £10 made “the magnificent seven” and Morrisons £4 wine was the best white under £8

Thousands of wines from over 50 countries were judged by a panel of international experts in a blind taste test that was run last month.

The best wines have been awarded medals to help consumers make the best choice when shopping.

The competition is in its 38th year and this year UK supermarkets won 591 medals overall, and 430 of them were for own-label wines.

Morrisons alone won 109 of those in total, and Tesco won 108.

Helen McGinn, co-chair of the International Wine Challenge said: “An International Wine Challenge medal sticker helps consumers navigate the wide range of wines available on supermarket shelves in the UK.

“It gives them confidence to make informed wine choices every time they buy.”

International Wine Challenge Great Value Awards 2021

UK supermarkets dominated the great value chart proving you don’t have to splash out for a great tasting wine. Here are the results

  • White under £8: Morrisons Soave 2020 
  • White between £8 and £12: Paul Mas Réserve Languedoc Blanc 2020 – Waitrose
  • White under £15: Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2019 -Majestic
  • Rosé under £8: Pierrick Harang Wine, Le Rosé de Balthazar 2020 -Waitrose
  • Rosé between £8 and £12: Maison Mirabeau, Pure 2020 – Waitrose
  • Rosé Under £15: Les Domaines Paul Mas, Jardin de Roses 2020 -Waitrose
  • Red under £9: Côtes du Rhône Plan de Dieu 2019 – Asda
  • Red between £9 and £13: Bodega Norton, Winemakers Reserve Malbec 2019 – Waitrose
  • Red Under £15: C.V.N.E, Maruxa Mencia 2019 – Majestic
  • Sparkling under £12: Waitrose & Partners No.1 Castillo Peralada Cava Brut 2018 
  • Sparkling between £12 and £20: Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV 
  • Sparkling between £12 and £20: Louis Vertay Brut Champagne NV – M&S
  • Sweet under £8: Morrisons The Best Botrytis Semillon 2017 
  • Sweet under £8: Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon 2017
  • Fortified between £8 and £12: Waitrose & Partners Nº1 Fino del Puerto Don Luis NV 
  • Fortified Under £15: Graham’s LBV 2015 – Asda or Morrisons
  • Fortified Under £15: Waitrose & Partners No.1 Reserve Tawny Port NV 

One category was dubbed “the magnificent seven”, which showcased all the supermarket gold medal winners.

This included Aldi’s “Pinot Vigilante Central Otago Pinot Noir” for £9.99 and Tesco’s “Tingleup Riesling” which was only £9.

Morrisons also won a gold medal in this category for its “Best Amarone” which was £16 when it was judged in the competition, but you can now buy it for only £14.

Waitrose was also awarded the only gold medal for an own-label sherry with its “Nº1 Fino del Puerto Don Luis”. 

The wine contest also featured a category highlighting great value award winners where Morrison’s £4.25 “Soave” topped the chart as the best “white wine under £8”.

The Magnificent Seven: Supermarket Gold Medal Winners

  • Tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling 2020, £9.00 – Tesco 
  • Paul Mas Réserve Languedoc Blanc 2020, £9.39 – Waitrose 
  • Pinot Vigilante Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019, £9.99 – Aldi 
  • Morrisons The Best Amarone 2017, £16 – Morrisons 
  • Tesco Finest Margaux 2015, £22 – Tesco 
  • Waitrose & Partners Nº1 Fino del Puerto Don Luis, £11.99 – Waitrose 
  • Fletchers 40 Year Old Tawny Port, £34.99 – Aldi 

Morrisons’ £7.25 “The Best Botrytis Semillon” also won the “sweet under £8” award.

But the “Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon” also placed at the top in this category too, £1.25 cheaper than Morrisons’ with its £6 wine.

Another Tesco winner was the “Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne” which won the “sparkling between £12 and £20” category for the supermarket’s £18 entry.

Oz Clarke, a co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge said: “It’s been incredible to witness the progress Great Britain has been making on the world stage for its wine, especially the sparkling wines from southern England.”

Following this competition, the “International Wine Challenge champions 2021 winners”, which are selected following a re-tasting of all trophy-winning wines, will be revealed at the end of June.

Tesco beat rivals to win best sausages in Good Housekeeping BBQ taste test ahead of this summer.

Sainsbury’s launched a deal last month where you could get 25% off the price of all sorts of wine and champagne.

If you still need to stock up your drinks cabinet then Amazon is offering some great deals on alcoholic drinks, including Aperol and Jack Daniels.

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