Milmanda also joins the list of winners with a Gold Medal 


Torres, Ireland’s favourite Spanish wine brand (Nielsen) and three-time World’s Most Admired Wine Brand (Drinks International) had much to celebrate recently following the recent release of the International Wine Challenge 2017 award winners.


Mas La Plana 2012 and Perpetual 2014, two of the Torres family’s flagship wines, received top honours at the IWC by winning three trophies between them, the highest accolades given at the prestigious awards.


The famous Mas La Plana took home two of these trophies: one for best varietal wine (International Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy) and another for best regional wine (Penedès Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy), while Perpetual was voted the best Priorat red (Priorat Red Trophy).


Milmanda, the Torres family’s flagship Chardonnay, joined the prestigious line-up with a Gold Medal, with the IWC judges commenting that it is,“A smashing example of quality Spanish Chardonnay with beautifully integrated oak complemented by white peach notes. Lush texture finishing on nectarine and apricot and a delicious hint of refreshing lime.”


Mas La Plana originates from the 29-hectare vineyard of the same name in the heartland of the Penedès. In awarding Mas La Plana its trophies, the IWC judges commented that the wine was, “An impressive example of Cabernet Sauvignon with bright blackcurrant fruit, minty notes and finely integrated oak. Generously fruited and balanced, with ripe and smooth tannins.”


The same judges described Perpetual, an old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha grown on steep slopes of llicorella slate, as “a mouth-filling and generous example of Priorat, with deep dark fruits and notes of chocolate and nutmeg.”


Both wines had already won trophies at previous editions of the International Wine Challenge.


The International Wine Challenge awarded gold medals to 72 wines from various Spanish appellations of origin, 22 of which also went on to win trophies. Over 15,000 wines representing every wine region participated in the competition. A panel of judges of more than 300 international experts, including Masters of Wine, sommeliers, distributors, enologists and wine writers, conducted blind tastings to evaluate the qualities of each wine.