Victoria Heights Chardonnay of Gozo achieves podium place in France
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A silver medal has been won for the 2017 vintage of the Victoria Heights Chardonnay, D.O.K. Gozo, superior.
The medal was achieved at the 25th edition of the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde wine competition governed by the Forum Oenologie.
Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker crafts this award-winning wine, which was its only entry and the only Maltese wine to win this year.
The company in a statement today said that this year’s silver-medal winning Gozitan Chardonnay by Delicata vied for the wine judges’ appreciation amidst 679 wine samples from 39 countries.
After three days of judging in March, the expert panels – who taste unaware of the wines’ identities – awarded 226 wines.
Delicata said that the 2017 unoaked Victoria Heights Chardonnay, grown in calcareous soils and made from hand-picked grapes from pocket-sized vineyards in Gozo. The wine is vegan-friendly and sold in a returnable eco-friendly glass bottle.
The winery has been successful before at this international event, amassing a total of 15 medals to date for their Chardonnay wines in the Victoria Heights (4), Grand Vin de Hauteville (6) and Gran Cavalier (5) ranges.
The Chardonnay du Monde is organised at the Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute at Saint Lager in the Burgundy wine region of France, the heartland of the Chardonnay grape variety.
Delicata said that the long-standing wine challenge is held between the best Chardonnays in the world. Highly regarded, the competition is to Chardonnay what the Wimbledon Championships is to tennis, Circuit de Monaco to formula one or FIFA World Cup to football.
It covers all wine styles, including Champagnes and other sparkling wines, made from the Chardonnay grape variety, from lighter, dry types from cool European winemaking regions to weightier, oaked examples from chief wine producing countries like Australia and California.
All the results are available here