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Budget-friendly riesling wins international award

Barossa’s Cat Amongst the Pigeons Eden Valley Riesling 2020 has received a Double Gold medal and trophy and been named ‘Best in Class’ in the Riesling category at the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC). 

SFIWC is the largest international wine show in the United States, where experts judge thousands of wines from around the world. The wine is currently on sale for $15 at BWS.

“To receive recognition on the international stage and at such a prestigious show is a great reward for the entire team,” said winemaker Richard Quodling.

In total, seven medals were awarded to Cat Amongst The Pigeons wines in SFIWC including a Gold for Cat Amongst The Pigeons Fat Cat Eden Valley Riesling ($29) and Cat Amongst The Pigeons Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon ($21).

This award continues a great run of wine show success for the Cat Amongst the Pigeon range, which have won 83 medals and trophies in 2020 alone. 

The wine was put forward by Pinnacle Drinks, the supplier arm of Endeavour Group which sources and supplies wines for the company’s retail brands including BWS and Dan Murphy’s.

In total, Pinnacle Drinks wines were awarded 31 medals awarded in SFIWC, and three of them were Double Golds: Cat Amongst the Pigeons Eden Valley Riesling 2020, Champagne Duperrey Brut 2012 and The Advocate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. The Double Gold is awarded to the very few entries that receive Gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel. 

The number of accolades resulted in Pinnacle Drinks also receiving a trophy for Best Portfolio of the Year, one of the top three awards of the entire show. 

“We are so proud of these results, as we are passionate about supplying customers with award-winning, high quality wines,” said Pinnacle Drinks Director Paul Walton. 

Cat Amongst the Pigeons Fat Cat Shiraz

In September, Cat Amongst the Pigeons Fat Cat Barossa Shiraz 2018 ($19.90) was awarded three trophies at the Barossa Wine Show, including Most Outstanding Barossa Wine.

The Cat Amongst the Pigeons range is available exclusively through BWS and Dan Murphy’s. It is currently on special at BWS for $15 per bottle when purchasing two bottles (normally $21 per bottle).

Australia triumphs at IWC

It was also announced last week that Pinnacle Drinks was also awarded two trophies for best South Australian Shiraz and Barossa Shiraz in the International Wine Challenge for its 2018 Krondorf Old Salem Barossa Shiraz.

Australia took home a swag of major trophies at the IWC. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 from Tasmania’s Coal River Valley won Champion White Wine.

The wine picked up five trophies: Champion White Wine 2020, International Chardonnay Trophy, Australian White Trophy, Australian Chardonnay Trophy and Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy.

It’s the first time a Tasmanian wine has collected the Champion White Trophy and the first time in seven years the Trophy has gone to an Australian producer.

Wolf Blass picked up the Len Evans Trophy for consistency over five years.

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