Fanagoria Hits New Record at Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

Fanagoria Estate Winery has won six awards of DWWA, “the world's largest and most influential wine competition.” The best score was given to A Hundred Shades of Red. Saperavi 2016, the Winery’s best acknowledged wine, which was given 95 points out of 100.

This was the highest score among the 35 Russian wines from 5 wineries awarded at the contest. In 2017, the same brand of 2015 vintage had become the first Russian wine to be awarded a platinum medal with a 95/100 score.

The list of Fanagoria’s prizewinning wines also includes:

Fanagoria White Brut 2014 (méthode classique; a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend) – silver, 93 points;

Fanagoria White Brut 2016 (méthode classique; a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend) – silver, 90 points;

Cru Lermont Saperavi 2017 – silver, 91 points;

A Hundred Shades of White Chardonnay 2017 – bronze, 89 points;

Cru Lermont Pinot Noir 2017 – bronze, 87 points.

Over 28 consecutive days in August, 116 of the world’s top wine experts, including 37 Masters of Wine and nine Master Sommeliers, blind tasted 16,518 wines under strict Covid safety guidelines, resulting in 50 Best in Show, 178 Platinum, 537 Gold, 5,234 Silver and 7,508 Bronze medals.

“I believe that our achievements in such international competitions as Decanter let us ascertain two important factors, at least. The first is that the terroirs of the Taman peninsula are not inferior to many globally acknowledged grand terroirs. The other factor confirms that large wineries are capable of crafting not just good but grand wines – all owing to their terroirs, use of state-of-the-art technologies, but what is most important – the labour of their big professionals – viticulturists and winemakers who really love their work,” Fanagoria CEO Petr Romanishin said. “The London competition is known for its tough and uncompromising demands to the quality of the presented samples. Three years ago, our Saperavi 2015 was given 95 points; this year, the same brand but the 2016 vintage was given 96 points. It proves not just high quality of our best wines crafted from indigenous Caucasian grape varieties, but also – which is maybe even more important – the consistency of our quality.”

The rigidness of the demands may also be proved by the fact that the wines that got 90 to 94 points were given only a silver award; gold medals were given to the wines that received 95–96 points; whereas many wine contests give gold medals to wines that got 90+ points.

Alexander Beryozov, Fanagoria Sparkling Winemaker and the author of Decanter’s three silver medalists, says: “We dared to give two wines of the same brand – which means the same varietal composition – but different vintages: Fanagoria Bruts vintages 2014 and 2016. And we got two silver awards, which is a proof the consistency of the quality as well as the maturation potential of our best sparkling wines.”

The other three medals were given to Fanagoria’s Cru Lermont wines (once again Saperavi and Pinot Noir) and A Hundred Shades of White Chardonnay.

It is noteworthy that the London competition became Fanagoria’s second big success at the international tasting arena in 2020. Earlier the results of the AWC competition, Vienna were announced, where Fanagoria got four awards: a gold medal for Muscat Ottonel Brut 2019, and silver medals for Cru Lermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Cru Lermont Chardonnay 2018 and A Hundred Shades of Red. Saperavi 2016 (the latter further became a champion of the contest in London).

Commenting the results of the tasting competitions, Mr. Romanishin stressed that the results of the contests held in London and Vienna demonstrated that Fanagoria is able to make highest-class white, red and sparkling wines.

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