Delicata on the podium

Three Gold medals have been awarded to three Delicata red wines at the 2015 Emozioni dal Mondo Merlot e Cabernet Insieme international wine competition held in Bergamo.

The Gold medals were awarded to the 2014 Gran Cavalier barrel matured Merlot D.O.K. Superior Malta, the 2014 Grand Vin de Hauteville Cabernet Sauvignon D.O.K. Superior Malta and the 2014 Classic Collection Marenzio Merlot I.G.T. Maltese Islands. The 2014 Gran Cavalier Merlot was also awarded the Premio Della Stampa (press prize), a special award commended by a select commission of wine journalists to the highest scoring wine from each country, with a score of at least 85/100.

Earlier this year Delicata, the 4th generation family run winemaking company, achieved a noteworthy milestone in its long history, by being awarded over 100 International wine awards (1995 – 2015). These latest Gold medals now bring Delicata’s total international wine award count up to an impressive 110 awards. Twenty-six of these awards (6 Gold, 2 Silver, 9 Bronze, 8 Commendations and a Press award) were won in the last two years, all under the direct stewardship of Matthew Delicata, the company’s winemaker.

The international judging panels for the wines at the Emozioni dal Mondo Merlot e Cabernet Insieme were composed of special commissions of no less than five members – made up by oenologists, oenotechnicians, sensorialists, professional tasters and oenogastronomic journalists, coming from 24 different countries. According to OIV regulations only 30% of the samples submitted can be awarded a medal and to win a Gold medal the wines must be awarded between 85 to 100 points. Wines from 17 different winemaking countries participated in this year’s competition.

This international competition only judges wines made from the three red grape varieties, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The three Gold medals, won by Delicata Cabernet and Merlot wines, were awarded alongside other awards won by prestigious wine producers, fromTuscany, Chile and Bordeaux.,

This year’s competition was organised by the Vignaioli Bergamaschi S.C.A. with the sponsorship of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) and the authorisation of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, with the scientific collaboration of the Interuniversity Centre for Winegrowing and Enology of Verona, the Degree in Winemaking and Enology from the University of Udine, the Winegrowing Institute of the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza and the Wine tasters study centre.

Delicata is Malta’s most awarded winery. The complete list of the 110 awards and the wines accredited can be viewed on : or

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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