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Freixenet Group shines at the 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wines World Championships

    2015 Gold and Silver Medal Winners

Freixenet Group has taken out the trophy for Best Spanish Sparkling Wine, 5 Best in Class Awards and 13 Gold & Silver Medals at the 2015 Champagne and Sparkling World Wine Championships.

Of the 763 wines judged, just 11 (1.4%) were recognized as National Champions in the CSWWC awards dinner held on 2nd September in London.

Spanish wines received 21 Medals and 9 Best in Class Awards. Of these awards to Spanish wines, Freixenet Group scored 13 Medals, 5 Best in Class Awards as well as the Best Sparkling Spanish Wine.

Awarded wines available in Australia are:
  • Segura Viduas Gran Cuvee Brut (Best Cava NV Blend)
  • Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut (Silver Medal)
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut (Silver Medal)
  • Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Brut (Silver Medal)
Freixenet Welcomes Australian Brand Ambassador
- Miguel Maestre

Freixenet Wines, Australia proudly announces a partnership with Chef, Miguel Maestre. The glove could not fit more perfectly - with one of the world's best-selling Sparkling Wine and Maestre both hailing from Spain and now coming together in Australia to explore the synergies between Spanish styled food and wine.

Maestre first began cooking at 21, when he moved to Scotland and worked his way up through the ranks at Indigo Yard, Montpelier's Partnership (the biggest monopoly of restaurants in Edinburgh). Miguel moved to Australia in 2004 and working at Bather's Pavilion, Bel Mondo and Cru, before taking up a position at Minus 5. In 2010, Miguel opened his first restaurant, El Toro Loco (The Crazy Bull). Miguel's co-hosting role on TEN's The Living Room has catapulted him into the world of Celebrity Chef. His big personality and passion for food and cooking are infectious.

Speaking on the partnership, Freixenet Australia's CEO, Diego Jimenez commented, "We are delighted to join forces with Miguel in promoting the fabulous flavours of Spain here in Australia. Miguel's passion for authentic cuisine and his great appeal to food and wine lovers will allow us to showcase Freixenet wines to an even wider audience. We are very excited about the year ahead!"

Miguel Maestre
Freixenet Cordon Rosado NV

Freixenet, the world's biggest producer of method traditionelle sparkling wines, produces a value, for-money rose with a tonne of personality.
It comes in a vibrant cherry red; the nose is raspberry, cherry and woody spices. The palate is full-flavoured and freshened with brisk acidity to finish.

Jeni Port, The Sunday Age, 25th September 2011
Freixenet Cordon Negro

Want to explore a bit beyond the usual fizz parameters?
Cordon Negro is a blend of three white Spanish grape varieties - macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada which are bottle fermented and offer a little char and a smoky, minerally texture with grapefruity zing and zest as well as a crisp and still succulent aperitif palate feel.
Hugely popular internationally.
4 Stars.

Tony Love, Courier Mail, 28th December 2010
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut NV

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is the biggest selling sparkling wine in the world ... or something like that. It comes in a theatrical matt black bottle - you can't see the contents. Nothing wrong with a bit of mystery/drama.
Decent fizz. It tastes of cider apples and aldehyde, nectarine and brass. It's very fresh and clean, has a briney aftertaste and ... maintains a sense of character. It's short on the finish, but otherwise it's not bad at all.
Rated: 85 Points
Drink: 2010 - 2011

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthy, 27th September 2010
Freixenet Cordon Negro

Spain - 12% - $17
87 points
Forget about chardy and pinot and replace with the varieties parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo, indigenous Spanish varieties that bring some genuine character to the fore, a bit of gunflint and smoke, shed oils and lots of oomph at the front end. A different style that is worth a look.

Adelaide Advertiser, Wednesday 9 December 2009
Freixenet Cordon Negro

Forget about chardy and pinot and replace with the varieties parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo, indigenous Spanish varieties that bring some genuine character to the fore, a bit of gunflint and smoke, shed oils and lots of oomph at the front end. A different style that is worth a look.

Herald Sun – Melbourne, Tuesday 8 December 2009
Martin Scorsese short film

How big is Spanish wine producer Freixenet? The world's largest producer of methode traditionelle sparkling wines (cava) is big enough and important enough for film director Martin Scorsese to make a short (and excellent!) film based on one of its sparkling wines.

See it on

The Age, Epicure, Tuesday 6 October 2009
Freixenet and Fine Wine Partners

Freixenet Australasia is delighted to announce that from 1st October 2009, Fine Wine Partners will distribute Spain’s iconic sparklings, Freixenet Cordon Negro and Freixenet Cordon Rosado.

Freixenet’s move to Fine Wine Partners from Bacardi Lion is part of a strategic decision by the Freixenet and Wingara Wine Group to have the Freixenet and Katnook portfolios distributed by one organisation.

The highly recognisable black and gold bottles have recently been updated with sleek and sophisticated packaging reflecting the high quality methode traditionelle sparkling wines the brand has gained worldwide recognition for.

“Being a Family company, Freixenet has always been known for having long lasting relationships with distributors. So we knew we had to find the right one in Australia because our goal is to develop the brand and having a relationship for many years. FWP ticked all the boxes. There is commitment towards the brand, knowledge of the wine business and passion for what they do. Moving to FWP is the right decision and we know our brand is well represented in Australia.” says Diego Jimenez, Freixenet CEO.

For stockist details phone: 1300 668 712.
Freixenet NV Cordon Rosado

Spain’s biggest bubbly maker has joined the rose rush with this lively drop with strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose and palate and a crisp finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, with Asian dishes or seafood.

Try Dan Murphy’s, 1st Choice, Vintage Cellars and other fine wine merchants.

Rating: 89

Courier Mail, Foreign affair, 30 September 2008
When you're looking to impress, pop open a bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut - the world's number-one-selling sparkling wine. Made from Spanish grapes and aged for up to 18 months, Freixenet is a Spanish sparkling wine made using traditional fermentation technique. Its fresh, dry taste is suited to most salads and barbecued seafood.

Serve it well chilled for best flavour.

Australian Good Taste Magazine, Time to Sparkle, March 2008

Freixenet Cordon Negro

The biggest-selling bubbly in the world. A bottle-fermented blend of Macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada that is easily approached. This is packed with citrus pith and subtle florals, has plenty of fresh, crunchy acid and a dry finish.

Freixenet Cordon Rosado

Almost Rhone-like in composition, with garnacha (grenache) and (monastrell) mourvedre joining trepat in the blend. Bottle-fermented and aged on lees for 18 months, it's a softly savoury style with aromas of smoke and flint pairing with rosehip and cherry.

Gourmet Traveller Wine, Cavas Up, December January 2008
It came as a complete surprise to me to learn that the Spanish create more of the Spanish sparkling wine Cordon Negro than all the sparkling wine, including traditional Champagne, produced in France. A lot of that can be attributed to the infamous Cava in the trademark black bottle from the house of Freixenet. This Spanish sparkling is aged for the minium nine months as stipulated by Spanish law. For such a consistent, mass produced product which is shipped such a great distance, this wine offers consumers outstanding value.

Freixenet is the world's highest selling sparkling wine. The taste is a fresh and fruity blend of Macabeo grapes , which give the wine a delicate, fruity aroma. Xarel-lo grapes contribute to the strength and acidity and Parellada grapes add a distinctive floral aroma.

Australian Bartender Magazine, Festival Fizz, December 2007
Freixenet scored 87 points - Best Buys of 2007 Category.

Wine Enthusiast
Cava is Spain's sparkling wine. Quality varies enormously and sometimes you have to wonder why people choose them above Australian sparklers, but this example is a good wine at a good price. It has aromas of herbs, apple and a whisper of aniseed, followed by a smooth palate kept fresh by a tangy acid balance.

Ageing? Drink now.
Food ideas: Tapas.

Ben Canaider, The Age, Freixenet Cordon Negro (Non Vintage)
Freixenet Brut Cordon Negro Cava NV
Upfront flavours, although there is a slightly raw note, giving it an interesting wild character. A minerally touch and a pleasant soft finish. Perhaps Spain's best known wine.

Rating 87.

Ken Gargett, The Courier Mail, 2007

Pronounced fresh-annette, this is the world's No. 1 sparkling wine. But, for once, popular does not mean pedestrian. This bubbly has plenty of personality. There's an exotic whiff of the old world, bubble and mousse are spot-on and it treads a commercial but credible line between too dry and too sweet.

Greg Duncan Powell, Sydney Morning Herald, Freixenet Cordon Negro, 4 November 2006
Freixenet Cordon Brut Rose

Made from indigenous Spanish grapes - trepat, garnacha and monastrell - this sparkling wine has aromas of summer berries. It's dry, fresh and textured. Serve it with seafood pasta.
Sally Gudgeon, Sun Herald Sunday Life, 10 September 2006

Global Product Awards
International Winery of the Year, Wine & Spirits, USA, 2003/04
Cordon Negro, Silver, International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK, 2007
Cordon Negro, Bronze, International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK, 2006
Cordon Negro, Silver, Ottawa Wine and Food Show, Canada, 2006
Cordon Negro, Bronze, Decanter World Wine Awards, USA, 2004
Cordon Negro, Silver, Vinoforum, Eslovaquia, 2001
Cordon Negro, Bronze, The Dallas Morning Hews, USA, 2001
Cordon Negro, Bronze, Concours International des Vins, Suiza, 2000
Cordon Negro, Silver, Vinagora, Hungry, 1998
Cordon Negro, Silver, Vinovita, Croatia, 1998
Cordon Negro, Silver, Selections Modiales Montrea, Canada, 1998
Cordon Negro, Bronze, The World Wine Championships, USA, 1997
Cordon Negro, Bronze, Asia Pacific Wine Challenge, Hong Kong, 1997
Cordon Negro, De oro, Expofood, Italy, 1997
Cordon Negro, De oro, Vinoforum, Slovakia, 1997
Brut Rose, Bronze, International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK, 2006
Brut Rose, Bronze, Japan Wine Challenge, Japan, 2006
Brut Rose, Bronze, International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK, 2000
Brut Rose, De plata, Concours International des Vins, Suiza, 2000
Brut Rose, De plata, Intervin International, Canada, 2000
Brut Rose, Bronze, Shanghai International Wine Challenge, Hong Kong, 1998
Brut Rose, De plata, The World Wine Championships, USA, 1997
 Cava, a taste for moderation
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