Hidden Bench cleans up at Decanter awards

Hidden Bench Vineyards won six medals at the prestigious 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards held in London, England, according to a press released issued by the winery on Tuesday, May 18.
Owner Harald Thiel commented, “we are very excited that our wines are receiving great international recognition due to our meticulous precision viticulture practices, coupled with our team’s uncompromising attention to detail which has permitted us to establish Hidden Bench as one of Canada’s premium wine producers. We are very pleased and honoured to be the recipient of these awards which showcase the terroir of Niagara’s Beamsville Bench on the world stage.”
Hidden Bench submitted only six wines to the wine competition dubbed by  London wine writer and educator Tom Stevenson as “the ultimate terroir wine competition” with over 10,900 entries and won the following six awards:
2007 La Brunante: Gold and Regional Trophy “Canada Red over 10£”
2008 Nuit Blanche – White Meritage, Rosomel Vineyard: Silver
2007 Locust Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir: Silver
2007 Terroir Caché – Red Meritage: Silver
2008 Roman’s Block Riesling, Rosomel Vineyard: Bronze
2008 Estate Chardonnay: Bronze
Hidden Bench was established in 2004 by owner Harald Thiel and in its short history has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards for the quality of its wines.
Producing wine with fruit sourced solely from its three estate vineyards (Locust Lane, Rosomel and Felseck); Hidden Bench, situated on the Beamsville Bench, has quickly claimed its position as a small but powerful force in the Canadian wine industry. Producing just over 5,000 cases annually, Hidden Bench sells the vast majority of its limited production directly to consumers at the winery retail store and to select licensees in Ontario and Quebec.