Asian Wine Review 2016 | English

THE REVIEW

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INSIDE THE REVIEW

Word from the Chairman Why Asia Matters How the AWR is Judged Rating System Judging Panel Asia’s Unique Varietals 2017 Submission Instructions

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THE AWARDS Top 12 Winery of the Year THE WINES CHINA Chateau Nine Peaks Grace Vineyard Ho Lan Soul Kanaan Winery Legacy Peak Li’s Winery Silver Heights The Wens

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20 21 22 23 24 26 27 29 32 35 30

INDONESIA Hatten Wines Sababay Winery

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THAILAND Alcidini Winery Granmonte

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40 42 46 48

PB Valley Silverlake

JAPAN Chateau Mercian Grace Winery Hasumi Farm & Winery INDIA Charosa Winery Four Seasons Wines

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62 65 67 69 71 73 75 76 79 81

Fratelli Wines Grover Zampa KRSMA Estates Myra Vineyards Pause Wines Reveilo Wines Soultree Wine Sula Vineyards

MYANMAR Aythaya Vineyard Red Mountain Estate

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WORD FROM THE CHAIRMAN

In 2016 it’s hard not to take Asian wines seriously. Over the last three years I’ve experienced hundreds of wines across the tasting bench at international competitions including wines from China, India, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Taiwan. In the short span of four years, the wines have dramatically improved in quality, as proven by the gold and silver medals awarded at elite competitions. Because of this I was compelled to give these wines a platform to be recognized annually in the Asian Wine Review. I am convinced that Asian wine firmly deserves its place at the dinner table. But what about the rest of the industry and our consumers?

From first hand discussion with industry counterparts it’s agreed that turning a blind eye to Asian production would be a mistake. Although traditionalists may scoff, Asian Wine is coming to a store near you, so being prepared to meet this supply and the emerging demand before your competitors is vital. Consumers are not yet fully confident to present Asian wines when entertaining. But much like the craft beer craze, the desire to taste more obscure wine is clearly evident. A fact that I am seeing first hand in the restaurants in Asia who have already listed Asian wines. This is seen not only from local residents and expat communities, but also in the millions of annual visitors to Asian destinations. Consumers are now seeing Thai, Chinese & Indonesian bottles creep onto wine lists, only to be quickly Instagramed, shared back home and given an immediate global audience. The days of Asian wine as a gimmick are over. Some of the infrastructure, such as French château replications in Chinese fields, may still scream kitsch. What truly matters is the undeniable Asian wine revolution happening inside the bottle. A wealth of talent combining formally trained local winemakers, alongside international winemakers in the region, are at the forefront of this change. Wines of Asia are no longer coming but are well and truly here . - Eddie McDougall Chairman of the Asian Wine Review

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WHY ASIA MATTERS

GERARD BASSET OBE, MS, MW, MBA

"Asian wines are becoming more relevant to the Asian wine drinker. I believe the Asian Wine Review will help winemakers benchmark their wines against each other and at the same time guide consumers making wiser choices in their wine selections." About Gerard Basset Gerard Basset is a former World Champion Sommelier and the only person to ever simultaneously hold the Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry and in 2013 was voted Decanter Man of the Year.

‘’I have been watching, with growing excitement, the emergence of a modern wine industry in Asia over the past 30 years. There are traditions dating back thousands of years in some countries, but the adoption of modern viticultural and winemaking practices is very new – and increasingly widespread, including countries in Southeast Asia with no winemaking traditions at all. There is lots to discover for the world’s wine adventurers and much excitement to be found in the increasing number of Asian wineries stunning judging panels worldwide with gold medal and trophy winning wines. The Asian Wine Review is a very important new tool to evaluate Asian wines and introduce them to a growing league of wine lovers worldwide wanting to find these new offerings.’’ DENIS GASTIN Author, Wine Writer & Wine Judge

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HOW THE AWR IS JUDGED 1. What wines were eligible for the 2016 review ?

More than 100 wines from 30 different Asian wineries were blind-tasted for the 1st edition of the Asian Wine Review. Wines must be produced in Asia from grapes grown in the same country as the winery. Wines that use imported grapes or are made from other fruits are not eligible. Wineries are able to submit as many wines, or as few, to the review as they choose. 2. Where did the wines for the AWR come from? Samples were submitted directly by the wineries. The wineries in this year’s edition are spread across six Asian nations: China, India, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar and Indonesia. 3. Who reviewed the AWR submissions? A tasting panel of 4 judges was chosen to blind taste the entire selection of AWR wines. The selection of this year’s panel took into account ensuring representation from an all round perspective of the wine industry. Leaders in the industry from on-premise, media, distribution and production are equally represented. Full details on the judging panel can be found on page 8. 4. Where did we review the wines? The tasting took place at a designated Hong Kong location under controlled conditions to eliminate bias. Wines were presented at optimum temperatures following careful storage, and judges were unaware of participating brands until after completion of all tasting. 5. Why a strictly blind tasting ? Asia as a whole already battles incorrect misconceptions of it’s wine offerings. The aim of the AWR is not to promote wines that spend the most on marketing. Instead we aim to assist consumers and fellow wine trade workers in confidently identifying the best wines produced in Asia. Therefore our judges adhere to blind tasting rules to uphold this value. Judges are only told the type of wine varietal and vintage. Winery names are not revealed, so that price nor the reputation of the winery has any influence on ratings and evaluation. 6. How were the wines tasted? The wines are ordered by variety with no visibility of brand or bottles. Review of the wines is conducted over a two day period with judges present in the same room. Judges are not aware of fellow panelists notes or ratings during the tasting and this is only communicated to them one month later.

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RATING SYSTEM

SCORE

RANKING

MEDAL

BEST (TROPHY)

96+

93 - 95

GOLD

SILVER

90 - 92

BRONZE

85 - 89

N/A

COMMERCIAL

< 85

Rating Values 96 - 100:

An extraordinary wine, deep and complex showing all the characteristics expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find and are the best products in their category. 93 - 95: An excellent wine with great complexity. Extremely well made and highly recommended. A superior character and style. 90 - 92: A very good wine with a marked degree of finesse and great flavor. Strong examples of their wine type. 85 - 89: Good wines that show winemaking talent. Great character without default. Most of the wines in this category are good value wines. < 85: Wines in this range are pleasant, straightforward wines that lack complexity, character, or depth. If inexpensive, they may be ideal for casual consumption.

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JUDGING PANEL

EDDIE MCDOUGALL Winemaker, Wine Judge & TV Personality Eddie McDougall is an award-winning winemaker, wine judge, columnist and host of the acclaimed 13-episode TV series The Flying Winemaker on Discovery Network’s TLC. In 2012, Eddie was named one of the Top 20 People Changing The Way We Eat and Drink by Time Out Hong Kong. In that same year, Eddie also established his first Hong Kong Wine Shop concept in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central District. His international, high-profile wine events have created a cult following, revolutionizing the way people drink and enjoy wine globally. In 2013, he was one of only 12 elite wine professionals selected for the Len Evans Tutorial, regarded as the world’s most esteemed wine judging program. Eddie has over a decade of winemaking experience with some of the most influential wineries in the New and Old World. His wines are served at some of the most awarded restaurants in Australia and across Asia.

YVONNE CHEUNG Director of Wine, Swire Hotels

Yvonne cultivated a unique ability to bridge her love of academic studies based in history, language and anthropology with her passion for the food and beverage industry. This was cemented after earning degrees from both. University of California Los Angeles and The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was after more than a decade of working in food and wine in California and New York that she dedicated herself to the wine programme at the award winning property, The Upper House, as Chef Sommelier, in 2010. Currently, she is the Director of Wine for Swire Hotels and Restaurants in Hong Kong and Greater China.

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JEREMY STOCKMAN General Manager, Watson’s Wine Watson’s Wine’s General Manager Jeremy Stockman started his career in the wine industry in 1989 in London after completing a degree in economics. Following on from this, Jeremy moved to Australia to work for Coles Liquor Group, holding several positions in the management of wine during his fifteen years there. In his marketing manager role, one of Jeremy’s highlights was having the opportunity to grow the Vintage Cellars fine wine stores chain into a national brand with a unique range from around the world. In 2010 Jeremy moved to Hong Kong and has been with Watson’s Wine since then. Jeremy holds a diploma in wine and has judged at many wine shows in Australia, New Zealand & Europe and has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2012.

RONNY LAU Author & Wine Critic

Ronny Lau has been an independent wine critic in Greater China since the 1980s. He is the chairman of Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Writers Association, and a member of Greater China Wine Critics Association. His regular wine & spirits columns are published in newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, mainland China and Malaysia. He is the author of 6 wine books: “In Love with Wine”, “Le Dialogue du Vin”, “Around the Wine World”, “All About Wine”, “It’s a Wine, Wine World”, “Drink Before Drunk” and the editor and author of “GCWCA Top 100 Wines 2013” and “Top 100 Wines.” He also released “Music & Wine - The Perfect Matching”, and “Red: A Music & Wine Party”, the innovative music and wine pairing CDs. He has been the co-chairman of “Shanghai International Wine Challenge” since 2011. He has also taken up winemaking and recently released the first ever Super Tuscan made by a Chinese winemaker.

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2016 SPONSORS

The Asian Wine Review is an essential part of the continued growth of the Asian wine industry. We would like to thank all the sponsors who partnered on the 2016 edition. Their commitment to the advancement of wine production in Asia plays a large role in the future of this exciting region.

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THE AWARDS

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TOP 12 IN SHOW RED

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Silver Heights, The Summit, CHINA Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, 2013, p. 27 BEST TROPHY The Wens, The Foothills, CHINA Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, p. 29 GOLD MEDAL The Wens, The Foothills, CHINA Cabernet Gernischt, 2013, p. 29 GOLD MEDAL Legacy Peak, CHINA Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, p. 24 GOLD MEDAL Chateau Mercian, Jyonohira, JAPAN Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, p. 52 GOLD MEDAL Chateau Mercian, Mariko Vineyard, JAPAN Syrah, 2012, p. 52 GOLD MEDAL

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SPARKLING, WHITE & SWEET

97 97 93 93 90 90

Charosa, INDIA Viognier, 2015, p. 62 BEST TROPHY

Hatten Wines, Pino de Bali, INDONESIA Alphonse LaVallee, Belgia, NV, p. 32 BEST TROPHY Chateau Mercian, Koshu Kiiroka, JAPAN Koshu, 2014, p. 53 GOLD MEDAL

Grover, Art Collection, INDIA Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, p. 69 GOLD MEDAL Chateau Nine Peaks, CHINA Chardonnay, 2013, p. 20 SILVER MEDAL

Granmonte, Crémant Extra Brut, THAILAND Chenin Blanc, NV, p. 42 SILVER MEDAL

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WINERY OF THE YEAR AWARD

We are proud to announce that the 2016 AWR Winery of the Year award has been bestowed upon Chateau Mercian of Yamanashi, Japan. An impressive four of their wines received Gold Medals, part of their total seven medal haul. This consistency and excellence is indicative of the level of winemaking that is now possible in Asia, and that inspired the creation of our annual review. Congratulations once again to Chateau Mercian. – Eddie McDougall

Chief Winemaker Address

Anzo Kobayashi 1425-1, Shimoiwasaki, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi-pref, JAPAN 520,000 Liters (+81) 553 441 012 fujino-k@mercian.co.jp

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Full information about Chateau Mercian can be found on page 52

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Chateau Mercian, Jyonohira Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 GOLD MEDAL

Chateau Mercian, Mariko Vineyard, Syrah, 2012 GOLD MEDAL 93 Chateau Mercian, Kikyogahara Signature, Merlot, 2011 GOLD MEDAL

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Chateau Mercian, Koshu Kiiroka, Koshu, 2014 GOLD MEDAL

Chateau Mercian, Hokushin, Chardonnay, 2013 SILVER MEDAL 89 Chateau Mercian, Mariko Vineyard Omnis, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Cab. Sauvignon, 2012 BRONZE MEDAL

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Chateau Mercian, Hosaka, Muscat Bailey/A, 2013 BRONZE MEDAL

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THE AWARDS THE INES

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CHINA

Population

9.6 Million km 2 Country Size

Annual Wine Production

1.117 Billion liters

1.4 Billion

Number

Annual Wine Consumption Annual per Capita Consumption

1.7 Billion liters

1200 Wineries

1.12 liters

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Chateau Nine Peaks (pg. 20)

PRODUCTION

China has become a major global player in terms of production and consumption of wine. As a nation they now rank 8th worldwide in volume of wine produced annually. The majority of current vines are focused on French varietals, but winemakers in China recently have begun to experiment with the introduction of more adventurous varietals. NingXia is currently the nation’s epicenter for premium wines but it is the Shandong, Hebei & Shanxi regions, closer to Beijing, which account for the significant volume of wine made in China.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Gernischt, Merlot Chardonnay, Riesling

Red White

Key Varietals

CONSUMPTION

In a mere 5 years between 2005 and 2010 wine consumption in China doubled. By 2013 a staggering 1,700 million liters were consumed by Chinese drinkers placing the country 5th on global consumption charts. Of that figure, 69% of wine consumed in China came from Chinese wineries. As producers on the mainland begin to gain more accolades thanks to modern techniques and assistance from foreign trained winemakers, consumption of Chinese wine is no longer only seen as a cheaper alternative, but as a potentially competitive option.

BUSINESS SNAPSHOT

38.5 million Wine exports in 2014 (USD)

4% of Global Production comes from China

36% of imported wine to China comes from France

Hong Kong, France & Australia Main export destinations

Wine consumption in China is predicted to grow 66% between 2014 & 2018 thanks to the booming domestic wine industry. A growing middle class is looking for a “healthier” and more “sophisticated” alternative to Baiju, the typical Chinese rice or grain wine. The current low per capita consumption should be seen as a sign of the potential for how big the consumer market in China can become, and the willingness to build is an obvious asset in the countries meteoric production rise.

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CHATEAU NINE PEAKS Chief Winemaker Address

Marc Dworkin, Radostin Milkovto Shankou Mountain , Yuanshang Town, Laixi, Qingdao, Shandong, China 250,000 Bottles (+86) 532 864 06766 -

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 1

Chateau Nine Peaks was founded by Dr. Karl Heinz Hauptmann in 2008 at the very heart of the Shandong Peninsula. The Estate sits on 150 hectares of vineyards made up of select grape varietals born from imported rootstock from France which was planted carefully under the guidance of master experts from Bordeaux. Led by experienced French winemaker Mr. Marc Dworkin, Chateau Nine Peaks is dedicated to making quality Chinese wines using modern winemaking techniques.

Chateau Nine Peaks, 2013 Chardonnay Produced Best Enjoyed 6,000 btls 2016-2020 SILVER MEDAL: 90 points

Retail Alcohol il lc l

USD 27 12.5 % .2

Judges Comments Restraint and focused on savoury elegance. Fruit is secondary which is surprising and pleasing to taste. Not dominated by oak as the lush soft texture spreads across the palate. The definition is formed by flavours of umami that is then supported by balanced acidity.

Chateau Nine Peaks’ vineyards

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GRACE VINEYARD Chief Winemaker Address

Yean Lee Dongjia, Rencun, Taigu, Shanxi Province, China 1,200,000 Bottles (+86) 354 644 9188 contact@grace-vineyard.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 1

Grace Vineyard, a family owned winery, was founded in 1997. Located in Taigu county, 40 km south of Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province, it has a continental climate with distinct seasonal variations, characterized by cold winters, hot summers, low precipitation, and wide diurnal variations in temperature. The clean air and unique climate combined with the Bordeaux-like draining sandy soil provide ideal conditions for wine grape cultivation and harvesting.

Angelina Sparkling, N.V Chardonnay

12,000 btls

Retail Alcohol

USD 20 11.5 %

Produced Best Enjoyed

2016-2017

BRONZE MEDAL: 87 points

Judges Comments An aromatic nose of green fruits particularly lime, apple & honeydew. The flavours are fresh, zesty and have a fractional spicy character on the end. A gentle stream of minerality and good acidity keep the wine energetic and lively.

Grace Vineyard’s main entrance

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HO LAN SOUL

Chief Winemaker Address

Stéphane Toutoundji NingXia Daylong 100,000 Mu Organic Ecological Grape Industrial Park, 750100 250,000 Bottles (+86) 951 842 8888 daylong@day-long.net

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 3

Ho Lan Soul is an Organic farm of 10,000 hectares located on Ho Lan mountain in Ningxia at the latitude of 38.5 and at 1100 meters above sea level. The Soil is rich in minerals and offers good ventilation. The area is very sunny with high diurnal temperatures. The rootstocks are imported from France and Italy.

Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 80% Cabernet, 20% Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

26,000 btls

USD 44 14%

2016-2022

SILVER MEDAL: 92 points

Judges Comments Intensely deep in colour with purple hues. The presence of oak is forward showing its attempt to produce a modern style of wine. Hints of spices, medicinal herbs, and christmas cake are moulded into a wine that has excellent fruit ripness and flavour concentration. Tannin levels are firm and reminensent of ground coffee beans.

Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cab. Gernsicht

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

26,000 btls 2016

USD 39 13%

BRONZE MEDAL: 87 points

Judges Comments Bright red hues showing its vibrancy and youthfulness. The generous use of vanillan oak sits at the forefront masking some of the juicy berry flavours. A technically well made wine that has some soft tannins and a medium finish. Easy drinking, crowd pleaser.

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Organic Riesling, 2014 60% Welschriesling & 40% Riesling

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

26,000 btls 2016

USD 46 13%

COMMERCIAL

KANAAN WINERY Zhou Shu Zheng

Chief Winemaker Address

North Side, Xi Xia Plaza, Xi Xia District, Yin Chuan City, Ningxia, China 100,000 Bottles (+86) 800 820 6929 info@summergate.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 1

Kanaan Winery is located in Ningxia’s ‘golden region’ of Helan Mountains. Its wines have already been recognised in both domestic and international competitions, and continue to receive praise for their impressive quality, complexity and depth. After 10 years of living abroad, Wang Fang returned to China in 2011 and created Kanaan Winery. She has not only inherited extensive wine knowledge from her father (one of the pioneers of Chinese wine), but is also talented in her own right.

Pretty Pony, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

40,000 btls

USD 46 14 %

2016-2022

GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Judges Comments A wine with a beautiful core of black berries and ripe plums. The densely compact flavours play out in a very elegant fashion leaving a velvety line of tannins on the palate. A long finish suggests a good level of ripeness at harvest and smart handling of the natural acids. This is a wine that is purposely built for the future and those serious about Cabernet Sauvignon.

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LEGACY PEAK Zhou Shuzhen

Chief Winemaker Address

Scenic Area of Xixia King Tombs, Xixia District, Yinchuan City, Ningxia Province, China 30,000 Bottles (+86) 135 195 00898 -

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 1

Legacy Peak was founded in 1997. In 2010, Liu Hai took over the estate from his father looking to produce the best wines of the region. The Estate is located at an altitude of 1246 meters in the beautiful scenic area of the Xixia King Tombs, in Ningxia Province. Legacy Peak wine is produced from Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Legacy Peak, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

2,000 btls

USD 74 13.5 %

2016-2025

GOLD MEDAL: 94 points

Judges Comments Beautiful violets, crushed plums, very nice tannins. A powdery finish gives this wine some exceptional class & elegance. Overall it is held together with honest fruit and a cleverly balanced use of oak.

Legacy Peak’s vineyard

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LI’S WINERY Guo Wan Bai

Chief Winemaker Address

Ping Fu Bridge, Man Cheng North Street, Jin Feng District, Yin Chuan City, Ningxia, China 30 Tonnes (+86) 138 956 27933 guo.xiaoheng@fargogroup.com.cn

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 1

Founded in 2013 in the heart of the Ningxia region, the vines stand on 28 Hectares of calcium rich soil. Li’s Winery was founded by Li Jun who passed it over to his son, Li Xueren.The vines are planted at the foot of the Helan Mountains offering a natural environment and perfect growing conditions. Chief Winemaker Guo Wanbai, the student of Guo Qichang (part of the first team of winemakers who succesfully produced red wine in China) ensures quality control and improves the winemaking techniques year after year.

Li’s , 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

10,000 btls 2016

USD 44 14 %

COMMERCIAL

Li’s Winery

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SILVER HEIGHTS Emma Gao

Chief Winemaker Address

188 Shanghai West Street, Paisheng Building Floor 13, Jinfeng District, Yinchuan Ningxia 60,000 Bottles (+86) 591 508 5639 2512560885@qq.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 2

Silver Heights is located on the eastern slopes of Helan Mountain in the Ningxia Region. Grapes are harvested at an altitude of 1,200 meters. Blessed with ample sunshine and a great depth of stony soil, forcing vine roots to venture deep in the ground for water and minerals, the terroir is ideal for viticulture. French oenological techniques are employed by Bordeaux trained winemaker Emma Gao to give this winery it’s old world influence.

The Summit, 2013 65% Cab. Sauvignon, 35% Merlot

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

20,000 btls

USD 70 14 %

2016-2025

BEST TROPHY: 97 points

Judges Comments The future of this wine is hugely promising as it shows a balanced combination of diligent winemaking and fruit handling. Displaying complex aromas of cured meats, black forest fruits, toasted spices and fine oak. The palate is intensely rich and concentrated with perfectly ripe fruits and tannins. The tannin extraction is so precise it leaves an incredibly long and velvet-like finish. Magic.

Family Reserve, 2013 80% Cab. Sauvignon, 20% Merlot

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

20,000 btls

USD 55 14 %

2016-2020

SILVER MEDAL: 92 points

Judges Comments Bright ruby in the glass whilst displaying aromas of mocha, tea leaves, green peppers and red fruits. The palate is juicy and driven by firm dusty tannins extracted from oak and grape skins. The oak could be better integrated as it pops out slightly leaving the fruit in the background. Nonetheless it has great drinkability.

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THE WENS

Chief Winemaker Address

Zhou Shu Zhen Ganchengzi, Helan Mountain, Qing Tong Xia City, Ningxia, China 660,000 Bottles (+86) 951 598 6781 Bywen581@gmail.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 2

The Wens winery was established by Xingwang Wen, a former banker in Ningxia. It is a 100% family controlled winery located in the most famous wine making region in China, the eastern foothills of Helan Mountains, Ningxia. And the family has being plant grapes for over 10 years; the varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Gernischt, Merlot & Italian Riesling.The full construction of the winery was finished by the 2013, which is the first vintage of The Wens winery.

The Foothills, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced Best Enjoyed

20,000 btls

Retail Alcohol

USD 40 14%

2016-2025

GOLD MEDAL: 95 points

Judges Comments A statement of power and concentration. This brilliantly purple hued wine is intensely flavoured with blackcurrants, pepper and nicely toasted oak barrels. The plush and dense fruits create a beautiful core on the mid-palate that releases a bountiful amount of flavour. World class, long finish and long lasting in the cellar.

The Foothills, 2013 Cabernet Gernischt

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

10,000 btls

USD 50 14 %

2016-2025

GOLD MEDAL: 94 points

Judges Comments Defined by complexity, power and lush black fruit flavours. This is a great benchmark wine for the varietal made in the region. The concentrated, dense fruit profile and lovely drive of acidity gives it some magnificent freshness on the finish. It is obvious that this wine is youthful and will be a ticking time bomb of flavour in the years to come.

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INDONESIA

Population

1,910,930 km 2 Country Size

Annual Wine Production

1.125 Million liters

254.5 Million

Annual Wine Consumption Annual per Capita Consumption

Number

2.9 Million liters

5 Wineries

0.01 liters

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Hatten wines (pg. 32)

PRODUCTION

The Indonesian Economy benefits from a 6% GDP increase every year bolstering an emerging middle class which has the means and the will to buy fine wines. The wine industry has high hopes for Indonesia as it is perceived as one of Asia’s new potential key markets for trade. Bali based producer Hatten Wines planted the first vines in 1994. After years of testing, the tough Alphonse LaVallee grape proved able to survive the tropical conditions and was successfully grown and harvested. Production is still in it’s infancy on a global scale of production, but the seeds of a potential new latitude market are clearly evident.

Alphonse LaVallee Muscat St Vallier, Belgia, Probolinggo Biru

Red White

Key Varietals

CONSUMPTION

As a Muslim country, Indonesia has restrictions and high taxes on both imported and local made alcohol. Even so, alongside national economic growth and the abolishment of a former ban on students’ alcohol consumption in 2005, the number of wine consumers in Indonesia has risen significantly. The starting age of wine consumption is decreasing in college students. It is expected that there would be an increasing trend of winemaking in Indonesia.

BUSINESS SNAPSHOT

Bali Only current wine production region

20% year-to-year increase in consumption

1.13 million Liters produced in 2014

Belgium & Germany Main export destinations

Winemaking is a challenge in itself, even without the additional obstacles that a highly tropical climate such as Bali’s brings to the table. That being said, the resilience and ingenuity of the winemakers here should not be overlooked. By harvesting previously unheard of varietals, and by using techniques such as pergola trellising to adapt to their climate, Indonesian winemakers could be at the forefront of an emerging method in our industry. The success and effective growth of this remains to be seen. For now the emergence of more and more wine bars across Jakarta display a growing demand for consumption in the world’s fifth largest population.

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HATTEN WINES

Chief Winemaker Address

James Kalleske PT. ARPAN BALI UTAMA, Jl. Danau Tondano Gang 1 X, Sanur - Denpasar - Bal

Production Phone Inquiry Email

1,000,000 Bottles (+62) 361 286 298 iwinery@hattenwines.com

Wines Entered: 7

Hatten Wines has been making wine in Bali since 1994, breaking the rules of traditional viticulture and winemaking by braving the climate, the elements and fierce critics. Years of adjustments, trials, testing, and reinventing itself – now more than 20 years, have forged a solid winemaking company with pride in its staff, products and trust in its owners.

Pino de Bali, N.V Alphonse LaVallee, Belgia Produced Best Enjoyed 50,000 btls 2016-2025

Retail Alcohol

USD 18 18%

Judges Comments The wine’s dense viscosity lines the glass with an apetizing amber liquid. It displays characters of a perfectly matured fortified wine which ranges from smoked meats, rancio, tea, macerated fruits and christmas cake. The high level of supporting acidity carries the dense liquid through to the core of the mid and back-palate. Lovely frehness and future ahead. BEST TROPHY: 97 points

Sparkling Tunjung, 2014 Probolinggo Biru, Belgia

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

50,000 btls

USD 18 10.5%

2016-2017

BRONZE MEDAL: 87 points

Judges Comments Bright, hints of straw on the hues with a persistent bead in the glass. Some white flowers, oats and bread dough on the nose whilst the mouthfeel is lively and balanced. It seems there is a good handle on the dosage keeping the mid-palate full of fruit sweetness.

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AGA White, 2015 Belgia Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

100,000 btls

USD 12 11%

2016-2017

Judges Comments A rather eclectic mix of flavours spreading from pineapples, spiced nuts, lemon tart and honey. The palate remains fresh throughout due to a clever link between the acidity and residual sweetness. Undeniably a technically well made wine that has a lot of thoughts put into creating a balanced and easy drinkable wine. BRONZE MEDAL: 87 points

Sparkling Jepun, 2015 Alphonse LaVallee, Belgia

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

50,000 btls

USD 16 10.5%

2016-2017

Judges Comments An unorthodox sparkling wine with blood orange color lines the glass. The mandarin peel and herbaceous tones add an interesting layer of fun behind a well made wine that carries some sweetness on the palate. Balanced and has a good drinkabilty factor. BRONZE MEDAL: 85 points

Hatten Wines Rosé, 2015 Alphonse LaVallee, Belgia

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

USD 11 11%

100,000 btls 2016

COMMERCIAL

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COMMERCIAL Alexandria , 2015 Belgia Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

100,000 btls

USD 12 10.5%

2016-2017

AGA Red, 2015 Alphonse LaVallee

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

125,000 btls 2016

USD 21 12 %

COMMERCIAL

Hatten’s Winery

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SABABAY WINERY

Vincent Desplat Jln. By Pass Prof. IB. Mantra No. 333X, Br. Lodpeken, Ds. Keramas, Blahbatuh – Bali 500,000 Bottles (+62) 361 949 098 astrid@sababaywinery.com

Chief Winemaker Address

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 5

The name ‘Sababay’ originates from the winery’s location along the ‘SABA’bay (Teluk Saba) in Gianyar, Bali. Sababay is recognized as a 100% Indonesian wine in collaboration with the Asteroid R&D Vineyard and local Balinese grape farmers. The integrated farming concept results in a sustainable good harvest that has opened up parts of the world previously thought unsuitable to wine production. Between 2014 & 2015, Sabababay realised a 101% growth in sales.

COMMERCIAL White Velvet, N.V Muscat St Vallier Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

125,000 btls 2016

USD 15 10.5 %

Reserve Red, N.V Alphonse LaVallee

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

80,000 btls 2016

USD 21 12 %

COMMERCIAL

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Moscato d’ Bali, N.V Muscat St Vallier Produced Best Enjoyed 125,000 btls 2016

Retail Alcohol

USD 21 9%

COMMERCIAL

Pink Blossom, N.V Alphonse LaVallee

Produced Best Enjoyed

90,000 btls 2016

Retail Alcohol

USD 15 10%

COMMERCIAL

Ludisia, N.V Alphonse LaVallee

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

80,000 btls 2016

USD 19 12%

COMMERCIAL

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THAILAND

Population

513,120 km 2 Country Size

Annual Wine Production

67.2 Million

1.2 Million liters

6 Wineries Number

Annual Wine Consumption Annual per Capita Consumption

0.22 Liters

15.1 Million liters

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GranMonte (pg. 42)

PRODUCTION

Thailand’s first vineyards were planted in the 1960’s by order of the King. Modern winemaking and the emergence of commercially viable wines however is a much more recent development since the turn of the millennium. The tropical climate presents challenges however success is being seen particularly in attempts to produce Chenin Blanc and Viognier.” Most wineries are situated in the region immediately surrounding Khao Yai National Park. With temperatures a few degrees cooler than the capital Bangkok, as well as diverse soil types including clay, loam, terra rossa and limestone, this area currently is the unofficial center of wine in Thailand.

Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier

Red White

Key Varietals

CONSUMPTION

In 2014 over 24 million tourists visited Thailand. This mass of visitors is partially responsible for the steady 10-15% annual market growth since 2000, eating into the traditionally strong spirits market in Thailand. The increase in new world wine imports has been pivotal since wine is heavily taxed in Thailand and up until recently too pricey for most local consumers. A vast network of international hotel chains means that if taxation is ever relaxed, the rush of volume into this market will be swift.

BUSINESS SNAPSHOT

10-15% Annual consumption growth since 2000

1.2 million Liters produced in 2014

15 million Liters imported in 2012

Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos Main export destinations

Thailand’s tourism industry, growing import figures and the emergence of a young local population interested in wine are all strong signs for the industry here. Wine bars across the country now more frequently stock locally made wines in addition to traditional offerings. The nation currently sits 36th globally in terms of production and 39th for consumption and will find it difficult to drastically change this if taxation continues to remain heavy. The winemakers pushing ahead with ventures in Thailand are true groundbreakers attempting to forge recognition for their country and it’s potential.

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ALCIDINI WINERY Supot Krijpipudh

Chief Winemaker Address

176 Moo 22, Wang katha Subdistrict, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province 25,000 Bottles

Production Phone Inquiry Email

(+66) 807 846 969 info@alcidini.com

Wines Entered: 3

Alcidini is located on 20 acres of hillsides close to Khao Yai National Park. Founded in 2001, the vines are located at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level where it is sunny during the day and cool during the night year round. The lime base soil is full of minerals and has great drainage properties. This combination of climate and soil enables the growth of grapes for quality winemaking,

VER.2, 2012 Shiraz Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

8,000 btls 2016

USD 23 13.5 %

COMMERCIAL

Recioto, 2013 Shiraz

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

8,000 btls 2016

USD 15 12.5 %

COMMERCIAL

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S.M.B, N.V Shiraz & Muscat Blue

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

2,200 btls 2016

USD 17 14 %

COMMERCIAL

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GRANMONTE Nikki Lohitnavy

Chief Winemaker Address

52/2 Moo 9, Phayayen, Pakchong, Nakornratchasima 30320 80,000 Bottles (+66) 265 315 22 marketing@granmonte.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 10

GranMonte winery was founded in 1999 by Visooth and Sakuna Lohitnavy. It stands on 32 acres of land in the Khao Yai region, known for its beautiful scenery and national parks; this area has become the “Napa Valley” for Thai winemaking. With stunning landscapes, state of the art buildings and facilities reminiscent of estates in California or Australia, irrigation systems and weather monitoring stations, it has a New World look and feel. Their wine is still mostly sold regionally and is available in Bangkok’s wine bars and upscale Thai hotels. However, you can now find some in San Francisco.

The Orient, 2011 Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls

USD 50 14 %

2016-2020

SILVER MEDAL: 90 points

Judges Comments It is easy to mistake this wine as coming from a classic New World region with its ripe plum and coconut flavour profile. The plentiful aromas are drawn from sweet oak, black pepper and raisins. Firm tannins make a bold statement of power and richness giving the wine a long, sweet finish.

Crémant Extra Brut Methode Traditionelle,N.V Chenin Blanc

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

2,000 btls

USD 20 11 %

2016-2020

Judges Comments Bright, youthful and shows a glimmer of green straw in appearance. Classic sparkling Chenin Blanc notes of toasted nuts, baked apples and puff pastry. Good presence on the palate while bubbles softly spread the green apple flavours leading to a dry toasty finish. A great example of the sparkling Chenin Blanc style. SILVER MEDAL: 90 points

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Heritage, 2013 Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

8,000 btls

USD 24 13.5 %

2016-2017

BRONZE MEDAL: 88 points

Judges Comments A medium bodied wine with aromas of sawdust, fruit cake and smoked meats. A firm palate that is supported by some grainy tannins and flavours of pepper and cocoa. Varietal, consistent and focused on fresh fruit acidity for structural length.

Granmonte, 2014 Durif

2,000 btls 2016

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

USD 12 13.5 %

Judges Comments There are not many examples of this grape in New Latitude nations. This effort however strikes a balance between smokey tannins and fruits. Perhaps a trend setter for more attempts with this varietal in the region. BRONZE MEDAL: 85 points

Asoke, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls 2016

USD 20 14 %

COMMERCIAL

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Spring, 2015 Chenin Blanc Produced Best Enjoyed COMMERCIAL

Retail Alcohol

12,000 btls 2016

USD 19 12.5 %

Heritage, 2012 Syrah, Viognier

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,,000 btls 2016

USD 27 13.5 %

COMMERCIAL

Bussaba, 2014 Chenin Blanc, Semillon

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

8,000 btls 2016

USD 19 10 %

COMMERCIAL

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Sakuna Rosé, 2014 Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

8,000 btls 2016

USD 17 12 %

COMMERCIAL

Granmonte, 2013 Viognier

USD 40 12.5 %

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls 2016

COMMERCIAL

Granmonte’s Khao Yai vineyards

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PB VALLEY

Chief Winemaker Address

Prayut Piangbunta 102 Moo.5 Payayen Pakchong Nakornratchasima 100,000 Bottles (+66) 447 562 43 prayut@khaoyaiwinery.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 6

Established in 1989, PB Valley Estate is situated on the edge of Khao Yai National Park in the mountainous region northeast of Bangkok. Harvesting occurs between January and March each year across the 400 hectares of vineyards here. Sitting at between 350 to 380 meters above sea level, PB Valley has a variety of vines originating from Spain, France, Germany & Italy. Using modern technologies and staff trained in both Germany & New Zealand, PB Valley aims to make superb wines from Thailand.

Pirom Reserve, 2014 Chenin Blanc

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls

USD 54 13.5 %

2016-2018

BRONZE MEDAL: 89 points

Judges Comments A well balanced wine that displays a good level of fresh acidity and flinty characteristics. Focused on offering a good palate structure that carries a decent length of almond like flavours on the finish. Well made.

Reserve Rosé, 2014 Shiraz

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls 2016

USD 23 13 %

COMMERCIAL

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COMMERCIAL Reserve, 2012 Shiraz Produced Best Enjoyed

40,000 btls 2016

Retail Alcohol

USD 23 14.5 %

Pirom Reserve, 2013 Tempranillo

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

7,000 btls 2016

USD 54 14 %

COMMERCIAL

Pirom Supremacy Reserve, 2013 60% Shiraz, 40% Cab Sauv.

Produced Best Enjoyed

4,000 btls 2016

Retail Alcohol

USD 72 14.5 %

COMMERCIAL

COMMERCIAL Reserve, 2013 Chenin Blanc Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

USD 23 13.5 %

15,500 btls 2016

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SILVERLAKE

Chief Winemaker Address

Patcharaporn Seemala 31/62 Moo 7, Najomtein, Sattahip, Chunburi, 20250 50,000 Bottles (+66) 226 165 65 dennis@silverlakevineyard.com

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 2

Silverlake Vineyard is situated Southeast of Thailand’s near the resort town of Pattaya. A long and dry growing season, frequent coastal sunshine and the vineyard’s lakeside setting on rich soil with pure water combine to form a unique microclimate for growing multiple varieties. The winery itself is an impressive building built in picturesque Tuscan style.

Silverlake, 2013 Shiraz

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

3,780 btls 2016

USD 37 13.5 %

COMMERCIAL

Silverlake, 2014 Chenin Blanc

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

4,000 btls 2016

USD 31 12.5 %

COMMERCIAL

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JAPAN

Population

377,944 km 2 Country Size

Annual Wine Production

127.3 Million

104.3 Million liters

Number

Annual Wine Consumption Annual per Capita Consumption

141 Wineries

393.7 Million liters

3.1 Liters

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Chateau Mercian (pg. 52)

PRODUCTION

Viticulture has a long history in Japan, with various stories surrounding its origins. The most widely accepted is that in 718 AD a Buddhist monk planted the first vineyards near Katsunama, southwest of Tokyo. Today, Japan has more than 17,800 hectares of vines, over 40% of which can be found in the Yamanashi Prefecture. Along with Yamanashi the main regions also include Nagano, Yamagata and Hokkaido. Local production is primarily from ten major wineries who represent 98.7% of wine produced in Japan.

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz Koshu, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Red White

Key Varietals

CONSUMPTION

Wine consumption in Japan has been steadily growing since the 1970’s and the pace of this has seen a surge since 2008. As with almost all consumer behavior in Japan, craftsmanship and quality is scrutinized and sought after which has resulted in fine wines seeing more growth than entry level products. A recent estimate listed Japan as 10th in the world for volume of wine imported, but 5th for value of wine imported, showing a penchant for higher priced wines.

BUSINESS SNAPSHOT

1.52 million Total 2014 wine exports (USD)

2nd Only China imports more wine than Japan

219 million Liters of wine imported in 2014

52% of imported wine to Japan comes from France

Fine French wine is still the first choice on many wine lists in Japan alongside other traditional choices. Tokyo in particular boasts an unrivaled amount of high end culinary offerings which has helped drive the need for fine wine offerings to match. That being said, the overall volume of wine consumed still comes up against strong competition from beer, spirits and sake products. A growing trend towards appreciating local craftsmanship however is evident and bodes well for local Japanese wineries whose commitment to quality over decades is now garnering well earned local and international recognition.

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CHATEAU MERCIAN

Anzo Kobayashi 1425-1, Shimoiwasaki, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi-pref, JAPAN 520,000 Liters (+81) 553 441 012 fujino-k@mercian.co.jp

Chief Winemaker Address

Production Phone Inquiry Email

Wines Entered: 9

WINERY OF THE YEAR 2016 Chateau Mercian, established in 1970, is one of the pioneering brands of the Japanese wine industry. Located in Katsunama in the Yamanashi region, Chateau Mercian was the first Japanese winery to be profiled by Wine Spectator and garner international recognition. In addition to it’s Yamanashi headquarters, the brand now also operates vineyards and collaborates with growers in the Kigyogahara, Hokushin, Omori & Nitsuru regions, in an effort to offer the best that Japan has to offer.

Jyonohira, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

1,100 btls

USD 115 12.8 %

2016-2020

Judges Comments Highlighted by some deeply evolved colours which hint at its age. An excellent expression of what Cabernet Sauvignon should smell and taste like. Flavours of green pepper, cassis, violets and mint are tightly balanced. The oak handling is well considered. It’s integration with the palate helps provide structure and a long finish. A brilliant wine that is ready to drink. GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Mariko Vineyard, 2012 Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

1,050 btls

Retail Alcohol

USD 28 11.9 %

2016-2022

GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Judges Comments Clearly made from fruits planted in a cooler climate as it displays characters of white pepper, blueberries and violets. Excellent acidity that sits in the driver’s seat dictating the structure and path across the palate. Flavours are layered in an elegant manner and highlighted by supple tannins and a mid palate of bursting berries. A top quality wine.

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Kikyogahara Signature, 2011 Merlot

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

1,080 btls

USD 145 12.9 %

2016-2025

GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Judges Comments Unmistakably Merlot. A textbook example of a wine striving for quality and power. The varietal traits of black plums, aniseed and clove are well featured on the nose. The palate profile is broad as would be expected, juicy and rich. A lovely integration of good savoury tones from the oak and ripeness of the fruit. This wine is made with high expectations.

Kiiroka, 2014 Koshu

Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

20,000 btls

USD 23 11.8 %

2016-2022

GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Judges Comments Extremely pale and clear through the glass. The aromas display green apples, lemon skin and cut basil leaves. Bone dry and cut with acidity that has excellent drive through the center of the palate. A powerful wine with a good focus on varietal expression and restraint. Looking forward to this wine’s future.

Hokushin, 2013 Chardonnay Produced Best Enjoyed 3,400 btls

Retail Alcohol

USD 61 12.3 %

2016-2018

Judges Comments A cool climate wine with flavours of grapefruit, green apples and cashews. The vanilla oak and buttery notes are subtly weaved through a fresh acid backbone which allows the wine to remain fresh and zesty. A salty edge of minerality adds a wonderful dimension and complexity to the finish. SILVER MEDAL: 90 points

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