Asian Wine Review 2016 | English

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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