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2014 Winners Announced

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Results Announced

Australia Remains the Country to Beat with 12 Trophies and 28 Gold Medals in another Outstanding Year for the Competition

(6 November 2014) Asia’s original and most well-respected wine and spirit competition, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC), today released the results of the 6th annual Competition. The results were announced at the HKTDC’s Hong Kong international Wine & Spirits Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australia had another fantastic year, winning 467 medals in total, and remains the most-awarded country in the competition. Two Australian producers picking up a number of Trophies each were Australian Vintage and Gatt Wines. Gatt Wines won Best Cabernet Sauvignon/Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend for their Gatt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Australian Vintage were awarded Best Semillon for their Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2007.

New Zealand also put in a strong performance with many quality products winning gold and silver medals. Highlights included: gold winner Matua Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 and silver winner Ashwood Estate’s Pinot Gris Gisborne 2013.

The Scotch whisky category had another fantastic year, with 50% more gold medals awarded compared to 2013, 23 in total. Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd’s Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12YO scooped a trophy once again this year, winning the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Years and Under. 

Australian Rum faired well this year too, with Vok Beverages receiving Best Rum for their Beenleigh Dark Rum 5YO and seven other products were awarded silver medals.

The food and wine matching competition continues to attract a large number of wines and the quality this year was very high. 27% more gold medals were awarded compared to last year in a category which continues to challenge the status quo of which wines are best suited to traditional Asian dishes. This year a sparkling red, Barokes Bubbly Cabernet Shiraz NV, won the trophy for Best Wine With Peking Duck.

Debra Meiburg MW, HKIWSC Director, commented on the results:
“It was fantastic to see more countries participating than ever before, with products entered from over 35 countries. The judges were impressed with the quality of products submitted and especially delighted to see the addition of the Sake category this year. The Trophy winner, Kowa Inc with their Futaributai Junmai Daiginjo, I know will be delighted.”

Countries participating this year included: the Czech Republic, Georgia, Macedonia, Japan and India. For the October judging, judges from all over Asia, flew in to Hong Kong to blind taste the wines and spirits submitted. Joining some of Asia’s top industry figures were the International Guest Judges: Susana Balbo, President of Wines of Argentina, and Ian Millar, Global Brand Ambassador for William Grant and Sons Ltd.

Alongside the now traditional wine, spirit, and food and wine judging, 2014 saw the introduction of a new panel of “kikisake-shis”, sake sommeliers, educators and retailers reflecting the interest in, and strength of, sake in Hong Kong. The panel was headed up by Antony Moss MW, Research and Development Director of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and a renowned sake expert.

Allen Gibbons, IWSC group chief executive officer and HKIWSC director commented:
“The HKIWSC continues to go from strength to strength as Asia’s leading wine and spirit competition. This year we are particularly excited about our new partnership with Drinks Business Hong Kong who has created a fantastic supplement showcasing this year’s competition and its winners. The competition is judged by some of Asia’s most influential industry professionals whose decisions create a guide for Asia to the world’s finest wines and spirits.”



About the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

Now celebrating its sixth year, HKIWSC remains the original and most well-respected wine and spirit competition in Asia. Founded by the IWSC Group, Debra Meiburg MW and Simon Tam, the competition is regarded as the Asian guide to the world’s finest wine and spirits. With its panel of Asian judges, the HKIWSC ensures that, not only are the best wines selected from all across the globe, but that they are suited to Asian taste preferences too.

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