2019 HK IWSC Results Announced
Full results of the 11th Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition were released at the Awards Ceremony on 7 November. Announced by the Competition’s Founding Director, Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine, a total of 58 trophies were handed out to wine, spirit, sake and now beer producers from around the world. On top of that, 120 gold medals were awarded, along with a 706 silver and 779 bronze medals.
Topping the trophy haul once again was Australia. Receiving 12 trophies, and a total of 450 medals (30 gold, 191 silver, 228 bronze and a green award), the Land Down Under proved once again it is on top of the wine world in Asia, and a key choice for Asian consumers and trade. Cool climate wines were hot, with emerging star regions Adelaide Hills and Tasmania scoring the highly sought-after Best White Wine From Australia (Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Series 'Adelaide Hills' Chardonnay 2017) and Best Red Wine (Bream Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2017, Tasmania) trophies.
Austria, a country that always performs well shone again this year, ranking second in the trophy tally, with five trophies. A surprise amongst them was its snagging for the Best Sauvignon Blanc trophy (Muster.Gamlitz Sauvignon Blanc Grubthal 2017) – the first time in the Competition’s 11-year history.
In a four-way tie for third position on the trophy table, China, New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong all took out four trophies each.
It is the first time Hong Kong has won a trophy in the awards, made possible by the introduction of the Beer Awards to the competition. Star performer was Young Master Brewery, taking three of a possible seven trophies for its Hak Mo Sheung Double Chocolate Stout, 1842 Island Imperial IPA and its Classic Pale Ale. Asia ruled in this category, with top medal winners Hong Kong scoring 47 medals, Vietnam 10 medals and South Korea nine medals.
A notable new trophy category in 2019 was Best Cava, Spain’s native sparkling wine, which is gaining popularity around the world signaling the growth in Asia’s sparkling wine category beyond Champagne and Prosecco. The trophy was awarded to Gran Codorníu Chardonnay Reserva 2015 – a fitting choice, given Codorníu was the inventor of cava in the late 1800’s. Further evidence of the diversification of the sparkling wine industry, An English sparkling wine - Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée Brut – took the Best Sparkling Wine trophy.
There were a number of other surprise results, indicating a shift in tastes in Asia, as well as evolution of products entering the market. Bucking the cabernet trend, The Best Wine from USA was a Napa Valley white wine, Darioush Signature Viognier 2018. Announced several weeks ago, two more Californian wines Trefethen Dry Riesling 2018 (Best Pairing with Bánh Cuốn) and La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016 (Best Pairing with Roasted Goose) won trophies in the Food Pairing category.
New Zealand’s claim to Sauvignon Blanc fame is being usurped by its red wines. New Zealand pinot noir took out two trophies (Best Global Pinot Noir and Best Wine from New Zealand) and a rose made from an unconventional blend of pinot noir blend took Best Global Rose Wine trophy. Its final trophy – Best Global Sweet Wine - was snared by a sweet Riesling.
Scotland – usually dominant in the spirits trophies – saw a downturn in its trophy success this year, with England taking the upper hand taking out Best Whiskey/Whisky trophy with its Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky.
Proving that international gin is in, the two gin trophies were awarded to Australia (Best London Dry Gin - Patient Wolf Summer Thyme Gin) and Netherlands (Best Gin - V2C Dutch Dry Gin).
Also in is indigenous. The Best Indigenous Variety was awarded to an Austrian Zwiegelt. Additionally, the Best Wine from Japan was awarded to Yoichi Harvest Zweigelt Special Cuvee 2017.
The HK IWSC represents a true voice of Asia with 74 judges from 10 Asian cities sipping, debating and deliberating their way through thousands of glasses of samples to ensure an authentic pan-Asian voice on the very best international wines, sake, spirits and now beer for the Asian market. The full results of the Cathay Pacific HK IWSC can be found www.hkiwsc.com.
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “Having won three trophies in the last four years in different food & wine matching categories at HKIWSC has showcased Pegeric Pinot Noir and its suitability with Asian cuisines leading to its listing with one of Australia’s top restaurant – Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum.”Chris CormackCEO, Pegeric Wines
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn