Mon 29 Oct 2012
CHÂTEAU MERCIAN SCOOPS FOUR TROPHIES AT THE 2012 CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION
HONG KONG, 17 OCTOBER 2012 - JAPANESE WINE PRODUCER CHÂTEAU MERCIAN HAS HAD AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS AT THE 2012 CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION WINNING FOUR TROPHIES.
The producer’s Château Mercian Sparkling Katsunuma no Awa 2011 was awarded three food and wine matching trophies including Best Wine with Sashimi, Best Wine with Tempura shrimp and Best Wine with Yakitori grilled chicken. The Yamanashi based winery also was awarded the prestigious Best Wine from
Expanding the competition’s Asian appeal, new Asian food and wine tasting categories were added to this year’s judging making the competition truly “Asia’s voice,
Asia’s choice”. Dishes included popular Chinese dishes Peking Duck, Cantonese Dim Sum, Kung Pao Chicken and Braised Abalone. Within the Japanese category were Tempura Shrimp, Sashimi, Yakitori Grilled Chicken and Beef Teppan-Yaki. The judges also matched wine with Chicken Tikka and Pad Thai.
On the heels of
Australia was New Zealand winning eight trophies. Three New Zealand wineries scooped two awards – Sileni Estates won the Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Best Sauvignon Blanc trophies for their Greyrock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012; Cobblestone Vineyards received Best NW Pinot Noir and Best Pinot Noir for their Cobblestone Pinot Noir 2009; Seifried Estate was awarded Best NW Riesling and Best Riesling for their Seifried Nelson Winemakers Collection "Sweet Agnes" Riesling 2012.
Best Red Wine in
Hong Kong below HK$200 was awarded to Georgian producer Kindzmaraulis Marani for their Kindzmaraulis Marani Mukuzani 2009.
Due to the high quality Semillon wines entered into the competition this year, a new trophy was introduced – Best Semillon and this was won by Australian Vintage Ltd for their McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2005.
In the spirits category, Best Grape Brandy was won by South African Oude Molen Distillery PTY Ltd for their Oude Molen VOV and Best Liqueur was awarded to German producer Radeberger Destillation & Liqueurfabrik GmbH for their Original Radeberger Bitter.
“Because the judging is based on Asian taste preferences, winners are recognised for their appeal to the Asian market,” Ms Meiburg concluded.
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ABOUT THE CATHAY PACIFIC
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is a unique event and now in its fourth year. Run in partnership with the London-based International Wine & Spirit Competition, which has been running for 40 years and is the world’s premier platform for recognising quality in the industry, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is created specifically for the Asian market by those who know and are intimately involved in the region.
It is the first truly Asian wine and spirit competition in the world, supported by key factors such as: Chinese food and wine pairing awards; an award for Best Wine produced in China; and judging will be conducted by Asia’s most esteemed wine and spirit judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Macau, Taiwan and India – including the competition’s Director and Master of Wine, Hong Kong-based
Debra Meiburg MW.
ABOUT IWSC GROUP
The IWSC Group is the world leader in organising wine and spirit competitions around the globe. Along with the International Wine and Spirit Competition, which is considered to be the world’s premier competition of its kind, the IWSC Group launched the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2008. The Group also owns the brands “The Spirits of Mexico” and “Whiskies of the World”, two signature
US consumer tasting events.
DEBRA MEIBURG MW
Hong Kong resident for nearly 25 years, Debra Meiburg MW is an award-winning author, TV personality and corporate speaker. A widely respected wine judge and champion of the wine trade in Greater China, she is author of the Guide to the Hong Kong Wine Trade and Tasting Wine with Debra. She is host of the television series Taste the Wine and her one-minute wine tip videos called Grape Moments reach 60 million viewers per month via China’s metro-city taxis. A long-time columnist with the South China Morning Post, Debra has worked at wineries on four continents and is a voice of the Asian wine industry.
For further information please contact:
Shuk Han Pong Anna Grant
Marketing Manager, Hong Kong IWSC Group
IWSC Group Head of Marketing
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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
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- “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
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- “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
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