The Asian Wine Review (AWR) 2017 has just launched, with wines from Indonesia, Japan, China and Israel taking out the top titles.
Entries of close to 300 wines from over 100 different Asian wineries were submitted this year, blind-tasted by a panel of 10 judges representing all sectors of the wine industry, including on-premise, media, distribution and production.
2017 AWR Winery of the Year was awarded to Hatten Wines, Indonesia. Bali’s first ever winery, Hatten Wines defies traditional winemaking rules. Braving the island’s fierce climate and elements, the winery produces wines from grapes grown along Bali’s north coast, as well as imported Australian-based grapes grown locally.
Hatten Wines also took out Best Sparkling with its Sparkling Tunjung NV. Boasting floral complexities with notes of green apples and lemon tart, the Sparkling Tunjung NV defies convention with an added yeasty element. The result is a creative and thoroughly enjoyable wine.
Best Sweet was awarded to Hevron Heights Eden Quintessence 2007 from Israel. Balanced and intense, this wine has a lovely flavour of creamy pineapple, caramel, rose, butterscotch and roasted chestnuts.
The lively and vibrant Grace Gris de Koshu 2015 from Japan won Best White, with its bouquet of white florals, orange blossoms and chalk, driven by a citrus-like acidity.
Finally, Jade Vineyard’s Aria 2014 from Ningxia, China took out Best Red. The Cabernet Sauvignon is well structured with assertive tannins and lively acidity. Notes of blackcurrant, fine grain oak and a hint of cloves and toasted herbs make for a tasty wine with longevity.
Further medalist winners and more information can be found at www.asianwinereview.com.