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HKIWSC unveils 2014 results

Australian wine and Scotch whisky topped the medal table as the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition announced its 2014 results.

HKIWSCUnveiled at this week’s HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, the results saw Australia win a total of 467 medals, more than any other country.

Among its top performing producers were Australian Vintage, whose Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2007 picked up the trophy for Best Semillon; while Gatt Wines’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 scooped the trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon/Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend.

As the Scotch whisky category saw its 23-strong gold medal haul increase by 50% on last year, Islay producer Bunnahabhain’s 12-year-old expression scooped the trophy for Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Year and Under.

Among the more surprising results from the 2014 competition was the success enjoyed by Australian rum, with Vok Beverages’ Beenleigh Dark Rum 5-Year-Old claiming the Best Rum Trophy.

The HKIWSC also hailed the growing success of its food and wine matching competition, which saw 27% more gold medals awards compared to 2013. Aiming to “challenge the status quo” when it comes to pairing wine with Asian cuisine, this section saw highlights such as Barokes Bubbly Cabernet/Shiraz NV’s victory in the Best Wine with Peking Duck Trophy.

With entries from as far afield as the Czech Republic, Georgia, Macedonia, Japan and India, HKIWSC director Debra Meiburg commented: “It was fantastic to see more countries participating than ever before, with products entered from over 35 countries.”

Noting that “the judges were impressed with the quality of products submitted,” she added that they were “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.”

Judged in October, the competition saw wine and spirit experts flown in from across Asia, together with a collection of International Guest Judges, including Susana Balbo, president of Wines of Argentina, and Ian Millar, global brand ambassador for William Grant and Sons.

“The HKIWSC continues to go from strength to strength as Asia’s leading wine and spirit competition,” said IWSC group CEO & HKIWSC director Allen Gibbons. “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.”

The full results and information about HKIWSC feature in a dedicated report published by the drinks business Hong Kong, or can be viewed at www.hkiwsc.com.

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