Hatten Wines’ Pino de Bali has been awarded the trophy for ‘Best Dessert Wine From South East Asia’ and the Gold Medal for ‘Sweet Fortified Wines’ at the world-renowned Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017.
With 33 countries in this category and approximately 2,000 entries, Hatten Wines has reached the pinnacle of Asian wines’ as the ‘benchmark’ of outstanding quality in fortified wines. Other Hatten Wines varieties also received recognition in the prestigious competition, with Hatten Wines Rosé, Hatten Wines Alexandria, Hatten Wines Jepun Sparkling Rosé and also Hatten Wines Tunjung Sparkling Brut all receiving Bronze Medals in their respective categories.
Now in its 9th year as Asia’s most prestigious wine competition, the HKIWSC, founded by Allen Gibbons from the London-based IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition) Group, Debra Meiburg MW and Simon Tam, the competition is regarded as the Asian Guide to the world’s finest wine and spirits. With a record 49 judges, this year’s panel included five of Asia’s Masters of Wine – Debra Meiburg MW (Hong Kong), Sonal Holland MW (India), Tan Ying Hsien MW (Singapore), Kenichi Ohashi MW (Japan) and Asia’s newest Master of Wine, Sarah Heller MW (Hong Kong).
The judging panel is drawn from educators, buyers, media, key opinion leaders, hospitality professionals and others in the beverage industry in Asia, along with two VIP Guest International Judges – Benguela Cove Wine Estate, winemaker Johann Fourie, and Beefeater Master Distiller, Desmond Payne. With a judging panel comprised of Asia’s top industry experts, the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC ensures that, not only are the best wines selected from all across the globe but that they are suited to Asian taste preferences.
in Asia. Recognized as the voice of the Asian wine and spirits consumer, the HKIWSC assembled a record 49 judges from 11 Asian countries in 2017, offering significant diversity and depth of pan- Debra Meiburg MV, Founding Director, HKIWSC expressed her enthusiasm saying, “The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is a focal point for beverage professionals’ Asian expertise into the deciding the best wines and spirits for Asian market”. The awards given by the competition are believed to be among some of the highest honors in the industry.
Hatten Wines has also won medals in the HKIWSC competition last year, with Pino de Bali winning the Silver medal and Bronze Medals for Alexandria, Jepun Sparkling Rosé, and Tunjung Sparkling Brut.
Hatten Wines’ Gold and Bronze awards for its 5 wine varieties
Fortified Wine – Pino de Bali
Best Dessert Wine from South East Asia
Gold 2017 in Sweet-Fortified-Alphonse Lavallee/Muscat Blend-Bali
Inspired by the French Pineau des Charentes method, Pino de Bali has been fortified prior to fermentation and has been aged in French oak for over 5 years using the solera system which results in a unique balance of complex aromas and flavors. Though many restaurants offer it as a dessert wine, it also makes a delicious aperitif which matches with foie gras or rich cheeses.
White wine – Bronze Medal
Bronze 2017 in Muscat of Alexandria-Bali-NV
Alexandria is made from grapes grown in Hatten Wines’ vineyard in Bali. The grapes, ripe and sugar-filled, are processed to bring the very fruity and perfumed grape flavor to its delightful taste. Sweet wines are appreciated as some of the most complex and impressive flavors and aromas in the wine world. This medium-sweet white wine is very aromatic with grapey characters and lovely floral perfume. The fruity palate is well balanced between sweetness and acid, leaving a refreshing aftertaste.The wine takes its name from the Muscat of Alexandria, with which it finds similarities in flavor.
Rosé Wine – Bronze Medal
Bronze 2017 in Rose-Alphonse Lavalle-Bali-NV
The first wine produced by the Hatten Wines vineyard and winery in 1994, Rosé uses locally grown Alphonse-Lavallée grapes of French origin. The wine displays tropical fruit aromas and flowery overtones. It leaves a clean and refreshing aftertaste on the palate. The climate in Bali makes it possible to harvest all year round, hence Rosé has reached over 300 vintages in 17 years. Rosé is the first 100% Indonesian table wine and a most popular choice of wine.
Sparkling Rosé – Bronze Medal
Bronze 2017 in Tank Fermented Sparkling-Rose-Semi Dry-Alphonse Lavalle-Bali-NV
Jepun Sparkling Rosé is made in the same traditional méthode champenoise style as Tunjung. It is blushed by the gentle pressing of the locally grown Alphonse-Lavallée grapes. Enhanced by lively mousse this Rosé Sparkling wine is slightly sweet and displays hints of youthful aromas and tropical fruit. It is Indonesia’s first champagne method sparkling wine.
Sparkling Wine – Bronze Medal
Bronze 2017 in Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine-Muscat of Alexandria-Bali-Brut
Tunjung Brut Sparkling comes from a grape variety identified as Probolinggo Biru in Indonesia, from Hatten Wines’ own vineyard. This brut sparkling made in the traditional méthode champenoise, has aromas of citrus peel and flowers, with a lingering scent of light creamy yeast. The aromas and flavors are further enhanced by keeping the wine on its lees for one year.