1. What wines were eligible for the 2017 review ?
More than 300 wines from 100 different Asian wineries were blind-tasted for the 2nd edition of the Asian Wine Review. Wines must be produced in Asia from grapes grown in the same country as the winery. Wines that use imported grapes or are made from other fruits are not eligible. Wineries are able to submit as many, or as few wines to the review as they choose.
2. Where did the wines for the AWR come from?
Samples were submitted directly by the wineries themselves. The wineries in this year’s edition are spread across nine Asian nations: China, India, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Lebanon, Israel, Russia.
3. Who reviewed the AWR submissions?
A tasting panel of 10 judges was chosen to blind taste the entire selection of AWR wines. The selection of this year’s panel took into account ensuring representation from an all round perspective of the wine industry. Leaders in the industry from on-premise, import and distribution, production and media are equally represented. Full details on the judging panel can be found here.
4. Where did we review the wines?
The tasting took place at a designated Hong Kong location under controlled conditions to eliminate bias. Wines were presented at optimum temperatures following careful storage, and judges were unaware of participating brands until after completion of all tasting.
5. Why a strictly blind tasting ?
Asia as a whole already battles incorrect misconceptions of it’s wine offerings. The aim of the AWR is not to promote wines that spend the most on marketing. Instead we aim to assist consumers and fellow wine trade workers in confidently identifying the best wines produced in Asia. Therefore our judges adhere to blind tasting rules to uphold this value. Judges are only told the type of wine varietal and vintage. Winery names are not revealed, so neither price nor the reputation of the winery has any influence on ratings and evaluation.
6. How were the wines tasted?
From the time that submissions are received in Hong Kong, we store and maintain them in a temperature controlled facility. The wines are ordered by variety with no visibility of brand or bottles. Review of the wines is conducted over a two day period with judges present in the same room. Judges are not aware of fellow panelists notes or ratings during the tasting and this is only communicated to them one month later.
An extraordinary wine, deep and complex showing all the characteristics expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find and are the best products in their category.
93 - 95
An excellent wine with great complexity. Extremely well made and highly recommended. A superior character and style.
90 - 92
A very good wine with a marked degree of finesse and great flavor. Strong examples of their wine type.
85 - 89
Good wines that show winemaking talent. Great character without default. Most of the wines in this category are good value wines.
Wines in this range are pleasant, straightforward wines that lack complexity, character, or depth. If inexpensive, they may be ideal for casual consumption.