|Old World Wines (by alphabetical order of Region/Country)|
||Katarzyna Estate is one the most prestigious wineries in Bulgaria and is considered to be a leader in the Bulgarian wine industry.
The winery lies in the former no-man’s land just between Greece and Bulgaria that no one has set foot on for decades, making it a pristine and unpolluted heaven for wine grape’s growing.
Using classical techniques, Katarzyna wines’ style is very similar to Old World’s with the taste of a New World wine. Its Encore Syrah has been rated 84 by Wine Advocate and ranked among the best wines in the world with a gold medal at the prestigious Syrah du Monde 2010. Its Encore Syrah 2015 has rich aroma of tobacco and hints of red fruits. It has surely aging potential with a powerful body.
||Wines are not only red, white or pink, it also comes in orange. The Wine Cellar Villa Melnik OOD, participating for the first time, will bring this ancient yet novel wine to HKIWSF 2016.
Orange wine, in spite of its name, is not made from oranges. Its darker colour results from extended contact of white grape juice with grape skins for a period lasting from one week to a year (typical whites are paler in comparison because grape skins are separated immediately from the pressed juice). This old winemaking technique makes a comeback with the recent natural wine movement. Orange wine can be yellow, amber, orange or pink, depending on the grape variety, time for maceration, extraction methods and vessel type. Its high tannin also serves as natural preservation, so these wines are bottled with very little or no Sulfur Dioxide.
Orange wine is intense with a dry, tannic taste and nuttiness from oxidation. Because of its bold and robust flavours, orange wine can be paired with a wide variety of meats from beef to fish.
Product’s Name: Veuve Du Vernay Ice
Producing Region /Country: Beaune, France
Booth no: 3G-B07
|A twist to the glass of bubbly with VEUVE DU VERNAY Ice. Designed to be enjoyed over ice in a large wine glass, the sparkling wine is great drinking on its own, or as a perfect summer drink with garnish and chopped fruit.
Following the French tradition, the golden sparkling VEUVE DU VERNAY is made by pressing as well as adding a small amount of sugar to the base wine to aid fermentation, so that the wines develop their flavour and bubbles.
Fruity, floral and fresh, VEUVE DU VERNAY Ice is young, mellow and fine.
Product’s Name: Thummerer Egri Bikavér Superior 2011
Producing Region /Country: Eger, Hungary
Booth no: 3D-B20
|Egri Bikavér, Bull’s Blood from Eger of Hungary, is the most popular wine of Hungary. The name connects to the Siege of Eger in the 16th century during which it was rumored that bull's blood was mixed into the dark red wine to provide soldiers’ with strength to fight off the invading Turkish.
It is of course not bull’s blood that is added to make the wines memorable and likable. Contemporary Hungarian winemakers have improved the blend, although the blend is anchored by the ancient Kékfrankos variety. In 1997 Egri Bikavér became the first quality wine in Hungary`s history to have a protected designation of origin conferred on it.
Thummerer Egri Bikavér Superior 2011 is a fine example of the wine – in Ruby colour with rich, spicy and smooth tannins, reminiscent of red currant in the nose and complementing the wonderful fragrance resulted from the wooden barrel fermentation.
||Winemaker Piero Lugano of ABISSI turned a crazy idea into a one and only winemaking method - by making his sparkling wines underwater.
Fascinated by stories of well-preserved food and wine retrieved from ancient wrecked ships under the sea, Mr Lugano, who was looking for space to age his wines, took a dive in 2010 and second-fermented 6,500 bottles of his sparkling wines 60 metres underwater for 18 months.
The underwater environment works like the best underground cellar and proves to be a perfect condition for aging sparkling wine in terms of light and temperature. The constant counter-pressure keeps it bubbly and enriches the wines with aroma and structure.
The ABISSI Pas Dosé, on the palate, is soft and almost sweet, with a taste of white peach followed by bracing acidity and a dry mineral finish.
Exhibitor: ALPS Wine
Product’s Name: Venia Grand Cuvee – Dry Red Premium Wine
Producing Region /Country: Goriška Brda, Slovenia
Booth no: 3D-C33B
|Located at southern Central Europe, Slovenia has a diverse geography which provides a wide variety of microclimates. As one of the most influential food and wine personalities Anthony Dias Blue puts it, Slovenia is a winemaking paradise.
Almost 70% of Slovenian wine fulfills the criteria for quality and premium wine. This is not surprising as it shares the northern latitudes of 45 and 47 degrees with the world’s famous wine producing regions Bordeaux, Burgundy and northern Rhone.
The debut Slovenia pavilion at HKIWSF 2016 brings ALPS Wine’s Venia Grand Cuvee – Dry Red Premium Wine produced in Goriška Brda, which is often referred to as the "Tuscany of Slovenia" largely due to hilly landscape, and more importantly rich soil and ample sunshine.
The softness of Merlot, the fruity scent of Cabernet Franc and full body of Cabernet Sauvignon give this wine a charm that is reminiscent of romantic hills, fragrant mulberry and warm sun rays.
|New World Wines (by alphabetical order of Region/Country)|
Exhibitor: Heirloom Vineyards
Product’s Name: Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz
Producing Region /Country: Barossa, Australia
Booth no: 3C-C06B
|Heirloom Vineyards Pty Ltd of Barossa, Western Australia has beaten the big names in the region and snatched the title of Barossa Winery of the Year in 2014 at the New York International Wine Competition and further established its reputation by carrying the accolade “Southern Hemisphere Winery of the Year” by Critics Challenge.
Barossa Valley is primarily known for its red wine, in particular Shiraz. Heirloom Vineyards’ Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz has impressed the toughest critics and clinched the Double Gold Medal in San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2016.
The Shiraz is made from grapes from the vineyard’s old vine in Barossa, many over a hundred years of age. The wine is bottled without filtration or fining to capture very essence of the vines. The result is generous mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums covering the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.
Exhibitor: RJ Vinedos
Product’s Name: RJ Family Wine Malbec
Producing Region /Country: Mendoza, Argentina
Booth no: 3C-D02
|For many wine drinkers Argentina equals Malbec, the iconic wine grape of the country. Malbec, which makes unique, affordable yet quality red wines, has certainly put Argentina on the wine lovers’ map.
Look no further if you would like to try this Argentine jewel. Bodegas RJ Vinedos’ Family Wine Malbec was chosen as one of the 20 Argentina’s Superstar Wines by wine critic Jancis Robinson.
Loved for its dark fruit flavours and smoky finish, Malbec wine is full of blackberry, plum and black cherry flavours. RJ Vinedos’ Family Wine Malbec’s aromatic palate is intense and complex, with a spectrum of fruits that brings out red fruits such as cherry and raspberry, followed by delicate notes of violet, blackberry, vanilla and touch of herbs. In the mouth it is broad, robust, and persistent with velvety and well-structured tannins.
Exhibitor: Israel International Wine Chateau HK
Product’s Name: Hevron Heights’ Armagedon
Producing Region /Country: Judean Hills, Israel
Booth no: 3E-D11
|Named 'surprising quality from an emerging region’ by Wine Spectator’s cover story (October 2016), Israeli wine has certainly gained its deserved recognition despite years of being largely ignored by wine connoisseurs.
Israel has been making wine for 5,000 years - even before the vine reached Europe. However, it is in recent years that it has stirred up interests with its world-class merlots and sauvignons as demonstrated by Hevron Heights’ Armagedon.
Tradition is the key word to describe this rare wine, elaborated exclusively from grapes growing on the Judean Mountains at high altitude (950m). The grapes were hand-picked according to custom and aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. The powerful and rich wine presents a deep colour, intense with aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant and chocolate with hints of spices.
Hevron Heights produces kosher wine in accordance with Judaism's religious law.
Exhibitor: Liquid Bless Company Limited
Product’s Name: Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah 2013
Producing Region /Country: California, USA
Booth no: 3E-C14
|Petite Sirah is often over-shadowed and misunderstood as Syrah/Shiraz. The rich deep wine, however, deserves all the special credits and attention to make its own name.
Petite Sirah is a different grape than Syrah/Shiraz. The grape was first found growing in France in the mid-1800s. For many years, the Petite Sirah grape was used for blending with California’s “Burgundy style” wines. It was meant to add colour, structure and body to the wine. It is an exceptionally rare grape with less than 10,000 planted acres worldwide, growing mainly in California.
Petite Sirah is big when it comes to flavours. Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah is full-bodied and robust with balanced tannins. The wine is brimming with black cherries, blackberries and cassis flavours, enchanted with violet notes and hints of white pepper.
Exhibitor: Oriental Pearl (Hong Kong) Limited
Product’s Name: Fiction White Chardonnay 2015 – Can 500ml
Producing Region /Country: Paso Robles, California, USA
Booth no: 3E-B02
|Wine and can don’t click? Field Recordings’ 35-year old winemaker Andrew Jones proves otherwise with his canned Fiction White Chardonnay which is flying off the shelves.
Voted by wine magazine Wine Enthusiast as one of the America’s Top 40 under 40 (in the wine industry), he is the first Californian winemaker to put still red wines in a can. He recognised that can should be a better storage vessel than a bottle, with its recyclability and stable quality without light transferred.
What’s more important is the content. Andrew’s day job as a vine nursery fieldman has taken him all over California planning and planting vineyards for farmers. His experience and travel has opened up opportunities for him to spot untapped potential sites. His Fiction line of wine captures the best of his favourite vineyards.
Fiction Chardonnay 2015 is golden yellow with heading aromas of citrus, stone fruit and honey along with a touch of tropical fruit and nuts flavours.
|Whisky (by alphabetical order of Region/Country)|
Exhibitor: Vintasia Limited
Product’s Name: Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye
Producing Region /Country: Canada
Booth no: 3CON-064
|Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye has shocked the whisky world as the first Canadian whisky to earn a title in the authoritative Jim Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible with a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points and titled as the World Whisky of the Year 2016.
The pinnacle of all whiskies is made with 90% rye. On the nose, it scores a very rare 25/25 within Murray’s nose discipline. It consists of hints of baking spices, spicy wood and grain. This is gently spicy with soft pepper, vanilla and butterscotch notes.
Exhibitor: Angus Dundee Distillery Plc
Product’s Name: Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 16 Years
Producing Region /Country: Speyside, Scotland
Booth no: 3CON-060
|Whisky, despite its masculine taste, can be gentle. As displayed in Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 16 Years which is elegantly put as "the gentle dram", the whisky is silkily smooth and mellow.
Gold winner of the London's International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), Tomintoul only uses the purest water from the Ballantruan Spring in Speyside, Scotland, and is aged in oak cask to allow organic wood to interact with and charm the content.
Jim Murray commented that Tomintoul is “one of the noses of the year “with its fruity concoction of apples and pears topped with vanilla ice cream…and delicately sweetened barley skin…hugely sophisticated.”
Exhibitor: AF Partners Limited
Product’s Name: Komagatake 2013 Single Cask Whisky Heavily Peated (Asian Exclusive)
Producing Region /Country: Japan
Booth no: 3CON-075
|Hong Kong exhibitor AF Partners brings an exclusive Komagatake 2013 Single Cask Whisky Heavily Peated (Asian Exclusive) to HKIWSF 2016. With only 184 bottles available in Hong Kong, it will sure become a collector’s item for whisky aficionados.
While Japan whisky has been commented by some as too light, Shinshu Distillery, the producer of Komagatake, has taken on the challenge to produce a heavily peated version. This whisky is characterised by the fragrance of bourbon barrel, with a mellow well-round palate of smokiness and wood, ending with a bold powerful finish.
Exhibitor: Catoctin Creek
Product’s Name: Roundstone Creek
Producing Region /Country: Virginia, the United States
Booth no: 3CON-059
|Organic Roundstone Rye of Catoctin Creek in Virginia, the United States, is one of the few organic whiskies in the entire world made from organic grain.
As the flagship spirit of Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye has been praised by “every whiskey critic, from [Jim] Murray to the Washington Post" and hauls in over 12 international gold medals.
It is a unique rye whisky made completely from scratch from 100% rye grain, sourced locally when available. It is aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for less than two years.
The relatively young whisky is smooth with a true grain character. Roundstone Rye has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose.
Exhibitor: Lillion Wine Limited
Product’s Name: Wolfburn
Producing Region /Country: Thurso, Scotland
Booth no: 3CON-068
|Wolfburn, Scotland's northernmost mainland whisky producing distillery, was once the largest whisky giant in the country in the 1800s but ceased production in 1850. Its glory has been revived by the new owner with its long-awaited production of Single Malt Whisky Northland, launched after 150 years.
And the wait is worth every minute. The smooth and warming flavours in Northland come from the unhurried way in which the spirit is made. A long fermentation of 75 hours coupled with a slow distillation, and the maturation which takes place in American oak casks, Northland represents the first chapter in the history of Wolfburn.
On the nose you’ll find fruit and malty aromas, with just a hint of peat. On the tongue, sweet and nutty flavours coat the palate to leave a very slight, pleasant flavour of smoke.
Exhibitor: Leung Yick Company Limited
Product’s Name: Hudson Whisky Baby Bourbon
Producing Region /Country: New York, USA
Booth no: 3E-B11
|Hudson Whisky Baby Bourbon is all “America” - it is the first New York aged whiskey since Prohibition (1920-1933) and New York’s first bourbon ever.
The Hudson Whisky is small but mighty. It is named the Craft Whiskey Distillery of the Year in 2011 by the Whiskey Magazine and the Best Artisan Distiller of 2010 by the American Distilling Institute.
The whisky is stored in first-used charred American Oak barrel. The barrel aging process gives this spirit a light sweetness, smokiness and deep amber colour. This 100% corn bourbon is expressively woody, superbly smoky, with mellow notes of vanilla and caramel.
|Spirits (by alphabetical order of Region/Country)|
Exhibitor: Shaman Spirits Oy Ltd.
Product’s Name: Laplandia Eclipse (vodka)
Producing Region /Country: Finland
Booth no: 3C-E34
|Vodka, derived from Russian “voda”, means water and it makes all the difference in the quality of vodka if you possess the purest and cleanest groundwater in the world.
Shaman Spirits in the fairyland-like Lapland, Finland (where you can witness Aurora Borealis 200 nights a year), is one of the northernmost distilleries in the world with distinct advantage - rainwater gets filtered and purified through thick sand layers that are thousands of years old.
The distillery also learns from native inhabitants to add Birch Xylitol, one of nature’s own sweeteners, in the vodka. The natives believed that it contained rare minerals and trace elements that had medicinal properties essential for their well-being in the infertile frozen wilderness.
The purest vodka with a touch of Xylitol resulted in an incredibly smooth experience and an authentic Lappish’s forestry essence it deserves.
Exhibitor: Domaines Francis Abecassis
Product’s Name: ABK6 Honey Cognac Liqueur
Producing Region /Country: Cognac, France
Booth no: 3F-F02
|Cognac and honey, two distinctly different matters, can be blended to become a heavenly pair.
Domaines Francis Abecassis, the pioneer of Single Estate Cognac, has earned the proud title of "Excellence in Craftsmanship" back in 2010 at the International Spirits Challenge, London which celebrates the knowhow and quality of the work established on the estate, from the vineyards to the bottle of Cognac. It has taken one step further to perfect its cognac with honey coming from the single origin to add layers of intense and aromatic flavours.
ABK6 HONEY is elegant and subtle, revealing notes of flowers coming from both Cognac and honey: jasmine, violet, honeysuckle and rose petals. Then come the warm feelings of spices and candied orange. These flavours are linked with vanilla wood and coffee.
Exhibitor: Kitaya Co., Ltd.
Product’s Name: Dai-Ginjyo Gokujyo Kitaya 大吟釀極釀喜多屋
Producing Region /Country: Fukuoka, Japan
Booth no: 3D-C26
|Dai-Ginjyo Gokujyo Kitaya is the Best of the Best sake that has beaten 583 brands to clench the Best Sake of the World award in the International Wine Competition (IWC) 2013. It is also served for guests of honour in Consulate-General of Japan around the world.
The distillery, Kitaya, was established in Fukuoka, Japan almost 200 years ago based on the simple philosophy of “Spreading Joy, one sake at a time”.
The sake is made with locally-produced rice, Yamada Nishiki, polished down to 35% amid the cold of the winter. It is carefully brewed, then collected through a “Drip Filtration” process.
The elegant and rich aroma, mellow yet translucent flavour, and lingering feeling of densely interwoven flavours on the palate makes a perfect symphony.
Exhibitor: Alpine Distilling
Product’s Name: Preserve Liqueur
Producing Region /Country: USA
Booth no: 3CON-059
|Alphine Distilling tries to please the tea and spirits-drinking crowds with its Preserve Liqueur, a Black Tea, Fruit and Spice-inspired Liqueur.
The distiller aims to imbue the rich, restorative qualities of nature into every sip to bring out the fragrant, sensual journey for the drinkers’ senses, accompanied by a well-balanced sweetness.
Platinum Award of the largest consumer-based International Consumer Tasting (SIP) Awards.