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DWWA 2021: Top award-winning wines featured at ProWine Hong Kong

Despite ongoing travel restrictions, ProWine Hong Kong, formerly known as ProWine Asia (Hong Kong), was successfully held in Southeast Asia’s wine trading hub from 7-9 September 2021.

The 2021 edition was organised as a special local trade fair with top-class programmes spanning all three days of the show, including two masterclasses showcasing Gold, Platinum and Best in Show winning wines from Decanter World Wine Awards 2021.

The masterclasses were hosted by Jennifer Docherty MW, a former DWWA judge who lives and works in Hong Kong. Docherty commented, ‘With a market that is so Bordeaux and Burgundy focused, it was a revelation for attendees to taste Swiss Chardonnay, Madeira, English sparkling wine and Barossa Shiraz.’

Jennifer Docherty MW, speaker of the Decanter Masterclass at ProWine Hong Kong 2021

Jennifer Docherty MW, host of the DWWA Masterclass at ProWine Hong Kong 2021

Both masterclasses were fully-booked with wine professionals able to sample three award-winning wines in each session.

The selection highlighted a range of different wine-producing regions and styles. See blow to discover what was showcased.

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DWWA 2021: Top award-winning wines featured at ProWine Hong Kong

Liesch, Malanser Chardonnay, Graubünden, Eastern Cantons, Switzerland 2018

Gold, 96 points
100% Chardonnay

Intriguing nose displaying aromas of nuts, butter, ripe yellow apple and honeyed plums with some herbal notes of rosemary. Mellow acidity with poise and a spicy finish.

Clos du Val, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, United States 2018

Platinum, 97 points
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Polished aromas of lovely ripe dark fruit and chocolatey spicy oak, with floral and herbal notes. An expressive and fresh palate with purity of fruit, juicy tannins, and a solid length. Approachable now and will age well.

Henriques & Henriques, 20 Year Old Verdelho, Madeira, Portugal NV

Best in Show, 98 points
100% Verdelho

This alluring Verdelho, now with a vital two decades of maturity under its belt, is a translucent walnut in colour. The classic Madeira ageing process (which involves both heat and air) has left the wine aromatically glittering and multi-faceted: sweet and faintly smoky yet tangy with apple and grape fruits and decked with toffee, caramel, meat bouillon and mushroom. On the palate, this Verdelho is almost surprisingly dry after the sweet promise of the aromas, fresh with yet more apple and grape, and clean-finishing thanks to the pungent, sweeping acidity characteristic of all of the island’s wines. A toothsome mid-morning or mid-afternoon treat … and no hurry to finish the bottle, either.

Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Kent, United Kingdom 2016

Platinum, 97 points
100% Chardonnay

Taut and elegant with a fine mousse. Hawthorn and elderflower give way to crisp green apple and quince characters. The palate explodes with buttered brown toast and thickly spread lemon curd. Super crisp and long.

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2016

Gold, 96 points
100% Sangiovese

Fresh minty nose with notes of morello cherries, clove and leather and hints of pencil shavings. Crunchy acidity on the palate with a very long finish.

Sons of Eden, Romulus Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia 2018

Platinum, 97 points
100% Shiraz

Classic Barossa Shiraz on the nose: mint and eucalyptus alongside sweet dark fruit, engine oil and smoky bacon. Very complex with an overlay of quality oak, the supple tannins in immaculate balance, the length astonishing. Utterly superb!

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