2019 Awards

BaiNian Manor Mountain Lake Impression C

85

Bainian Manor, China, Mountain Lake Impression Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Organic Wine, 2016 - Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 30%

BRONZE RED

 

This is a concentrated wine with strong oak characters. A nose with notes of prunes and dried fruits. The tannins are dry and the palate is a little rough around the edges.

91

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Domaine Chandon, China, Chandon Brut, NV -

Chardonnay 70%, Pinot Noir 30%

SILVER SPARKLING

 

Fresh and clean with apple and peach notes, a nice melon character from the Chardonnay. It has a soft, off-dry palate.

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89

Domaine Chandon, China, Chandon Brut Rosé, NV - 

Chardonnay 60%, Pinot Noir 40%

BRONZE SPARKLING

 

Dry and clean with a nice structured palate and good textural intensity. Dominant fruity characters of cranberries.

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87

Domaine Chandon, China, Chandon Me Rosé, NV - 

Chardonnay 60%, Pinot Noir 40%

BRONZE SPARKLING

 

Demi-sec profile with a noticeable sweetness. Has a fruity red berry profile.

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86

Domaine Chandon, China, Chandon Me, NV - 

Chardonnay 100%

BRONZE SPARKLING

 

The higher dosage is evident with a sweeter profile. Melons, nuts and cream characters. Nice drinking appeal.

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88

Château State Guest, China, Sheng Tang Dry Red, 2013 - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

BRONZE RED

 

The aroma profile has a lot of clean primary fruits of currants, plums and cherry. The palate is juicy and balanced. An easy drinking wine.

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86

Château State Guest, China, Sheng Tang Sweet White, 2013 - Petit Manseng 100% 

BRONZE SWEET

 

Strong honey mead-like notes on the nose. The palate is clean with some great structure that carries mostly on the front palate. The flavour delivery would be improved with more acidity. 

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85

Château State Guest, China, Sheng Tang V139, 2013 - Carmenere 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%

BRONZE RED

 

The characters from each varietal are identifiable but not quite in balance. The berry notes from the Carmenere are overshadowed by the greenness of the Cabernet. But overall this is a clean wine with a medium finish. 

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91

Château Yuange, China, Yuange Yuexiang Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

SILVER RED

 

Great aromatics of violets, plums and French oak. The palate displays firm tannins and ripe flavours. Shows varietal characters and is expressive of a cooler regional style. Has nice structure and intensity.

NIYA Berries Selection Cabernet Sauvigno

92

Citic Guoan Wine, China, NIYA Berries Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Wine 2015 - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

SILVER RED

 

This wine is dry with nicely structured tannins. Overall the palate is elegant and lean, showing good varietal expression which carries the oak nicely.

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90

Citic Guoan Wine, China, NIYA Petit Manseng Sweet White Wine, 2017 - Petit Manseng 100%

SILVER SWEET

 

Honeycomb/cinder toffee character with a fresh and expansive palate. The nice honey-like palate is supported by a tingling acidity. A floral undertone lingers in the slightly chalky finish.

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89

Citic Guoan Wine, China, NIYA Chardonnay Dry White Wine, 2016 - Chardonnay 100%

BRONZE WHITE

 

Classic varietal notes of melon and almonds. This wine has a nice and creamy texture that is lifted with vanilla tones. The palate is clean, dry and not overly powerful.

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88

Citic Guoan Wine, China, NIYA Shiraz Rosé Wine, 2017 - Shiraz 100%

BRONZE ROSÉ

 

The nose is bright with red cherry and strawberry. The palate is deceptively drier and carries a lot of the pretty red fruit tones. The finish is clean and fresh.

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85

Citic Guoan Wine, China, NIYA Winemaker Riesling Dry White Wine, 2017 - Riesling 100%

BRONZE WHITE

 

Mild intensity aromas of citrus fruits. The palate is chalky with noticeable varietal traits. But overall there is a lack of acid that would help drive the palate.

Shapotou Manor wine(Cabernet Gernischt 2

85

Domaine Shapotou, China, Shapotou Manor Wine, 2016 - Cabernet Gernischt 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Ripe fruit aromas come forward before the greenness and savoury notes come through. The tannins are drying but the wine has a decent structure. 

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93

Huanren Senpatina Icewine Manor, China, Senpatina Icewine 2017 - Vidal 100%

GOLD SWEET

 

A heady aroma of honeysuckle, apricot, and marmalade that is bright and fresh. The palate reflects the nose and is paired well with the great acidity and an excellent sugar balance. 

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85

Legacy Peak, China, Legacy Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Dominated by aromas of primary fruit. The wine is clean and juicy, however, the chalky palate is a little disconnected from the fruit. 

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94

Li's Vineyard, China, Shiraz, 2016 -

Shiraz 100%

GOLD RED

 

Bright with lifted aromatics of pepper and blackcurrants. A soft and refined structure carried out with beautiful tannins. Shows off varietal well.

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93

Li's Vineyard, China, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 - 

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

GOLD RED

 

Densely concentrated, plummy with a powerful nose. Nicely wrapped up around the palate with ripe tannins. It has enough fruit to handle the intense oak.

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89

Li's Vineyard, China, Cabernet Gernischt/Shiraz, 2016 - 

Cabernet Gernischt 20%, Shiraz 80%

BRONZE RED

 

Deep in colour. Spicy and powerful fruit with dry tannins and a good amount of intensity.

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88

Li's Vineyard, China, Merlot, 2017 - 

Merlot 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Heavy oak characters that almost mask the strawberry and spice aromas. The woody profile extends to the palate.

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91

Ningxia Dongfang Yuxing Winery, China, Tango Red Gold Bottle, 2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Gernischt 15%

SILVER RED

 

This wine is deep, dark, and dense. Robust, great fruit ripeness with aspects of dark chocolate and raisins. Tannins are excellent with the dense fruit presence.

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90

Ningxia Dongfang Yuxing Winery, China, Tango Red Gold Bottle and Dragon Ball, 2015 - Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Gernischt 15%

SILVER RED

 

Spicy, plummy, beautiful toast on the oak. Intense and a little drying on the palate. A good example of a Cabernet Sauvignon and Gernischt blend.

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90

Ningxia Dongfang Yuxing Winery, China, Tango Red Manor Wine, 2016 - Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Gernischt 15%

SILVER RED

 

Savoury with deep earthy notes. Big tannins that are drying on the palate. The fruit is a bit subtle in the background but slowly opens up after some time in the glass.

2015 Tango red gold cup Cabernet Sauvign

88

Ningxia Dongfang Yuxing Winery, China, Tango Red Gold Cup Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 - Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Gernischt 20%

BRONZE RED

 

Great fruit expression of cassis, plums and blueberries, hints of chocolate and coffee. Tannins are firm and structured, although a little unbalanced with the greener aspects of the Cabernet.

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88

Ningxia Dongfang Yuxing Winery, China, Tango Red Jade Bowl, 2015 - Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Cabernet Gernischt 18%

BRONZE RED

 

Cured meats and plums on the nose. A grainy oak flavour takes over on the palate. Wine falls a little flat on the mid-palate.

_YU CHUN_Cabernet Sauvignon dry red wine

91

Ningxia Mingyu Winery, China,  Yu Chun Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Wine, 2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Cabernet Gernischt 10%

SILVER RED

 

Cummin and cured meats on the nose. There is a beautiful richness to this wine, with the fruit supporting the earthy profile. On the palate, the tannins are firm, structured and dry.

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88

Ningxia Mingyu Winery, China,  Yu Chun Merlot Dry Red Wine, 2017 - Merlot 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Concentrated notes of bright red berries on the nose with cassis, plums and chocolate. The palate is fresh, clean and well balanced.

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90

Ningxia Shiyue Winery, China, Shiyue Oaked Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 - Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%

SILVER RED

 

Black fruit aromas with a hint of red fruit and well-balanced oak characters. The palate is savoury, intense, yet pure. This wine has good concentration and balance.

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89

Shu Ran Winery, China, Syrah, 2016 -

Syrah 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Cured meats, spices, crushed earth. Nice acid lines the palate, with tannins to support the structure. Shows true varietal characters with savoury notes.

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88

Treaty Port Vineyards, China, The Philosopher, 2016 - Syrah 80%, Petit Verdot 15%, Merlot 5%

BRONZE RED

 

An elegant wine that is soft and nicely put together. The palate is dry and refreshing with red fruit and floral aspects.

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85

Xichang Chia Tai Wine, China, Moon Valley Zinfandel Dry Red Wine, 2017 - Zinfandel 80%, Merlot 18%, Rubired 2%

BRONZE RED

 

Earthy, tobacco and plum notes on the nose. The palate is dry and tar-like with sawdust-like tannins.

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92

Xinjiang Silk Road Minor Winery, China, Château Silkroad Ice Wine White, 2014 - Vidal 50%, Riesling 50%

SILVER SWEET

 

The colour is a deep golden. Nice tea notes on the aroma with an almond and apricot flavour profile. The wine has good length and well-balanced sweetness and acidity. 

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85

Xinjiang Silk Road Minor Winery, China, Château Silkroad Six Star Dry Red, 2015 - Cabernet Gernischt 100%

BRONZE RED

 

Deep ruby in colour. The characters are dominated with black fruits with a hint of plum jam. The tannins are tea-like and a little drying. 

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92

Xin Niu Château, China, Cabernet Sauvignon Oaked Reserve, 2016 - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

SILVER RED

 

Earthy, rustic, Black Forrest cake aromas with crushed dried herbs. This wine is complex and savoury. The palate is expressive with a long finish.

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