2019 Awards | Winery of the Year
Congratulations to Château Mercian the ever deserving recipient of the Winery of The Year award. This accolade is the second time this Japanese winemaker has achieved the title and rightly deserved. The dedication to viticultural perfection and winemaking sophistication has guided Château Mercian towards the limelight as what I would regard as Asia’s most successful winery. With their sights set on doubling production over the next decade, it is clear that this producer is set to become a powerful player in the industry’s next frontier.
– Eddie McDougall, Chairman
Anzo and Kobayashi
1425-1 Shimoiwasaki, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi
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Château Mercian Hosaka Muscat Bailey A, 2014
Moderate colour density, clean and bright hue. Very charming nose with sweet-sour plums and integrated toasty oak. The palate is savoury, well structured, with a good backbone of acidity bringing freshness and length. A delightful wine.
Château Mercian Kikyogahara Merlot, 2014
Fresh blackberry, smokey barbeque hints with subtle vanilla and florals. Good freshness on the palate with vibrant acidity, red berries lead the palate. An easy drinking wine.
Château Mercian Koshu Kiiroka Cuvee UENO, 2016
Some colour suggestive of age. Some lees contact is developing. Ripe fruit spectrum of peaches. Textural, bold and intriguing with a floral finish.
Château Mercian Mariko Vineyard Omnis, 2015
Greener in style, with dark cherries and spice. The palate is savoury, rather drying, with some nice sweet fruits on the finish.
Château Mercian Koshu Gris de Gris, 2016
The dark gold colour suggests skin contact. Some floral characters and fruit salad. The palate is textural, with an intense core of fruit. This wine is composed of subtle layers and fresh acidity.
Château Mercian Hokushin Right Bank Chardonnay Rivalis, 2017
Dominated by citrus notes of lemon peel and grapefruit pith and a touch of savoury lees character. A good freshness brought on by a sour lemon acidity.
Château Mercian Hokushin Left Bank Chardonnay Rivalis, 2017
Green apple and shy melon notes followed by subtle oak and bread dough lees characters. A nice racy acidity offers a lot of freshness to the palate.