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Chinese wines excel at influential world awards by Asa Butcher04/06/2018  


Chinese wines were collectively awarded 184 medals and seals of approval at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), one of the world's largest and most influential wine competitions—almost double the 93 won last year.

The Gold Medal was awarded to eight wines from China, including Carrel Manor's Crystal Pearl Reserve, XinJiang Ruitaiqinglin's Guofei Oak Barrels, and Zhongfei Winery's Barrel Aged Marselan and JinZun Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which are based in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China.

Two Chinese ice wines, a dessert wine produced from grapes harvested while frozen on the vine, also won gold medals, with Chateau Changyu’s Golden Icewine Valley Blue Label Vidal from Liaoning Province and Petit Manseng, produced by Taila Winery in Shandong Province, taking the honours.

Five Stars Marselan-Syrah by Greatwall winery in Shandong and Hyacinth by Jade Vineyard in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region rounded out the eight gold medal winners.

Ningxia, central China, was the biggest regional winner with 88 awards going to wineries across the desert-like region, while Xinjiang came second, winning 51 awards.

Taiwan, which is listed separately from mainland China by the organisers, saw a Silver Medal awarded to Weightstone for its Cuvée Classique Gris de Noirs Extra Brut.

Of the 184 prizes awarded to Chinese wines, 31 were silver, 83 bronze and 62 were Commended with a Seal of Approval. Last year, China only achieved a total of 47 medals, including a Platinum, while 44 were Commended.

A total of 16,903 wines from 61 countries were tasted by the DWWA 2018 judging team, which consisted of 275 international experts, including 59 Masters of Wine and 25 Master Sommeliers from 33 countries.

Founded in 2004 by Decanter, the world's leading wine media brand, the full list of winners was announced on their website yesterday and will be published in their August issue.