Italy’s Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi, Barolo DOCG 2008 was chosen as “Red Wine of the Year”. The Van Volxem Riesling Alte Reben 2012 from Germany was “White Wine of the Year”, while the Premium Botrytis Semillon 2008 from Australia’s Shaw Vineyard Estate snagged “Sweet Wine of the Year”. 18 of the top 100 wines that majority of the judges raved about were also chosen as “Panellist Pick”.
“All these awards help because people tend to look out for such distinctions when purchasing a bottle of wine,” says Joseph Chin from World Wine Vault. This is the second time World Wine Vault is participating in the G Wine Awards, and having won “Best Sweet Wine of the Year”, Chin shares that it’s only getting better from here.
“It’s a good platform to share our passion for wines,” agrees Rafi Joshua from Indoguna, the distributor of “Red Wine of the Year”, Marchesi di Barulo Cannubi. Boon Heng, the representative for Wein & Vin, shares how this is a special year for them. “This year, we are especially proud because we have five Rieslings from Germany, France and Austria that made it into the top 100 wines,” he says. Wein & Vin has taken part in the G Wine Awards for the past four years, and has consistently submitted winning entries. This year, they also took home the award for “Best White Wine of the Year.”
The unveiling of G’s Top 100 Wines was held at White Rabbit on Harding Road, an intimate setting for the turnout of close to 250 guests made up of the Peak readers, wine award winners, importer-distributors and selected Citibank guests. The night started with an opening speech from Sylvester Ng, project editor of Peak Selections: Gourmet and Travel, followed by the award presentation to the winners by Ng and Dennis Pua, managing director of SPH Magazines. It was good cheer all around as the award winning wines were applauded by attending guests, who also got to taste some of these wines together with a spread whipped up by head chef Benjamin Tan of White Rabbit. Wine glasses for the event were provided by ToTT, and wine cabinet partner, Vintec, ensured all wines were kept at an optimal temperature. The G Top 100 Wine Awards was also graced by ambassadors His Excellency Dr Michael Witter and Mrs Johanna Witter, Ambassador of Germany and Mrs Laurence Beau, Deputy Head of Mission representing the French embassy.
This year’s wine selection originated from 12 countries and was submitted by 31 local importer-distributors. Judging was based on wine quality, using a 20-point scoring system.
Tasting notes for all 100 wines can be found in the 11th issue of Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, on sale now at leading bookstores. Download the digital edition at www.thepeakmagazine.com/G