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Wine Pinnacle Awards Uncover Under-Appreciated Bottlings and Honor the Best in the World

Originally posted on JakartaGlobe

Choosing the right wine for a meal, or one to savor on your own or shared with friends, can be a daunting task for the casual drinker, or even the wine snob. Which sommelier to trust? Which list to follow?

Perhaps the exhaustive list of incredible wines from Genting Singapore’s inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards – bottlings from around the world that have edged out more than a thousand competitors – can be a good place to start.

Different from typical wine awards, the Wine Pinnacle Awards have no restrictions on the origin of the wines. Wineries also do not need to pay a submission fee to enter the competition. All the wines considered for the awards were selected by 54 members of the jury, which included 33 Masters of Wine and 9 Master Sommeliers.

The masterminds behind the Wine Pinnacle Awards want to create a new independent platform to appreciate the variety of wines from around the world and unearth some hidden gems among them.

“It’s very heartening to uncover wines that are under-appreciated as well as highlighting the very best wines in the world to give them the recognition they deserve for their quality and merit,” said Jeannie Cho Lee, a member of the Wine Pinnacle Awards committee.

Lee, the first Asian to receive the Master of Wine accreditation, sits in the committee with highly esteemed wine experts Kenichi Ohashi from Japan, Doug Frost from the US, Oz Clarke from the UK and Andreas Larsson from Sweden.

The committee was responsible for selecting the members of the jury who in the end tasted a total 1,069 wines.

Winners

The Grand Jury award, presented by Genting Singapore at its flagship lifestyle destination, Resorts World Sentosa on Oct. 10, was given to the wines of Domaine Coche-Dury, a French wine grower and producer.

“The wines of Coche-Dury are the epitome of great, age-worthy white Burgundy. Their global influence as a beacon of quality and dedication is widely recognized but what many may not be aware of, is that the estate remains small; still family-run, dedicated to quality and modest in price when the wines leave the cellar,” Lee said.

China earns a special recognition with the Best Chinese Red award going to Ao Yun from Yunnan. “Ao Yun proves to the world that China can produce world-class wine, even in the most remote and challenging conditions – on Yunnan mountain at 2,600 meters above sea level,” Lee said.

Gravner, Anfora Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia from Italy won the Black Swan of the Year award. “Gravner is a daring winemaker that has masterfully taken ancient winemaking techniques, refined them to modern standards and created an exciting array of bold and expressive wines that the wine world has fallen in love with,” Andreas Larsson, the Sommelier of the World 2007, said.

The complete list of winners is as follows: 

Grand Jury Award: Domaine Coche-Dury
Best 1996 Vintage Bordeaux: 1996 Château Latour, Pauillac, France
Best 1999 Vintage Barolo: 1999 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino, Barolo Riserva DOCG, Italy
Best 2002 Vintage Champagne: 2002 Salon, Cuvée ‘S’ Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France
Best 2005 Vintage Burgundy Red: 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, France
Best 2005 Vintage Rioja/Ribera Del Duero: 2005 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Best 2007 Vintage Tuscan Red: 2007 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Best 2008 Vintage Australian Shiraz/Syrah: 2008 Henschke, Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley, Australia
Best 2008 Vintage Burgundy White: 2008 Domaine Coche-Dury, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, France
Best 2009 Vintage Cabernet Based California Wine: 2009 Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
Best Recent Release: New World Pinot Noir: Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
Best Recent Release: Non-Burgundy Chardonnay: Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand
Best Recent Release: Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine: Gusbourne Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Best Recent Release: Sauvignon Blanc: Didier Dagenneau, Pouilly Fume Silex, Loire Valley, France
Best Recent Release: South American Red: Almaviva, Puente Alto, Chile
Hidden Treasure: Australia: Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia
Hidden Treasure: Bordeaux: Château Roc de Combe, Bordeaux, France
Hidden Treasure: Burgundy: Mark Haisma, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
Hidden Treasure: Piedmont: G.D. Vajra, Petracine Langhe Riesling, Piedmont, Italy
Best Chinese Red: Ao Yun, Yunnan, China
Best Organic/Natural Wine of the Year: Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Cuvée Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais, France
Best Rosé in the World: Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia, Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa, Spain
Black Swan of the Year (Most Thought-Provoking Wine): Gravner, Anfora Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Best Friend of the Earth (Most Environmentally-Conscious): Miguel Torres, Familia Torres, Spain
Best Young Winemaker of the Year (Under 40): Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (Mr.), Bedrock Wine Co., USA
Top Wine Influencer (Under 45): Pascaline Lepeltier MS, Racines NY, USA
Unsung Hero: István Szepsy, Szepsy, Hungary