NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Pondview Estate Winery has broken new ground as the only Canadian winery to bring home a gold medal at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
Already a well decorated wine with a silver medal from the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and a gold from the 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships, Pondview’s 2011 Vidal Icewine has been chosen in a blind taste test by more than 40 of the top wine experts in Asia as the top in its category. It is a crowning achievement for the Niagara winery owned by former Grape King Lou Puglisi.
“We are thrilled with our 2011 Vidal Icewine and the recognition it has garnered on the international stage,” says Marcel Morgenstern, a Sommelier and the National and Export Sales Manager of Pondview Estate Winery. “It’s a beautifully complex wine with rich aromas of apricot jam, ripe bananas and pineapple, and luscious flavours of honey and orange marmalade. There is also a lot of pride in that bottle.”
The Decanter Asia Wine Awards recognize quality wines and provide consumers across Asia with a trusted source of recommendations. Co-chaired by Jeannie Cho Lee MW, the first Asian Master of Wine and a Contributing Editor to Decanter, and Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards and Decanter’s Consultant Editor, judging took place in Hong Kong on 15 -18 September. Winners were selected by a professional judging panel that rigorously blind taste wines organized in flights to ensure the very best tasting conditions.
“The sole purpose of the DAWA is to recognise and award quality,” says Spurrier, DAWA Co-Chair. “Our standards are high, and so are our expectations. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have theutmost confidence.”
The DAWA 2014 results can be found on DecanterChina.com, Decanter’s bilingual Simplified Chinese and English website containing bespoke content for the growing audience of wine lovers in China.
The next test for Pondview’s 2011 Vidal Icewine will be the Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Fair in early November.
“To be the only Canadian winery to win a gold medal from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards is an amazing accomplishment,” says Morgenstern. “It is reflective of the care and passion that goes into every bottle of wine that is crafted by Pondview and our incredibly talented winemaker Fred Di Profio.”