Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

As Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 judging commences this August, Watson’s Wine – Hong Kong’s largest specialist and online wine retailer – is highlighting some of their favourite 90+point wines from the 2019 competition. From 27 July to 31 August, Watson’s Wine is offering online and in-store specials on DWWA 2019 wine packs and double […]

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As Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 judging commences this August, Watson’s Wine – Hong Kong’s largest specialist and online wine retailer – is highlighting some of their favourite 90+point wines from the 2019 competition. From 27 July to 31 August, Watson’s Wine is offering online and in-store specials on DWWA 2019 wine packs and double […]

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As Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 judging commences this August, Watson’s Wine – Hong Kong’s largest specialist and online wine retailer – is highlighting some of their favourite 90+point wines from the 2019 competition.

From 27 July to 31 August, Watson’s Wine is offering online and in-store specials on DWWA 2019 wine packs and double points to Wine Club members when purchasing these packs and additional DWWA 2019 award-winning wines.

The selection on offer includes 22 90+ point wines including the 2016 Mount Mary Vineyard Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Australia which received 98 points and the 2008 Arras Grand Vintage from Tasmania, Australia which received 97 points.

DWWA 2019 Platinum medal Chardonnays from Mount Mary Vineyard and Vasse Felix, both included in Watson’s Wine’s August promotion.

Featured wine packs allow customers the opportunity to explore different regions, wine styles and grape varieties with a Pinot Noir pack, Shiraz pack, New World pack and Old World Pack with savings up to 26%.

To see all wines on offer throughout the month of August see below or view on Watson’s Wine’s website here.


About Watson’s Wine: Watson’s Wine is now the largest specialist wine retailer in Hong Kong, which offers Asia’s growing wine market a comprehensive selection of fine wine, spirits, accessories and cigars. With vintages sourced directly from over 20 countries, Watson’s Wine lists over 2,000 different wines, more than 400 of which are “exclusive” and cannot be found elsewhere.


Watson’s Wine: DWWA 2019 Promotion

For prices and to purchase, visit Watson’s Wine’s website here. For additional wine details, select the wine of interest below.

New World Pack

Mount Mary Vineyard, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2016

98 points, Platinum
Superbly balanced with an elegant wet stone aroma combined with fresh nectarines. Super fresh lemony acidity runs through the palate, whilst the creamy, biscuity texture carries the length. Sophisticated wine with a long life ahead.

Cono Sur, Ocio Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2016

94 points, Silver
Opulent and inviting with notes of coffee, raspberry compote and toast, while bittersweet red fruit and pepper shape the palate.

Katnook, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia 2016

93 points, Silver
Inviting notes of mulberry, lush plum and heady tobacco lead to a smoky palate underpinned with supple, textured tannins.

Zuccardi, Poligonos San Pablo Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017

95 points, Gold
With its black fruits, sweet spice, savoury and juicy tannins, vivid acidity and long finish, this distinguished wine ticks many boxes.

Old World Pack

Masciarelli, Villa Gemma Riserva, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy 2014

96 points, Gold

The maturity does good service to this elegant, integrated and stylish wine. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry jam and sweet spices. The palate is smooth with well-integrated oak and hints of vanilla and coconut. Very good length.

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, Pianrosso, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2013

92 points, Silver
Elegant red fruit, oak, vanilla, coffee, forest floor and exotic spice nose and palate. The tannins are fine-grained and well integrated. Very persistent finish.

Abadía Retuerta, Selección Especial, Castilla y Léon, Spain 2015

91 points, Silver
Intense black plum and blackcurrant lifted nose over an elegant background of tobacco and spices. Complex, full-bodied and fruity palate with a lovely texture.

Kir Yianni, Diaporos Single Vineyard Xinomavro, Imathia, Macedonia, Greece 2016

90 points, Silver
Warm red berry fruit aromas, with hints of bitter citrus. On the palate, spiced ripe strawberry and abundant fresh fruits.

Pinot Noir Pack

Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2016

95 points, Gold
Lovely ripe red cherry, dark plum and raspberry perfume with a note of cinnamon and smoke. There’s good texture here and some layers of complexity running from savoury to violet. Fresh and elegant.

Curly Flat, Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia 2017

91 points, Silver
Light and crisp red fruit such as cranberry, with lingering cedar and vanilla spice notes in the background.

Shiraz Pack

Hardys, Eileen Hardy Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 2016

92 points, Silver
Intense black fruits, blackcurrant, cedar and cocoa nibs aromas. Decent density on the palate with Italianesque tannins and evident complexity.

Chapel Hill, The Vicar Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia 2017

91 points, Silver
Dense extracted fruit, with good lifted spice and fine use of oak. Elegant tannins and a long finish.

Grant Burge, Filsell Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, Australia 2016

91 points, Silver
Brooding blackcurrant and dark plum nose. Elegant flowing tannins and decent oak handling on the palate with cocoa nibs and panforte flavours.

DWWA 2019: Watson’s Wine promotion continued…

Single bottles eligible for double points to Watson’s Wine Club members during August.

Sparkling

Arras, Grand Vintage, Tasmania, Australia 2008

97 points, Silver
Fresh and alive! Rich and weighted with ripe pineapple, orange skin, slight brioche and shortbread characters. Creamy and textured on the palate with brisk acidity and a persistent finish.

Palmer & Co, Réserve Rosé Brut, Champagne, Champagne, France NV

95 points, Gold
A superior rosé champagne with alluring wild strawberry, flint and smoke aromas, followed by crunchy cherry fruit, redcurrant and rhubarb flavours. Long, gently nutty, finish. Beautiful wine.

Moët & Chandon, Impérial Brut, Champagne, Champagne, France NV

90 points, Silver
Toasty biscuit, plush apricot and a hint of zesty lemon peel, the palate is braced with bright lime and soft spice.

White

Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia 2017

98 points, Platinum
This is savoury with bags of personality. Beautiful floral, flinty, smoky and lemony aromatics with a hint of spice. Delightful textural quality with toasty, savoury and spicy nuances with flinty acidity drawing out the long, chalky finish.

Trinity Hill, Chardonnay, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 2017

95 points, Gold
Vibrant citrus and stone fruit with vanilla and lemon zest. A touch of toasty oak and spice on the palate but fresh acidity and a citrusy finish.

Red

Arboleda, Carmenère, Aconcagua Valley, Chile 2017

91 points, Silver
Lush with generous silky dark plum, violet and cream aromatics, while the palate is plush with raspberry, strawberry and herb.

Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2016

90 points, Silver
Savoury, sweet berry and bramble jelly nose. In the mouth it reveals minty, deep dark fruits, finished off by a slate tail

Sweet

De Bortoli, Noble One Botrytis Semillon, New South Wales, Australia 2016

90 points, Silver
Beautifully perfumed with plush peach, pineapple and smoky oak, lush tropical fruit braces the seductive, velvety palate.

Warre’s, Late Bottled Vintage, Port, Portugal 2007

95 points, Gold
Wonderful expression of its type, with floral fruit, camphor and mint over eucalyptus-kissed sweet black cherries, blueberry and cassis, plus notes of tar, spice and bitter-sweet tannins.


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