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La Ricmal – Global Wine, Merlot wins bronze in the 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

La Ricmal is delighted to announce that they have won a bronze award in the 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) the largest pan-Asian wine and spirit competition of its kind.

The HKIWSC operates to the highest global standards in judging, product storage and result integrity. The competition was chaired by Debra Meiburg MW, one of Asia’s first Masters of Wine and guest VIP judge, Alberto Antonini.

Judging was undertaken by teams of the best palates in Asia from Hong Kong, India, China, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand who were specially flown in by HKIWSC partner Cathay Pacific.

La Ricmal is an Empowerdex rated level 3 BEE wine producing company that produces top quality wines for both its local and international markets. La Ricmal are the proud producers of 3 wine brands that are steadily growing. The family owned business base their principals and business endeavours on integrity. This delightful range of premium cultivars offers for easy drinking and distinct appellation. Winning an award from the HKIWSC is certainly beneficial in the success of the brand and will help the consumer make an informed decision on their choice of wine.

Father and son team are the driving force in business behind the name La RicMal. A powerful yet unpretentious combination of business experience and sound acumen, La RicMal offers a vast and dynamic wine experience by the introduction of its brands.

We have decided to encapsulate `Africanism` in a bottle, of diverse heritage, culture and complexity, making it our promise of a unique wine and dining experience.

The 2011 competition results were announced on 3 November 2011 with a prestigious gala dinner held at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s International Wine and Spirits Fair (3 and 5 November 2011).

For additional information please contact Ricardo Green 021-981 2675 O/H or

Editors’ notes:

Wines and spirits that win awards may then go forward to the appropriate trophy category, where they compete at national or international level with the best. Samples are presented in flights with the judges never seeing the bottle. Judges are provided with a score sheet and given the basic parameters of the class being assessed. Samples are assessed quietly; and without comment; marks are recorded and collected by the panel chairman who may then open discussions in respect of judge’s comments/scores.

Judges are prohibited from entering the preparation area before or during judging sessions. Where judges are unable to reach a majority decision, flights will be referred to another panel. All results remain confidential until officially released.

Provided the required minimum score is reached gold, silver and bronze awards are given in each tasting category or flight. Products with the highest mark in their respective category are re-tasted for national and international trophies. Marks are out of 100 and made on one of the strictest marking systems around with awards made on the following system:

94-100 GOLD / 90 – 93.9 SILVER / 87 – 89.9 BRONZE

HKIWSC Press Release


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