In the second part of our summer “On the lash” series, we move on to our drink of choice at dinner parties. Whether you prefer the full-bodied flavours of a Red or the refreshing acidity of a White, there’s no denying how important they are to pair with food. So if you’re planning a get together with some friends or just a night in with your loved one in front of the telly, here’s a short round-up of some wines from around the world that you should check out.
 
Vinum
                     
Founded in 1995, Vinum Fine Wines is possibly one of the best fine wine merchants in South East Asia with French wines such as Boredeaux First Growth, Petrus etc. making up 90% of its stock. These 3 wines from Bordeaux in their portfolio have recently caught our eye and taste buds and we suggest you check them out too.
 

  • Clos Fourtet, 2008
    Area of origin: Bordeaux, France
    Tasting notes: The Clos Fourtet has a very dark colour and a nice fruit nose. Meaty with strong extracted tannins, the red Bordeaux blend is nicely balanced and has a good acidity about it. It will continue to age and will develop well with a few more years in the cellar.

  • Chateau Poujeaux, 2008
    Area of origin: Bordeaux, France
    Tasting notes: A purple-red colour with a nice fruit nose and top, the Chateau Poujeaux is polished and crisp. It can be a little dry, but firm. This tannic backbone and balance of fruit aromas will allow it to age well.

  • Chateau Fuisse, Pouilly Fuisse, Les Combettes, 2010
    Area of origin: Burgundy, France
    Tasting notes: The Les Combettes has a nice light yellow colour that is nervy with lemon aromas, but balanced with honey and vanilla. Despite the amalgamation of flavours, the complexity of the wine makes it elegant and rich.

For more information on Vinum Fine Wines’ full list, visit www.vinum.com.sg.
 
 
Villa Maria
 
This new world wine company is New Zealand’s most awarded winery. We know you’re probably thinking New Zealand wines aren’t worth the special attention, but don’t be so quick to dismiss them. New world wines usually give more bang for your buck as you’re paying for the wine and not the name of the country it hails from.
 

  • Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
    Area of origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
    Tasting notes: A pure and lively wine with gooseberry and passionfruit aromas, and a hint of lime and nettle, the cellar selection Sauvignon Blanc has a mid palate that is dominated by vibrant fruit. To cap it off, it has a nice crispness to it.

  • Private Bin Merlot, 2010
    Area of origin: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    Tasting notes: A deep crimson merlot with a nose of red plum, violets, berries and vanilla-like oak undertones, this versatile food wine is full, fruity and textured.

  • Single Vineyard Taylors pass Pinot Noir, 2007
    Area of origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
    Tasting notes: The Single Vineyard Taylors Pass pinot noir has a concentrated and refined nose, with a bouquet of red and dark fruit. The fruit palate and long grainy texture contributes to its elegance and balance.

For more information, visit www.beamglobalasia.com.sg.
 
 
MHD Estates and Wines
 
One of the largest alcohol distributors in the world, it’s often easy to forget that Moet Hennessy Diageo doesn’t just handle champagne and spirits – it has a wide range of wines under its care. Here are a few that deserve a special mention.
 

  • Chandon Vintage Brut, 2008
    Area of origin: Victoria, Australia
    Tasting notes: The Chandon Vintage Brut has a mellow, biscuity aroma with notes of citrus blossoms and honey. The front and middle palates of this sparkling wine are round and creamy with crème caramel and nougat. Crisp and refreshing, it has a long and lively brut finish.

  • Cloudy Bay Te koko, 2009
    Area of origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
    Tasting notes: With the aromatic nose of toasted nuts, thyme, citrus and nectarines, Te Koko is a richly textured alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc. The hints of exotic florals and smokey notes, and palate of ripe tropical fruit and lemon sorbet gives it a mealy complexity with a lingering finish.

  • Cloudy Bay late harvest Riesling, 2006
    Area of origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
    Tasting notes: Framed by a steady note of citrus rind, the nose of Cloudy Bay’s late harvest Riesling is a mix of marmalade, honey and spice. The rich palate brims with apricot and peach, giving it a fruity sweetness offset with crispness.

  • Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
    Area of origin: Margaret River, Australia
    Tasting notes: This dark crimson cabernet sauvignon has a dark cherry and blackcurrant nose with undertones of violets, brambley fruit and cigar-box. Having a dense and sweet palate of mulberries and blackcurrants, this wine will continue to evolve with aging and bring out a whole new array of aromas.

For more information on the MHD Estates, visit www.mhdsg.com.
 
 
Lapostolle
 
Another great new world wine under the MHD portfolio, Lapostolle saw a surge in popularity after it was revealed via twitter that it was the wine Will and Kate drank at a party the night before their big day. In addition, Lapostolle wines are 100% biodynamic and organic – just something to think about while sipping from that wine glass.
 

  • Clos Apalta, 2007
    Area of origin: Chile
    Tasting notes: In a deep purple colour, the Clos Apalta has a nose of red fruit, blackberries, black cherry and raspberry. In the mix are complex notes of toasted vanilla, black chocolate and coffee. The elegant balance and velvety tannins give the wine a solid and well-structured character with a long finish.

  • Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay, 2009
    Area of origin: Chile
    Tasting notes: The cuvee Alexandre is a complex and elegant chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas. On the palate, it is rich, creamy and has a lively acidity. Very round in-mouth, the finish is long and persistent.

  • Cuvee Alexandre Merlot, 2008
    Area of origin: Chile
    Tasting notes: Coming in an intense dark purple, this merlot is nicely balanced with complex fruit aromas, namely, mature red fruit, jam and spices.  On the palate, it is filling and harmonious with smooth tannins.

  • Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
    Area of origin: Chile
    Tasting notes: With an intense nose of red fruit, dry tea leaves and hints of spice, the cuvee Alexandre cabernet sauvignon comes in a dark ruby red colour. It has a concentrated structure with polished tannins and a round palate with a long finish.

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