I joined the ‘Concord wine tasting event’ at Langham Place Hotel on Sunday afternoon. Concord is a wine merchant in Hong Kong since 1997, with a wide selection of wines covering most major wine regions. A great opportunity for me to taste many old & new old wines.
The session runs from 11am to 4pm. The event costs HK$188, with a free gift of Dr. H Riesling 2011, a worth of HK$130. A selection of Cheese & bread were offered and the tasting room was not over-crowded.
Here are some good value wines l found today.
Casa Marin Pinot Noir Litoral 2007 $375 Chile
It is the wine that Robert Parker rated 93 point. There is no doubt about it. Very complex nose of red/black berries fruits, dusty, smoky oak, and delicious smoke ham. Quickly sip the wine to confirm the nose. The palate is even more complex with juicy/rich fruit, smoke ham, mineral and chocolate. HK$255, a 32% off the original price today. It was sold out as expected.
Comparing it with Burgundy Pinot Noir, Pommard 2010 (HK$405), Casa Marin Pinot Noir is more jammy and fruity. Burgundy Pinot Noir would never be jammy and savoury like this one from a warm climate. Pommard 2010 is more herbs, mineral and red cherry like aromas/flavours with less body & alcohol level. Definitely, more shy and feminine than Chilian version.
Rosenvale Shiraz Reserve 2005 14.9%, $315 Barossa Valley, Australia
This is a wine for those who would like to taste typical new world style Shiraz. Barossa Valley is known for producing good Shiraz. Its warm climate aids in ripening the grapes fully, producing full-bodied wine with high alcohol level.
The nose tells me it is ‘Shiraz’, with deep colour, rich black fruit, sweet toasty oak, and distinct peppery note. On the palate, good acid & tannic structure with ripe tannin supports the intense flavours.
I bought it for HK$215, 32% off the price. It is always good to buy wine at this kind of tasting event after confirming what you like and at discounted price.
Bladen Winery Riesling 2009 $165, Marlborough, New Zealand
A good value Riesling. It has citrus lime, stone fruit with a hint of waxy note, refreshed by high level of acidity. Though not very complex, the wine is in good balance, showing its varietal characters and smooth texture.
This refreshing & approachable Riesling not only matches with many asian cuisines, but also can be an energy drink in the lethargic hot summer in Hong Kong.
On the left, De Bortoli Winery Noble One 2009 (375ml) 10.5%, $238, Australia
100% Semillon base dessert wine, which has a distinct ‘botrytis’ mushroom, spices notes. De Bortoli Winery is known for producing ‘noble rot’ affected Semillon sweet wine.
A rich, full-bodied wine, with citrus, sweet spices, mushroom and honey characters with lively acidity. While retaining good acidity level, the wine has a long future to evolve further as it has enough extract of intense fruit, complex flavours and good sweet/acid structure.
Robert Parker gave it a 94 point. Semillon has a great ageing potential, developing into more complex, rich honey, roasted nut and toast. Promotional price is HK$170, 29% off, which l think is a good value wine to bring home.
Concord Wines http://www.concordwines.com.hk