The Donum Estate keep getting better!!!
Many of you already know that Vinopolis represent the Donum Estate exclusively for the Hong Kong market. Not only are Donum wines very good, they are all from single vineyards and increasingly made from grapes under biodynamic cultivation as the Donum team draws inspirations from the natural elements of soil, vegetation, atmosphere, wind, sun and rain. Sustainability has always been at the core of the philosophy of the owners.
Over the last 10 years, massive investments have also been made to acquire more land/vineyards, to expand the art collection and not least on the facilities too. The latest is the unveiling on July 31 of the new tasting pavilion (please click below to see). Designed by Studio Other Spaces which is founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Beckmann, the defining feature is the conical canopy 14.5m in diameter and comprising of 832 glass tiles in 24 colours. The pavilion offers a space dedicated to tasting and a breath-taking view of San Pablo Bay as well as some of the sculptures at the Donum Estate. It will no doubt create a sensorial experience for all Donum visitors.
For those interested in Donum wines, we currently carry the 2019 Russian River Valley Estate Chardonnay (JS 95 at HK$600), the 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot (WA93 at HK$720), the 2018 Three Hills Pinot (WE96 at HK$720), the 2019 Mikado Tree Reserve Pinot (JS97 at HK$800) and the 2019 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot (JS96 at HK$700). Let us know if you are interested to try any of them.
In terms of our other wine stock, these are some of our latest additions:
2018 Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot (VN93-95 at HK$1,000/bottle) – A fresh Burgundy white with a fine bead of acidity, it is elegant and refined, never heavy but conveying a sense of athleticism and poise, ending with a slightly saline and persistent finish.
2011 Feytit-Clinet (RP95 at HK$530/bottle) – 2011 is not the strongest Bordeaux vintage but there are a few exceptions, with this being one that boasts a blue/black/purple colour and thick, rich, meaty, blood-like berry fruit intermixed with hints of truffles and licorice. The palate is that of medium to full-bodied with no hard edges. Great value for what it has to offer…
2016 Jean-Marc Millot Vosne-Romanee les Suchots 1er Cru (VN94 at HK$1,600/bottle) – A Burgundy red that has a very elegant bouquet of perfumed red cherry, raspberry and light oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied, with supple tannin, plenty of red fruits laced with blood orange that segues into a poised and lasting finish.
2015 Domaine Tawse Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (VN96 at HK$2,400/bottle) – More excellent Burgundy red and this one boasts an intense bouquet, more of black than red fruits, with notes of flint and chalk more evident with time. The palate is medium bodied with supple tannin and fine-tuned acidity, fanning out with confidence to give a long and slightly ferrous finish.
2010 Domaine du Colombier Hermitage (WA96 at HK$750/bottle) – From Northern Rhone of France, this prodigious Hermitage red reveals classic flowery notes intermixed with crème de cassis, pen ink, scorched earth and a touch of spice in the background. It is full-bodied, muscular and a real blockbuster that is very enjoyable now but will age effortlessly for another 20 years.
2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Cuvee les Origines (WA95 at $420/bottle) – Another blockbuster but this is from Southern Rhone of France. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre out of 45 to 95-year old vines, it exhibits an opaque purple colour as well as a sweet bouquet of blackberries, expresso roast, ink and graphite and is now at the best of its drinking window.
2015 Argiano Solengo (WA95 at HK$1,000/magnum) – From the Tuscany area of Italy, this red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, with the 2015 vintage especially exuberant, concentrated and dark from the warm and sunny growing season. More upfront and very confident, the wine offers enriched black fruit, exotic spice, savoury smoke and a hint of tobacco.
Thank you for reading. Please feel free to go to our website www.vinopolis.com.hk to browse the full wine list. Purchases can be made through the website or by sending us an e-mail or simply WhatsApp 9195-7383.