Time to catch up...
It has been a while since I last met you guys. Typhoon is hitting Hong Kong so no school today. That does not stop me saying “hello” and share a few pictures with you.
It must be in my genes that I like food, and fish in particular. Mum is taking me to places and there are so much to see. The Ocean Park is one of my favourites. It is extremely sad though to then learn of the passing away of An An. I am also a little into doing jigsaw puzzles recently. In terms of sports, I am learning to swim. Somebody is teaching me football and trying to make me a Manchester United supporter too!!! The new school term has just started and it is a new school for me as well. I am sure there are lots to learn and I will also make many friends. Life is really getting more interesting and I hope it is the same for you.
So much for now and I will leave the adults introducing to you what they are doing at Vinopolis.
Thank you baby boy…and the following are some of our latest additions:
2018 Cantina Terlando Vorberg Pinot Bianco Reserva (WA95 at HK$330/bottle) – Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate feels that if she is stranded in the middle of a desert and can only choose to have a single bottle of wine, it will be this one!!! From the NE of Italy, this white out of the Pinot Bianco grape varietal has a slightly creamy texture and with aromas of stone fruits. The expression is slightly salty, firm and full of energy. Overall a joy to be able to have a glass, and more.
2017 Rieussec (WA97 at HK$360/bottle) – For those who are into sweet wines, we always see Rieussec as the unbeatable proposition. With the same owner as the legendary Lafite Rothschild, this Sauterne estate keeps producing excellent wines every year and at such value too. The Wine Spectator actually awarded their 2001 vintage as the overall Wine of the Year. Need we say more?
2012 Smith Haut-Lafitte (RP95 at HK$700) – We are re-stocking one of our favoutite Bordeaux reds, a perfectly balanced, complex and rich wine that offers notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit. It has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, with ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish.
2009 Le Gay (WA98 at HK$1,350/bottle) – This excellent red is the highest rated vintage ever for this Pomerol (Bordeaux) estate. It sings of minted cassis, baked plums and blueberry pie with touches of cloves, tree bark and pencil shavings and a hint of lavender. The palate is medium to full bodied and with a 3-dimentional structure, leading to a multilayered and vibrant finish.
2014 Haut-Brion (WA96 at HK$3,400/bottle) – Of all the First Growths, Haut-Brion is always our favourite not only because their wines are so good but also because, to our opinion, they present the best value too. If anything, their annual output is only about 1/2 of that of Lafite. Their 2014 vintage is medium to full bodied and showing notes of strawberry, bilberry, tobacco and hints of menthol. The palate is fresh and of nice acidity, with a touch of marmalade and blood orange lingering over the enduring finish.
2016 M. Chapoutier CNDP Croix de Bois (WA95-97 at HK$550/bottle) – A star of Chapoutier’s Southern Rhone collection, this full-bodied red offers notes of pepper, licorice, black raspberry and is a creamy textured beauty. There are debates as to whether it can keep developing for another 15 years but then who can resist drinking this sexy and lush wine now?
2012 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante (WA97 at HK$750/bottle) – This red from Tuscany (Italy) exudes elegant power and finesse at the same time. The bouquet has wild cherry, rose hip, dried ginger, rosemary and spice. The mouthfeel is firm, almost crunchy. Swirl the glass a few times and savoury tones of moist earth and exotic tea will begin to appear. It is just beautiful…
2015 Screaming Eagle - the Flight (WA97 at HK$19,200/for three in OWC) – Last but certainly not least, we have this rare gem and a real collectors’ item for which only around 8,000 bottles have been produced. 2015 is also the year when the wine changed its name from “Second Flight” to “The Flight” as over the previous years, some had the confusion the cuvee being the second wine of the legendary Screaming Eagle. It is not. It is different in that it’s more Merlot based (Screaming Eagle being Cabernet Sauvignon based) and the wine definitely more than can stand on its own right. The 2015 vintage opens with electric notes of plum, black and blue berry fruits. There are nuances of lavender, cinnamon, violets, pencil shavings and yeast extracts. Medium to full-bodied, it hits the palate with lots of energy and freshness supported by firm and fine-grained tannins, ending with a long, layered finish.
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.