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Mystic Island Chardonnay 2018

Situated in Qiu Shan Valley, Penglai, Shandong, this is Mystic Island’s maiden vintage. Fragrant, including pears and green melon but also with a distinctive bouquet of oak staves. Medium-bodied, the fruit is delicate and fresh. Good, sensitive winemaking but let down by the quality of the oak which stings and is a bit raw. A …

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Domaine de Long Dai 2017

Although the domaine made wine in 2014, 2015 and 2016, they were not considered good enough to be released commercially. Until the 2017 vintage. The people involved in composing the blend include not only the team in China but also proprietor Saskia de Rothschild, CEO of DBR Jean-Guillaume Prats, Olivier Tregoat …

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Donnafugata La Bella Sedara 2016

The label is worthy of a Renaissance painter. So captivated, how can a mesmirised consumer resist a glass? Donnafugata is a household name in Sicily. La Bella Sedara is brimming with ripe Nero d’Avola black fruit that has a delicate spiced sweetness very quickly swept up by supple tannins and a …

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Ao Yun 2015

This is the red wine of the LVMH or Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group, proprietors also of Dom Perignon, Krug, Champagne Moët Chandon, Cognac Hennessy, Yquem, and Cheval Blanc. Situated in the mountains of Yunnan, the vines do not have to be buried. Tasted side by side with the 2014 …

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Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2012

If ever we needed palate proof that planting the same grape in a different place results in a near total different wine, this outstanding red is irrefutable evidence. The people responsible for the viticulture and winemaking, of course, also add to the new equation. The sangiovese undergoes a dramatic transformation at Poggio Antico …

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St Paul’s Goldmuskateller 2014

Made from the muscat giallo grape, this light, dry white is so very enjoyable as an aperitif and to pair with dishes including – last Saturday night – frito misto and burrata and tomatoes at No Menu, my favourite Italian restaurant in Singapore. The two starters effortlessly lapped up the grapey/honeyish fruit and balancing …

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Bellavista Saten 2015 

The first vintage of this pure chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Franciacorta was 1984. Produced only when the quality warrants it, Saten is the local Lombardian name for a kind of silk. The allusion is fully justified because Saten is truly silky. In fact, it is even more indulgent in texture. …

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Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2013

After completing a course at the University of California in Davis the year before, Dick Erath planted the first vines in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1969.  He produced his first commercial release of 216 cases in 1972. The aim has always been to follow the rhythm of the land and …

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Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2009

This Margaux estate was one of 15 Second Growths in the 1855 Médoc Classification. Purchased in 1833 by Baron Hector de Brane (owner – at the time – also of Chateau Brane-Mouton which later became Mouton-Rothschild), today’s proprietor is Henri Lurton. Feminine wines of great finesse are produced here. Although …

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