Wines of the Day
Bald Hills Central Otago Last Light Riesling 2008
I first visited Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island about 35 years ago. At the time, it was not known for wine. I had gone because of picturesque Queenstown (next to a lake) and The Remarkables, a range of snow-capped mountains. I certainly did not visit to bungee jump from the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the world’s first – in 1980 – permanent commercial bungee attraction. Situated in Bannockburn, Bald Hills has 6.5 ha of pinot noir and 1 ha each of riesling and pinot gris. A sustainable grower, their first plantings were in the spring of 1997. On screwcap, this bright light gold 12-year young riesling has classic petrol/kerosene aromas but also slate and honey. The palate is ripe, rich, evolved, fresh, and fruity including honey, lemon zest, and a pinch of sweetness on the finish. Simply impossible to put down. The 2008 vintage was produced by a previous winemaker named Grant Taylor. Available in Singapore exclusively from their importer Le Vigne at S$42.50. If you pay by cheque, cash or PayNow, there’s a 15% discount which brings it down to S$36.12. Outrageous value-for-money. Check out their website at www.singaporewines.comor email order to [email protected]. Le Vigne delivers.
Plan B Mosel Riesling 2014
Unlike the United Kingdom Government which does have a fallback on its coronavirus strategy, Plan B is the name of a winery based in Margaret River, Western Australia. Their regular OD Riesling is from Frankland River in the same state. This Mosel offering is in collaboration with the House of S A Prum based in the Mosel, Germany. Also on screwcap, the colour is a shade lighter than that of Bald Hills Last Light Riesling 2008. There’s a whiff of petrol/kerosene but it’s considerably more slate in this Mosel version. The wine is entirely dry and considerably more taut. The fruit is limes, lemons and Granny Smith apples. Tingling, fruity, and fresh. Plan B is also available in Singapore exclusively from their importer Le Vigne at S$33.90 (Hong Kong distributor is City Super, Malaysia is Grape Expectations, and Jakarta is Interada Prima Lestari). Again, if you pay by cheque, cash or PayNow, there’s a 15% discount which brings it down to S$28.81. Once again, outrageous value-for-money. Check out their website at www.singaporewines.com or email order to [email protected]. Le Vigne delivers.