Wine O’Clock wouldn’t be Wine O’Clock without the chance to sample some great wines. Five leading suppliers in travel retail talked attendees through one of their finest bottlings, spanning both the old world and new.
Nederburg Vintage Limited Edition Pinotage 2004 from South Africa
“Nederburg is one of the most prestigious and oldest wine farms in South Africa, dating back to 1791, so there is some history there. The pinotage grape was first created in 1925 by taking the best of a Pinot Noir and the best of a Cinsaut. The colour is a dark ruby with a purple edge with fresh prune flavours and vanilla notes. For food suggestions, it would be fantastic with a casserole or meat dish. As it is a 2004, it is definitely ready to be drunk now or can be aged for another five to seven years.”
Distell Global Travel Retail Regional Business Manager Africa/Middle East Thomas Modinger
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2017 from Australia
“This year we are celebrating the 175th anniversary of Penfolds, so it is one of the oldest wine brands in Australia and is one of our lead brands within travel retail. The Bin 28 is a classic example of the Penfolds house style, where we use multi-regional blending to maintain exceptional quality and consistency in our wines over successive vintages. It can be described as rich and fruit-driven with ripe, black fruit and sweet spice, while the American oak adds a lovely coconut and vanilla character. This wine can certainly be enjoyed with rich meat dishes, as well as cheese.”
Treasury Wine Estates Global Travel Retail General Manager Simon Carter
Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from Chile
“Don Melchor is based on three key pillars: the history, the terroir and the team behind the wine. This is the 2017 vintage, which is very young and was only released in August. Even though it is young, you can feel that it is a wine that is complex and has a very interesting ageing potential.”
Viña Concha y Toro Global Travel Retail & Duty Free Director Diego Baeza
Campolongo di Torbe Amarone Della Valpoicella Classico DOCG 2012 from Italy
“This wine uses a very specific technique typical of our region. The drying of the wine called appassimento is historically used for sweet wines, but over time by chance, it became possible to make dry wine. It is still a young wine, despite being 2012 [vintage]. This combination of technique and grapes gives a powerful wine, which is also very round, soft and elegant; we say it is a giant, but a gentle giant.”
Masi Wines Managing Director of Sales - Travel Retail, Europe & Africa Pier Giuseppe Torresani
Château Enclos Haut-Mazeyres Le Paradis Pomerol from France
“This special wine from Haut-Mazeyres uses a special blend with a little bit of Malbec, which is very interesting to find what the winemaker can tell you through this.”
Peuch & Besse CEO Sylvain Combe
The Moodie Davitt eZine
Issue 269 | 15 October 2019
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