|Wine Chat @Vintry Ampang|
|Domaine de la Roquette Chateaueneuf du Paper 2009|
Vintry Ampang Wine Chat, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Warm and articulate, Yin How Wong is a gracious guide. Owner of Vintry, he is brimming with knowledge but able to communicate so that even newbies to the intricacies of wine feel able. He introduced us to our first Wine Chat at the Ampang outlet, which saw six wines swirled, sniffed, sipped and studied. All were chosen for the facts that the organizer finds them interesting and they’re not available on regular retail shelves. A seventh wine was kept secret to the end, but more about that later.
Rows of wine bottles were the backdrop to enormous barrel based tables set with fine glasses and tasting notes. Vintry has a rustic appeal and one of the joys of dining/ imbibing there is the wine cellar ambience.
Browsing the list for the Wine Chat, I was pleased to see some bottles that I’d never tasted, happy to see both new and old world wines and intrigued to try Greek wine from one of their most famous producers. Here’s what I tasted and learned:
Saint Clair Gruner Veltliner 2011 (Marlborough, New Zealand) RM98
Described as a drop with lots of personality, this indigenous Austrian grape grown in New Zealand, was rich, had more body and handles slightly heavier dishes than the usual NZ white wine varietals.
Nose: nectarines, peaches, aromatic, New Zealand in character
Palate: crisp and taut with stone fruit and hints of sweet spice and musk, pineapple, citrus, guava, lemony, less New Zealand and more ‘old world’ in palate
Pair with: chicken, pork, mushroom sauce
Out of the two whites we tried, both girls at our table LOVED this one naming it a party drink exuding a similar mood as champagne.
|Alpha Estate Malagouzia 2011|
Next up was an unusual selection, Alpha Estate Malagouzia 2011 (Amyndeon, Greece) RM85
Not common in Malaysia, it was a fantastic opportunity to try this Greek wine.
Nose: peach, grass, nutty
Palate: fleshy, fresh, stone fruit, notes of honeysuckle, minerals, dry,
Pair with: salad, grilled seafood such as octopus or calamari
Hauts de Poujeaux 2007 (Moulis, France) RM120
Not your typical rich Beaudeaux cabernet, sauvignon, merlot blend but lighter, so very palatable and fairly open so you can enjoy it reasonably young.
Nose: cedar, currants, cherry
Palate: moderate soft tannins provide structure
Pair with: grilled meats such as steak, lamb
|Alpha Estate Red 2008 & |
Hauts de Poujeaux 2007
Alpha Estate Red 2008 (Amyndeon, Greece) RM149
This round, a red from Greece, a syrah, merlot, xinomavro blend sourced from vineyards 620-690 metres above sea level.
Nose: earthy, leather
Palate: long finish, dry
Pair with: red meats
Domaine de la Roquette Chateaueneuf du Paper 2009 (Rhone, France) RM190
There are 13 permitted grape varieties that can be used to make this wine. The most common blends use five or six. This one uses four.
Nose: red berry, dusty floral, mineral
Palate: strawberry, raspberry, Mediterranean herbs
Pair with: grilled and herb based dishes
|Massena Epsilon Shiraz 2009|
Massena Epsilon Shiraz 2009 (Barossa Valley, Australia) RM108
There’s no hiding I have taste buds for Aussie wines, so it’s not a surprise that I found this red from the Barossa Valley the most likeable.
Nose: blackberries, black currant, black cherries, Indian spices, red blossoms
Palate: crisp acid, grainy tannins, long fruity finish, easy drinking, well balanced
Pair with: hearty grilled steak, osso bucco, braised lamb
Finishing with a game, we were sufficiently lubricated to forget inhibitions and participate without reservations. Guests were furnished with a tasting portion of a Mystery Wine and a number of multiple choice questions were put forward. A winner was identified through a process of elimination – if you got a round wrong you’re out of the game. The last person left standing (me!) won a bottle of something we had tasted during the Wine Chat. It was quite an impelling way to put what you had learned into application.
|Mystery Wine - Italian Sangiovese|
Wine Chats by Vintry cost RM30 per person for a two hour wine journey. For wines purchased on the day you receive an additional 20% discount and the RM30 participation fee is discounted off any purchases you make. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get yourself on the invite list for the next tasting.
Reason to visit: a palatial education for a value price by a certified wine expert in a very pleasant environment
24 Persiaran Ampang
55000 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 4252 8262