Sunday, March 05, 2006

Wine Session: 5th February 2006

A month ago, a friend of mine invited my brother and me to his house-warming party (awesome interior design by the way!). With the party in mind, my brother suggested that we should get our friend a couple of bottles of wine. Although at the time I was doing my best to boycott most types of alcohol (read the trauma here), I couldn’t resist having a session of wine-drinking I used to do with my former housemates in Brisbane.

So we went to Denise Wine nearby Sarawak Plaza. There were other wine shops around Kuching, but Denise to me is the place that knows their product the best. Though I still wish they could at least keep some Peter Lehmann brand.



We look around the shop for quite a while and we decided on the following wines:-



Wolf Blass Red Label Cabernet Merlot (2003) & Beringer White Zinfandel (2003)

Now, in more details:-

Wolf Blass Red Label Cabernet Merlot (2003)



This was the wine I’ve recommended for the party. Introduced by my good friend Joshua since I was living with him in Brisbane, I sure know how this one tastes like.


No, I wasn't drunk when I took this photo.

I’m not the best wine critic here, but to me, this wine was not that sweet nor is it bitter. In other words, it had a nice taste, especially the aftertaste. My brother, once sceptical of this Australian brand, now sees Wolf Blass in a more positive light.

Beringer White Zinfandel (2003)



My brother recommended this wine. Brighter than the Cabernet Merlot, the White Zinfandel was quite sweet to my taste. I do like this American product and hopefully I am able to find this in Brisbane.



Should you be new to wine-tasting, then I would suggest this wine as the starting point.

Of course, we weren’t the only ones that brought wine to the party. Three other bottles of wine were introduced to us as well, starting with:

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet (2004)



The Denise Wine in Kuching had a shelf full of Penfolds’ range. Assuming that it might be popular and it might taste well, I had high expectations with this particular Penfolds wine. Honestly speaking, I was disappointed with this Shiraz Cabernet. Somehow it was tad too spicy for my liking.

Then there was this:-

Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon (2003)


Chris: "89 Points...out of 1000!"

I can only describe this wine from Chile in one word: Crap. It’s so bad that I felt like puking halfway through my glass. 89 Points my ass la. Avoid this at all cost, seconded by my brother. Well, if you still insist on buying it, go ahead. We didn’t say we didn’t warn ya.

By the time we went for our final bottle, I wasn’t much in the mood to drink anymore. Still, I had to test this one out:-

Something Else Western Cape (2003)



So unpopular was this brand that I couldn’t find any information on this on the Internet! Well, considering that the name of this wine was quite corny (Something Else??) and that the cover looked ‘cheap’, not to mention that this was brought by someone my brother and I were bias enough to think he knew little about wine. The odds were well against this wine…but surprisingly, it tastes better than that Chilean crap.

So there you go…five different wines and five different tastes. While everyone has their different views, I would say that the Beringer White Zinfandel was the star of the night, the Wolf Blass Red Label Cabernet Merlot was close too. The rest…well, not worth mentioning.

I almost forgot. There were other two stars of the party.

One was Danone™ Jacob’s ™ box (which was just keropok inside).


I can imagine Jacob's Wine coming out in the future.

The other was Mazda RX-7.




P/S: The Valentine's Day entry is now fully updated. Click here to read.

References:-
Beringer (http://www.beringer.com/beringer/catalog/view_product.jsp?product_id=1129&cat_id=1027)
Caliterra (http://www.caliterra.cl/eng/wine/var_caliterra_cabernetsauvignon.asp)
Danone (http://www.danone.com)
Denise Wine (http://www.denisewine.com/home/home.asp)
Mazda (http://www.mazda.com)
Penfolds (http://www.penfolds.com/collection/koonunga/default.asp)
Peter Lehmann (http://www.peterlehmannwines.com.au/Default.aspx?p=3)
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keropok)
Wolf Blass (http://www.wolfblass.com.au/brands/wolfblass/wines/wolfblassTN.asp?item=233442)

6 comments:

robin said...

hey hey !!!
I actually had that chile wine at my lecturer's house during cny, i totally agree with ya..
IT IS CRAP !!!!

Sigmoid said...

I'll still go for Bon Courage, 2004 late Harvest! My fav White Wine....ever!

Actually "something else" is not that bad for a cheap range of wine. Last time I bought it cost nearly 30 bucks only. But of coz its not as nice as the Stirling Rock (guess thats how u spell it) we had last time. ;o)

Chris said...

You are in Australia .. plenty of good wines there .. please go try the following :

Blue Pyrenees Red Reserve
http://www.bluepyrenees.com.au/wines/bpvrange/bprange.htm

If anyone can tell me where to get in Kuching please post it here!!!

Peter Lehmann Semillion
http://www.peterlehmannwines.com/ProductRange.aspx?p=26&id=2

Another good tipper.. very nice white

So there you go ... 2 homework.. a red and a white

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