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Friday, January 28, 2011

Wine Entry : Wolf Blass Riesling Yellow Label 2009 (Australian)

Smell : Sea water mixed with citrus smells.

Taste: More like a chardonnay/sauvignon blend rather than a riesling. Mild acidity with some biting bitterness.

After taste : sharp and curt

Will I buy again? No.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wine Entry : Domaine Chardon Shiraz Heathcote 2008 (Australia)

Smell : Deep dark ripen cherries and cassiss
Taste : Firm structure, full bodied with none of the overwhelming spiciness of typical Shiraz
After taste : Well balanced with medium tannins

Buy again ? Yes

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wine Shop : Oaks Wine Cellar at Resorts World Sentosa

So this is where Oaks has opened a new store.... Resorts World Sentosa!
As per my recent post, they have moved out of from Takashimaya Shopping Centre in Orchard Road.

I guess the more well-heeled "Casino" customers are the target audience now. It appears that they have another new outlet at Marina Bay Sands as well.

"Established in 1996, The Oaks Cellars is a modern, stylish retailer and distributor dealing with fine, rare and vintage wines. Reputed for our personalised service, The Oaks Cellars offer a wide range of classified growth from Bordeaux and other top producers from distinguished wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy and Spain to suit your palate and occasion at every price range. Together with our wide range of accessories, we customised wine hampers for all special occasions with on time delivery. Come and discover for yourself!"

Operating hours: 10am - 10pm (Daily) Tel No: +65 6686 3211

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Wine Entry : d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenach 2006 (Australian)


Smell: Perfume flora scents of intertwined rose and lilies

Sweetish filled with ripen fruits of raspberries, cherries and stone fruit. Easy on the palate.

After taste :
Warm alcoholic with velverty tannins

Buy again ?

Description at back of bottle
The wine is named in honour of d'Arenberg's principle, Francis "d'Arry" d'Arenberg Osborn. It is the culmination of more than half a century of d'Arry's winemaking career at his family winery in McLaren Vale. D'Arry's Original blend, first launched some four decades ago, was and is to this day a blend of Shiraz and Grenache grown on d'Arenberg's low yielding, 19th century vineyards.

Each vintage, d'Arry has overseen the ripe, concentrated fruit from these gnarled old vines undergo gentle crushing, open fermentation (where the traditional foot treading in wader-clad feet takes place), basket pressing and 9 months careful oak maturation. D'Arry's Original has become a benchmark for McLaren Vale and Australia's rich, generous, traditional wines. Our natural minimum processing practices (no fining or filtration) ensure maximum flavour. This wine will benefit from extended bottle aging.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Wine Entry : Ginrei Gassan Junmai Sake


Pleasant drinking Sake : $14 Ginrei Gassan Junmai Sake

Dryness -20 (that is minus 20!) and therefore fairly sweet. Alcohol 11 percent.

Polished away 35 percent of sake rice to make. Enjoy it chilled. It is a soft and refreshing flavour sake

Own tasting notes : Light and refreshing, mild sweetness, fragrant subtle plum/prune flavour.

Buy again? The small bottle is helpful, so a moderate yes

Available at Tampines One basement shop.

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