We opened a few bottles from Penfolds, creating a food and wine pairing for you.
Penfolds stands for wine tradition in Australia. In a country where the history of wine only reaches 200 years back, Penfolds already looks at more than 170 years of experience, which makes them one of the oldest wine makers on the continent. Penfolds is long since a household name – it comes to no one’s surprise that Singapore is taking their wines as well.
1. Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Colour: Purple rim and dense black core
Nose: Fruity with a colourful courtier’s adornment of florals and spice.
Palate: Harmonious and luxuriant
Food Match: Confit lamb breast, roasted Jerusalem artichokes and creamed saltbush
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Colour: Purple rim and black core
Nose: Black – from black pudding to black olives. Scents of liqueured cherry, saturated dark plum, beetroot and a cooling humbug peppermint impression.
Palate: Liqueured fruits, elderberry, wild raspberry, pomegranate, praline and almond.
Food Match: Grilled or roast beef especially served rare or with a pepper sauce.
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3. BIN 311 Chardonnay 2012
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Colour: Very pale straw
Nose: Delicate aromas of spring flowers and lemon blossom
Palate: Fine and elegant showcasing white peach and nectarine stonefruits, while finishing with a lovely wet river stone minerality providing wonderful persistence of flavour.
Food Match: Poached southern rock lobster, pickled water lily, samphire, tangier pea, oxalis and broad bean.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Colour: Crimson red with purple hues.
Nose: Youthful, leaps from the glass. Expressive. Shouts Pinot Noir – kirsch and red-berried fruits to the fore.
Palate: Lush, generous fruits wash across the palate.
Food Match: I like to think of Pinot Noir as a catch-all food pairing wine. Pinot Noir is light enough for salmon but complex enough to hold up to some richer meat including duck.
5. Cellar Reserve Viognier 2013
Grape Variety: Viognier
Colour: Straw with green and gold hues.
Nose: Choose from camomile, honey suckle, ripe white peach, lychee and orange blossom.
Palate: Soft, luscious, flavoursome! Essence of citrus, Spring blossom and mandarin/orange steeped in rosewater.
Food Match: Dried fruit tart with crème anglaise.