Wine Fiesta is back as Singapore’s largest annual outdoor wine festival! With so many wines to choose from, we ask Moritz Deyle, Deputy Head of Sales and Sommelier at The Straits Wine Company for tips on which wines to zoom in on.
Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a wine newbie, you can’t deny that wine has become an increasingly accessible drink. Over the decades, wine has shed its snooty image to become more approachable. A lot of the “rules” of wine have also been relaxed – for example, it’s now considered old-fashioned if you insist on only pairing red wines with red meat. Winemakers have put in so much thought and effort in cultivating their wines, and it’s endlessly interesting to find out the back stories of each wine.
And where better to get the story behind your tipple than at Wine Fiesta 2015? This year’s edition brings together 350 wine labels and 82 global winemakers who will be on-hand to share their expertise and knowledge. According to Deyle, here are seven wines you can’t miss!
1. Man’ O War Gravestone 2012, Waiheke Island, NEW ZEALAND
“This is a surprising and beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from Man O War. It’s surprising because of its fresh, chalky minerality, which is unique for New Zealand Sauvignons. The minerality is framed with aromas of fresh herbs, gooseberry, and green capsicum and has a long refreshing finish.”
2. Matthieu Barret Cotes du Rhone Petit Ours Brun 2014, Rhone Valley, FRANCE (organic)
“An organic and natural wine! Organic wines are the future of viticulture and winemakers like Matthieu are so inspirational. He aims to produce elegant wines that reflect the terroir from where the wines grow and this Petit Ours Brun does just that! This is a beautiful, fresh Syrah full of red fruits with the characteristic spicy notes of a Syrah.”
3. McHenry Hohnen Amigos White 2011, Margaret River, AUSTRALIA (organic)
“I like wines that are unique and have a bit of character, and this Amigos White from McHenry Hohnen gets me really excited. Organically farmed, this wine has a very unusual blend of Marsanne, Chardonnay, and Roussanne. The wine has aromas of sweet grilled peaches, butterscotch, and spices. It also has a very complex and textural palate with layers of stone-fruits as well as the sweetness of oak. A perfect match for grilled seafood or for a good night with your amigos!”
4. Scott Shiraz 2010, Adelaide Hills, AUSTRALIA
“This is new to market in Singapore at Wine Fiesta! A little different to other Shiraz from Australia, the Scott Shiraz has medium body with great acidity and spicy aromas of plums, blackberry, and violets. This is a favourite of mine as it isn’t too ‘jammy’ and has just enough acidity to finish the bottle at one go.
5. Carrick Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2013, Central Otago, NEW ZEALAND (organic)
“Another new to market in Singapore at Wine Fiesta, this Bannockburn is a true steal for its quality. As an organic wine, it has a “wildness” to it which piques my palate. This is complex, rich, and elegant with notes of cherries and a hint of spice and liquorice. I would say this is ranked up there with Pinot Noirs from France that are priced for much more!
6. G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2011, Piedmont, ITALY
“Barolo’s produce fantastic wines – full of fruits, fresh acidity, and rough tannins. The Barolo Albe is a true Barolo di Barolo and a blend from different vineyards at three different altitudes. The grapes thus have their own distinctive characters, which when blended, makes this Barolo a particular standout for its great character and refined balance.”
7. Laurenz V Friendly 2013, Kamptal, AUSTRIA
“Gruner Veltliner is a really cool grape variety, which is relatively less known in Singapore. For me, it has the floral aromas of Riesling, fruitiness of a Pinot Grigio, and fresh acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc! But what makes it really special, is its spicy finish of fresh crushed pepper. Perfect wine to pair with spicy local dishes and in Singapore’s hot climate.”
Wine Fiesta 2015 will held from 22 to 25 October 2015 at Clifford Square (beside Fullerton Bay Hotel). In celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, this year’s edition includes four renowned Singaporean chefs and local music talents to provide a slew of gastronomic treats and entertainment. Get your tickets here.
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