Dinner at The Prawn Star (Duxton Hill): Appearance is clear, medium intensity, amber-gold colour. Looks a lot older than it is. Legs. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of honey, beeswax, peaches, apricots, and florality. Developed. On the palate, medium sweet, balanced high acidity, medium alcohol, medium+ body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of honey, beeswax/honeycomb, ripe peach, apricot, and slight minerality. Long finish. Good quality. Nice and enjoyable now. Drink up. This will die a quick death soon.
Mum-in-law's Birthday Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): This was surprisingly good and very much enjoyed. A rather deep amber gold in colour, it actually looked rather older than it was. Absolutely nothing wrong with the wine though. It had a lovely nose, with beeswaxy honeyed aromas, sprinkles of spice and chrysanthemum and orange blossoms wafting around a core of tangerines and apricots. Lovely, heady stuff. At 10 years of age, the palate was was at a very nice place. There was still a layer of primary apricot and tangerine jam flavours on the attack showing a bit or residual sugar, but this evened out very quickly to show a lovely dance of spice and mineral beneath, before opening up into a fresh finish where there were more flowery orange blossom notes laced with little dollops of honey. This had all the balance of a solid Pinot Gris from a great vintage. It also offered up the additional bonus of being extremely versatile with a whole variety of foods, including one of the most difficult of things to pair with - deep-fried ginger strips. Good stuff.
I had bought this several years ago in Paris and had virtually forgotten about it until I got back from my recent trip to Alsace. I wish I had forgotten about it a little longer! Even though it is drinking very well, it still has some time to go. The relatively high residual sugar will protect it for a while yet and the acidity on the back end will keep it all together.
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