"Farewell" Party for Sasi (Lam Soon): A hot day with wet mushrooms and some decaying leaf litter underneath a layer of sweet cherry compote. Lovely cherry, strawberries and petite flowers.Absolutely beautiful composure and finish. Amazingly, this evolved further on second tasting with soupyness and chinese dang gui stewed with red dates. This is one absolutely yummy wine with ethereal lasting mouthfeel and finish...I can still taste it even now... strawberry fields basked in autumn morning sunshine. This is a really beautiful wine.
Sasi's farewell tasting (Richfield, Lam Soon Building, Singapore): Absolutely profound. This must be the best red wine I have had this year. Orange and garnet all over. Just an amazing mature Burg nose. At once pretty, lush and fragrant, with wet matted earth, mushrooms and truffles, lots of floral notes reminiscent of crushed flower petals, rich blackcurrant and cherry. With time, a savoury chicken stock tone weaved its way through these rich secondary flavours and the fruits took on the sweet tone that is so beautiful in aged Burgundy. No artificial confected stuff here, just honest to goodness accents of stewed cherries and kirsch. Beautiful. I was just hoping the palate would not let down, and it absolutely did not. Lots of clean acid still, wed to a silky lightness – this wine was definitely alive and kicking. I got cherries, strawberries, fresh cut flowers and more of the lovely natural sweetness, if only a little more restrained than the nose. At first, the wine was marred by a hollowness that sounded at the mid-palate, where a submerged metallic note rang out in spots. We were afraid that the wine was beginning to collapse. However, as it took on air and the nose started singing in sweeter notes, the palate also filled up with an incredible rush of cherries, preserved strawberries and sweet dates and just started showing better and better. My written notes say “Complex!! Singing!! Opened!! Profund… ecstactic… LONG!!!” The finish was superb – with cherry compote, almost candied, hisbiscus notes and orange peel just swirling around the mouth. This is one wine I am going to remember for a long, long time.
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