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October 3, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Any lingering doubts about whether Asian cuisine can be matched with wine were dispelled on Tuesday evening as travel industry guests from Qantas and elsewhere turned out in perfect summery whether to A Taste of Hong Kong.

The event, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in association with Gourmet Traveller WINE, was held at China Doll restaurant on Sydney’s iconic finger wharf at Woolloomooloo.

Hong Kong has plenty to offer lovers of dining out – it has over 11,000 restaurants, meaning you could eat at a different establishment every day for over 30 years.

Guests at China Doll savoured a selection of wines expertly matched with a heady mix of Asian-inspired canapés, hosted by noted wine writer, connoisseur and raconteur Mike Bennie.

Hong Kong wine

Here, for those interested in which wine to serve with Asian food, is the selection, with Bennie’s notes:

Santa Margherita Prosecco Extra Dry NV
Pale straw yellow in colour, with a fine mousse. Its bouquet displays good intensity and is slightly aromatic, with hints of rennet apples. It has very soft fruit on the palate, supported by good acidity and tanginess and an easy-drinking style.

Gunther Steinmetz Kestener Herrenberg Riesling 2012
Light, golden colour with an exotic nose with notes of white peach, ananas, maracuja, grapefruit underlain with a citrus component. Very energetic, with a high tension and acid. A long finish.

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Gobelsberg Lossterrassen Gruner Veltliner 2013
Striking on the nose, which somewhat recalls green tea and white pepper, and a fine herbaceous piquancy noticeable; light to medium-bodied, clear apple and pear fruit on the finish, fresh and juicy, ready to drink now.

Louis Moreau Chablis 2012
This Chablis shows a nice brilliant golden colour, while its nose is floral with a hint of white fruit (apple, pear). According to the vintage, its gustatory attack can express mineral and citrus notes, balanced by its roundness and fineness.

Crawford River Rose 2013
A delicious and strikingly alluring combination of fresh red and black currants is the introduction to this decidedly quaffable Rose. The lifted nose is followed by subtle allspice and mace overtones on the front palate, with a soft textural quality throughout the remainder of the well-rounded, dry palate. A soft, fine textural element pervades
the palate with well- poised acidity balancing the lingering finish.

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Stoney Rise Pinot Noir 2013
The 2013 is a little darker than the 2012, and a bit more robust. It moves back to the darker fruits, black cherry and hints of plum. The palate is firm and textured with characters of mushroom. A long persistent finish completes this wine of which we are very happy with.

Ngeringa Growers Series Shiraz 2010
Deep in colour, brooding berries and plums with some black pepper spice, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf on the nose. The palate is full of plush blood plums mixed spices and hints of earthy complexity.

Written by : Peter Needham

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