Three lovely wines: Burgundy, Martinborough and Tasmania

It was a beautiful pre-spring day today in London. I was doing some staff wine training for Hakkasan, the brilliant Chinese-inspired restaurant chain with two London outposts. The first session was on ‘smooth reds’, and among the tasting wines were these three beauties.

Domaine Daniel Rion Nuits St Georges Les Hauts Pruliers 1er Cru 2006 Burgundy
This is a cracking red  Burgundy, currently drinking very well. Elegantly perfumed with spice and cherries. The palate shows amazingly well integrated savoury, spicy structure and lovely supple fruit. There’s a spicy warmth, here, too. Great balance. 94/100

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough, New Zealand
Lively, floral and sappy with a bit of spicy structure and good acidity alongside the focused cherry fruit. Youthful an precise with some smoothness to the fruit, but also some meaty, spicy edges, and some plum skin bite. A really lovely wine that needs a bit of time. 94/100

Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Tasmania, Australia
13% alcohol. Just brilliant: a lovely cool-climate Cabernet from the Coal River Valley, showing sweet, beautifully aromatic blackcurrant fruit. The palate is fresh and fine with lovely precision. Midweight and fine, with lovely open sweet fruit and some tannic grip. 94/100

After tasting, we did a bit of food and wine matching, ordering eight dishes off the menu and then pairing them with different bottles. The food at Hakkasan is just thrilling. Wonderful combinations of textures and flavours. I must go back and eat there again soon. In between the morning and afternoon sessions I had a chance to walk around London. I headed to Regent’s Park, where I used to spend quite a few of my lunch hours when I had a day job in Portland Place. It was buzzing with people enjoying the sunshine. On a sunny day, London is a great city indeed.

5 comments to Three lovely wines: Burgundy, Martinborough and Tasmania

  • william

    The Domaine A Cab Sav is over £50 a bottle!!! – so it’d better be brilliant – shamer I wanted to try some but not at that price – presumably in Hakasson they sell it for £150?

  • Damien

    William, if you look at their website it’s $120 Australian dollars direct from them; that’s around £80, so if you can find it for £50 it’s a bargain. The vagaries of exchange rates

  • william

    Thanks Damien – a good point – but I’m still annoyed that what I thought was a “top find” was in fact something that only I had never heard of :)

  • Andrew Halliwell

    You’d think they would have managed a better label for $120. Looks terrible to me.

    I didn’t even know they could grow Cab down there, I had thought that the apple isle was too cold. So after some brief research, 42’50S would put it at about the same latitude as Santiago in Spain in the Northern Hemisphere. Very mild climate, January average max 22.5C, but still over 15C in May. And just under 500mm rain / year. Must be pretty sunny.

  • Paul Dove

    How much are these “cracking,lovely, brilliant” wines? Are they reasonably affordable to ordinary folk? Otherwise what’s the point?

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