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September 6, 2009, 2:24 pm
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So I am back from my first ever winetasting session. It was certainly an eyeopening and tipsy experience as T and I made rounds tasting a dizzying array of wines. Some were bad, and those that were really good made the trip worth it. Here are some notes on the best wines I had:

Dona Paula Bodega de Seleccion Malbec 2005

A tight package with a strong hint of mystery, this wine exudes a careless playfulness that seems intentionally engineered. The wine seems very small when in the mouth, but is very full-bodied. It is hard to get a grasp on this wine; it invites more sips.

Elderton Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Satisfying, robust and rich with staying power. This wine has structure and made sense from start to finish, from the nose to the palate. The majesty of this is in the finishing: it lasts for a very long time, so much so that it actually affected my tasting of the Elderton Estate Merlot 2006 after that. This will go down very well with a slab of roasted beef.

Santenay Demeocq 2007

Probably the most cheeky and unexpected of the lot I have tasted. Most of the whites tasted pretty sour and bad, so I did not expect much from this wine. The starting was as expected, sour and thin, but the middle and end was thicker and reminiscent of a red. Question marks go through my head after the first sip.


I think winetasting is as much about finding out what different varieties and blends taste like as discovering what particular tastes and qualities one subjectively prefers in wine.

After much tasting, I realised that I prefer the following types of wines and qualities in wine:

  • Red wine and dessert wines
  • Intensity
  • Coherent structure
  • A strong and lasting finish

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