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October 24, 2019

Deep ruby with a tight rim.  Suggest open-decanting(quite some sediments) for 1 or 2 hours. The first heavy alcohol on the nose gives way to a sweet musty, almost reductive cherry bouquet, coffee, slight leather notes. Exquisite palate with soft tannins (from ageing) a...

Glossy deep ruby coloured — medium rim. Ripe and expansive nose of big blueberry and plum fruit.  Also tones of caramel, truffles, chocolates, white pepper.Complexity comes from tones of incense and licorice. Reflecting most characteristics of the nsoe, the riped-cored...

March 17, 2019

Pinot Gris has already performed well for New Zealand growers.  This 2011 Intrepid Pinot Gris with light gold colour and tiny bubbles does not looks oily. Showing on the nose is the minerality typical of the Awatere Terroir. It also gives layers of spicy pears, green a...

March 17, 2019

Light straw in colour, the nose of this single-vineyard, 2012 Intrepid Albariño noses honey, pear and tropical fruit(apricot), almost durian, compromising a slight mineral(salty), textural acidity.  It is still racy and zesty with citrus,  Kimquat and floral(jasmine) f...

March 14, 2019

Some Forty-two thousand bottles from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in total production,  hence the production scale is adequate to give some economies of scale and hence good cost performance. 2008 is a aarm late season rescued a cooler-than-average vintage;...

March 14, 2019

Only 2,000 bottles produced from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Very Modern. An alternative to Pomerol type of lushness.The only weakness as this delicious and full-bodied  IGT i- it needs time. R.Parker 94+, A.Galloni 94+.

2008 is a a warm late season...

March 14, 2019

Made by the famed, international oenologist Alberto Antonini, this Reserva has grown on the slope of the ancient manor of Velona disclose all the flavours of the noble land of Montalcino. Only 1,300 bottles made of 100% Sangiovese grapes; 2006 being the most sustainabl...

March 14, 2019

Classic nose and palate. Lightish, sweet and tart, dry on the finish ample and tannins. More than daily wine- some quality. wine made by the same owner of I Cipressi Brunello Di Montalcino(and Riserva) is getting better known within the New Waver categories. The score...

March 14, 2019

Some Forty-two thousand bottles from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in total production, hence the production scale is adequate to give some economies of scale and hence good cost performance. 

2010 is a cool growing season and ideal weather before harvest; pu...

March 14, 2019

Ten thousand bottles made of 65% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 10% Corvinone grapes. 2014 is a lighter vintage and reflects the correct varietal and terroir characters on colour, nose and palate. The score is reasonable, like RP91. 

While this 2014 Brunelli Amaro...

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This is a consolidation of the tasting and papers

written from 2006 to 2013. These write-ups had been with the orginal site Wine and Beyond, Yahoo, until the service stopped by Yahoo in September 2013.

 

For years I have been working with wines, either buying it, selling it to wine companies, lecturing and writing about it, and, not unimportantly, enjoying it with friends. If any of the articles on this site are worth reading it is due to my teachers, my mentors, my peers and friends, my students, and in particularly my editors who ignite in me a desire to communicate in wines.

 

Clinging to the trellis of wine, I started to get more and more involved with estates and winemakers, by supporting them with consultancy in communication and marketing. The more I spend my time outside Hong Kong, the more I sense a desire to be part of the international wine family.

 

Writing about wine represents a moment of reflection, curiosity, atitudes and a desire to analyse often hidden structures and history, in an effort to make the wealth of wine accessible to a targetted, and hopefully larger audience.

 

I am not sure if I can wine proivde more accessible to all through this blog. But I am sure to write in wine means being involved in wine and  to remain as impartial and objective as possible.

 

Kevin Tang.

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