The next bottom's up moment was in Kowloon's Novotel. A free welcome drink was included on check in - with Chilean wines being the flavour of the month. The Chardonnay had rather more oak than i've seen of late and is probably exactly the sort of Chardonnay that's put a lot of people of Chardonnay. Still, it's free so who am I to complain?
Arriving next day on the Gold Coast it was back to red wine. And fortunately one that you can try at home. Wolf Blass President's Selection Shiraz is available in several supermarkets at home and was pleasantly smooth and rich. I only enjoyed a small glass though, as jet-lag was really beginning to bite.
Given the challenges (super-chilled red wine and a pairing with Singapore Spicy Noodles), it fared remarkably well and we managed to polish off the bottle. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!
As per the label, it was remarkably smooth and the fruit character was mainly red plum. I've no idea what was in the blend - doubtless some Merlot with local varieties. It tasted somewhat like a softer Carmenere.
Word of Purple Teeth is spreading, and the ex-pat wives are talking of holding a Purple Teeth Tasting Event. Inspired by this enthusiasm, I had a quick look in the local supermarket for ideas. It's not every day you see supermarket shelves laden with Krug, Penfold's Grange, Pontet-Canet, Chateau Talbot, and a selection of Canadian and German Ice Wines! I certainly hope the idea comes to fruition as with the right budget, this could be plenty of fun. You'll certainly hear about it if it does.