New champagne and sauvignon blanc options from Krug and Cloudy Bay
As well as a society for gin aficionados under gin specialist bar Atlas.
A CLEAR WINNER
Now that you have access to the world’s largest gin
collection thanks to Atlas’ mind-boggling selection,
where do you start? If you need a little guidance, consider
joining the Atlas Juniper Society. The bar’s newly
launched membership-based community welcomes both
aficionados and novices to partake in monthly tasting
sessions and other events including masterclasses,
new launches, exhibitions and gin dinners. A lifetime
membership fee is $100. Parkview Square. Tel: 6396-4466.
A SPARKLING SHOW
Following limited yields in 2003, Krug was blessed with good enough
weather the next year to create two beautiful expressions for 2004. Krug
2004 is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier, with aromas of
candied citrus and spice. The Krug Grande Cuvee 160eme Edition is
more familiar, as it is simply the 160th recreation of the House’s annual
Grande Cuvee. Made from a blend of 121 wines from 12 different years,
it boasts the same roundness and acidity we’ve come to love from one of
the best non-vintage champagnes out there.
French and Italian wine harvests are
at a historic low this year, but let’s not
forget that there are still delectable
bottles to be savoured from the New
World. Cloudy Bay has released its
2017 Sauvignon Blanc and it has,
according to senior winemaker Tim
Heath, “an elegant and concentrated
palate with ripe, juicy stone fruit and
lemongrass, supported by a lovely
minerality”. While its crisp acidity and
long finish might suggest its capability
to age well, we recommend grabbing
a chilled glass and a tray of oysters as
soon as possible.
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