Thursday, June 2, 2016
A Few Good Rieslings
Vinexpo, one of the world’s biggest exhibition for wines and spirits, held in Hong Kong this year. The dinner was held on the mezzanine level of the restaurant, one level above their regular dining area. I loved this cozy space a bit away from the crowd but not as "restrained" as a normal private dining room.
We were first served the 2014 Scharzhofberger Kabinett, the current vintage of Egon Muller’s entry-level Riesling (for the fish), followed by the 1994 vintage he brought over especially for the dinner (to pair with the chicken). The 2014 was dry with light golden color, fresh, stone-fruit, or even some pineapples on the nose, mineral on the palate with strong acidity. I thought it’s still a bit restrained and definitely need more time. The 1994 one exhibited a slightly richer, golden straw color, with an entirely different aroma and taste profile – much riper on the nose, like dried apricot, creamy on the palate and a long complex finish. If I need to name one wine perfect for savory Chinese dishes, that would be the type I have in mind.
When? May 21 2016
Where? One Harbour Road, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Crispy Sesame Chicken filled with Shrimp Mousse 江南百花芝麻雞
Egon Mullter Scharzhof Riesling 2014
Chateau Bela Sturovo Riesling 2011
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2014
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 1994
Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2013
Egon Muller Schaezhofberger Auslese 2014
(Egon Muller) www.scharzhof.de/en/
(One Harbour Road) www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/harbourroad/default-en.html