2011 Casual Drink 2 @ MAIU (20110422)

Home sweet home! Back to KL for holiday and met up with my drinking kakis there for a casual wine dinner. I have had great time in MAIU, Japanese Buffet Restaurant located at Damansara Perdana during Chinese new year, with same group of friend. This is probably the best value Japanese buffer restaurant I can find in town, with approx RM50, we have endless serving of Sashimi (Salmon, Butter fish, Maguro….) and some other dishes such as Tofu, Sushi, Handroll….. and, private dining room that fit for about 6-8 pax.

Flight 1: A Chard to kick off the dinner

2008 Rustenberg Chardonnay – South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch

  • Alcohol :: 14.5%
    Expressive nose of butter, nutty, green herbs with ripe yellow fruits core, quite compelling with a hint of citrus notes too. Very rich on the palate, almost creamy in texture and flavors with light alcoholic tones, but considered very well in check for a 14.5% alcohol content. Hot, spicy finish.

Flight 2: Rhone & Brunello

1989 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Opened for 3hrs before serving. Seductive sweet aromas with dried fig paste, dark plum, blackberry complexed with smoke meat and deep core of spices and barnyard at the background too. Fresh. Lots of lush dark fruits on the palate, well-balance with spices, earth and smoke meat that underpinned by fresh acidity, little touch of tannin giving good grip as well as longer persistent finish. This bottle somehow lack a bit of the completeness and lift on the palate and length compared to the previous bottle, perhaps suffered from the travelling. My drinking buddies thought this was a wine with max 12yrs in age.

2004 E. Guigal Hermitage – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Barnyard, roasted herb, blackcurrant and smoke meat. Very bright profile, good transparency to the sweet dark fruits coated that is rich and quite powerful, medium weight palate with a touch of roasted herb and bitter tannin at the end, powerful finish too, not bad but perhaps lack a little bit of the mid palate concentration, that’s why I guessed this was a 2004.

2005 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Very tannic and acidic at first so we leave it in the bottle and tried again at the end of dinner, approx 60mins later, the tannin has mellow down but the acidity became volatile and the finish is fading too. What a wine! Perhaps an off bottle.

Flight 3: Sweet to end

-> Very interesting pair, both Auslese is quite different in style with the Leitz having better transparency, freshness but lack a bit of the mid palate richness while the Gunderloch offering better weight and punch on the mid palate but also compromised on the transparency and freshness. Thus, some preferred Leitz while some preferred the Gunderloch.

2004 Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Kirchenpfad Riesling Auslese – Germany, Rheingau

  • Alcohol :: 7%
    From 500ml. Medium golden in color. Very sweet, honey coated mango, mandarin and smoke, quite complex and deep with strong acid to balance with the sweetness on the considerably rich entry. Sweet but bright, not heavy but this lack a bit of richness on the mid palate. Medium length. Not bad too.

2002 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Auslese – Germany, Rheinhessen

  • Alcohol :: 7.5%
    Full bottle. Dark yellow than the Leitz which reflect on the nose too, riper and more Bortrytis notes with secondary aromas of petroleum (quite heavy) over a boat loads of peaches and dried apricot, quite reserve. Very rich honey lemon with clearly auslese sweetness level which well balance by the peaches acidity, nectar like finish, good richness on the mid palate, but never cloying. good.

Flight 4 :: A Royal 6putt for supper

1993 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Betsek – Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji

-> My friend paid peanut for this! Definitely a steal for the price.

  • Alcohol :: 9%
    Aromas of dried raisin dominated this motor oil like color Tokaji 6puttonyos, with honey, sweet dark plum, marzipan and dried tea leaves. Remarkably rich on the palate, with huge concentration mid palate of honey coated tropical fruits. Finished is a bit lean and the transition between mid palate and finished is not smooth, I believe this need more time to establish more. Worth to mention that the wine drinking better in normal room temperature rather than chill.
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