Vina Porta Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Aconcagua Valley, Chile, $300 (restaurant winelist), cork seal
The picture here is of an empty glass, a glass that is empty for a very good reason. We enjoyed several bottles of this wine at Ease of Mind in Causeway Bay along side Saturday dinner. The food was off and on (the instant mash potato was certainly dodgy), the service was off and on (one friendly 'good' waiter, one grumpy 'evil' waiter), but the wine was most definitely on.
Lifting this glass to my nose I was initially confused, what was this smell? It definitely wasn't sweet fruit salad or plum jam, nor was it mint or herbs. The closest I could come was "a delicious, yet mysterious savoury nose of Chinese style roast pork". The second bottle seemed to confirm this, though I picked up some earthy tones, perhaps then "a delicious, yet mysterious savoury nose of Chinese style roast pork, from a pig which spent a bit of time rolling around in the mud". The palate was rich, savoury and complex; with smooth tannins and well balanced alcohol. The meal we had was a mix of shared entrees, mains and desserts and Vina Porta Cabernet Sauvignon went well with all; an absolute pleasure to drink.
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