Tsingtao, China, ¥52, cork seal
A rainy day in Qingdao means a day watching wet Olympic sailors from the couch. As the cheese and biscuits emerge we decide (perhaps against better judgement) to open a bottle of Chinese wine. It's a local drop from the Huadong Winery in Tsingtao.
Huadong Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is rather light in colour; a bright ruby red. Hey this smells like Cabernet! OK it's thin, green Cabernet, but still Cabernet. There're aromas of herbs, tobacco overlaying dark cherries and blackberries. The palate's dominated by green vegetables and capsicum with a hint of plums. It's a soft and simple wine. Though it pulls up rather short, there's a little lingering acidity on the dry finish. This is unripe and thin, but it's certainly not terrible and at least has a bit of varietal flavour. Not a totally terrible attempt from an area renowned for its beer.
Visit winery website.