It’s always hard to overwrite a wine taste. At the entrance, I was faced with the dilemma of the night, Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz on the right and the star of the party, Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon, on my left. The two booths were separated with an array of Shangri-La delicacies, ready to be paired with each glass. I was welcomed with a lot of laughter. Casual, as the invitation said, but not leaving classy behind. It’s a wine party afterall!
I walked to my right. It feels just right to greet the star of the night first. Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon sums up the flavors spread across South Australia, in particular the aged soils of McLaren Vale. A rather complex taste, the star of the party comes in deep crimson with classy tune. Thus comes the name “Red Party” at Satoo Restaurant, Shangri-La, Jakarta to welcome the latest addition to the premium wine line. The notes mentioned a mix of fresh impression with boysenberry, rhubarb and apple, followed by herbs, tomato puree, celeriac and anise. I swirled the wine glass and smelled a faint trace of pomegranate and cedar. I love the balance and the spicy hint to my palate, especially when I paired it up with ribs (or dessert haha).
|Paired Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignonwith dessert.|
|Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz|
|Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling with Salmon en Croute|
The event itself was opened by remarks from Leo Christian, Wine Ambassador from PT. Mandiri Graha Persada and Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador Patrick Dowling. Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are well identified with Australia. Penfolds adds its multi-region personality and noble history to each bottle. The red dresscode blends into the festive ambiance. I’m right where I want to be. I was lucky to be the first to indulge in the Australian red.
Ruth believes her lucky number is 8 because it’s an infinite. I think now 9 is my lucky number because it introduced me to a great wine to remember.
Can’t wait to see more from Penfolds and Shangri-La.