Cheers to the New Year

Cheers to the New Year

RED WINE

Mr Kelvin Tay, 46, group sommelier of The Lo & Behold Group, which owns restaurants such as The White Rabbit in Harding Road, The Black Swan in Cecil Street and rooftop bar Loof at Odeon Towers in North Bridge Road, recommends:

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2003

The 2003 wine, which is just reaching maturity, has notes of blackcurrant, Asian spices, cedar, gingerbread and pepper. Leathery and tobacco aromas, as well as ripe, concentrated and silky tannins on the palate make the wine supple and well-integrated.

It still has great potential for another decade. Will go well with red meats such as roast lamb or Beef Wellington.

Origin: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France

Where: Booze Wine Shop, 15 Little Road, 02-01,tel: 6294-7500

Info: Go to booze.com.sg or e-mail pvt@booze.com.sg

Price: $170.50

TORBRECK CUVEE JUVENILES 2012, BAROSSA VALLEY

Made with a unique blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, this forward wine has great balance and intensity. It is alluring and aromatic with spices, blackberries and violet notes, making it a weighty wine.

This medium-bodied wine also has distinct full-flavoured characteristics, well-balanced tannins and a long finish. A youthful wine, it will go well with game such as duck breast or guinea fowl.

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia

Where: Culina, Block 8 Dempsey Road, 01-13 Dempsey Hill, tel: 6474-7338

Info: Go to www.culina.com.sg

Price: $62.50

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