Monday, November 13, 2017

Dr Loosen's Wine Dinner Pairing At Mutiara Palace Chinese Restaurant

Afternoon wine pairing lunches are rather decadent, especially midweek.  It's always a treat to be invited for Asia Euro's wine samplings, from past experience, there was always too many varietals to  taste, which perhaps can be a bit numbing to the senses.  This time round, paired with Chinese food at Mutiara Palace, we had the chance to sample 5-6 Rieslings, from Dr Loosen Estate. 

The Dr Loosen estate is situated on the Mosel River in Germany, an area synonymous with vineyards. 

Ernst Loosen (pronounced Loh-Zen) was of the estate was supposed to be physically present, but at the last minute could not make it, but managed to teleconference the entire briefing, the wonders of modern technology.

Admittedly the "screen" was a bit small and we were preening our necks to get a glimpse of the briefing... but heck, with some wine in hand, everything is fine. 

The Octopus with Jelly paired with Dry Riesling Qualitatswein 2015, a racy style of classic dry Mosel Riesling.  Refreshing and fruity, it is made with fruit from the steep slopes and slate soil.  The photo of the bottle is the one above, not the one in the background.

The Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup was paired with the 2013 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese.  The steep and southwest facing slopes of Graach, the village from where the grapes hail, produce wines with excellent aging potential.  Spatlese is german for "late picked".

The Fried Chicken With Dried Chilli and Cashew Nut, along with the steamed grouper and beancurd skin, was paired with Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2015.  Apart from the first wine, I found subsequent Rieslings all a bit too sweet for my palate, to be honest. The Kabinett is the lightest and most delicate style of Riesling in Germany, and is made from early harvest grapes.  Blue Mosel Slate refers to the typical blue slate, which forms an impervious soil, and retains very litte nutrients, so the vines have to dive deep into the slate cliffs.

Steamed Prawns With Egg White and Fried Frog with Sliced Ginger were paired with the Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett 2015.  (BURN-castle-er LIE). 

The 2015 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett paired with the Fried Glutinous Rice with Waxed Meat.  All the Rieslings in my opinion pair fairly well with Chinese food, albeit a bit sweet for my personal palate. 

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