Shaw + Smith Dim Sum Wine Lunch
2 November, 2010
Crystal Jade Golden Palace – Paragon
‘Dim Sum’, a Cantonese term for small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or plate served in the late morning till lunch. It also means ‘touches the heart’ literally. Having Dim Sum is an integral part of Chinese culture and it is almost a common fare for Singaporeans to have Dim Sum during the weekends with the family.
And so, we thought we could invite some of our business partners for a Dim Sum Lunch for the launch of Shaw & Smith 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and the newly released Pinot Noir at Crystal Jade Golden Palace. And with Michael Hill-Smith who is fanatical about Asian cuisine was the perfect host for this lunch, it was almost like a ‘Yum Cha’ with Shaw & Smith’s “family” here in Singapore. More than 50 of trade friends and media attended and sampled delightful Dim Sum creations, paired with Shaw & Smith wines. Although the beverage of choice with Dim Sum is traditionally Chinese Tea, Shaw & Smith wines went perfectly well with all the dishes.
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, with its pronounced grapefruits overtone, fresh ‘grassiness’ and acidity was a clearly the versatile all-rounder. The elegant and savoury 2008 M3 Chardonnay went marvellously well with the steamed dumplings while the 2008 Shiraz was yum with the braised Chinese noodles with eggplant. What truly set the guests talking was the amazing 2008 Pinot Noir! It threw many off with its great structure and balance.
Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains the ultimate challenge for many winemakers in Australia. Yet, Shaw + Smith has successfully create a modern interpretation of Pinot Noir with supple red fruits and plush berries that shows potential in developing complexity with age. Unfortunately,Michael Hill-Smith said they only produced very small batches of Pinot Noir, so we probably have to make do with whatever we have here now in Singapore.
Everyone was happy and merry after the lunch. It was great and the wines were simply put – ‘Yum’!Click here for tasting notes.