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  • Country ranking ?

    5
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    grilled duck breas

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The Story

From the rocky foothills of the Himalayas comes a luxury Chinese red wine that challenges convention.

Produced from 314 plots totaling nearly 30 hectares (75 acres) of vineyards in Adong village 2,200 to 2,600 metres high on the foothills of Himalaya close to Mekong River. The first vintage of Ao Yun is vintage 2013.

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) and Cabernet Franc (10%)

Production: 24,000 bottles

Alcohol: 15%

 

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Warmer than average temperatures in 2014 led to an early harvest in the northwest corner of China’s Yunnan province, and grapes developed an excellent concentration and maturity. Winemakers found a balance between freshness and complexity in their second vintage, a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc.

Multilayered and complex, the second vintage from Ao Yun captures the terroir of the winery’s stunning location, high in the Himalayan foothills in China’s Yunnan province.Ao Yun winemakers have continued their unique adventure with this blend of cabernet sauvignon and a touch of cabernet franc, finding a balance between fresh minerality and dark sweetness.

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Vibrant

flavors

Blackberry, Licorice, Pepper, Tar, Smoky and Perfumed

nose

Youthful, Complex and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Fruity, Vivid, Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

The vineyards of Ao Yun are located in Adong, Shuori, Sinong and Xidang, just below the sacred Meili Mountain at altitudes varying from 2,200 to 2,600 metres, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon to give its finest expression of a unique terroir. Due to the altitude, the climate is hotter and drier than the vineyards at ground level, with only 250mm of rain falling during the summer months - by comparison Bordeaux experiences 750mm. The days of intense sunshine and UV exposure combined with cool nights provides good photosynthesis, great concentration, thick skins, small berries and deeply coloured wines. The grapes are farmed organically due to a lack of mildew or botrytits, hence no need for chemicals to be sprayed.

This wine is the second of its kind and is therefore unsurprisingly incredibly exclusive: just 2,000 cases have been produced and due to the remote area of vineyard, there is little room for expansion.

Warmer than average temperatures in 2014 led to an early harvest in the northwest corner of China’s Yunnan province, and grapes developed an excellent concentration and maturity. Winemakers found a balance between freshness and complexity in their second vintage, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

  • 93p

A deep and intense red. Scents of red fruit, leather, mint, cedar, cinnamon and liquorice develop on the nose – truly complex.The complementary fruit and mineral flavours in this blend are reminiscent of wild raspberries, peony, seaweed and graphite. Dry and medium-to-full-bodied, it reveals a polished tannic structure.

 

The best wine was the 2014 Áo Yun' Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc, made by Moet Hennessey. This wine is from the very humid Yunnan region, bordering on Laos and Myanmar. This is a classy wine, red fruited, with a good tannin profile. This medium-bodied wine is still quite tight, but an elegant drink with a balanced structure (93 points). It was performing better than the A$200 2013 Taylors Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon bottle, which it was paired against.

  • 93p

Dark purple red with violet hue and black hue. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, ripe blackcurrants, blackcurrant leaf and red peppers, with some oxygen aroma reminiscent of ripe plums gets promotes, elegant spiciness in the background, complemented by fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm but ripe tannins, elegant acidity, restrained but juicy fruit, hints of cherry stone, distinct minerality and toasting flavour, very good length. 

  • 92p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is open, intense, youthful, complex and generous. The taste is harmonious, silky, vivid, refined, fruity, and dry, with drying tannins, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with balanced, well-structured, well-integrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has smoky, pepper, blackberry, tar, licorice and perfumed flavours. The finish is long, lingering and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated and impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.
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Origin

Shangri-La, Yunnan

Grapes

90% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc

Inside Information

For this New World red, serve grilled duck breast in an orange sauce with garlic and lemongrass bok choy. Or try barbecued beef ribs in a sticky soy, honey and sesame glaze.

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