I don’t quite bother with casinos simply because the gambling rules and know hows just seem to be too mind boggling for me. However, I could not resist guEST’s "Wine Casino". A casino experience with a difference as its actually Moet Hennessy’s twist to the wine tasting format with a new monthly "Wine Casino" at guEST.
Beginning 26th December 2013 until 28th November 2014, the last Thursday of every month, its “bets” of a different kind as guests will be taken through four levels of blind tasting with a qualified sommelier who will act as a “croupier” for the night.
For RM150++ guests can participate in this blind tasting that will test both knowledge and sense. RM80 in “Vine Chips” will be distributed to each participant, who will then be required at each level to decide on
• The Variety – For example: Sauvignon or Chardonnay,
• The Origin – For example: New Zealand or Australia,
• Taste & Scent – Describing the wine bouquet and taste
• The Brand – Guessing the wine label
It was an interesting journey of the different award winning eds and whites from renowned wine producers within Moet Hennessy’s Wine Division. Wasn’t right for all my “bets” so saw some wins and loss but its all fun and good with wines from Cloudy Bay (New Zealand), Terrazas de los Andes (Argentina), Cape Mentelle and Chandon (Australia).
Taste, smell, see...
Place our bets
And we win more chips!
The night ends on an adrenaline high. Armed with our winnings (assuming one has won enough), guests will be able to bid for limited edition bottles and other amazing prizes! And if you don;t have enough chips...well gang up with your pals so you guys have enough chips to bid for the bottles:D
Dang! Didn't have enough chips to bid for this bottle of Chandon. Been eyeing the colourful glasses the longest while!
But managed to go home with the Chandon Shiraz 2010 after combining our winning chips with other pals:D
For more information and reservations:
Ground FloorThe Intermark
182 Jalan Tun Razak,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2163 5732
T: +6012 969 8544 (Benoit Sommerlad)
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Wines from the our "Wine Casino" session:
TERRAZAS RESERVA CHARDONNAY 2012
Bright yellow with greenish highlights. Prevailing citrus notes reminiscent of limes, and white fruits like pears. Coupled by subtle toasted almonds and hazelnuts notes, with herbal aromas that enhance its freshness. Balanced and robust. Round and creamy wine. Lingering and elegant finish.
TERRAZAS RESERVA MALBEC 2011
Deep purple colour with dark red hues. Ripe fruits as fig and raspberry melt on its violet floral notes. Coconut and spices aromas magnify its complexity. Deep, with a growing mouthfeel finish. Pleasant tannins and marmalade aftertaste.
The 2011 pinot noir captures your senses with immense florals including violets, boronia and flowering wild thyme. Oaky raspberry licorish entices further along with wild strawberry, chocolate and spice. The palate is juicy but balanced by rich forest floor, clove and savoury flavours. Good tension between acid and fine tannins offers a well rounded palate with appealing length.
CLOUDY BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013
Widely regarded as the quintessential expression of the acclaimed Marlborough wine region, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an international benchmark wine noted for its vibrant aromatics, layers of pure fruit flavours and fine structure. Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas are the first to emerge from the nose of the 2013 sauvignon blanc, followed by nectarine and lemongrass tones. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stonefruit, fennel and mineral notes lingering on the persistent finish.
CAPE MENTELLE CHARDONNAY
This wine combines traditional methods with fantastic natural fruit intensity for aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate. An elegant and complex chardonnay with flavours of grapefruit, citrus and nutmeg on a long fine palate with subtle mineral hints. Traditional winemaking techniques including hand picking and barrel fermentation produce a wine of great pedigree with outstanding balance and refinement.
CAPE MENTELLE CABERNET MERLOT
The Cabernet Merlot blend takes inspiration from the classic red wines of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This blend seeks to capture the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot, which when blended create a well- rounded, full and rich style. This classic blend is beautifully balanced wine with the flavour, structure and length of cabernet enhanced by soft, rich merlot. Traditional winemaking including basket pressing and maturation in French oak has resulted in a concentrated and luxurious wine of great integrity.
DOMAINE CHANDON CHARDONNAY
A classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay with aromas of citrus and stone fruits. White peach and nectarine characters are layered with hints of apricot and vanilla on the nose. The palate is focused and bright, with nutmeg and cashew flavours adding further layers. Barrel fermentation, ageing and lees stirring play a subtle role, building texture and complexity. Delicate acidity builds length supporting the vibrant fruit characters.
DOMAINE CHANDON SHIRAZ
Victoria’s Heathcote region is blessed with rich, red Cambrian soils renowned for producing shiraz grapes with remarkable concentration of flavour. The resulting wines are intense and vibrant. Primary fruit aromas of warm berries, damson plum and dark cherry aromas all lead into a nose complex with mixed spice. Shiraz from these ancient red soils has lively cinnamon, sandalwood and cardamom aromatics which lift the nose and add interesting complexity. This Shiraz has wonderful length of flavour and is spicy to the finish. Bright, youthful tannins build structure on the palate which will reward cellaring up to ten years.