I’ve recently listed some new collections in our website, Haselgrove, which I’ve yet to try and I was thrilled that a wine tasting dinner was arranged a few days ago held at Ciccio Restaurant. My colleague, Esther & I have never been to Ciccio, nestled amongst the shop-lots of Changkat Bukit Bintang (shhh! I’m a very kampung girl from Klang who hardly travel to KL city for food) and we were very excited!
The open façade in warm rustic colours of Italy made it very welcoming the moment we stepped in the front steps of the restaurant. The event was held at the first floor and as we made our way up you could smell the tantalizing aromas of pizza cooking in the wood-fired clay oven. We were starving for food & wine! Upon arrival, we were served a crisp white house pouring Sauvignon Blanc to quench our thirst while we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive (we were the first to be there!)
So a little bit about the winery. Established in 1981, Hasselgrove is surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Mataro vine – with the Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon dating back more than 60 years. They also work with a group of dedicated McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills growers.
Renowned for producing rich and robust award winning reds from the McLaren Vale over the past years, Haselgrove has been awarded the Dark Horse Winery of the Year 2015 & Winestate Magazine 2017 ‘Wine Company of the Year’, just to name a few. Haselgrove specializes in small batch production, using a combination of tradition ‘old world’ wine making techniques and the best modern practices.
We were introduced to Christophe Forel, CEO of Haselgrove, who only did a brief introduction to the wines served as he wanted the wine to speak for itself. The Origin & Legend series was featured and the name of each wines are linked to their Celtic namesake roots. And the first wine blew my mind away!
A very yummy ‘Switch’ Mclaren Vale GSM 2014
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz & Mourvedre
The first hint on my nose was spices, it was deep, dark & brooding. Very earthy (my kind of wine) with a juicy mouthfeel, full bodied and packed with red berry flavours. I love the tannins that lead to a dry and long finish. This is what my typical customers who love wines that is “KAU KAU” would go for.
The next was Catkin Shiraz 2017
I find it a bit young and slightly acidic when we first tasted. It needed a bit more time to be decanted, and got better over time. Smell of fresh woody herbs with a hint of spices. Medium to full body and it was jammy after it having more time to breath. I would give this a bit more shelf life before serving.
‘Protector’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
I loved the nose! Very smoky and intense with aromas of dried herbs. But again, on the palate I find it a bit young. This needed a lot more time for decanting. I’m no expert but I think this wine has great potential.
‘The Ambassador’ Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016 (cool names yeah?)
This is another classic Shiraz with the right amount of spicy anise with blackberry & dark cherry. Very generous dark fruits with a hint of cinnamon. Need not decant as long as the ‘Protector’ or ‘Catskin’ though. Easy drinking with spicy nose.
‘Col Cross’ Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016
Oh! You can’t go wrong with this one! Full bodied & rich. And typical classic Shiraz that showcased grapes from McLaren Vale. Very well-balanced tannin & acidity. Very berry! Again, a typical wine that local palate would love! Kau-Kau.
Interested to try the Haselgrove wines?
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Hi I’m Sulo, General Manager for Wine Talk. I’m no expert in wine and I’m still learning and discovering. There’s so much to discover and I always believe in ‘The more you try, the better you get’.
So, don’t just stop at the few that you like. Be bold and try all sort of wine and you’ll be surprised! The only way to know if you like the wine, is to try!