The Local Nose would like to draw your attention to a very special winery – The Blue Pyrenees. I had the privilege to attend a very special wine dinner at Merchants Wine Cellar and Store with the theme Christmas in July. I finally had the reason to wear my Santa Claus t-shirt again and didn’t need to wait for one year for that. We had the very special presence of the winemaker and CEO, Mr. Andrew Koerner who was right in front of me, thanks to the great Fengshui.
If you think Christmas in July is a bizarre concept, afraid not, I was a bit shocked too. Apparently, people in Australia really do celebrate Christmas twice. That’s because on the actual month of Christmas – December, the weather doesn’t feel like Noël because they are experiencing the hot summer and having winter food will just feel wrong. Hence, when the weather is cold in July, it’s another reason to be merry with the typical winter food.
For our Christmas in July dinner in Singapore, Merchants had prepared really sumptuous meal paired with the beautiful wines from The Blue Pyrenees. We had roast turkey, salmon en croute, roast beef and even the authentic Christmas pudding which was flown in fresh from Australia.
Now back to the wines, there were 6 wines being served that night:
- Blue Pyrenees Luna NV
- Blue Pyrenees Sauvignon Blanc 2013
- Blue Pyrenees Pinot Noir Rosé
- Blue Pyrenees Estate Red 2008
- Blue Pyrenees Reserve Shiraz 2008
- Blue Pyrenees Sparkling Shiraz NV
Even though the wines are from the New World, I couldn’t help but feel a touch of old world was in them. I was not entirely wrong. What’s known as Blue Pyrenees now, was actually called Château Remy as it was indeed established by Mr. Remy Martin instead. Yes, Remy Martin the cognac! Apparently in 1963, was looking for a plot of land for brandy making in Australia and he found the estate in Western Victoria to be the perfect spot. (Good fengshui!) With the brandy connection and strong influence by French wine makers, Blue Pyrenees has found itself a strong French connection.
My personal favourites of the night which I ended up putting money where the taste led me to were the Reserve Shiraz and Sparkling Shiraz. If I could add one more to my shopping bag, it would be the Pinot Noir Rosé. I’m a big Pinot Noir fan and to see it transformed into a Rosé was a pretty eye-opening experience. It is refreshing with unique character that’s not the typical Rosé you can find.
Meanwhile the Reserve Shiraz was definitely a world of its own. This bright ruby red wine has the aroma of spice, herbs and blueberry. On the palate you can feel the dark fruits with a hint of liquorice with an enjoyable finish. For Shiraz lover, this is a no-brainer choice.
If you’re looking for something truly special that I can bet many of your friends haven’t tasted it before, please check out Blue Pyrenees Sparkling Shiraz NV. It’s like sweet wine with tons of seriousness in it. Perfect ending to any dinner you’re having even though you’re not pairing it with any dessert item, it is a dessert on its own.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Merchants. The food was great, the wines were great and the company was the most memorable of all. You may just meet long life wine buddies. Do check out their next wine dinner on the 11 th of October with Bass River winery; or simply pop by and talk to the winemakers from Sorby Adams (9 October), Bass River (11 October) and KarriBindi (15 October).
Meanwhile, have a blast at their online store and try out The Blue Pyrenees wines. Thank you Merchants for the invitation and the awesome festive season in July. Thank you Andrew from Blue Pyrenees for signing my bottle. Thank you Santa Claus for the little surprise in the bottle – Matured French Brandy from Blue Pyrenees. What a treat! Looking forward to the next event from Merchants!
Articles were published in TheLocalNose.com on the 14th of June 2014 by Donna Daritan
For more photos of the event, check out the article by Merchants.