Nine new wines at Matina Swiss Deli

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


AMID the celebration of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival, Matina Swiss Deli and Restaurant held its much-anticipated Wine Tasting last August 12.

Some 50 guests, mostly regulars, came to taste the newest premium wine brands supplied by Forth & Tay.

Forth & Tay key account manager Paulino "PJ" Jundit said featured wines came from Australia, South Africa, Argentina, France and Spain.

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"Most wines showcased have sweet taste that suit well for Filipinos. The sweeter it gets, the more Filipinos love it. These are wines that are not yet available in the market," Jundit said.

For the ladies, Banrock Station Moscato, a white wine from Australia, was such a hit that most of them had their glasses refilled. It "displays fresh, lifted grapefruit and lemon aromas. This wine is light bodied with retained natural fruit sweetness, showing flavours of pineapple and, tropical fruits on the palate. It is a light and fruity wine with a lovely sparkle which gives the wine an attractive, refreshing lift."

The Queen Adelaide Cabernet Sauvignon also of Australia and Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon of South Eastern Australia were patronized by the male guests.

The Queen Adelaide Cabernet Sauvignon "is a medium-bodied drink that offers a rich dark fruit character; soft spice, black-currant, mint, berry and light chocolate leave a lush mouthfeel" while the Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon "flaunts a bouquet of ripe red berries, black currants and black pepper with hints of Vanillin oak."

According to Forth & Tay taste notes, the latter is a soft medium to full-bodied red wine with rich fruit flavors of mulberry, plum, cassis and cherry.

"This fruit driven wine is supported by subtle cinnamon and nutmeg spiced oak flavors. This wine has a firm fine tannin structure that is perfectly balanced by ripe juicy fruit. This wine finishes with lingering flavors of wild berries and subtle vanilla oak overtones."

The rest of the wines:

Nederburg Pinotage of South Africa - initial strawberry and stewed fruit on the nose are followed by cloves, coffee and light oak; medium-bodied wine's palate is filled with strawberry and ripe blueberries with added muscle from spice nuances.

Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc of South Africa - Herbaceous aromas mingle with guava and green pepper on the nose; introduces tropical fruit elements before the refreshing calamansi finish).

Los CardosMalbec of Argentina - a beautiful, light ruby-red colored wine, the nose opens with aromas of raspberries and delicate plums, followed by notes of dried prunes, cinnamon, mint and hints of coffee.

Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon of France - Deep purple garnet red on color; on the nose - quintessence of red and blackberry flavors, especially blackcurrant, spicy and humidor flavors; On the palate, full body, soft tannins, ripe fruit flavors on the middle palate with good acidity and persistence.

George's Duboeuf Beaujolais-Village of France - the palate displays pleasant, tender, light, very fruity; always keeps the signature Gamay taste as well as the taste of fresh grapes.

Torres San Valentin Parellada of Spain - characterized by its notes of ripe fruits (banana, apple, and pear) accompanied by tarpenic (rose), spicy (fennel) and citric (lime) notes; lush, warm attack backed by complex sweet notes and good acidity; lingering aftertaste.

Matina Swiss Deli supervisor Rosalie Alabaladejo, in a separate interview, said the new wines are available for sale by bottles or boxes.

Prizes for each bottle ranges from as low as P370 (Queen Adelaide) to P743 (Goerge's Duboeuf). The rest of the wine bottles are priced in between these two amounts.

Aside from the wines, the night's menu included cold cuts, ham, sausages and wide array of imported cheese for guests to savor.

Matina Swiss Deli and Restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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