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Sashimi and Sparkling Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills – a match made in heaven

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‚The Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot‘ won a gold medal as the best match with sashimi in the inaugural Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition this week.

Chinese food and wine pairing is a key factor in the competition, which is the first truly Asian wine competition in the world. Sashimi is traditionally considered the finest food in Japanese cuisine and Bird in Hand’s Chief Winemaker, Kym Milne MW, says the Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir is one of the wineries most loved and recognized wines – and a perfect match with the subtle sashimi flavours.

„Our Sparkling Pinot Noir is a subtle, vibrant pink sparkling wine, with fresh strawberry and floral like aromas, fine persistent bubbles and a refreshing flavour,“ said Milne. „The cool Adelaide Hills nights are ideal for sparkling wine production and help the Pinot Noir to retain bright, fresh, strawberry and cherry-like characters, and good natural acidity which is so important for quality sparkling wine production.“

Asia’s most esteemed wine judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India gathered to judge the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition and the strong showing by Australian wines demonstrate their sensitivity and suitability to the Asian palate and cultural consumption patterns.

Bird in Hand is enjoying strong growth in Asia and recently opened two upmarket cellar doors in North East China, with more planned in 2012. „Asia is an important pillar in our global expansion and our awards in the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition will undoubtedly bolster our sales and marketing efforts in the region,“ said Executive Director and founder of Bird in Hand, Andrew Nugent.

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Eine australische Spezialität ist der Sparkling Pinot Noir, wenn er aus den Adelaide Hills kommt, dann ist er ‚cool climate‘ kreiert und zeigt typischerweise feine Noten auf.

So auch im Fall des ‚Bird in Hand‘ Sparkling Pinot, der als beste Ergänzung zu Sashimi in Hongkong gewählt wurde, jawohl, im chinesischen HK gibt es einen Wettbewerb zur Ergänzung zu einer typisch japanischen Speise. Grossartig und definitif einen Post wert bei Downunder Wines.

Ihr Michael Brecht

Autor: Michael Brecht

Ich bin in Deutschland geboren und habe neben dem deutschen einen australischen Pass. In meiner Freizeit teste ich gerne Weine aus der alten und neuen Welt und schreibe meine Erfahrungen hier auf.

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