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Ao Yun 2016

The Himalayan Original

Ao Yun, mean­ing ​“roam­ing above the clouds”, is the first Estate wine from the Himalayas. This fourth vin­tage of pre­mi­um Chi­nese wine incor­po­rates not only Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and Caber­net Franc, but Syrah and Petit Ver­dot grapes for a new lev­el of complexity.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

New fer­men­ta­tion process­es using less oak and more year-old bar­rels gives this wine an hon­est, heart­felt taste, even more so than the ear­li­er vin­tages. The Ao Yun 2016 com­bines scents of cedar wood, smoke, and exot­ic fruit with red berries. Per­sis­tent, ele­gant, it presents on the tongue as dense in tan­nins while retain­ing a pro­nounced soft­ness. The blend is fresh but com­plex, with a long, slight­ly salty min­er­al finish.

PAIR­INGS

This wine, with its tem­pered blend of grape vari­eties, is best swirled in a decanter and left to sit for ten min­utes after open­ing. After that short wait, it makes for a unique food pair­ing expe­ri­ence, going mar­velous­ly with the heat and spice of Szechuan or even Indone­sian dish­es. The wider the range of spices used, the more exot­ic the com­bi­na­tions, the more the elab­o­rate notes of the Ao Yun appear to advan­tage. The inher­ent fresh­ness in its fin­ish also make it a fine com­pan­ion to fish, whether sashi­mi or full-grilled. Be bold, this is a wine that dares you to try it with just about anything.

DEFY­ING ALL ODDS

Chi­nese wine­mak­ing has long been con­sid­ered a pipe dream. But that did not stop the vine­yard, spread over four vil­lages in the Himalayas, each with their own vari­a­tions of grapes and their own inher­ent sub­tleties, from mak­ing the most of this dis­tinc­tive range of ter­roirs. It took four years to reach the 2016 vin­tage, their most com­plex yet. And many more are to come.

Storage Instructions

Store in a cool dry place. 

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