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Ao Yun 2016

The Himalayan Original

Ao Yun, mean¬≠ing ‚Äč‚Äúroam¬≠ing above the clouds‚ÄĚ, is the first Estate wine from the Himalayas. This fourth vin¬≠tage of pre¬≠mi¬≠um Chi¬≠nese wine incor¬≠po¬≠rates not only Caber¬≠net Sauvi¬≠gnon and Caber¬≠net Franc, but Syrah and Petit Ver¬≠dot grapes for a new lev¬≠el of complexity.


New fer¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠tion process¬≠es using less oak and more year-old bar¬≠rels gives this wine an hon¬≠est, heart¬≠felt taste, even more so than the ear¬≠li¬≠er vin¬≠tages. The Ao Yun 2016 com¬≠bines scents of cedar wood, smoke, and exot¬≠ic fruit with red berries. Per¬≠sis¬≠tent, ele¬≠gant, it presents on the tongue as dense in tan¬≠nins while retain¬≠ing a pro¬≠nounced soft¬≠ness. The blend is fresh but com¬≠plex, with a long, slight¬≠ly salty min¬≠er¬≠al finish.


This wine, with its tem¬≠pered blend of grape vari¬≠eties, is best swirled in a decanter and left to sit for ten min¬≠utes after open¬≠ing. After that short wait, it makes for a unique food pair¬≠ing expe¬≠ri¬≠ence, going mar¬≠velous¬≠ly with the heat and spice of Szechuan or even Indone¬≠sian dish¬≠es. The wider the range of spices used, the more exot¬≠ic the com¬≠bi¬≠na¬≠tions, the more the elab¬≠o¬≠rate notes of the Ao Yun appear to advan¬≠tage. The inher¬≠ent fresh¬≠ness in its fin¬≠ish also make it a fine com¬≠pan¬≠ion to fish, whether sashi¬≠mi or full-grilled. Be bold, this is a wine that dares you to try it with just about anything.


Chi¬≠nese wine¬≠mak¬≠ing has long been con¬≠sid¬≠ered a pipe dream. But that did not stop the vine¬≠yard, spread over four vil¬≠lages in the Himalayas, each with their own vari¬≠a¬≠tions of grapes and their own inher¬≠ent sub¬≠tleties, from mak¬≠ing the most of this dis¬≠tinc¬≠tive range of ter¬≠roirs. It took four years to reach the 2016 vin¬≠tage, their most com¬≠plex yet. And many more are to come.

Storage Instructions

Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con¬≠stant vibra¬≠tion. Keep your bot¬≠tle hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal in a wine rack or cel¬≠lar to retain the moist¬≠ness of the cork. The ide¬≠al tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture for stor¬≠age is between 16 to 18¬įC. Once opened, a bot¬≠tle will be good for 3 to 5 days stand¬≠ing upright in the refrigerator.

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