Ao Yun Shangri-La
“What I was tasting were wines most influenced by the pure vineyard characters. They were fully ripe but extremely well balanced with real, confident, unique personalities of their own.”
Decanter have scored the wine 94 points, with editor in chief John Stimpfig calling it “a bold, dramatic and compelling debut", and Jancis’ tasting note continues “excellent, deep vibrant purplish crimson. Very intense with the exceptional clarity and intensity of a high-elevation wine like Ribera del Duero”. As well as being the ultimate dinner party trump card in the blind tasting wine stakes, Ao Yun represents a paradigm shift as dramatic as Penfold’s Grange. Whilst Monty Python may have lampooned the idea of a super-premium Australian wine (“kanga-rouge”, “1970 Coq du Rod Laver” and “Chateau Chunder”), single bottles of the first vintage of Grange, 1951, currently sell for $50,000 AUD. With the sort of early critical support Ao Yun has already received it’s quite conceivable that these first vintages will become exceptionally collectable and thus eminently tradeable, especially as only 80-cases (480 bottles) have been released to the UK market of the total 2000-case production.
"This 2013 Ao Yun is a new star of China! The vineyard is backed by LVMH in Shangri-La, at the edge of the Himalayas. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates this wine with 90%, the other 10% is Cabernet Franc. 2013 is the first vintage. It is opaque, with a very deep ruby color. Elegant and restrained in style, it reveals scents of bell pepper, blackcurrant, prune and blackberry with subtle hints of dark chocolate, clove, tobacco and licorice. Refreshing on the palate, full-bodied and with very silky tannins, it has great concentration, perfect structure and a very long finish. Tasting date: May 17, 2017. Alcohol level: 15%." 93 pts, Liwen Hao, Wine Advocate
"Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and olives. Hints of bark and mushroom. Currants. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful finish. A lovely dark fruit undertone. Minerally and very fine. Made of cabernet sauvignon with a touch of cabernet franc. This is 28 hectares in total. The vines have 10 years. It’s all handmade. Beautiful structure and depth. This is a wine that really impresses with all the finesse and quality of tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2020 but so fine now." 93 pts, James Suckling
|Duty Paid / In Bond||Duty Paid|
|Bottle or Case?||Price by the Bottle, Price by the Case|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Smooth Red|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
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