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Jakarta Post

A sweet walk down memory lane...

  • Arif Suryobuwono


Jakarta   /   Sun, March 24 2013   /  02:38 pm

Tokaji EszenciaThe most memorable sweet wine I have ever had is Egon Müller’s 1990 Scharzhofberger Kabinett Riesling.

It burst with an exquisite expression of oleander, peach, apple and vanilla so delicate, clean, pure and elegant that
I sat there dumbfounded.

I was awestruck as it unfurled layers of sublime, visceral delights attesting to the greatness of the vintage and 21-year evolution of flavors in the bottle. It prompted me to bless the lord God, king of the universe who created the fruit of the vine.

Another unforgettable wine was the Chateau Coutet 1997 I had at a picnic lunch in Sukabumi, West Java.
It was like rolled, rounded layers of primary, secondary and tertiary flavors that exploded in the mouth, leaving me sitting there motionless.

When I had it again on other occassions, however, this out-of-the-world experience was elusive.