On April 26-29th the Korean wine and food trade descended on KINTEX for networking, tasting, nibbling and negotiating. It’s by far the biggest F&B event of the year with over 1000 exhibitors from 44 countries and 45,000 attendees, according to the organizers.
I spent most of my time in the International section sampling wine and food from Spain, Italy, America, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. Here are some of the high notes:
1. 2005 Brothers in Arms Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackcurrant, mint and succulent fruit. Well balanced oak. Meaty with medium grip mid palate. Good density leading to a licorice, toasty finish with subtle mint. Showing very well now but can go another 3+ years.
2. 2006 Brothers in Arms Shiraz
Depth, richness and plenty of bright fruit on the nose. The 125 old vines are immediately recognizable giving this wine serious structure and a plethora of velvety fruit layers. Full bodied with sweet fruit, spice and chocolate mid palate. Fine grained savory tannins. Black pepper, mocha chocolate, mint and subtle vanilla on the finish. Plenty going on here.
3. NV Bodegas SumaRocca Cava Núria Claverol
Bubbles straight as a dagger. Brioche nuances with layers of yeast, fresh fruit and a touch of sweetness. Medium angle fresh attack with good acidity and a voluptuous finish. Elegant. A blend of 65% Xarello, 20% Parellada and 15% Chardonnay.
4. 2007 Royal Cuillère Crémant de Bordeaux Blanc de blanc
Fine, focused bubbles. Clean lemon with medium angle of attack. Rounded soft fruit finish with layers of brioche and butterfinger biscuits. Structure and balanced throughout. Sustained freshness and citrus notes. This wine will be imported from July and should go for 65,000-70,000 won in wine bars. (Importer: Celebration Wine)