Three weeks ago, I broke the exquisite rules of wine-tasting. I had wine in the morning, instead of coffee, and I enjoyed my Moscato with red meat. It is a fine morning with Banrock Station, a fine wine brand from Australia.
It was actually a rainy Monday morning, but the quiet little space in Todd English seemed perfect for the simple, intimate brunch as we welcomed Paul Burnett who came straight from a 7-hour flight from Adelaide to Manila. He brought with him a good selection of Banrock Station wine and an inspiring story on how the brand helps environmental projects around the world.
We sipped and enjoyed the fine, sweet white wine, Moscato as Paul took us to the Banrock Station’s heritage and history.
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Banrock Station’s wines are characterized by flavour-some, easy-drinking wines made from selected grape varieties from different parts of the world.
They prepared different bottles for us during the event, but I felt content and happy with a glass of Moscato. Something that most Filipinos would love as it is sweet, light-bodied and more like a sparkling wine.
For regular wine drinkers, there’s Shiraz which exhibits blackberry fruit over coffee and oak aromas with hint of clove and cinnamon. Banrock Station also takes pride of its Merlot, which is a fresh balance of sweet cherry and dark berry fruits. The wine is soft and light with lasting body and length in palate. Of course, there’s the ever popular Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a typical wine served during dinner that flaunts flavor of ripe red berries, black currants, black pepper and hint of Vanillin oak.
Paul shared that 4.5 million glasses of Banrock Station wine are enjoyed each year across 60 countries; and now we can enjoy the different varieties of these wine here in the Philippines.
I love that Banrock Station also reinforce ongoing improvements in environmental choices with packaging and use of sustainable techniques in the vineyard and winery with water and energy.
Paul, although busier in introducing Banrock Station to different countries, sees to it that he also takes the time to visit the vineyard and sometimes do the things that he once did when he was still a winemaker (including grape stomping). 🙂 I wish we could visit a vineyard.
Over fine wine from Banrock Station, we enjoyed the simple salad and soft tacos. A new, exquisite way to enjoy the rainy season is to have a glass of wine – maybe with a fun company, or a good book at hand.