We speak to Tamara Amaya, the Argentinian sommelière at one of our favourite steakhouses, Buenos Aires Polo Club, who moved to Hong Kong in 2014 for a notable stint at the Four Seasons’ Pony Line lounge prior to moving to Polo Club. Here are her thoughts on wines and the world’s end…
Which wines should we be paying more attention to?
I consider Châteauneuf-du-Pape red wine to be underrated because it holds a rich heritage and is one of the gems of the Rhône Valley wine region. The blend has 13 different grape varietals, and the estate holds old Grenache vines. I feel Grenache is an underrated grape compared to others, and is the key to this blend, making the Châteauneuf wines unique.
Are there any bottles we should invest in now?
In terms of investment, I believe the Château Mouton Rothschild 2006 vintage boasts a beautiful bouquet that is extremely well-defined, and 2006 is considered a great vintage in the Pauillac region. It brings to the wine gorgeous aromas of blackberry, graphite and a touch of floral. Its high presence of Cabernet Sauvignon (about 87 percent, with 13 percent Merlot) is unusual for this wine. Château Mouton Rothschild 2006 has great potential to reveal its best after 15 years of maturation.
The world is ending. Which three bottles are you drinking?
- Achaval Ferrer Quimera 2001: This is my favourite wine from Argentina – it’s a very personal wine to me. I love blends, preferring them to single varietals, because I believe blends express the magic of the winemaker’s artistic side.
- “Y” d’Yquem 2014, Bordeaux: I consider this wine one of the best dry wines from Bordeaux.
- Vega Sicilia Unico 2004, Spain: The world ending would be the perfect moment to enjoy such a powerful and intense wine.