Ao Yun 2016, Shangri-la, China (750ml)


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2016 was marked by an end of season particularly conducive to optimal ripening. The year started with a drier and cooler winter than average, followed by a much rainier and cooler spring until early summer and ended with significantly drier and warmer summer and fall.

In 2016, Ao Yun finetuned its meticulous approach to tasting and blending. After three vintages, the team understood that the altitude of the Adong winery had an impact on taste perception so, in 2016, they decided the exact propertions of each terroir in the final blend through tastings at sea level in Hong Kong for the very first time.

Also, for the first time, 4% of Syrah and 2% of Petit Verdot wine has been added to the blend for complexity and elegance on the palate and nose.

The 2016 vintage is marked by the use of fewer new oak and more 1-year-old barrels, which impart finesse and avoid the overpowering qualities that can arise from too much new oak.

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