Introducing the 2018 Ao Yun, a captivating red wine hailing from the emerging wine region of Yunnan, China. This exquisite wine is a proprietary blend, expertly crafted by the renowned producer, Ao Yun. With a deep and alluring red color, it immediately captures the eye, hinting at the depth and complexity that awaits within.
The nose of this wine is a symphony of aromas, inviting you to dive deeper into its layers. Blackberry, ink, tar, earth, and incense intertwine with nuances of cloves and black licorice, creating a captivating olfactory experience. Thyme adds a touch of herbaceousness, enhancing the wine's complexity. The purity of the fruit is remarkable, with cassis taking the center stage.
On the palate, the 2018 Ao Yun showcases its full-bodied nature, yet remains remarkably fresh and vibrant. The integration of the tannins is a masterpiece, resulting in a millefeuille-like layering of tannin and cool, blue fruit flavors. The wine dances on the palate, displaying a verticality that is truly impressive.
Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an outstanding score of 98 points, describing it as "the greatest wine made in China so far." He recommends enjoying it now, but also suggests that it will reach its peak in four or five years, allowing the flavors to further evolve and integrate.
Another respected publication, Decanter, also lauds the 2018 Ao Yun, awarding it a score of 95 points. They describe it as a wine of impact, bursting with damson and black cherry fruits. Fragrant citrus peel and sage add a fresh and aromatic quality, while smoked cumin spice provides an earthy undertone. The polished and ripe tannins offer a sense of movement, even in its youthful structure.
With only 26,000 bottles produced, this wine is a true gem. It represents the exceptional quality and uniqueness of Ao Yun, showcasing the potential of winemaking in China. Whether enjoyed now or aged for several years, the 2018 Ao Yun promises an incredible wine experience that will leave a lasting impression on any discerning wine enthusiast.