2015 WEA Favourite Wines Brunch

In December Wine Exchange Asia held their (well Bob the Minion’s) Favourite Wines of 2015 Brunch at New Ubin Seafood, which is one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore.

The Food

First Course

  • Blue Scottish lobster sashimi
    • Great dish, usually the lobster head is still moving when it is served.
    • The lobster is flown in live from Scotland
  • Salt and Pepper Calamari
    • My favourite starter at New Ubin
    • Never lasts long!!

Second Course

  • Butter Poached Black Halibut Fillet
    • Always a favourite
    • Disappeared very quickly

Third Course

  • Clay Pot Carbonara with Smoked Pork Neck
    • A very surprising dish
    • One of my favourites
    • Always impresses!

Main Course

  • New Zealand Rack of Lamb
    • New Zealand Lamb, what more do I need to say!
  • US Ribeye Angus Tomahawk with Oven Baked Root Vegetables (potatoes, parsnip, butternut etc)
    • First time I had this at New Ubin Seafood (yes I know it is a seafood restaurant, but that does not stop them from serving great meat dishes)
    • Preferred the US Black Angus, but would definitely have this again!
  • Smoked Pork Collar
    • Very enjoyable
  • US Black Angus Ribeye Steak with caramelised onions, Idaho potato wedges, sea salt flakes and heart attack rice (fried rice caramelised with beef drippings)
    • Always a favourite


  • Banana Caramelised with Gula Melaka finished off with a Diplomatico Rum Flambe; served with Coconut Ice-Cream
    • A great way to finish of the meal

The Wine

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1 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve

Vintage: NV
Region: Champagne France
Varietal: Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12.5%
Format: Magnum
Colour: Pale yellow
Bubbles: Fine bead
Aroma: Green Apple and peaches
Flavour: Green apple, citrus and lime
Finish: Medium to long

Amazingly there were still magnums of this left!! Great NV, one of the best around!
2 Domaine Testut Chablis Premier Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"

Vintage: 2013
Region: Chablis Burgundy, France
Varietal: Chardonnay
Colour: Straw yellow
Aroma: Mineral and citrus
Flavour: Lemon and citrus with a bit of minerality
Finish: Medium to long

A very enjoyable Chablis. Surprised how much I liked it!
3 Domaine Chappelle St Victor Provence Rose

Vintage: 2013
Region: Provence, France
Varietal: 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Light pink
Aroma: Raspberries and strawberries
Flavour: Berries and green apple with a bit of minerality
Finish: Medium to long

A very refreshing Rose, would have gone well with the halibut, but we had already eaten that by the time this was served!!
4 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2013
Region: Bannockburn Otago, New Zealand
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Aroma: Wild berries and plums
Flavour: Medium bodied, berries, plums and subtle spices
Tannins: Fine
Finish: Long

A light-ish Pinot Noir, nicely balanced, great finish. A bit young, should evolve very nicely, hopefully will get to give this a go towards the end of the decade and probably in the next!
5 Clarendon Hills Hickenbotham Cabernet

Vintage: 2006
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Garnet
Aroma: Blackberry and spice
Flavour: Full bodied, blackberry and spice
Tannins: Balanced
Finish: Long

Another great McLaren Vale Red, still evolving, another 5 - 10 years and this should be a very special wine.
6 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Vintage: 2004
Region: Canberra, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz, 7% Viognier
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep Garnet
Aroma: Stone fruit, blackberry and pepper
Flavour: Full bodied, blackberry and pepper
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

A very balanced and elegant wine, can see why it was included on the list of the WEA Favourites for 2015
7 Grant Burge Meshach

Vintage: 2008
Region: Barossa Valley Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Format: Magnum
Colour: Deep Garnet
Aroma: Blackberry, vanilla, dark chocolate and pepper
Flavour: Full bodied, blackberry, pepper and spice
Tannins: Bold
Finish: Long

Great wine, still way way to young, this needs at least another 10 years before it hits it peak, probably 15 - 20 in a magnum.

Oz’s Wine Reviews

The Line Up

WEA Favourite Wines of 2015 Brunch

Another great brunch. Thanks Bob the Minion and the staff of New Ubin Seafood!

Bob, when is the first one in 2016?



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