Masseto Wine Dinner
Saturday, 15 October 2016 @ Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzhen, Guangdong, Cina
A delicious Chinese/Western menu accompanied the wines; “best dish” goes to Masseto 2006 & Abalone, a perfect marriage between Italian wine and Chinese cuisine.
From the tasting booklet:
Where the Masseto vineyard now stands, there was once a coastal marsh, and over the centuries clayey deposits formed, interlayered with “marine” invasions that increased the salinity of the substrate. Indeed, in the epochs that followed, the clays were overlain by thick deposits derived from the erosion of the hills, which were then mountains, and in some cases volcanoes. These deposits comprised gravels, sands, and various kinds of clays and rock fragments. Shocks of the most violent kind known, earthquakes, folded the layers in the ground, and one of these folds uplifted the Pliocene clays, bringing them to the surface and allowing them to once again enjoy the breezes from the sea and the warmth of the sun. Thus, Nature is the ultimate creator of Masseto. She first allowed the deposition of the clays in tranquil waterways, and then brought them to light through the violence of earthquakes. The richness of “this” hill has therefore always been the clay present in its soils, which have given signs of life over the centuries, as if they wanted to draw attention to the fact that… something important would happen there.