New wines for the new season
Martin Pilat has been the sommelier at Bacchus for the
past five years, having reinvented the restaurant’s wine list to be one of the island’s best – it has received the coveted Wine
Spectator Awards of Excellence every year since 2007.
Born in Austria in 1976 and after graduating high school,
Martin continued his education at the Hotel Academy in Austria for four years
before completing his National Service in the Austrian military. Martin then
pursued his career throughout Europe, working in top class hotel establishments
in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. He gained a love for the sea
during his two year employment on a luxury German yacht.
Martin arrived in Cayman 2002 and worked as head
sommelier at Grand Old House for two years before moving to Bacchus just five
days before Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on the Island.
Planeta Cometa 2007
This is 100 per cent Fiano, an indigenous Sicilian
variety. It has gloriously open fruit on the nose, with a rich, crystalline,
pear-like character. The palate is also hugely distinctive, with flavours of
white flower petals, pears, apricots and acacia. Even a hint of lychee, I
fancy, backed up by nice acidity and minerals. This is a delicious wine which
will please many.
Loimer “Lenz” Riesling
Amazing quality for the price!! Fresh, vibrant, zingy
acidity and minerality that make it super refreshing. The addition of 10 per cent Muskateller adds
just the slightest hint of residual sugar to qualify this wine sweeter than
‘bone dry’ but drier than ‘off-dry’.
Aromatic stone fruits with mild citrus and quince. Great balance. Works great
with shellfish and seafood and will go with summer-themed salads that have a
little spice. Great value considering
this is his bottom of the line Riesling. I like it better than his more
expensive Riesling from Kamptal!
Cloudy Bay Pelorus
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. Medium to full bodied. Fruit
forward with mild yeasty notes a la the old world. This is a well made and
great value bottle of bubbles. Can hold its own with many mid-range champagnes.
Mild lemon/tangerine notes mixed with soft green apple and melon.
Spice Route “Chakalaka” 2008
Amazing blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Sazao,
Carignan and Petit Sirah. Only the second year this wine has been made. The
first vintage sold out 100 per cent due to tons of traction in the US market.
Full bodied but with ripe, juicy firm fruits. Rich dark fruits of blackberry
and black cherry, along with well integrated spice and black pepper. Tannin and
fruit are in such great balance that the wine drinks very well right now (as a
2008) though it will probably be superb with a few years in cellar. It’s big
but very high quality considering the price.
Any red wine fan (except maybe a Shiraz drinker) should
love this wine. Soft, fleshy fruits dominate and make this wine super smooth
from start to finish. Has a gorgeous purple/violet hue in the glass…this wine
even LOOKS beautiful! The way I love to describe this wine in short is: “Big,
but sexy”!! It has body (they blend some Cabernet Sauvignon into it) and
structure but it is silky smooth. Red and black berries mixed with very slight
“Seleccion Especial” 2006
I love to turn people on to this who are looking for
Rioja. From Sardon del Duero. 80 per cent Tempranillo. Balance made up of
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is almost made in a new world style with
ripe fruit on the front and mid palate and tannins that provide awesome
structure without overpowering and adding too much grip. Good extraction.
Raspberries, under ripe strawberries, black cherries, currant with subtle hints
of earth and vanilla. Super smooth finish.