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Australian Verdelho – a Portuguese Grape discovered in Malaysia

Wine globalization creates some unexpected experiences for me. In fact, the first time I encounter the Portuguese grape Verdelho is in an Australian wine which we drunk in Malaysia.

In fact, Wines of Australia and New Zealand are the most affordable in Malaysia, which is partly due to the lower transport cost compared to wines imported from Europe (but also economies of scale hm, but that’s another topic). Thus they often represent the best value for money in bars and restaurants there. But for this bottle it was a mix of price and curiosity which made us pick it.

And it was only later, once I typed Verdelho into google that I learned that it is not to be confused with the Spanish grape Verdejo or the Italian Verdello. I thought they were the same, just as Shiraz and Syrah are the same.

So that pick was quite an informative one. And, yeah, the wine also had a satisfying taste. Good fruit but still dry, nice acidity, citrus fruit, also something a bit more exotic like passion fruit maybe. Nice to drink on a terrace on a saturday afternoon. So if you happen to be at WIP at the BSC Mall in Kuala Lumpur, the Moondah Brook Verdelho would be my rec for a good value white.

BTW, at WIP they also have quite good and consistent food. Here’s the fruit salad we had on the side. Never get such yummy and tasty fruit in Germany.

Fruit Salad at WIP

Moondah Brook Verdelho

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