TREATY PORT TIMES Reviving Sustainable Wine Culture May 2012
Another cold winter has passed and we’re delighted that spring is back to Penglai. We start Spring 2012 with several exciting activities and new additions to the Treaty Port and Scottish Castle team. Chief Winemaker Mark Davidson also returned in early April with a long list of things to do on the farm. In this edition, we feature Macleod’s Single Malt Whisky and share a general guide to the single malt whiskyproducing regions. We also give you updates around Penglai and introduce our newest neighbor, Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Finally, we share new promotions, upcoming events, and notes from our guests. The Editor Treaty Port welcomes Emma Chen
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I like its fruity and floral aroma which comes from combining various grapes.” Fluent in Mandarin, English and Japanese, Emma is also an accomplished world traveler. Before settling in Mulangou, Emma spent a year backpacking solo around South America.
Around the Vineyard For Chief Winemaker Mark Davidson, the work never finishes to ensure Treaty Port continues to produce high quality fine wine. Traditional farming is combined with some organic methods for the best results possible.
Emma Chen recently joined Treaty Port as the new manageress. The Taiwanborn Chen worked in banking, manufacturing and sales before taking over management duties of the winery and boutique hotel. Emma relishes the chance to work on our organic farm and enjoys meeting all the visitors to the castle. “I want to Spring at the Scottish Castle give all our guests – families, couples, newlyweds The vines are growing well but they need – an enjoyable and memorable experience at the training to grow in the right direction and make castle,” said Emma. “I also hope to sell out our sure the leaves and fruit will never be too close to excellent wine! My favorite is Castle Red. the ground. To this end we continue to modify and
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improve the trellises during the winter and springtime, which hold the vines upright. We've established a vine nursery process and hothouse in the farmhouse that allows us to produce new vines for expansion all year round, and with the added possibility of selling these selected imported wine varieties to other growers. All our vines were originally imported from France but stricter quarantine restrictions have now made that impossible for new vineyards. We also plan to pursue some interesting and important experimentation into the best rootstock for the Mulangou conditions and soils. While not the traditional idea, we are allowing naturally grasses to grow in the rows between the vines. This actually helps retain moisture in the granite soil and stops the erosion of the soil on the slopes of the vineyards during wet periods. New mowing equipment not normally seen in many Chinese vineyards is needed to control the height of the grass. The management of the grass under the vines as well as in the rows between is critical so as to increase air flow in the vineyard and prevent disease. The cut grass however, is a wonderful natural help to the organic matter build up in the soils for the future nutrition of the vineyard. This way less fertiliser has to be brought in from outside as the seasons proceed. Grass adds many natural benefits to viniculture
The Cabernet Franc gets some support
A large part of my time this trip was spent training the farmhands about the soil conditions, using organic and biological nutrients, and techniques to keep the farm in balance. I have discovered that one thing that you have to know about young vineyards is that some areas need extra work to make them more suitable, like extra drainage, and others simply prove unsuitable because of lack of wind or very poor drainage. Our experience over the last few years (this is our eighth year) has shown us that it was necessary to reduce the area under grapes from 308mu to 280mu (20.5ha to 18.6ha). This surplus land is not wasted however. It may prove ideal for other fruit and nut trees: we've chosen to plant chestnut and walnut trees. ~~~
Did you know…. In 2009, the sugar in some of our grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Marselan) reached 30.6 degrees, which is the record for grapes grown on the Shandong Peninsula. The sugar levels of the other grape varieties were all over 20 degrees.
Macleod’s Single Malt Blending the finest from two ancient cultures In addition to producing our own fine wine, Treaty Port is the exclusive agent in China of Ian Macleod’s Scotch Whisky, one of the largest distillers in Scotland. According to Jonathan Scott, AsiaPacific Director, Macleod’s make its own whiskies in the traditional way, using premium quality barley for distillation and aged slowly in specific wooden oak barrels for a minimum of three years. “Select whiskies are chosen at ages where Single Malts start to come into prime and then bottled under brand names.” The familyowned company carries more than 15 Scotch Whisky brands that includes the Glengoyne line, a premium Single Malt whisky produced at the Glengoyne distillery in the Scottish Highlands since 1833 and named “Best of the Best” by Whisky Magazine. As Chinese middleclass consumers become more familiar choosing and drinking grape wine, a growing number of Chinese drinkers are gravitating towards premium spirits, mainly cognac and whisky. According to Morgan Stanley, already US$656.1 million worth of spirits were imported last year and is expected to double by 2015. Lawrence Law, brand director at Moët Hennessy Diageo, said in a Jing Daily article earlier this year that premium aged Scotch is developing a reputation (particularly among middleaged men in China) as a drink that connotes history, heritage and cultivation.
Treaty Port Vineyards founder Chris Ruffle knew early on that whisky would be easily accepted in Chinese drinking culture and decided to develop a special blend for China. Together with the Scotch Whisky Association, Macleod’s distillery blended superior Chinese ginger wine with a premium smoky Scotch Whisky to create “Whisky Mc” a refreshing and relaxing fusion mix. Whisky Mc can be enjoyed as an aperitif or afterdinner drink. “This blend demonstrates the very best available from two ancient cultures and it should be positive to introduce such a new style to new markets abroad,” said Scott. Ruffle ventures further, pairing the spirit with Chinese food. “Whisky Mc goes particularly well with crab dishes.” In coastal Shandong where fresh seafood is plentiful, there are many foods to raise our spirits. Slàinte mhath!
Images courtesy of Scotch Whisky Association and Ian Macleod Distillers
Single Malt Whisky Guide The 8 Years Old Regional Single Malts line represent the five whisky producing regions: Lowland, Highland, Island, Islay and Speyside. The geography and terrain in each region contribute to the different flavors, aromas, and bodies of each whisky. Island Comprised of six island groups: Orkney Isles (North), Lewis (Northeast), Isle of Skye, Mull, Jura and Arran (west coast). Great variations from heavy peaty creamy malts to dry and salty to hints of heather and tang. Islay Tends to carry the heaviest of the Single Malts in terms of pungent, peaty, smoky and seaweed distillate. Geographically, the island can be subdivided into two regions with big, bold, full bodied malts from the south and gentler malts from the north, generally speaking. Highland Variably drier than sweet, although geographic variations result in differing tastes such as firm, drier malts in the east, peaty and salty malts from the west, smoky and spicy malts from the north.
Speyside Contains the largest concentration of distilling expertise (as many as 50 distilleries in the 80miles by 40 miles region). Single Malts from here can be subtle and complex, delicate and smooth, with light touches of smokiness, herbs, and floral dryness in certain makes. Prevalence of freshly emptied sherry casks for maturation results in sweeter aromas in early years and spicy fruit flavors in older years.
Lowland Generally light, floral and fragrant, with subtle sweet and fruity notes. Often claimed to be the most delicate Whiskies from Scotland.
Around Penglai Lafite starts construction next door On March 11, Chateau Lafite Rothschild broke ground on its new chateau and 25hectare vineyard. This is Rothschild’s first Lafite property in Asia, adding to properties in Portugal, Argentina and Chile and investments in the US and South Africa. The winery is expected to produce 120,000 bottles of wine each year, made predominately of red grape varieties suited to the soil. Rothschild teamed up with CITIC East China (Group) Co. to build the production base which will include a vineyard, winery and related facilities at a tune of 100 million yuan ($15.8 million). No date was given for the completion of the project. Lafite vineyard manager Huang Chuanguo told us they’ve already planted 18 ha of vines with another 4.67 ha to be planted this year. They plan to add 6.67 ha of vines next year.
Groundbreaking ceremony on March 11
Plans posted at the entrance to the vineyard
We’ve been told they won’t use any chemical fertilizers on their grapes. Treaty Port strictly adheres to organic practices and we hope our new neighbors won’t affect our methods.
Lafite’s vineyard is on the next hilltop over
Wine tourism picking up Penglai is Asia’s only coastal wine growing region with more than 10,000 hectares of quality grapegrowing area. The region sits along the 37th latitude, which is the best latitude for grape growing and a reason why Lafite has selected this site for its Asian production base. More than 30 wine powerhouses from home and abroad generate 20,000 tons of highend wine each year, says Cong Yanpeng, head of Penglai Wine Bureau in China Daily. Sun Yebao, mayor of Penglai, says the city now has 70 enterprises involved in the wine production industry with 140,000 tons of wine produced every year. The region is also generating interest in wine tourism. Treaty Port Vineyards was chosen along with seven other wineries for collective wine tours. A major highlight of the tours was the buildings or chateaus themselves. The 16th Century Scottish Castle is a unique building along southern slope of Qiushan.
Our castle suites have modern amenities and are decorated with family heirlooms
Designed by renowned Scottish architect Ian Begg, it has already generated regular daily tours from visitors all over Shandong Province. Guests are welcome to stay in one of several welldesigned suites inside the castle, feast on European and Chinese meals, and tour the cellars. The vineyard is also an hour’s drive away from major attractions including Penglai Pavilion and Aishan natural hot springs resort. Nearby Yantai Mountain is also a popular destination for local and international travelers. Cradling more than 600 years of history, the forested hill is the symbol of Yantai City with its beacon tower and historic neighborhoods that housed many foreign concessions. Since the castle opened in 2009, we’ve noticed an outcrop of castles in the surrounding countryside.
Another castle in the distance from the vantage of our vineyard
Events & Promotions
Treaty Port in TopWine Expo
For Mother’s Day, we enticed families to treat their mothers to a special daytrip to the Scottish TopWine China is the premier wine conference Highlands without leaving Shandong Province. and expo event in Beijing. This professional trade Our dedicated chefs designed a special five show brings together more than 150 international course European meal complemented with wine vineyards, 100 Chinese exhibitors, and more than from our cellars. Families could use the castle’s 6,000 attendees from 26 countries around the facilities or spend their afternoon walking around world. the vineyard. The event will be held at the China National Convention Center in the heart of the Olympic Green in northern Beijing from June 46. We bring our entire collection of red wines including the Chris Ruffle Selects line and Macleod’s 8 Years Regional Single Malts. Come and visit us at booth# 1535. For free VIP passes, contact us at email@example.com. New Promotions The slopes of Qiushan are alive with color and perfect for visitors to the castle and vineyard. We have started a series of promotions to entice guests of all group sizes to Mulangou.
We started serving Afternoon Tea at the Scottish Castle. Visitors to the castle can now enjoy high tea just like Victorian ladies! Our trained chefs create a special selection of sweet cakes and savory sandwiches using fresh ingredients from our gardens. Guests can enjoy tea in one of our many rooms in the castle overlooking the vineyard and Qiushan Lake beyond. Don’t forget your tea hats! A collection of promotions since Spring 2012
Treaty Port in the News When Wine Turns Chinese Heads In an extensive Le Figaro report on February 19 about wines produced in China, writer Arnaud de La Grange highlighted Treaty Port and the Scottish castle on the edge of the Yellow Sea. Chief Winemaker Mark Davidson anticipates China will exceed all consumption and growth expectations: "It won't take thirty years [as predicted by International Wine and Spirit Research], maybe fifteen years. China is a country of alcohol. Nothing can stop the cultural or philosophical progress of wine." FT House & Home to Visit Treaty Port Cherry season has arrived just in time for a visit from Robert Cookson, Hong Kong correspondent for Financial Times’ House & Home section, to the Scottish Castle and Treaty Port Vineyards.
Chef McIntosh will be cooking a modern version of the Queen’s Coronation menu from 1952. He has turned to Treaty Port Vineyards to supply Red wine for this competition. Andre Cointreau, president of the Le Cordon Bleu cookery schools once said there are 2 great cuisines in the world, French and Chinese. “I’m looking at modernday cooking techniques to embrace UK and Chinese food cooking trends with Modern day British food,” said Chef McIntosh. It’s fitting Chef McIntosh has chosen Treaty Port wine. Our fine wines are made from French grapes grown on Chinese granite soil and served with international cuisines. The robust and fruity Castle Red 2009 is designed to complement highlyflavored Chinese cuisine and is excellent for cooking. For more information, check out: www.jamesmcintosh.co.uk http://bicc.easteat.com/
British Celebrity Chef James McIntosh to Use Treaty Port Wine in Easteat Multiaward winning cookery writer, China Food TV presenter and AGA Brand Ambassador James McIntosh comes to Beijing for the First Beijing International Cuisine Competition cum 6th International Grand Prix Competition of Easteat to be held June 1821 at the China National Convention Center. Representing Great Britain at the competition,
British celebrity chef James McIntosh will be in China
From Our Guestbook My name is Li Aiyue and I come from Shanxi Province. I work at the Tongfang Credibility Supervision Company. I came to know the castle when it was still under construction many years ago. This is my second time here and I find the completed castle beautiful, it makes me proud! I’m especially proud of the winery that’s built directly in the granite hill – we blasted the stone together to make the space. We spent so much time and labor on it. When I come to see it finished today, I’m really proud and excited. Wish the Scottish Castle and Treaty Port winery a great future!
Here is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen! Mr. Guo, Huaxia International Tourist Agency
The Penglai Wine Promotion Bureau wrote us a poem.
Treaty Port Vineyards and The Scottish Castle Order Form Item
Price per bottle (RMB)
The Commissioner (Marselan/Merlot) 2009
The Admiral (Merlot) 2009
Castle Red 2009
Castle White 2009
Langs Select Scotch Whisky - 12 years
Macleod's Lowland Single Malt Whisky - 8 years
Macleod's Highland Single Malt Whisky - 8 years
Macleod's Island Single Malt Whisky - 8 years
Macleod's Speyside Single Malt Whisky - 8 years
Macleod's Islay Single Malt Whisky - 8 years
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Discounts for wine lovers: Order 2 to 10 cases (inclusive) and receive 5% off Order 11 to 50 cases (inclusive) and receive 10% off Order 51 or more cases and receive 15% off Note: 6 bottles per case Packing Details: Bottles are shipped in standard wine cartons. Gift packaging is available! Premium quality wooden boxes are perfect for gift giving and special occasions. Add RMB30 per bottle. Shipping & Delivery: Add shipping charges: 2 bottles = RMB40, 6 bottles = RMB60, 12 bottles = RMB120 Orders will be shipped the same day full payment received. Free delivery to Penglai, Yantai (Shandong) and Shanghai addresses! Payment Information Account Name: PENGLAI SCOTTISH CASTLE Co.,LTD Bank Name: BANK OF CHINA, PENGLAI SUBBRANCH Account Number: 215603901945 Address: No.25 EAST ZHONGLOU ROAD,PENGLAI CITY,SHANDONG PROVINCE,CHINA
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