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This edition's roundup of the news takes in the sa­fari life­style of Men­jan­gan Dy­nasty Re­sort, an el­e­gant wine din­ner at AYANA Re­sort and Spa BALI, the ap­point­ment of Yves Mudry as gen­eral man­ager of Raf­fles Jakarta and Nico Braun­walder as Ho­tel Man­ager at The St. Regis Bali Re­sort, the re­turn for fast­ing month of The Ritz-carl­ton Jakarta, Pa­cific Place's Ba­harat and Cir­cque du Soleil's KOOZA per­for­mance at Marina Bay Sands, and much more.

Re­garded as one of the finest winer­ies in the world, Don Mel­chor con­tin­ues to de­light and as­tound wine lovers all over the world with its mul­ti­ple award­win­ning wines. Lo­cated at the foot of the Andes Moun­tains at 650m above sea level, the 127-ha vine­yard cul­ti­vates mostly Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon grapes, with va­ri­etals of Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot and Petit Ver­dot grapes. The grape plants for the vine­yard were hand­picked from choice vines orig­i­nat­ing from Bordeaux in the late 19th cen­tury. Care­fully main­tained and cul­ti­vated, the vine­yard is made up of six blocks of Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and one block of Caber­net Franc which im­part a clas­sic depth of com­plex­ity to the re­sult­ing blend. The stony soil underfoot hin­ders ex­ces­sive veg­e­ta­tive growth and lim­its fruit pro­duc­tion. Each block is split into rows, which are mon­i­tored in­de­pen­dently by Don Mel­chor's dis­tin­guished wine­maker En­rique To­rado.

Since his ap­point­ment as Don Mel­chor's exclusive wine­maker, En­rique has care­fully cul­ti­vated the vine­yard with im­ple­men­ta­tion of new vini­fi­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies and care­ful ob­ser­va­tion of the soils and cli­mates to en­sure the qual­ity of har­vest year af­ter year. Each par­cel is har­vested un­der En­rique's watch­ful eye, with de­tailed lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis and grape tast­ings the stan­dard. Aged in bar­rels for 12-15 months, the wine is then blended skil­fully by En­rique. Un­der En­rique's perfectionist ap­proach, Don Mel­chor has flour­ished; the win­ery's vin­tages achiev­ing Wine Spec­ta­tor's Top 100 Wines of the Year seven times and achiev­ing the high­est ever score in the awards his­tory for its 2012 vin­tage to win the pres­ti­gious James Suck­ling award.

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