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Penfolds Launching Event - Jakarta

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InterContinental Hotels Group's wine collections will become more splendid because the new partnership with global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates. The collaboration will bring a great new selection of fine wines to hotel dinner tables and bars, enhancing dining experiences across the region. InterContinental guests also can expect exciting new programmes and events specially tailored for the wine connoisseur in them, including exclusive wine flights, access to rare and limited wines and a bespoke wine list to match every dining occasion in each hotel. 






On 22nd October 2014, we celebrates the collaboration at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza's JimBARan Outdoor Lounge

JimBARan at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza is an outdoor lounge that brings tropical sophistication into Jakarta's modernity. A laid back venue that designed by renowned landscape architect St. Legere, JimBARan indulges their customer with soothing waterways, tropical plants and contemporary seating pods that brings intimacy with your group. The lounge is a relaxing open-air environment in the urban heart of Jakarta.

That night, Wine from award-winning Australian marque Penfolds is the star on that celebration.










Media fellows, wine lovers and experts come to JimBARan Outdoor Lounge to celebrate and indulge their self with bottomless wines from Penfolds. Simon Cant, the Ambassador of Penfolds gives us a welcome speech and small introduction about Penfolds. After that, let the celebration begin.

Beside wines from Penfolds, we also get indulged with the delicacies that InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza serves. I really love InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza's Aglio E Olio. It has bold taste of spices and eye-popping heat sensation.  

I also loved the chocolate cashew nut tarts that patiently waiting for the invitees to grab them for dessert. It was a perfect combination from sweet sour and savory taste with diverse textures in one palette. Even though that I ate a lot that night, I am still craving for that chocolate tarts.








I cannot count how many wine glasses served that night, but all I can see is the smile and laughter that shown into every face of the invitees. The celebration went well and very delightful, even though the heat of tropical weather was quite intense but it doesn't really bothered the enjoyment to this celebration.









Penfolds is one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries, with a history and heritage that reflects the country’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Since 1844 until now, Penfolds has a lot of story to tell, their tag line for "Rewards of Patience" really suit for their stories and hard works. Without any further, here is their story.




PENFOLDS

THE COLONIAL PERIOD (1844 – 1899) 
Penfolds was founded in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold. English immigrants, they arrived in Adelaide only eight years after it was founded as South Australia’s capital. After purchasing the ‘delightfully situated and truly valuable estate’ at Magill on the slopes of the Adelaide Hills, they planted a vineyard and established a medical surgery in the newly built stone cottage ‘The Grange’. Already wine was considered by colonial practitioners as a healthy drink. Penfolds tonic wines became so popular that a thriving wine business was soon established. 
By 1881 Penfolds was producing one third of South Australia’s wine production. During the turn-of-the-century Penfolds wines reached some of the furthest corners of the British Empire. It became Australia’s largest producer of fortified wines by the time of Australia’s Federation in 1901. 
Although Dr Christopher Penfold is recorded as the founder of Penfolds, he was busy building a medical practice and prescribing Penfolds wine as tonics to his patients. It was predominantly his wife Mary who managed the vineyard, made the wine and established a thriving wine business. She was one of Australia’s first and most successful business women. 
The memory of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold is immortalised in the Penfolds name. The remnants of the Grange vineyard at Magill Estate still stand, centred on the historic Grange Cottage, with superb sweeping views across the modern city of Adelaide, South Australia. 

THE EMPIRE PERIOD (1900–1945) 
During the empire period, Penfolds expanded its vineyards and became a household name across Australia. It exported table and fortified wines to the British Empire and its outposts. 
Max Schubert – a then young inquisitive winemaker – travelled to Europe after World War II to investigate winemaking where he dreamed of making wines that would capture the imagination of wine drinkers the world over. The mission was to learn about sherry production but a side trip to Bordeaux led to the extraordinary development of Penfolds Grange and the commercialisation of dry red table wines. 

THE DYNASTIC PERIOD (1945–1989) 
The birth of Grange in 1951 lead to a remarkable collection of wines that bought Penfolds worldwide recognition for their signature style, consistency and longevity. By the early 1960s Schubert oversaw the creation of ‘a dynasty of wines which may differ in character from year to year, but all bear an unmistakable resemblance and relationship to each other’. Bin 128, Bin 389 and Bin 707 and St Henri were all commercialised during this period. This signature method of winemaking, developed and refined over decades, is known as the ‘Penfolds House Style’ and is still practiced today. Under the successive chief winemakers, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, the Penfolds collection of wines has remained true to the original blueprint.
THE MODERN ERA (1990S– TODAY) 
During the 1990s an unprecedented number of new styles were introduced to the Penfolds collection. This was also a period of intense winemaking trials and commercial opportunity. The ‘white Grange’ project spawned the creation of Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay in 1995 (released in 1998). Wine trials, including the ‘experimental/homage’ Special Bin releases of 1990 Bin 90A, 1990 Bin 920 and 1996 Block 42, also led to the launch of RWT Shiraz, an ultra-fine Penfolds Barossa Shiraz, matured in French oak. 
During the 1990s, Penfolds introduced the Re-corking Clinics, a unique and revolutionary after-sales service, where wine collectors can have their aged wines – particularly Grange – assessed, re-corked, topped up and re-capsuled. Today, more than 120,000 bottles have been ‘cliniced and certified’ throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, the Americas and Asia. 
Penfolds also celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Grange in 2001 and in a remarkable gesture, the National Trust of South Australia, listed Grange as a Heritage icon. 
The 2000s saw an expansion and consolidation of the Penfolds wine portfolio, to meet the needs and interests of a global premium wine brand. The range today reflects Max Schubert’s ambitions of a dynasty of wine without compromise. 
Penfolds received a long line of awards and accolades during the 2000s. In 2005 the US Wine Enthusiast magazine named Peter Gago its ‘Winemaker of the Year’ and in the same year Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, led by Grange, recognised the history and popularity of the company’s core range of fine wines. 
In more recent times 2008 Grange received a perfect score of 100 points by two of the world’s most influential wine publications, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator magazine. In 2011 Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Chardonnay won the International Wine Challenge Champion White Wine award. In 2013 the prestigious Wine and Spirits magazine included Penfolds as a ‘top winery of the year’, for the twenty-third consecutive year - more than any other winery in the world. 
Continuing a tradition of innovation and experimentation, in 2012, Penfolds launched its highly ambitious ‘Ampoule Project’, a limited-release offering of twelve hand-blown glass ampoules, containing the celebrated 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Ampoules attracted worldwide attention and a little controversy. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary winemaking for the sake of improvement is a longstanding Penfolds tradition. 
Penfolds enjoys a unique Australian heritage; its wines evoke an ageless generosity of spirit, craftsmanship and the beauty of the Australian landscape. 
As Chief Winemaker Peter Gago says; ‘the wine always come first’. It is this enduring principle and generosity of spirit, handed down by generations of winemakers, in the vineyards, the wineries and the markets, that gives Penfolds wines a unique and timeless quality.

I am really amazed with their story. From their first step until now, somehow makes me realize that you have to keep trying and put your maximum effort to have the best result. Now, let us find some of their products with their characteristics.





KOONUNGA HILL
SHIRAZ CABERNET
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2012

There is no reason to doubt why the 2012 Koonunga Hill Shiraz cabernet cannot join an impressive list of memorable koonunga hill vintages –vintages that have cellared well, often beyond that expected, proudly penfolds.
Penfolds


PETER GAGO
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER




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OVERVIEW
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Since its first vintage in 1976, Koonunga Hill’s reputation has been built upon its affordable price, its approachability in its youth, with the potential to develop if carefully cellared. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is very much a reflection of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. Sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, the wine is known for its full-flavoured style always with impressive Shiraz and Cabernet fruit, firm yet well-rounded structure and balanced oak.


PH 3.63 grams per litre
Acidity 6.3 grams per litre
Grapes from: Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Upper Adelaide
Variety: 76% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturation: 12 months in new (10%) and seasoned American oak
Alcohol: 14.5%


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VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging to a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period, allowed for impressive flavour development, without inflated baumes. Balanced canopies matched fruit load, providing even yet not too speedy ripening. Warm dry conditions continued throughout harvest with fruit picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions and this, coupled with favourable weather conditions, saw great results for some quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth


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COLOUR
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Deep red, crimson rim


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NOSE
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Familial, distinctly Penfolds.

A retro wine refurbed in a modern mould.

Raspberry/vanillin/chocolate/yoghurt aromatics impatiently leap from the glass.

Oak? Yes, but ever so courteous! Youthful


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PALATE
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Masses of fruit.

Balanced, fresh, lush.

Multi-dimensional - beneath a veneer of youth there awaits much more... Patience.

To sign off: pronounced chewy tannins and lively acidity,
conveyed by a judicious 12-month rental of oak



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PEAK DRINKING
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2014 to 2022









KOONUNGA HILL
SEVENTY SIX SHIRAZ CABERNET
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2012

2008…then 2010…now 2012. 
Three very strong vintages, three very strong Penfolds reds. 
All destined to reward cellaring, all destined to reinforce 
the stature of Koonunga Hill, and the memory of the 1976! 
No need to ration… invest wisely.

PETER GAGO
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER




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OVERVIEW
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Since its inception, Penfolds Koonunga Hill has always aimed to deliver quality, value and consistency. The original 1976 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is a legendary wine that is still drinking well today, with numerous bottles still taken to the Penfolds Red Wine Re-corking Clinics by collectors who know of its quality and longevity. In its short ‘contemporary’ history, the Seventy Six label has already enjoyed multiple show successes and the Penfolds Winemaking Team are confident the 2012 vintage reaches the same quality and expectations as its predecessors.


PH 3.63 grams per litre
Acidity 6.3 grams per litre
Grapes from: Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Upper Adelaide
Variety: 76% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturation: 12 months in new (10%) and seasoned American oak
Alcohol: 14.5%


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VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging to a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period, allowed for impressive flavour development, without inflated baumes. Balanced canopies matched fruit load, providing even yet not too speedy ripening. Warm dry conditions continued throughout harvest with fruit picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions and this, coupled with favourable weather conditions, saw great results for some quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth


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COLOUR
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Deep red, crimson rim


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NOSE
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Familial, distinctly Penfolds.

A retro wine refurbed in a modern mould.

Raspberry/vanillin/chocolate/yoghurt aromatics impatiently leap from the glass.

Oak? Yes, but ever so courteous! Youthful


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PALATE
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Masses of fruit.

Balanced, fresh, lush.

Multi-dimensional - beneath a veneer of youth there awaits much more... Patience.

To sign off: pronounced chewy tannins and lively acidity,
conveyed by a judicious 12-month rental of oak



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PEAK DRINKING
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2014 to 2022





KOONUNGA HILL
AUTUMN RIESLING
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2012

An expressive, highly aromatic riesling. 
Floral and citrus notes combine with crisp mouth-watering acidity to make this a versatile wine suitable 
both as an aperitif 
and as a partner for richer seafood dishes.

PETER GAGO
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER





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OVERVIEW
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Some of Penfolds finest Riesling parcels in the early 1970s were bottled under the Autumn label and the Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling acknowledges the original 1971, by closely adhering to the original packaging with a fitting ‘retro’ label. The Autumn label now sits in the Koonunga Hill tier and like its siblings, it aims to deliver the quality, value and consistency for which Koonunga Hill is renowned.


PH 2.83 grams per litre
Acidity 7.17 grams per litre
Grapes from: Eden Valley
Variety: 95% Riesling 5% Traminer
Maturation: Stainless steel
Alcohol: 12.5%


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VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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The 2012 vintage produced above average rainfalls throughout the growing season with a mild to warm Summer. During the ripening period, optimum temperatures prevailed right through to harvest. This, along with lower than average crops and great canopy growth gave way for wonderful flavour development in what is deemed and exceptional white vintage


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COLOUR
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Light straw


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NOSE
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Initial burst of rose petal florals and perfume are followed by delicate
aromas of lime juice and orange blossom


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PALATE
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Rose petal and lime juice notes carry through to the palate which is beautifully balanced by a hint of natural sweetness and mouth-watering talc-like acidity providing wonderful length of flavour.

A wine best consumed in its youth and over the next 3 years



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PEAK DRINKING
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Now to 2015






KOONUNGA HILL
CHARDONNAY
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2012

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay mirrors 
its sister red wines as one of Australia’s best value white wines, offering quality at an affordable price.

PETER GAGO
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER




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OVERVIEW
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Koonunga Hill Chardonnay reflects Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending philosophy, which enables winemakers to source the best parcels of fruit to produce consistently high quality wines from each vintage. A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with distinctive primary fruit characters and a subtle underlay of moderate oak.


PH 3.1 grams per litre
Acidity 6.23 grams per litre
Grapes from: Multi-regional
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Maturation: Stainless steel and French oak for 6 months on yeast lees
Alcohol: 13%


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VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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The 2012 vintage produced above average rainfalls throughout the growing season with a mild to warm summer. During the ripening period, optimum temperatures prevailed right through to harvest. This, along with lower than average crops and great canopy growth gave way for wonderful flavour development in what is deemed an exceptional white vintage


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COLOUR
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Light straw


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NOSE
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Stone fruits abound, noticeably yellow peach with trademark exotic tropical fruits beneath

Underlying complex characters of creamy nougat with a faint suggestion of hazelnut and lightly toasted cashew nut and scented French oak


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PALATE
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Arising from 6 months on yeast lees,
the palate is flavoursome and creamy with highlighted notes
of nougat and hazelnut praline.

Beautifully balanced out with fine acidity, this wine is best consumed young and fresh


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PEAK DRINKING
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Now to 2015







BIN 8
CABERNET SHIRAZ
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2012

“Needs air!”
“Medium-bodied, contemporary, accessible.”
“One to watch – it may give the 2010 Bin 8 vintage a bit of competition…”

PETER GAGO
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER



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OVERVIEW
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Bin 8 has been crafted in the traditional Penfolds style. Ripe, balanced fruit flavours are supported by softly integrated oak resulting in a silky, smooth red wine. It was introduced in response to an interest in Cabernet Shiraz blends – a classic Australian wine style that caught the attention of the international wine media. Although Bin numbers were originally named after the original binning location after bottling, Bin 8 was given its number because it uses older oak previously used for Bin 128, Bin 28 and Bin 389 – with ‘8’ obviously providing the common thread.


PH 3.58 grams per litre
RESIDUAL SUGAR 3.0 grams per litre
Acidity 6.5 grams per litre
Grapes from: Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek
Variety: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 43% Shiraz
Maturation: 12 months in French and American oak, 13% new oak (French)
Alcohol: 14.5%


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VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging to a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period, allowed for impressive flavour development, without inflated baumes. Balanced canopies matched fruit load, providing even yet not too speedy ripening. Warm dry conditions continued throughout harvest with fruit picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions and this, coupled with favourable weather conditions, saw great results for some quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth.


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COLOUR
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Deep youthful red


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NOSE
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An instantly recognisable Cabernet Shiraz aromatic propulsion

with Cabernet notes more prominent than Shiraz at this stage

i.e. black olive, graphite and red-berried fruits

Not quite that simple, however, with anchovy, crackling and meat salt

complexities lurking in the background

modicum of musk to add further intrigue


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PALATE
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Vibrant, with excellent grip – via a defined and focussed (linear) structure

Ripe, varietal Cabernet apparent – neither herbal nor leafy

Rhubarb, red-fruits and red jelly-crystal notes..
verging toward a good, old-fashioned summer trifle treat

Palate bound by integrated oak and compliant tannins -


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PEAK DRINKING
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2014 – 2020







To end this writings, I just want to share that all of the Penfolds wine has a refreshing and amazing aroma, taste and vibrant. I know my knowledge about wine is just like a baby who learned to crawl. But I never get bored to taste and sip it. Every time i drink Penfolds wines, I can only closed my eyes, and feel the beautiful harmonious symphony from my other senses. All I can think is just to enjoy the moment and blend with the refreshing and marvelous wine. I cannot wait to drink this wonderful wine with my beloved one. 







jimBARan Outdoor Lounge
InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 10-11
Jakarta Pusat 10220
021 - 251 0888





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