Top 5ive wines from our Christmas fair

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5) O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Drinking wonderfully at the minute; with lifted tropical fruits and underlying citrus notes. The palate is fruit driven and long with balanced crisp acid finish.

4) Greenhough Sauvignon Blanc 2010**

Pungent, passion fruit and tropical-fruits to the fore with subtle citrus and grassy aromatics
The palate is mouth filling rather than explosive,  with a zesty edge and a defining, sweet acidity.

3) Bajancas Reserva 2009 **

Ripe fruit, currants and blackberries, smoked notes and suggestions minerals. Robust but not heavy in the mouth, dark plummy fruits on a long lasting finish.

2) Eternum Viti Toro 2008 **

Heady scents of red berry preserves, incense, fresh flowers and spice-cake. Lively raspberry and cherry flavors are complimented by cinnamon and anise, with nervy minerality contributing spine.

1) Mas Karolina Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2008**

Intense and complex nose of ripe red fruit mainly dark cherry, spice and liquorice with notes of chocolate. Great finesse and elegance on the palate, racy wine with character lots of rich intense dark berry and plummy fruits.

** Wines marked with double Asterisks are on promotion over the Christmas period.

Christmas Opening Hours

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 Mon – Sat: 10.30 -> 20.00

Sundays : 12.30 -> 18.00

Don’t judge a bottle by its label!!!

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Their passion for the region they lived in and for it’s wine led the Lamas family to make an attempt at producing it. In order to achieve this, they always opted for excellence and rigour in all the details related to its production. The decision to plant vines at Quinta das Bajancas was made in 1993, after performing studies on which varieties are the most suitable for the location’s climatic conditions. After the study was carried out, they chose the varieties of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca and Tinta Amarela for red wines and Rabigato, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina and Códega do Larinho for white wines.

The first re-plantation then took place on a plot of 4 hectares halfway up a slope facing the south with known as “Bajancas”. The vines were planted in the beginning of 1994 and a decision was made not to produce and bottle any quantities for ten years in order to privilege only the plant’s vegetative development.In 2000, the second phase of replanting the vines was underway on another 8 hectares with the varieties of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca. Thereby, Quinta das Bajancas’ vineyards extended over a total area of 12 hectares. They decided the 2004 vintage would be their first and haven’t looked back since. They produce 4 wines the excellent Tinto Douro and its Reserva and two whites the delighfully fresh Branco and the devine Private Selection. But the coolest thing about this winery has got to be the labels, which I Love and clearly haven’t listened to the advice in the title. All wines except the limited edition private selection white are in stock and cost less than €20. A great reason to come along to our tasting and try them!!

Bajancas Reseva Douro

Bajancas Private Selection
 

Woodberrys Christmas Wine Fair

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What is Vino Novello??

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Vino Novello, Italian for ‘young wine’, is a light, fruity, red wine produced throughout Italy. Novello is similar to its French cousin Beaujolais Nouveau in taste, body and color, but is produced using multiple grape varieties with a more liberal fermentation process. Novello is officially released for sale November 6. Vino Novello is lightweight with low alcohol content (usually not more than 11 or 12%) and with  sweet and fruity aromas.

The wine is made to be drunk young, Novello does not have tannins. In some places in Italy, tradition says the last day to consume Novello is “I Giorni della Merla”, the days of the blackbird, said to be the coldest day of the year (29th-31st January), but the wine can be drunk right through the spring if one chooses.

Vino Novello is made from a different process than normal red wines, called Carbonic Maceration. Although many experts criticize the process,  Carbonic maceration is a technique of wine making by accelerating the fermentation process, developed in France in the ’30s. The grapes are placed in large barrels or vats. They are then closed off and the oxygen is eliminated by pumping in CO2. The natural yeast migrate from the skin of the grapes into the pulp looking for water and oxygen and the fermentation takes place. The fermentation process for producing Novello is about 20 days. The whole bunches are placed within a designated 50 to 70 hl tubs, in which after producing a vacuum of air is blown CO2 at 30 degrees Celsius for 7–14 days. The clusters that are located on the bottom of the tanks are crushed by the mass of grapes and release the juice. Yeasts indigenous to the pulp from the peel migrate in search of oxygen and water, triggering a process of intracellular fermentation. At the end of the cycle, the ‘red wine’ is slightly crushed and further fermented for 3-4 days. The minimum alcohol content is 11%, the deadline for bottling is 31 December of the same vintage year.

CHECK OUT ANTONUTTI’S VINO NOVELLO AT IT’S OFFICIAL LAUNCH IN TIGH NEACHTAINS THIS THURSDAY 10th OF NOVEMBER FROM 5.30 TILL 8.30. ALL GLASSES OF NOVELLO ARE €4 WITH NIBBLES SUPPLIED.

It’s all about the Languedoc-Roussillon…….

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The huge, sprawling stretch of Mediterranean coast between Spain and the Southern Rhone Valley is one of the most dynamic and innovative of Frances many wine-producing areas in the last couple of decades. The area produces roughly more wine than all of Australia! Some of it very, very good and some of it poor, it is a quagmire of appellations some better than others but one of our personal favourites is St. Chinian in Languedoc.

Saint Chinian is located north of Béziers city. Vineyards lay in coteaux, meaning that they cover one side of the hills, the ones facing at the sea. Saint Chinian is famous since the 14th century although the first vine was planted during the 9th century. Saint Chinian is usually more tannic than other Languedoc red wines. However some skillful wine makers manage to compensate with a delicate and full flavor wine. With the quality still improving, Saint Chinian is definitely an appellation to try.

We have two wines from Chateau Veyran in St. Chinian, the First is a straight St. Chinian, made up of a blend of Syrah, Grenache is divine, full, robust and packed full of dark red fruit flavours and hints of chocolate, it’s a perfect winter warmer. The other is a the ‘La Rigaille’ is sourced from The Chateau’s St.Chinian vineyard and neighbouring vineyard outside the appellation and is therefore labeled only as Languedoc, but again the quality of the fruit and winemaking can be seen clearly, this wine is 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, with an earthy, dusty, dark fruit nose and a full palate that is a little gritty but with excellent depth of rich fruit. A must try as it’s on sale at the minute for €11.96. Check out what Languedoc has to offer!  

Movember….Join Team Woodberrys

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Anyone interested in Joining Team Woodberrys and releasing your MO-jo give Tadhg a quick email on woodberrywines@eircom.net