Hidden Roussillon Gem

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Originally from the Champagne region, the parents of young Caroline Bonville moved to Bordeaux in 1974; Caroline received her master’s Degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Université de Bordeaux in 1993 then went abroad for work, in Walla Walla, Washington. Here, she trained as a wine maker and worked at Château Ste. Michelle; she was then poached to South Africa where she landed a wine making job. Poached yet again, she landed this time in Saint-Emilion. Finally, when a close friend bought land in Roussillon – and Caroline visited – it became instantly clear to her that she would move here permanently and make the wine she’d always dreamed of.

40 year old vines: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah on a 6 hectare parcel. Frighteningly low yields,  just 9,000 bottles produced per year. Aged for 15 months in French oak of which 1/3 is new. Borderline syrupy, this wine will raise eyebrows.  Puts “blockbuster” Aussie & Napa reds to shame. Big bold juicy red and blackberry fruits dominate the nose with a touch of oak character coming through. Robust in the mouth with lots of juicy tannin and big fruit driven flavours of blackberry and plum with an oaky nuance a wine that will leave you begging for more and absolute delight, a true hidden treasure!! Great with grilled and bbq red meats, strong cheeses and dark chocolate.

  • Mas Karolina Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2008 Was: €21.95 Now: €17.56

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Feeling Gruner

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Nestling in the midst of the small winegrowing village of Krustetten the Müller winery is already visible from afar. The newly built modern winery has a cosy wine tasting “stüberl” offering panoramic views over the roofs of the village. From here you can enjoy a stunning outlook over Stift Göttweig, the Danube and the best vineyards of Kremstal.

Here Leopold Müller creates his distinctively fruity and clear white wines with loving attention and a great deal of hard work. He pays particular attention to his fruity Grüner Veltliner which is so characteristic of this variety and grows in the best vineyards of southern Kremstal. The influence of the Danube supports his work in the 70 ha of vineyards under his cultivation and enables him to make wines of widely varying characters, from the fresh, fruity Grüner Veltliner to the very interseting fruit driven and hard to pronounce Zeigelt.

We are loving his Kremser Kogl Gruner at the minute its just waht you need for the sunny evenings at only 12.5% it goes great with a warm crab claw salad.

Summer Time has Come

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Well we can hope it has we’ve had nearly a week of lovely weather here in the normally wet and rainy west. And according to WeatherForecast.com its set to at least the long weekend! (even if we have the odd shower and it gets a bit cooler) with that in mind we put together a short list of our favourite barbecue wines. Each of these lovelies will be tag in store of just give one of us a shout. The reds are big and fruity wines capable of dealing with those smoky and chargrilled flavours and the odd burnt bit. The whites are refreshingly thirst quenching with lovely fresh citrus flavours just what you need sitting out the back garden enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget the sunscreen nobody likes to see a LOBSTER this time of year 😉

Reds

  • Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2009
  • Altes ‘L’Estel’ Garnacha/Syrah 2010*
  • Rivera Salice Salentino 2010
  •  Palacio De Verano Rioja Crianza 2008
  • El Soborno ‘Inmaculada’ Malbec 2011

Whites

  • Rivera ‘Marese’ Bombino Bianco 2011*
  • Altes ‘Benufet’ Garnacha Blanca 2010
  • Le Courlis Touraine 2011
  • Waipara Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Bubbles

  • Il Prosecco
  • Il Rose
  • Il Moscato
  • Rimarts Cava Brut*

*Our wines that Stood out from the rest @thecorkscrew Dublin wine fair yesterday

Its bright, its sunny, its prosecco time!

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At woodberrys we love sparkling wine and we really love our prosecco. Thankful the sunshine has arrived now so we can un-cork a few bottles of this wonderful refreshing wine and enjoy with friends in the sun.

Up until the 1960s, Prosecco sparkling wine was generally rather sweet and barely distinguishable from the Moscato D’asti wine produced in Piedmont. But recently production techniques have improved, leading to the high-quality dry wines like the ones we get today. Also in recent years Prosecco has been awarded its own DOCs and DOCGs meaning that it can only be produced in a specific area of Italy around the city of Treviso.  Like Champagne Prosecco can now only be produced in one area.

The wine itself is quite different from Champagne, this is down to different production methods used.  Prosecco is  almost always made by the Charmat, or ‘tank method’, where secondary fermentation is not in individual bottles a la Champagne, but in large steel tanks known as autoclaves, which keep the wine under pressure. The idea is to capture the fresh fruitiness of the Glera (Prosecco )grape, and not to aim for the yeasty character of Champagne.  Prosecco can be either Spumante, or Frizzante, the former fully sparkling, and Frizzante a semi sparkling style for easy drinking.

Also there is one special Prosecco terroir within the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene zone that is a separate ‘Cru’ and allowed to put its own name on the label: the hill of Cartizze. Renowned throughout the region, the 107 hectares of Cartizze are divided amongst 140 small growers, and its quality and rarity has made it one of the world’s most expensive bits of vineyard real estate, with a hectare costing one million euros or more.

Now with all that said here’s a brief list of our Prosecco:

  • Il Prosecco                              Normally €12.95 Now €10 a bottle
  • Mionetto Prosecco Brut            Normally €17.95 Now €15 a bottle
  • Mionetto Sergio Spumante               €19.95 a bottle
  • Mionetto Cartizze DOCG Spumante      €29.95 a bottle

Bafarela Grande Reserva 2009

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This superb big bold and rich red was one of the most impressive wines when we original tasted a selection of wines from DFE before we began importing them.

The Bafarela Grande Reserva is produced by Casa Brites Aguiar only in exceptional vintages. The 2009 was aged for 12 months in 500 litre French oak casks after fermentation.

Intense, deep dark ruby colour. The nose offers distinct and complex floral aromas. In the mouth, it is precise and well-rounded with seductive obvious  fruit flavours compliment by floral and mocha notes. Extremely well structured with dense yet fine tannins. The wine stands out more for its freshness rather than its concentration, and it’s long seductive finish.  The wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo).

Bafarela Grande Reserva is a wine that encapsulates the elegance of one of the specialities of Casa Brites Aguiar at its best, only 15,100 bottles were produced, this wine exudes all the great qualities of

Wyebo (Pronouned Waay-boh) Shiraz

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One of our two wonderful new wines from our good buddies in O’Leary Walker, the Wyebo Shiraz comes from the a property at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills known as Wyebo, purchased by Leo O’Leary (David’s Grandfather) back in 1912. The altitude and cool nights in the Adelaide Hills are ideal for slow and even ripening and produces wines with character and purity of fruit. Adelaide hills is fast becoming a super premium region in Australia thanks to the complex and layered wines produced there, and their great aging potential.

The 2008 Wyebo wine spent over two years in small French oak hogsheads which age between new, one and two-year old oak. Vibrant deep cherry red in colour, with red brick hues. Dominant blackberry and spice with hints of chocolate and cedar on the nose. With layers of textures on the palate, this classic cooler climate Shiraz, has tight but flavoursome blackberry and white pepper, mouth filling fruit, powerful and long with fine grain tannin and balanced acid. Serve with Moroccan Lamb served with spicy cous cous.

Happy Albariño Day

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Did you know that today is Albariño Day? No, well i didn’t either until a customer told me about 10 minutes ago, and thankfully he did we’ve been suffering from neglecticus bloggus of late, apologies  to all our 5 fans (especially you mam). But apparently it has been organised by a US marketing company, but unlike Grenache day and Malbec day this appears to be a US only initiative, and even at that its only a few Bodegas (surprisingly represented by this company that are partaking in it. Personally I think all the Bodegas in Rias Biaxas (Albariño’s home area) should organise it for next year, maybe when they hold their traditional Albariño fiesta in August? They could invite us all to try the wonderful white wine of Spain on that day!

How to Participate in Albariño Day?

It’s easy! Open a bottle of cool, crisp Albariño and share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. What do you love most about Albariño?  Albarino Day is all about spreading the love and also learning (or trying) something new.

So anyone in that wishes me a Happy Albariño Day gets 20% of any Albariño purchased!

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