Peter Logan In store Tasting

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As part of our TEN YEAR celebrations we are delighted to welcome Peter Logan of Logan Wines to the shop this Saturday September 1st, Peter will be in store all afternoon tasting his wines, call in a try some of Peter’s great wines, with the wine maker himself. Peter’s wines are highly regarded as some of the best wines produced in Australia’s up and coming regions of Mudgee and Orange. Peter’s wines are new arrivals to our range but have already gathered a following. You can find out all about Peter and his wines here.

Peter’s tasting is the first of 10 year celebration tastings with more tastings and wine dinners to happen in the coming months.

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21 years and more in the making

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Apologies for the lack of activity over the last couple of weeks I have been ill and then on Holidays neither connected to the other, thankfully. But as a result I have neglected my blogging duties so much so that i got a text from my mam asking if I was ok. Anyhow back to the job at hand while on holiday i had the good fortune to try some of Germany’s great wines between Riesling in its many forms and other exciting whites but the best wine I tried believe it or not was a GrauBurgunder or Pinot Grigio, that’s not available in Ireland so I wont bore you any longer with tales of my holidays but move onto something very random, that happened today.

We have for a while stocked Seppeltsfield’s 1989 Para which is one of Australia’s most iconic fortified wines, but it is a rare sale we have of this great wine so when 3 customers after each other walk in and buy 3 bottles you start to wonder was it reviewed somewhere or what the hell is going on, well turns out the second and third are customers from the US and Australia where the 1989 has sold out and cannot begotten much to their disappointment. Luckily they found us!

Located in the historical hamlet of Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley, Seppeltsfield Winery is distinguished by its Palm Avenue – a tribute from Depression era employees who planted the roadways of Seppeltsfield with over 2000 date palm trees. The winery itself is a heritage building and the vineyard comprises approximately 100 hectares. Seppeltsfield has a gravity fed winery and a modern winery. The gravity fed winery was designed and built by Benno Seppelt in the 1890s and utilises aspects of the Portuguese solera system to channel and move wines. In 2007 Seppeltsfield was purchased by The Seppeltsfield Estate Trust which includes shareholders from Kilikanoon winery. James Godfery is the specialist fortified winemaker, a deeply skilled practitioner of fortified winemaking – Seppeltsfield fortified wine stocks date back to 1878, one of the most extensive collections of vintage wine in the world, and has as recently as February of this year released wine produced in 1912!!!

In 1953 the first vintage-dated ‘Para Liqueur Port’, the 1922, was
released in its distinctively shaped bottle.This Para Liqueur 21 Year Old Vintage Tawny is made entirely from a single vintage. Its style is a reflection of the weather and growing conditions through the summer and during the harvest of that year – the expression of a year long gone preserved for enjoyment.

1989 Para 21 Year Old Vintage Tawny

Amber with golden hues. The wine has a fresh aroma with nutty notes, butter biscuits and treacle. Subtle orange blossom and brown spice notes support the integrated, floral spirit to present a vibrant and lifted aroma. A fine, elegant example of the liqueur tawny port style. This wine has a creamy palate with lovely balance and a terrific clean finish. Try with your best deserts and cheese boards.

A Rioja Legend

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On July 10,1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created “Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta” in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high quality wines. The European spirit which  we know today was present in La Rioja and in their winery from the very beginning. Mr Vigier, a French expert, was hired as technical manager and they were soon familiar with what is now known as “classic” production. The company changed its name to “LA RIOJA ALTA” in 1891, and has gone from strength to strength since then producing some of Rioja’s best and most sought after wines.

In 1970 the winery expanded with the construction of a new cask hall was built and they started to increase their vineyards, buying several estates. This was the time when new brands were introduced, such as Viña Arana and Viña Alberdi. These wines represent the tradition and inovation at Rioja Alta and are some of the most interesting examples of the classic Rioja style.

VIÑA ARANA 2001

Made from 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo from Rioja Alta, specifically the boroughs of Rodezno and Labastida. After fining, it was transferred to 3.5 years old American oak casks in June, 2002, where it remained for three years. During this ageing process, it was racked six times using the traditional barrel-to-barrel method. It was bottled in September, 2005. Medium cherry red, clear and bright, with orange tones on the edge of the glass. Intense bouquet reminiscent of ripe berries and citric fruit, against a mentholated background with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Medium-bodied and round to the palate, with sweet tannins blending with the slight acidity typical of the brand. Long aftertaste, with citric and balsamic aromas and flavours that ensure an excellent bouquet after time in the bottle. Viña Arana Reserva 2001 is ideal with appetisers, meat or even lighter fish. Great with vegetables, pasta, rice, poultry and dishes with mushrooms, together with creamy, not very cured cheeses. €24.95

VIÑA ALBERDI 2005

After fermentation the wine was then transferred to American oak casks, where it was aged for 2 years; the first year in new oak and the second year in oak with an average age of 3 years. It was racked by hand four times by candlelight and bottled in December 2008.
Deep cherry red with a pinkish rim. Fresh and clean on the nose, with fine aromas reminiscent of ripe red berries, cherries and balsamic spices, including notes of clove, cinnamon and vanilla. Well-balanced on the palate with a silky mouthfeel, with good tannins, a lingering finish and a refreshing touch of acidity that gives the characteristic liveliness typical of Viña Alberdi. This wine will continue to slowly mature over the next 5 years.  A perfectly balanced wine from an outstanding vintage. Viña Alberdi is a highly versatile wine. It is perfect with canapes, tapas and barbeque food, as well as being an excellent accompaniment to rice and creamy pasta dishes, grilled meats and fish. €21.95 on Offer @ €17.56