Aged White Wine

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watervale202008During the recent stock take we discovered a few bottles of the excellent 2008 O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling a white wine showing excellent freshness at nearly 9 years of age. We have a limited amount for sale drop me an email tadhg@woodberrys.ie if you would like to order one.

Grown at Neil and Heather Grace’s vineyard at Watervale The Grace vineyard has rich soils of red loam over limestone on a westerly aspect. Grace’s “dry-grown” vineyard is hand-pruned and hand-picked and relies only on the natural rainfall. The limestone is able to retain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but provides important shade to prevent the impact of sunburn on the resultant wine. Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night. The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed then gently pressed, resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component. These were handled separately. The free-run juice was chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled, it was racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation was carried out over 10-14 days. The wine was chilled to 5°C and filtered prior to bottling.

 

Lifted nose, with floral tropical fruit and lime top notes over a semi kerosene backdrop. Displays flavours of lime over lemon followed by orange and mandarin on the back palate. Crisp acid backbone. Orange and mandarin aftertaste with lime persisting on the finish. This wine is still superbly fresh with a kiss of aged notes on the nose. It pairs with fresh shellfish and a a spicy Thai green curry.
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hâteau Cossieu-Coutelin 2013, a December hit.

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The magic of a terroir can inspire the finest chemistry. At Château Cossieu-Coutelin, the wine and the “murrain” oak merge exquisitely, creating perfect harmony.The vines of Château Cossieu-Coutelin, in the prestigious appellation of Saint-Estèphe in the Haut-Médoc, are planted in a clay and limestone soil which contributes to its outstanding quality. The vineyard was bought in 1977 by Marcel and Christian Quancard.

The Vineyard

Location : Saint-Estèphe
Terroirs : Made up of relatively high gravelly hilltops
Surface area : 3,30 hectares
Planting density : 8 000 Vine / ha
Yield : 50 hl / ha
Grape varieties : Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot
Average age of the vine : 28 years

The wine

Blend : 52% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vinification : Cold fermentation for 4 days then gentle fermentation at 27°C for 32 days.
Ageing : At the end of vinification, the wine is matured for 12 months in french oak barrel (60% new barrels)
Ageing potential : Ready to drink now, this wine will reach its full potential around 2021-2023.
Tasting : Elegant colour with beautiful glints of ruby. The rich, complex nose is dominated by notes of burnt wood and dried flowers. On the palate, this wine presents a superb harmony with the distinguished character of the great terroirs.
Food pairing : Enjoy with red and white meat, poultry and also with soft cheese.

Awards

  • Silver, Challenge Internationnal du Vin Blaye-Bourg, 2016
  • Silver, Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine, 2016