Summer of Riesling

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High-Res_SOR_Logo_ColourFor the previous two years we have brought you the wall of Sauvignon, but this year we have decide to celebrate the Summer of Riesling. Riesling is a huge favourite of ours here in Woodberrys and we are constantly trying to get the people to try it, usually without much luck as many people are still hing up on the idea of the sweet, cheap and crappy German wines of the 80s, and 90s like Black Tower and Blue Nun and let us not forget liebfraumilch.

But Riesling is so much more than this and while they can be sweet they can also be bone dry. We’re celebrating the diversity of Riesling for the next month and as such will have in shop tasting and also 15% off all Riesling for the next month. Keep an eye on the Blog here, Social Media and email for events and tastings.

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A Stroll Through Italy

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Here are the wines we tasted from Thursday’s wine tasting ‘A Stroll Through Italy’. Apologies for the delay, we had a wonderfully hectic few days with the tastings at the food festival, queues out the door and down past Cava Bodega a couple of times. I will add the wines tried from both the Spanish and Chocolate pairings later.

Whites

  1. Collevento ‘921’ Prosecco Valdobiaddene                                            €19.95
  2. Marese Bombino Bianco, Castel Del Monte                                        €13.95
  3. Antonutti Friulano, Friuli                                                                              €14.95                                              
  4. Vermentino di Gallura, Sardinia                                                                €17.95
  5. Cossetti Gavi Di Gavi, Piemonte                                                                  €19.95
  6. Montezovo Lugana ‘Le Civaie’, Veneto                                                 €17.95                                        

Reds

  1. Barale Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont                                                               €17.95
  2. Talamonti ‘Moda’ Montepulciano D’Abruzzo                                     €16.95
  3. Cossetti ‘La Vigna Vecchia’ Barbera d’Asti 2010, Piedmont      €16.95
  4. Rivera Primitivo, Salento                                                                                   €14.95
  5. Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany                                            €19.95
  6. Monte Zovo Ripasso de Valpolicella, Veneto                                        €18.95

Food & Wine Tasting

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lOGAN KAPPA YA

We’re delighted to welcome back Peter Logan of Logan Wines this month. In conjunction with our neighbours in Kappa Ya Japanese Restaurant, Peter will be guiding us trough a selection of wines which will be paired with some great Japanese and Japanese inspired dishes. Tickets for this wonderful evening’s food & wine tasting are €35 per person or €60 for 2 people.  Tickets can be order via email, or over the phone on 091-533706.

Spaces are limited.

For any further information or queries drop us an email, or give us a call on 091-533706

Really From Austria

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weingarten2(First up sorry for the delay but the weather made it hard to sit down and type this up!!!) Last Thursday night we held our second last in shop tasting of the Summer, and it was the wonderful wines of Austria that we tasted. The wines from Weingut Muller in Krems have really been a revelation since we started importing them nearly two years ago. On the night we tasted 10 different wines including three Gruner Veltliners and two rieslings.

Müller ‘Göttweiger’ Riesling  2011                                                              €14.95

Fresh and fruit nose of citrus and apricot. Light spritz on the plate with crisp citrus fruit.

Müller ‘Kremser Kogl’ Grüner Veltliner  2012                                  €13.95

Pear, apple and spice nose gives way to fresh minerally pear and apple palate.

Tassilo ‘Alte Point’ Grüner Veltliner  2011                                           €16.95

Classic Wachau nose delicate flowers, apples, citrus and spice. Juicy crisp and textured palate. Fresh Finish.

 Müller ‘Neubergen’ Riesling  2012                                                             €18.95 

One of the nights real hits. Aromatic apricot, lime and yellow apple nose. Very fresh spritz on the palate and lots of apple, pear, peach and citrus fruits.

 Müller ‘Bergkristall’ Grüner Veltliner  2012                                      €17.95

Opens up in the nose with a wide range of different fruit aromas including grapefruit but also tones of garden herbs and excellent minerals. The palate is spoiled by a beautiful distinction and finesse, delicate nuances of apples and pears in the finish.

 Müller ‘Eichbühel’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012                                          €19.95

The other superstar of the night; bursting with delicate tropical fruit notes, passion fruit, lime and citrus. Crisp mineral driven fruit on the palate. A real interesting alternative to both New Zealand and Sancerre. 

 Tassilo ‘Süssenberg’ Weiss Burgunder 2011                                       €17.95

Delicate nut aromas in the nose, elegant and powerful on the palate; an excellent wine with a great balance and length. A full-bodied food wine.

Müller ‘Mugeln Reserve’ Chardonnay 2011                                         €19.95

Ripe stone fruit on the nose and on the palate. Complex and powerful, already very harmonious, lingering finish. Again great food wine with excellent cellaring potential.

 Müller Zweigelt Selection 2010                                                                  €12.95

Ruby red colours in the glass, beautiful scents of cherries and fine spices develop in the nose, nice berry notes on the palate, fruity, trendy and smooth.

 Müller ‘Reserve’ Zweigelt 2010                                                                   €17.95 

Beautiful scents of red berries, cherries and fine spices on the nose, along with nice barrique tones. Powerful and substantial on the palate with nice juicy red fruit and silky smooth tannins.

Back Garden Sippers Tasting

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Due to the superb weather we’ve been having we have decided to postpone tomorrow evenings ‘Passion for Portugal’ Tasting until next Thursday 13th June. In its place we are going to celebrate all things sunshine with our Back Garden Sippers Tastings this Friday 7th of June from 5pm – 8 pm, so even more people can enjoy the crisp refreshing sunshine whites, fruity rosé and light juicy reds.

Back Garden Sippers Tastings

Friday 7th June

5pm – 8pm

 

Fabulous Fortifieds

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To wrap up our Yalumba Tasting on Monday 18th Jane Ferrari treated us to a bit of Aussie history, back in the day Australia was the Vineyard of an Empire based in the offshore Island. In fact the vineyard of this Empire was quite successful in the production of fortified wines like Port and Sherry, to names which they cannnot for obvious geograpical reasons use on the bottle.  But Yalumba continues to produce a range of delicious fortified wines which include not only the Museum Muscat and Antinque Tawny but also a 21 year Old Tawny and a 50 Year old Tawny.  Yalumba have been making fortifieds since Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, first began making wines at his Angaston winery from the fruit of vines he started planting in 1849. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks.

The wines we tried on the night where great and turned a lot of heads from those who doubted the pedigree of Australian fortifieds to those who expect nothing but sugar and alcohol. First up was the Museum Muscat,  made predominantly from the brown, red and black sports of the Muscat grape variety. Fermented on skins very briefly to soften and release the juice and flavours from the shrivelled and partially raisined berries. After draining and pressing off skins,neutral grape spirit is added.  The vintage wines are then put aside into small oak barrels to mature, producing a complexity of raisined and fruit cake flavours. After many years of maturation, a selection of older and younger wines are judiciously blended to produce a complexity and balance of fruit and aged characters. The base blend, from which the Museum Muscat is bottled, is regularly re-blended to perpetuate the consistency and complexity of this classic style from year to year. This was an absolute delight but better was to come in the form of the Antique Tawny.

The original Antique Tawnys, made over five decades ago, were blends of old-vine varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Muscadelle. But since 1985, Portuguese fortified varieties Touriga, Tinta Coa and Tinta Molle have contributed added complexity to the blend, bringing finesse and elegance to this wine. The grapes are crushed and fermented on skins for several days to extract the fruit flavours and build texture. After draining and pressing off skins, the fermentation is arrested by fortification with brandy spirit, which also adds complexity and enhances the depth of flavour.

The vintage wines are then put aside into small oak barrels to mature, turning into the classic tawny style with classic wood aged nuttiness and chocolate flavours. After many years of maturation, a selection of older and younger wines are judiciously blended to produce a complexity and balance of fruit and aged characters. Each year the Antique Tawny base blend is re-blended to perpetuate the consistency and complexity of this classic tawny style from year to year.

This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in colour, with an aroma featuring wood aged rancio, elegant brandy spirit and hints of dried fruits and spices. The palate has a firm rich texture, with chocolate and caramel flavours and a persistent aftertaste of nuts and rancio characters. The fine spirit characters provide a firm balance to the middle palate and excellent drying finish.

Tutored Yalumba Tasting

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We have a treat coming up to brighten your February, A Tutored Tasting of Yalumba’s Fine and Rare wines in the company Jane Ferrari.  Wines tasted on the night include The Signature, The Scribbler, The Strapper, Hill-Smith Vineyard Chardonnay and some other surprise wines from their Fine & Rare selections.

When: Monday 18th Feb. 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Where: The Blue Room, The Park House Hotel

Tickets: €15 per person