O’Briens Wine Beer & Spirits
33 Spruce Avenue Stillorgan Industrial Park Co. Dublin Ireland Ireland
+353 1 2931040 online@obrienswine.ie Monday-Saturday 10:30am-10pm Sunday 12:30am-10pm

South Africa

  • Rosé's Return


    We may not be experiencing the most Summer-like weather just now, but with tomorrow being the 1st of July and most schools breaking up this week we are heading into peak season for holidays.

    I’m sure that just like me, anyone else planning on holidaying at home will already have weighed up the pros and cons of staying in Ireland against heading away, and no doubt our weather will feature pretty highly on the con side.

    For me though, the staycation won out because I believe the trick to getting over the weather is all about being in the right state of mind.

    So even though I may be dashing out between the showers to light the barbeque, it definitely will be lit and just because I’m not basking in the Mediterranean sun, I will certainly be enjoying some delicious Rosé wines on my break.

    So with this in mind I have decided to return to the topic of Rosé today, now the last time I wrote about pink wines, it was with very much of a French-focus, which is fair enough given how instrumental French winemakers have been in bringing about Rosé’s revival.

    But to leave it at that would mean missing out on many great examples from around the winemaking world.

    I have chosen three wines below which should illustrate what a wonderfully diverse wine style Rosé can be.

    To start I am going with a wine from Spain which is made from the most traditional grape used for Rosé; Garnacha (or Grenache in the south of France), but apart from the choice of grape variety, Naranjas Azules is anything but traditional.

    In the winery these black Garnacha grapes are handled in exactly the same way as if making a white wine, yielding a very pale pink Rosé that remains deliciously crisp and dry.

    NARANJAS-AZULES-2015-CAJA-CUBITERA The name Naranjas Azules (Blue Oranges) is a reference to the un-expected and this un-orthodox method of winemaking, also un-expected, the eye-catching pink box doubles as a water-proof wine cooler!

    Next up is Italy and the region of Lake Garda in particular, Bertarose is a blend of the local grape variety Molinara and Merlot, both of which are grown on the gently sloping hills which sit above the Lake. Anyone who has visited this area will surely agree with me that this must be the one of the most picturesque locations in which to grow grapes.

    I like to think that all this natural beauty can’t but have inspired the winemakers in delivering a rich, full-flavoured Rosé bursting with ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, this is a must try - a sumptuous Rosé that over-delivers in every way.

    bardolino-4 Molinara vines overlooking the Stunning lake Garda

    For my final selection we have to head south, nearly 9,000km in fact to the South African region of Stellenbosch.

    It is here that Delheim craft their wonderfully exotic Rosé, using their national grape variety Pinotage and just a splash of Muscat. This wine sits firmly in the 'bursting with fruit' camp, just off-dry in style and packed with ripe raspberry and cherry flavours.

    If ever a wine deserved to be called ‘Sunshine in a Glass’ this is it!

    21 Delheim's beautiful Stellenbosch Estate

    All of the wines above are included in our buy one get one ½ price promotion all summer long.

  • A Taste of Summer!

    At this time of year my thoughts always tend to turn toward rosé, for me, nothing says summer quite like a crisp refreshing glass of rosé.

    Deliciously drinkable on its own, Rosé’s star really shines when it comes to food matching, probably because of the fact that it expresses some of the characters of both red and white wines.

    Of course for most of us, thinking of a crisp glass of Rosé conjures up images of sitting in the evening sun on a terrace somewhere in the Mediterranean and admittedly, Stillorgan Business Park is not quite the South of France but as I gaze out the office window just now it looks like perfect Rosé weather, even if it was raining just two hours ago.

    So in this gloriously unpredictable climate of ours, it seems we can never predict when the sun will be shining, so my advice is to stock up and be prepared to seize the moment when it does.

    I have picked out some of my favourite French Rosés below, all of which are included in our Rosé promotion which runs all summer long.

    In France the current fashion is to make Rosé with just the slightest hint of pink and the Lynch-Bages owned L'Ostal Cazes Rosé from the Languedoc is a brilliant example of the style, aromatic and packed with flavour. This beautiful strawberry scented dry Rosé is simply superb with barbecued food.


    From the Bordeaux region, Château de Sours Rosé is pale pink in colour, luscious and vibrant and offers vivacious red berry fruit aromas along with some delicate mineral characteristics with hints of bubble-gum and mouth-watering strawberries and cream on the palate. It is surprisingly full and rich, balanced by a lovely refreshing acidity and a long dry finish.


    It is no secret that the most sought-after Rosés come from Provence and Château Riotor Rosé is amongst the best Rosés in the world: a proper wine with excellent structure and fantastic fruit definition. It comes from the Provence estate of the famous Châteauneauf-du-Pape producer Mont-Redon and is wonderfully pale in colour but with a superb depth of fruit, this structured food style is ideal for summer lunches. 



  • A New Look For An Old Friend

    The Viña Chocalán story began in 1996 when Guillermo Toro Gonzalez, a Chilean entrepreneur with strong links to the wine-making business as the leading bottle supplier for the industry, proposed to diversify the family business and branch out into producing high-quality wines.

    Today, led by Guillermo’s daughter Aida Toro, family-owned Viña Chocalán is recognized as one of the leading wineries in Chile producing high-quality white and red wines

    Situated on a pristine stretch of land wedged between the Andes and Coastal mountain ranges, Viña Chocalan’s sustainably-certified vineyards benefit from a unique microclimate in Maipo Valley. With 300 days of sunshine each year and located just 35km from the Pacific Ocean, afternoon cool ocean breezes create contrasting temperatures from day and night, allowing for an excellent slow maturation of the fruit.

    Perfectionists by nature, the Toro family is hands-on at every level of the winery’s operation. All grapes are hand-picked in the vineyard and hand-selected prior to fermentation to ensure optimal quality.

    In keeping with this quality-focus, the entire range of wines are now presented with stunning new packaging inspired the family’s roots in the glass business.

    I have picked out just two of the wines below both of which are currently on offer at the promotional price of €11.95 in our stores.

    Wonderfully aromatic, Chocalán Sauvignon Blanc Reserva is an incredibly zesty, lively Sauvignon Blanc that has the intensity of flavour and purity of fruit you would expect from a €20 New Zealand Sauvignon.

    Chocalán Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva displays the typical fruity, spicy characteristics of Cabernet with rich notes of dark cherries, cassis, pepper and hints of oak on the long lingering finish.

  • Meet the new Darlings.

    Meet the new Darlings!

    Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Darling region is home to Cloof Wine Estate, whose significant vineyard plantings are greatly influenced by proximity to the cooling effects Atlantic Ocean.

    These vineyards yield fruit of huge intensity and flavour, allowing Cloof’s team of highly-skilled young winemakers to produce a range of thoroughly modern award-winning wines which have taken the international wine scene by storm.

    In 2003 Darling was declared a wine region in its own right in recognition of the unique style and quality of wines grown here.

    As the youngest of all South African regions, Darling is also one of the most progressive, Darling is the first district to be awarded full membership of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative.  

    In addition, as a W.I.E.T.A Member, Cloof are committed to ensuring not only ecological sustainability but also the highest standards for ethical working conditions.

    By no means though, should you think of Cloof as newcomers, the estates oldest surviving vines were planted in 1966, with additional plantings in 1976 and 1987.

    Cloof 'Bush Vine' Chenin Blanc (€8.99 down from €12.99) is made using with Chenin Blanc sourced exclusively from Cloof's 30 year old, dry-farmed vineyards in Darling, this delicious dry white is brimming tropical flavours such as guava, passion fruit and papaya, well supported by the refreshing natural acidity.  All of this is nicely wrapped with a creamy mouthfeel, thanks to three months lees ageing. All in all, this wine offers unbeatable quality at this price point!  For a perfect match, try this with a lightly spiced Chicken Stir-Fry.

    Cloof 'Bush Vine' Cape Blend (€8.99 down from €12.99) offers an opportunity to see South Africa's signature grape, Pinotage at its very best. This un-oaked example was harvested from Cloof's acclaimed low-yield bush vines. Although this red has plenty of spice, it remains soft and smooth enough for every day drinking. There is also a great concentration of red-berried fruit thanks to the exceptionally old vines; indeed some of the fruit comes from those original vineyards first planted in 1966. This is a wine that is crying out for a BBQ or Braii as they would say in SA.

    But you don't have to just take my word for it, both of these wines will be open and available to taste in all of stores today Wednesday 13th,  & tomorrrow Thursday 14th, so why not pop in and give them a try.



  • Days Of Wine And Roses


    After more than six months of buying trips, tastings and blending sessions, July is one of the most exciting times of the year because our new wines start to arrive. Some of these wines were only being conceived when the bunches were ripening on the vines last autumn and some were planned over a year ago. To see them finally arrive on Irish shores, often for the first time creates a real buzz in our shops. As we all settle into the rhythm of summer Its really worth seeking out the fruits of our labour - here are a few of my personal favourites.


    Bourgier Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley - France €13.99 to €9.99

    This is a fantatsic little wine from a long established Loire based family wine business focused on making honest wines that reflect their terroir. It’s  perfect summer drinking – bright lifted herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc aromas on the nose with a crisp clean zingy palate. Served on a sunny evening in the garden with shellfish, seafood or grilled goats cheese you could almost imagine you are in the Loire Valley.



    Contra Punto Albarnino, Galicia – Spain €17.99 to €12.99

    It is absolutely no coincidence that this is the most trendy white wine style in the bars and cafes of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. Aromas of fresh greengage fruit, coupled with  apricots and peaches on the palate offer a pleasing combination - this is all perfectly balanced by a refreshing lingering mineral finish. Try with any type of tapas throughout the summer months.



    Borie de Maurel, Cuvee Luna, Minervois – France €15.99 to €9.99

    The beautiful “Luna” is a joint winemaking project between ourselves and the hugely talented Michel Escande of Borie de Maurel in the Languedoc. The wine is a Syrah  Mouvedre blend made from organically grown grapes. It offers the ripe supple bramble fruit flavours characteristic of the region but its unique elegance and purity is derived from high altitude vineyards and Michels defining touch.



    Ars Nova, Navarra, Spain €16.99 to €12.99

    Ars Nova or new Art is the flag ship wine of the Tandem Project in the Navarra, Brainchild of Jose Marie Fraile and winemaker Alicia Eyaralar, the philosophy is totally focused on small vineyard plots, careful fruit selection and non interventionist winemaking practices. The result is this delicious silky smooth Tempranillo that offers multilayered elements of red berry fruits, spice and savory complexity. It has enough structure to cope with hard cheese, lamb, barbeque steaks, chops, sausages you name it – it’s a treat



    Delhiem Pinotage Rose, Stellenbosch, South Africa €11.99

    The sundrenched Stellenbosch ripened these Pinotage grapes to perfection. This rose is an unashamed strong vibrant pink with buckets of lucious ripe summer fruit pudding and is balanced by a slightly savoury finish. It goes with anything and is an ideal match for salads, cheese, pasta, chicken and  salmon steaks hot off the barbeque. Just fill your ice bucket, sit in the garden sipping this wine and contemplate the meaning of life.



  • Something to ‘Bellow’ about

    South African wines sometimes get a bit of a bashing in this country, things you hear about the wines are ‘harsh, alcoholic, burnt etc.’ and indeed some of the cheaper South African wines could hardly be described as attractive.

    However the more serious estates have always made great wines, wines that win trophies all over the world and are widely considered among some of the most exciting and individual wines made in the southern hemisphere.

    Estates such as red wine only Rust en Vrede whose R&V Estate wine has always been world class and who also make very good Shiraz and Cabernet. Glen Carlou is 

    less lofty but nevertheless a producer of stellar quality and their Bordeaux style Glen Carlou Classique is well worth seeking out. However these wines don’t come cheap and below these pricier wines South Africa didn’t really seem to be able to rival some of the world's other wine regions.

    That is until now. Prepare to look on South Africa with “wow” tinted lenses because innovative, modern company Man Vintners have produced a range of stunning reds and whites that fly the flag of quality and affordability like never before for this wine nation.

    Bellow’s Rock Shiraz €9.99 (was €14.99) is a sensational, I can think of no other wine in the last few years that has come close to this at €9.99. This is proper, grown-up Shiraz; fabulous, sweet, black fruit - fresh not jammy- fine oak from 14 months in barrel and a long beautifully balanced finish.

    This easily rivals premium Australian Shiraz and with the Aussie dollar the way it is now there is simply no Australian import that can compare. Buy it now and buy a stash to put away.

    The white is almost as ground-breaking; Bellow's Rock Chenin Blanc is made from older vines from the Agter-Paarl region and despite the fact that no oak gets near this wine there is a creamy, richness to it and remarkable complexity on the finish. Again a seriously grown-up wine and if you poured this from a big heavy bottle marked €30 you would not be in the least surprised by the quality per euro!

    Keep an eye out for the Bellow’s Rock Sauvignon (€14.99) which we are expecting the 2013 vintage to reach our shores sometime in August.

    These are wines that I believe will convince anyone who turns their nose up at South African wines that to do so is to miss out on some truly fantastic taste experiences.

6 Item(s)

Please wait...

Continue shopping
View cart & checkout
Continue shopping
View cart & checkout
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Our Cookie Policy