It is just three weeks now until our Winter Wine Festival, and as final preparations are underway we are very excited about it here at O’Briens H.Q. With over 60 wineries visiting Dublin for a fantastic weekend of wine, this will be our biggest wine festival yet.
Of course, we have plenty of our favourite wineries returning, many of them visit regularly, and it goes without saying that without the support of the visiting winemakers an event of this scale would simply not be possible.
We are always especially appreciative of the expense and effort put in by our winemakers who have to travel the furthest and I’m delighted to say that we are welcoming two first-time attendees from Australia this November.
The Margaret River is cradled between, the Indian & Great Southern Oceans. Here following sustainable farming practices owner winemaker Bruce Dukes of Domaine Naturaliste makes wines with a ‘sense of place’ vine by wine and berry by berry he coaxes the best from his vineyards.
His Discovery Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (€16.95 down from €18.95) blend is delightfully complex & layered, the Sauvignon offers aromas of gooseberry and lychee, with the Semillon delivering stone-fruit and grapefruit notes.
While his Cabernet Sauvignon (€19.95) has scents of currants, plums and cedar, supported by cloves and vanilla. The palate is structured and has flavours of mocha and blackcurrants.
Owner/Winemaker Kevin O’Brien’s Kangarilla Road winery is located in the McLaren Vale, ‘Kangarilla’ is an aboriginal word meaning a place with abundant resources. The vineyards are located on multiple sites and ancient geologies giving our wines complexity. Farming sustainably, using small batch hands-on techniques, Kevin makes wines with natural fruit expression, reflective of site and season.
Kevin’s Street Cred Shiraz (€16.95) was made using grapes sourced from several vineyards throughout McLaren Vale's sub-regions, and was aged in French and American oak, yielding a wonderfully savoury wine with juicy blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of spice on the lively lingering finish.
While we may all be familiar with Aussie Shiraz, the next wine is a little more left field, Terzetto (€17.95) a curious mix of three Italian varieties which gives perfumed tea-brack raisin and cherry on the nose, with palate of prunes, cinnamon and chalky tannins.
The Winter Wine Festival hits Cork Thursday, November 9th and then moves on to Dublin for Friday & Saturday, November 10th & 11th . If you would like to meet Bruce Dukes of Domaine Naturaliste or Kevin O’Brien’s son Charlie who will be flyiong the flag for Kangarilla Road, drop into your local store or follow this link to purchase tickets online, proceeds from the ticket sales go towards our charity partner The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
*Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on October 30th 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.