Two of the world’s biggest wine competitions released their winner’s lists this week and we are delighted to say that a bunch of O’Brien’s exclusive imports picked up medals including several gold.
Firstly one of the oldest and biggest; London based International Wine Challenge released its results and this saw four of our wines pick up gold.
Perennial achiever Gérard Bertrand’s excellent Grand Terroir Pic St. Loup once again won gold. This has for several years been one of our top-selling French reds and gold for the 2011 vintage is further icing on the cake for Pic.
Argentinean superstar Bodegas Norton’s flagship wine Privada 2010 gets a deserved gold, this big, rich full-flavoured Malbec based blend never fails to achieve serious international acclaim.
Both these firm favourites are in our stores now and are well looking out for.
Another gold went to one of my own personal favourites and for my money one of the best cool climate Syrah’s around: Esprit de Granit 2010 (€24.99) from the Cave de Tain. This structured, complex red comes from some of the steepest and ultimately best slopes in Saint Joseph (north Rhône). Esprit de Granit easily rivals wines two or three times its price and there are less than 40 cases left of the gold medal vintage so be quick if you want to try it.
The fourth winner for us was Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru 2009 (€36.99) as silky and sumptuous a pinot noir as you are likely to find, this really is a bit of a treat wine, one to buy now and squirrel away for a special occasion.
This same week saw the other behemoth of wine competitions the Decanter World Wine Awards release its own list and two of our wines hit top marks there as well.
We have been convinced for quite a while that ARA single estate was going to gain more recognition for their superb Marlborough wines so it was great to see the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc Select Block 2012 win gold. At €17.99 it is at the premium level but keep an eye out for a deal on it in thecoming months.
The other Decanter gold went to Cirrus Syrah 2010 (€31) from South Africa, this adds to the haul of gold medals that Cirrus has acquired in its short ten year history. The 2010 should land here in two months but in the meantime there are a few bottles of the Cirrus 2007 left - incidentally, this got gold at the same awards two years ago.
Besides the gold medals won there was a slew of silver medals which all are listed below. Gold and Silver medal winners are well worth seeking out because wines reaching this level rarely disappoint so you are virtually guaranteed to find something you like from this year’s award winners. Happy picking.
- Ara One Estate Sauvignon Brut NV€17.99
- Ara Select Block Pinot Noir 2011€19.99
- Bethany LE Shiraz 2008€36.00
- Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2009€27.99
- Yakka Shiraz 2009€18.99
- Thiénot Brut Rosé NV€48.99
- Thiénot Brut NV€48.99