The eagerly awaited O'Briens Annual Wine Sale returns today, with over 100 wines up to Half Price! Running until 22nd Septmeber, there is something to suit every budget, from 25 everyday drinking wines under €10, to €10 off long-lived Ascheri Barolo and Rioja Gran Reserva, so check out the full lineup online or in your local O'Briens. Here are a few of my top value picks from the sale.
This year's Sale sees the return of two customer (and personal) favourites Half Price , including the Monte Real Gran Reserva at €16.95 (down from €33.95) for the Sale, offering incredible value for money.
With €17 off this is a perennial staple in my basket during the Wine Sale. Made from 100% Tempranillo, Monte Real GR was matured in expensive oak for up to 30 months and is then aged for a further 36 months in bottle to produce a complex wine with vanilla spice, liquorice and leathery notes to complement the dark cherry and bramble fruit flavours. A simply exquisite wine from a top Rioja producer. If you like heavily oaked wines, you will love the Monte Real Gran Reserva. Although delicious now, this is definitely one to carefully lay down for a few years to allow it gain layers of complex flavours.
If you have the patience to cellar your Gran Reserva, there are plenty of great value, everyday wines available in the Sale also. With 25 wines under €10 there is something to suit every palate and food match. After its huge popularity with our customers last year, Château Bentejac returns again with 50% off.
As the most popular wine region on the world, it can be difficult to find good value Bordeaux, but the O'Briens Wine Director, Lynne Coyle travels to Bordeaux at least once a year and tastes hundreds of wines to ensure we can offer you the best possible value.
Coming from the excellent 2016 vintage, Château Bentejac shows great finesse for young Bordeaux. Unoaked and made with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has very fine fruity aromas and the palate is full and fleshy with superb flavours of black cherry, cassis and spices leading to an elegant finish on notes of violet and almond.
If your preference is for white wines we have plenty of options to suit every palate, including a brand new wine from customer favourite Famille Bougrier.
Pure Vallée Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Tourraine region of the Loire Valley and is produced by a family with 6 generations of experience in the Loire. Full of the typical crisp citrus and herbaceous notes we love in this style and a good streak of acidity making it a great food wine. At only €9 (saving €5.95) for the Annual Sale this is sure to be as popular as Bougrier's other wines in our range. We have 25 wines under €10, so there is plenty more choice in-store.
There are over 100 wines in the Annual Wine Sale, so drop in to your local O'Briens ot shop online.
Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie.