Our annual wine sale kicks off today, with over 100 wines included and discounts ranging up to 50% there is something for everyone, not only old favourites but also many brand-new wines, so I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight some of the exciting new reds in the line-up.
From the cooler-climate Uco Valley, (shown above) comes El Salvaje (€16.95 down from €19.95), which is a wonderfully-perfumed Malbec, floral & spicy on the nose, with deep dark berry fruit on the palate, perfectly balanced by the surprisingly fresh finish.
Emiliana, who are Chile’s leading organic estate, and makers of the iconic Coyam also make Novas Pinot Noir (€9.95 down from €16.95), which has lovely aromas of strawberry and cocoa. The red berry fruit flavours, soft smooth tannins and good acidity combine to form a fine, persistent finish.
For Nero Oro Appassimento (€9.50 down from €18.95), grapes are selected from two specific areas of Sicily renowned for producing some of the best Nero D’Avola on the island – Belice and Agrigento are on the western coast. These grapes are then partially dried prior to fermentation. This makes for a bright and fruit-driven modern Nero d'Avola, with buckets of vibrant dark cherry and plummy fruit, balanced with very good structure.
For their Reserva (€12.95 down from €15.95), or premium expression of Porta 6 the winemaker pulled out all the stops, it is rich & smooth, without being heavy and with dark plummy fruit, this new addition to the Porta 6 family is very well-balanced & thoroughly delicious, but don’t just take my word for it, this wine is on the tasting table in all O’Briens stores this weekend, so why not pop in and give it a try.
From the same family winery that makes one of our favourite Bordeaux wines, Château Claymore comes Château Cilorn (€14.95 down from €19.95), this is a Bordeaux Supérieur from a great vintage so there's a plethora of ripe fruit such as plum and blueberry along with a lick of liquorice spice, vanilla and silky tannins.
la Tournée (€9.95 down from €15.45), is the first wine produced in the Languedoc by top Rhône winery, Ferraton. Stylistically this wine offers a great value alternative to Cotes du Rhône, it is a silky-smooth Syrah/Grenache blend with masses of red and black berry fruit nicely complemented by a sprinkling of pepper spice.