October may seem a little early in the year to be looking back, but everything in the world of wine seems to be coming a bit earlier this year, with many regions in Europe recording their earliest ever harvest this 2017 vintage. Also by now, practically all the wine buying is done and almost all the new wines are already on the shelves.
Led by our wine buyer Lynne Coyle MW, the three of us on the wine team have tasted in excess of 3,000 wines this year.
To say that the selection process is stringent would be an understatement, from this number, just over 70 wines have made the grade.
Needless to say, we are very happy with all the wines chosen, but there are far too many to detail here so I have highlighted just a few of my favourites below, if you would like to see a more comprehensive list, you should check out the New Arrivals page
To start my selection I am going a wine from North-West Spain, which should need no introduction, I am of course talking about Albariño, which in just a few short years has shot from being a niche-wine to its current position as one of Ireland’s favourite white wines.
Follas Novas which is one of the newest additions to the range is a beautifully aromatic Albariño with floral notes, peach, pear, and lemon with a bone-dry palate with a refreshingly-zesty citrus edge to the finish. Albariños generally work very well with all manner of seafood dishes, and a fresh and zesty example like this would be great served with some native oysters now that they are back in season. (€14.95 down from €18.95 for October)
My next choice, Myburgh Bros. Sauvignon Blanc, is made by the multi-award-winning South African winery M.A.N. Vintners, using a blend of fruit from across the Western Cape; ripe fruit characters coming from the warmer Agter-Paarl, and freshness from the cooler coastal regions of Elgin & Franschhoek.
This is a smooth & aromatic Sauvignon, made in a ripe, yet approachable style, yet far from being simple, 11% Semillon is added to the blend for weight and complexity, with additional complexity coming thanks to three months ageing on the lees. This type of Sauvignon can stand up very well to punchier dishes such as a Thai Green Chicken Curry. (€9.95 down from €14.95 for October)
My next choice is a red wine is from the Lingenfelder family who have been Wine-Growers in Pfalz region of Germany for fourteen generations, firmly in it for the long-haul, they practise sustainable grape farming. Their Fox Label Dornfelder is a light-red which shares many similarities with Pinot Noir; perfumed raspberry and cherry fruit, savoury undertones with light tannins and fresh acidity which makes it a great match for Roast Pork. (€15.95)
The last wine in the line-up comes from Argentina, where the High altitude, Uco valley sub-region of Mendoza is fast gaining a reputation as the home of Argentina’s most elegant Malbecs. El Salvaje 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. This wine is crying out for a char-grilled Rib-eye steak. (€19.95)
Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 30th October 2017, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.