Fine wine in O’Briens speak need not be from a famous region or Château, nor crazily expensive, it must however be very special, rare or iconic.
So with this in mind, we set out each year on our buying mission (it’s a tough one but somebody has to do it), here are just a few suggestions from that mission.
Famous Region – Rioja, Marqués de Murrieta Grand Reserva
Made in limited quantities and only in the years where the weather allows. The wine quality demanded by the winemaker for this wine reflects the high standards of this historic estate.
Famous Château- Château Kirwan, located in the famous Bordeaux appellation of Margaux was named after Mark Kirwan from Galway in the 18th century. The 2012, scored 93/100 by Wine Enthusiast, its concentrated and intense.
Very specialMusella Amarone Riserva– Made only in the best years because the healthiest grapes are required for semi drying in the loft of the winery. The resultant juice is low in volume but rich concentrated and unique.
Rare 1757– a blend from three communes illegal under appellation laws so is classified as a Bordeaux blend. It is however not only rare, ( less than 200 cases made) it was “best value Bordeaux” in Food & Wine Magazine !
Iconic Cloudy Bay– The wine that launched in 1985 and paved the way for three decades of success for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, if you like retro classics this is for you.