By all accounts, we are due for a mini heat-wave this weekend, to help make the most of this warm spell while it lasts, there are lots of Summer treats available in your local O’Briens store.
Regular readers of the blog will know that, weather permitting, I never miss an opportunity to get the BBQ lit, and this weekend certainly be no different, but as this weather also sees many of us enjoying more seafood and salads than usual, for today’s selection I have chosen two whites ideally suited to these dishes.
True to form, I have also selected two richly-flavoured reds that would be perfect with the aforementioned BBQ, and all four are new additions to our ever-evolving wine range.
For my first choice, I have gone with a classic; Cave de Vignerons Associés Chablis. (€16.95 down from €19.95) The Cave’s winemaker, Vincent Bartement was named "Best White Winemaker of the year" at the International Wine Challenge 2016, having previously picked up this top award in 2014, it should come as no surprise that this is an incredibly well-made Chablis. For a thoroughly delicious pairing, try this with a goat cheese salad.
All eyes will be on Eden Park this Saturday, as the Lions attempt to make History, and the All Blacks are of course the first thing to come to mind when most people are asked to think of New Zealand, but I think it’s fair to say that Sauvignon Blanc would now run a close second.
The Horologist (€11.95 down from €15.95) is a textbook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, dry yet intensely aromatic; think gooseberry, lime & passionfruit, with a zesty citrus hit to the finish. Those intense aromatics call for a full-flavoured seafood dish such as prawns pil pil.
Alma de Casa (€10.95 down from €12.95) is an unusual blend of mostly Monastrell with Cabernet and Syrah grown on old-vines at estate vineyards located in Yecla, Southeast Spain (pictured at the top of this Blog) where the climate is continental verging on to arid, moderated by the proximity of the Mediterranean. Showing typical Monastrell flavours of liquorice and blackberry with a supple palate, this is just the wine to so serve with lamb cutlets hot off the BBQ.
From South Africa’s Western Cape, the cheekily-named Goats do Roam (€11.95 down from €15.95) is a Syrah-led, six-grape blend which has deliciously juicy red berry and plum fruit, accented by subtle spice notes on the silk-smooth palate. This wine is crying out for a char-grilled Rib-Eye Steak!