The O'Briens Annual Wine Sale still has 11 days to run, and we have already received plenty of press attention for our great value deals. Last week I focused on some of the red and sparkling wines that are making waves with our national press. But our white and rosé range is proving just as popular, with a few customer favourites appearing in the pages of our national papers.
Undoubtedly the star of the show last weekend was our fabulous Urlar Sauvignon Blanc from Gladstone in New Zealand. A part of this wine is fermented in oak to give it a richer texture and mouthfeel which compliments the fine citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Martin Moran in The Sunday Times and Tomas Clancy in The Sunday Business Post agree:
|Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2016|
|"This is an opulent alternative on Sauvignon Blanc. Using barrel fermentation, it offers a rich, smooth profile that I would liken to eating a gooseberry pie, where the gooseberry is encased in a butter rich shortcrust pastry, and covered in cream. Yes, the lip-smacking acidity and vibrancy of the gooseberry are there, but within a framework of pleasure. In New Zealand, such barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc is increasingly hip, with Greywacke produced by Cloudy Bay's original winemaker being a superstar. This incredibly well-priced sale bargain is a great way to explore the idea."|
|Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post 09/09/2018|
|Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2016|
|"Not from Marlborough, for once, but south of the North Island. Less exuberant than you may expect- and all the better for that."|
|Martin Moran, The Sunday Times 09/09/2018|
If you are have a celebration coming up and are looking for a real crowd-pleasing party wine, John Wilson in The Irish Times recommends the excellent value Giacondi Pinot Grigio that is an unbeatable €7.95 until 23rd September, offering a saving of €3.
|Giacondi Pinot Grigio delle Venezie|
|"Lightly aromatic with soft, plump, ripe tropical fruits. Perfect party wine or with the classic combination of melon and prosciutto."|
|John Wilson, The Irish Times 08/09/2018|
If you want to try something a little different, Jean Smullen recommended the delicious Delheim Chenin Blanc in last weekend's Sunday world. Originally hailing from the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has found a home in South Africa where it makes deliciously crisp, dry wines. It benefits from some skin contact to give a slight richness that pairs wonderfully with foods. If you like this wine, O'Briens also stock the stunning Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment that uses natural yeasts from the vineyard in the fermentation process.
|Delhein Chenin Blanc|
|“Watch out for this super South African Chenin Blanc. The honey lemon flavour is neutral on the nose, but boy does it come alive in the mouth. Great with fish.”|
|Jean Smullen, Sunday World 09/09/2018|
Although a wonderful summer is well and truly behind us, rosé should still be on your radar. It is a style that pairs wonderfully with a whole range of foods and should be enjoyed year-round.
|Whitehaven Pinot Noir Rosé|
|"With an enticing nose, this Pinot Noir rosé from New Zealand has ripe flavours of pink grapefruit, watermelon and strawberry, finishing with a touch of crisp tangerine. Creamy in texture, it has a refreshing acidity so will pair nicely with food."|
|Corinna Hardgrave, Irish Independent 01/09/2018|
|L'Ostal Cazes Rosé|
|"My rosé of choice to celebrate the fading embers of a wonderful summer- but pink wine is not just good for good weather, and this is special.
A blend of Syrah and Grenache, with plenty of soft, red summer fruit flavours, great freshness and balance. Simply marvellous wine."
|Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun 08/09/2018|
We have over 100 exciting wines on promotion in our Annual Wine Sale in-store and online until 23rd September.
*All prices correct at time of publication. For current prices and offers please visit our online shop www.obrienswine.ie*