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  • Marvellous Malbec

    In just the last 15 years, Malbec has gone from being a niche grape that was largely unheard of, to now being one of Ireland’s favourite grape varietals.

    And while Malbec’s home region may be Southwest France, the credit for this recent success sits squarely with Argentina, with the World’s largest planting, and its own distinctive style Argentina is undoubtedly now its spiritual home.

    The wines produced here are stylistically a long way removed from the Rustic examples that Southwest France was once known for.

    Thanks to the unique location of Argentina’s most important Malbec growing zone (Mendoza) in the foothills of the Andes, Winemakers here have typically been able to produce dark fruited wines which are rich and full in style, yet which also manage to retain a soft, silky texture.

    Thankfully this revolution hasn’t gone un-noticed though back in Europe where many winemakers are now starting to produce Malbec following this approachable fruit-forward template.

    I have picked out some of my favourite Malbec’s below, two from Argentina, and one from a more surprising location.

    The Andes provide a breath-taking backdrop for Norton's Malbec vines.

    Our first Argentine is from the leading winery Norton and is made with grapes exclusively grown in Luján de Cuyo, which is recognised as one of the most remarkable regions for wine production in Argentina, Norton Malbec D.O.C. (€14.95 down from €18.95) is as classic as it comes, with blackberry fruits, plum, a sprinkle of pepper, soft tannins and a velvety smooth palate.

    My next choice, Amancaya (€16.95 down from €20.95) is a Malbec/Cabernet blend from top estate Bodegas Caro, as hedonistic and full of chocolatey richness as they come. This is a joint venture between Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite and Nicolas Catena. The winemaking is overseen by DBR's technical team. Rich, full flavoured; gorgeous ripe, blackberry and plum fruit. Silky smooth this is a superb Malbec.

    Amancaya owes its smooth texture to the twelve months it spend resting in expensive French oak barrels in Bodega Caro's cellars.

    To finish, I have gone with a wine from Spain, which the winemaker assures us is the only one produced in the whole country. From high-altitude vineyards in central Spain, Ocho y Medio Malbec (€9.95 down from €12.95) remains un-oaked, allowing the ripe black-berried & dark plum fruit to shine, of course Malbec isn't a grape usually associated with Spain, but this shows it thrives with that dark fruit and juicy acidity. And you don’t have just take my word for it, as the Ocho Malbec will be open on the tasting table in your local O’Briens store this weekend.

    There is no shortage of sunshine for Ocho y Medio's Malbec vines which sit high on Spain's central plateau in the Castilla-La Mancha region

    *Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • Exciting New Wines this October

    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)

    El Salvaje Vineyard

    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.

  • Organic Options in our Wine Sale

    There are quite a few Organic wines included in our September Wine Sale, so I thought now might be a good time to look at the category.

    Once seen as a niche product, consumption of organic wine is now growing faster than that of conventional vintages.

    Their success can be put down to the fact that many Organic producers are now making innovative and delicious wines as good as or better than anything made by conventional methods, and a growing awareness of the environmental consequences of conventional agriculture is making itself felt.

    I have picked out just a few of my organic favourites below.

    It’s fair to say that Emiliana are the leading organic producer not just from Chile but from the whole of South America, their Novas Viognier and Chicken Run Malbec are included in the sale line-up.

    However it is not just the New World wineries going green, we are also seeing some great organic wines coming out of classic Old World regions as well, such as Château Peyronat from Bordeaux or Borie de Maurel Cuvée Luna from the Languedoc.

    Some of these wines will sell out fast, so to be sure not to miss out why not pop in to your local store this weekend and pick up a bargain or two.

  • World Malbec day

    Today, April 17th, the fourth World Malbec day, sees many large scale events in cities worldwide such as Buenos Aires, New York, Sao Paulo, London, Sydney and Toronto.

    If, like me, you think it might be a bit of a stretch at this stage to get to one of those tastings, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

    Why not join in at home by choosing a Malbec to enjoy over the Easter break.

    I know that, I for one will be savouring one of the wonderful wines below this weekend, now if I could only decide which one!

    Privada Malbec (€21.49) is an incredible Malbec from Bodegas Norton - one of the finest being made today. It is a super-rich red that has an underlying mineral, freshness that retains an elegance and balance in the wine. This is a must buy just to see how good Malbec is when handled correctly.

    Chocalán Malbec Gran Reserva (€23.49) is as good as any top Malbec from neighbouring Argentina. In fact, it is the best wine Chocálan have ever made. Here the wine really lives up to the name and  this is a rich, chocolaty Malbec with layer upon layer of sweet, black and blueberry fruit. There are very few wines made anywhere in the world as rich and deep in flavour as this amazing Chocálan.

    Both of these wineries will be present at our upcoming Spring wine fair ( May 9th and 10th) where you will have a chance to taste over 200 wines from over 35 of the world’s best winemakers!

    Some of the other wineries coming over include Man O’War in New Zealand, Torbreck in Australia, Rizzardi from Italy, Château Kirwan from France and Tandem from Spain and this promises to be Ireland’s biggest spring wine tasting event in 2014!

    Click Here to find out more.

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