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  • Battle of the Three B’s

    This weekend sees three serious red wines hit our stores. All have a B in their title and well, that’s about the only tenuous connection between them - apart from the fact that I would happily take any of them with me to a dinner out.

    The first of the trio is the epitome of modern, fruit-rich Bordeaux. Huet Fûts de Chêne (€9.99) * is from producer Raymond Huet, employing the use of Michel Rolland - probably the best known winemaker in the world - to make a wine well worth seeking out. The big heavy bottle prepares you for the style of this dense, chunky Bordeaux, but there is quality to the fruit and complexity; it’s not all about big flavours.

    Decant for an hour and line this up with a decent rib-eye/sirloin steak.

    If that doesn’t float your boat then we have one of the most electric, intense Italian reds we have tasted in the last 12 months. The wine is called Crocero Barbera Asti €10.99 (was €14.99) with Barbera being the grape and Asti the region. Rarely have we seen a Barbera this concentrated and multi-layered, it is a gorgeous red that should excite not just fans of good Italian reds but anyone who likes good reds full stop.

    This will be is stunning matched up with lamb ragú or braised beef stew.

    Lastly a wine that should be bought by the case and stashed away to be lovingly depleted over the next year or so; Bethany Cabernet/Merlot €12.99 (was €19.99). This has always been one of Australian Geoff Schrapel’s (owner/winemaker) best wines. Although there is lots of very pure, blackberried fruit this is no jammy monster there is quite a degree of freshness and elegance to it. Oak barrels play a supporting role here managing not to overpower the wine. This is a beauty and as I say above it has staying power and will continue to improve and develop over the next few years.

    Your palate will thank you for matching this with simply cooked duck breast and a morel sauce.

    All 3 are in stores now although the Bordeaux is only on special until March 19th (the rest until April 7th). Take your pick, all 3 over-deliver and should not disappoint.

    * was €16.99

  • And Best Director goes to...Jorge Riccitelli!!

    If the Wine Star Awards represent the wine world’s equivalent of the Oscars then the Winemaker of the Year must surely be the equivalent of Best Director. This year’s big award goes to Jorge Riccitelli the head winemaker of Argentine superstar estate Bodegas Norton.

    The Wine Star awards - run by heavyweight US wine magazine Wine Enthusiast - has grown over the last decade into the glitziest, “must be at” event in the international wine calendar. For the winners these prestigious Oscar-style awards carry with them huge international acclaim and a guaranteed increase in profile as well as opening many a door that may previously have been closed or only ajar.

    Bodegas Norton has been making wine for 117 years and is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest estates.

    No small amount of their current fame is down to Jorge who has been at the helm for the last 21 years. Norton’s wines are continuously singled out for the purity of their fruit and for an elegance not always seen in the wines of their compatriots. Altitude and top drawer wine-making -obviously – both have a key role to play in the elegance and freshness of the Norton wines even the biggest of the range the Privada Blend is full-flavoured yet never heavy or cloying.

    We have been working with Norton for a number of years and the wines from the floral, fragrant Torrontes, through the Reservas up to Privada Blend have become firm staff and customer favourites. There isn’t a dud in the line-up and those hallmarks of freshness and elegance permeate through the entire range.

    So why not toast the winemaker of the year Jorge with his flagship wine Norton Privada Blend* on special for €13.99 (was €17.99) until the end of December…. Bravo Jorge!

    *Match this multi-layered, blackberried red - Argentine style - with a good rib-eye or T-bone and a rich pepper sauce.

    Here is  what some of the world’s top wine publications have to say about  Norton’s wines:

    Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on Privada Blend 2009 €13.99 (was €17.99) -

    “..sourced from vines ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old, fermented with native yeasts, and raised for 16 months in new French oak. It is a complex offering with an elegant personality, layers of succulent fruit, ample structure…  This outstanding value will be at its best from 2013 to 2024” - 91 points

     Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on Privada Malbec 2008 €19.99 (limited quantities in select stores)

    “..Alluring notions of sandalwood, exotic spices, cherry blossom, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry set the stage for a dense, ripe, voluptuous Malbec with impeccable balance and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for several years, but its succulent character makes it hard to resist now” - 91 points

     Wine Spectator on Reserva Malbec 2009 €11.49 (was €12.99)

    “Polished and supple, with fine tannins framing the rich kirsch, plum sauce and cassis notes, supported by a firm yet creamy frame, with hints of mocha and spice” - 89 points

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