Five Of The Best Wines To Try This Weekend

 

by Lorcan O'Brien | Wine Content Specialist

 

The O'Briens Winter Wine promotions have arrived, with over 150 wines with up to 42% off! This week we are taking a look at some of our well-established, customer favourites.

 

Porta 6, Lisboa Portugal

€12.95 down to €10

 

Porta 6 is one of our most popular red wines. With smooth, supple tannins, and a silky dark fruit profile, this is a great value mid-week bottle for a causal dinner. The grapes for Porta 6 are grown in the vineyards around Lisbon where red grape varieties thrive. The winemaking team at the family-owned Vidigal estate is led by António Mendes, and they work with traditional Portuguese varieties to make this modern style blend which is popular with customers and staff alike. Porta 6 is smooth and balanced, with red and wild hedgerow fruit flavours, some savoury complexity and a bright, fruit-filled palate. The quirky label shows the famous trams of Lisbon city.

 

The Grape Press:

"A colourful label with a story. Medium-bodied with very moreish, rounded soft ripe fruits and an easy, tannin-free finish. Perfect with a wide variety of white meats, or tomato-based pasta dishes."
-John Wilson, The Irish Times

 


 

Domaine Duffour is one of our most popular white wines, offering excellent value. It is made in France's little-known Gascony region, by Michel Duffour and his son, Nicolas. It is a blend of the local Colombard, Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc grape varieties, producing a highly aromatic wine, bursting with crunchy red apples, ripe tropical fruits and a fresh citrussy finish.

 

Food Match:

This is a very classy wine at an unbeatable price- perfect for a midweek supper of baked white fish, or a goat's cheese tartlet.

 

Nicolas Duffour


Monte Real Rioja Reserva, Spain

€21.95 down to €12.95

 

Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real was founded in 1890 and is steeped in Rioja's history. Their flagship Rioja Reserva red wine is made with 100% Tempranillo grapes grown in premium Cenicero vineyards of La Rioja Alta. The estate’s philosophy is a fusion of tradition and modernity. The grapes are hand harvested before arriving at the newly renovated winery for pressing. In keeping with the tradition of a Rioja Reserva, the wines are aged for 24 months in American oak casks and in bottle for a further twelve months prior to release.

Pair with a slow-cooked Irish lamb shank for a food-wine match made in heaven.

 

The Grape Press:

"From a winery founded in 1890. Always good value, this is proper old school Rioja with lots of spice and characterful mature fruits and normally costs closer to €20. Classic sweet vanilla and red fruit aromas combined with spice and savoury mature fruits, complex on the palate with good length."
- Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner

 


 

Our customer favourite Contrapunto Albariño is produced by pioneering Galician Bodega Granbazán, located in the Salnés Valley in the heart of Rías Baixas. The grapes are grown on the traditional pergola system, where the grape vines are trained up granite pillars and grown above head height. This method keeps the leaf canopy and bunches of grapes far from the ground, allowing fresh sea breezes blow through the vineyards, helping to keep them dry, and prevent fungal diseases attacking the grapes- essential in this damp climate that can receive as much rainfall as the west of Ireland.
Fine and fruity aromas, with a pleasant floral note. The palate is awash with vibrant mouth filling fruit (greengage, Granny Smith apple, peach, lemon rind), refreshing acidity and a saline minerality on the persistent finish, typical of the best wines from the region.

 

The Grape Press:

"From Bodegas Granbazán in Val do Salnés, this popular all-rounder is excellent value at this promo price, with white flower and apricot blossom aromas, generous body and bite of citrus peel, and a frisky saline minerality that marries well with seafood, from fish and chips to delicate white fish."
- Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent

 

Grapes growing in Bodega Granbazán on the pergola system


 

Bodega Norton dates back to 1895, and is now owned by the Swarovski family, who continue to strive for excellence in their wines.
This is 100% Malbec, from the Luján de Cuyo D.O.C., which was the first appellation in Mendoza. The grapes come from high altitude vineyards, which helps to retain freshness and acidity in the wine.
The wine is loaded with ripe red fruits and spicy pepper. Twelve months in new and second use French oak barrels gives a nice tannic structure and toasty complexity before a long finish.

 

The Grape Press:

"Malbec from Argentina is not all about brawn; this wine combines power and elegance in a very seductive manner. Floral aromas, smooth ripe dark fruits overlaid with vanilla and tobacco. Made to go with meats."
-John Wilson, The Irish Times

 


Lorcan is O’Briens Wine Content Specialist, charged with spreading the wine word and keeping our customers and staff up to date with news of our wines and winemakers through his dedicated and passionate writing. Previously an O’Briens store Manager, Lorcan has written about wine in Ireland and Spain and is currently studying for the WSET Diploma. In his spare time Lorcan hosts wine tastings, blogs about wine and judges in wine competitions.

*Pricing correct at time of publishing. For the most up to date prices see our stores or website.