By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine Content Specialist
With the arrival of summer, we are delighted to welcome new wine arrivals to the shelves at O'Briens Wines. Our Team have been busy sourcing exciting new cuveés from both long-time favourite wineries, as well as new winemaking partners. Today we are highlighting four of these brand new wines for you to try this month.
MULLER'S VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC,
Coastal Vineyards, South Africa
RRP: €16.95, NOW: €12.95
This brand new South African Sauvignon Blanc comes from our long-time partners MAN Vintners, who also make our Bellow’s Rock range of wines. Founded by three close friends, MAN Vintners specialise in making excellent quality-to-value South African wines.
It is made from grapes grown in the cooler regions of Elgin and Walker Bay, where higher-elevation vineyards, as well as the cool South Ocean breezes, help the grapes to retain a crisp freshness, whilst still having an abundance of bright tropical fruit flavours.
In style Muller's Valley Sauvignon Blanc lies somewhere between an up-front New Zealand Sauvignon and the more restrained style typical of the Loire, with an abundance of vibrant tropical fruit flavours of Pineapple and Passionfruit, balanced with a fresh acidity. 3 months lees aging adds a palate weight and structure to the palate.
Creamy salmon pasta bake
PENFOLDS KOONUNGA HILL 76 SHIRAZ-CABERNET,
RRP: €21.95, NOW: €16.95
Established in 1844 in South Australia, Penfolds are world renowned for producing some of the finest wines in Australia. Since its introduction, Penfolds Koonunga Hill has aimed to deliver quality, value and consistency. It is made from certified sustainably farmed grapes, which are picked from multiple regions across South Australia to give a complexity of varied terroir.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill 76 is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes: a blend that has become something of a South Australian trademark. It offers concentrated aromas of blackberry, cassis, and hints of sweet vanilla. The rich full palate shows layers of dark fruit and touches of peppery spice all balanced with bright acidity.
A lovely cut of Irish steak, cooked to your liking and served with a peppercorn sauce.
LA VIGNETTE THIERRY DELAUNAY TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC,
RRP: €15.95, NOW: €13.95
Thw wines of Domaine Joël Delaunay are well-loved by our customers, so we are delighted to offer this Touraine Sauvignon Blanc from the same fifth generation estate. They winery is located in the idyllic town of Pouillé in the heart of the Loire Valley. The estate's 47 hectares of vines are certified as being farmed sustainably.
La Vignette is pale yellow in the glass with green reflections at the rim. The aromas are reminiscent of blackcurrant bud, grapefruit, and boxwood. The palate is silky and fresh, with a richness of body from lees ageing.
This is sunshine in a glass and perfect for dining al fresco.
Loire Valley Sauvignon is very adaptable to varied dishes, from seafood, to soft cheese and salads.
DOMAINE RÉGIS MINET POUILLY-FUMÉ,
RRP: €25.95, NOW: €23.95
We are delighted to introduce this limited parcel of wine from a traditional family-run estate. Domaine Régis Minet is a 12-hectare estate in the heart of the Loire Valley. Winemaker, Régis, has just completed his 46th harvest, after taking charge of the family estate at 17 years of age. His son, Antoine, now works alongside his father, representing the third generation of the family.
This boutique family run estate is making elegant and terroir driven wines. Lifted aromatics of basil and gooseberry followed on the palate by a cleansing texture, refreshing acidity and a ripe core of melon fruit.
As with La Vignette above, this wine would pair wonderfully with seafood or creamy cheese, but for something a little different try this wine with a creamy mildly spiced Thai Green Curry or Vegetable Korma.
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.