By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director
It will come as no surprise that the O’Briens team are ardent wine lovers, we love nothing more than exploring the wines arriving for our new monthly promotions. Canvassing a few of the team for their favourites this month, as the weather cools down, fuller flavoured whites and warming reds seem to be capturing the imagination.
This wine comes from the small idyllic Costa family vineyards that run right down to the beach on the Galician coast. The proximity to the wild Atlantic gives this wine a refreshing saline minerality that beautifully complements the greengage, peach and apricot fruits. Floral and aromatic with beautifully balanced citrus acidity this is an exceptional Albariño that see some extended lees ageing which gives a rounder richer mouthfeel making it idea with food.
Food Match: Warm Spanish Tortilla
Domain Chanson are owned by Champagne Bollinger and no attention to detail is missed in terms of vineyard work or cellar investment. The Saint-Véran clay and limestone vineyards are located in the very South of the Maconnais where the temperatures are a little warmer leading to a fuller, well-structured rounded palate with a hint of ripe peaches. This is a versatile food wine and Saint Véran wines represent good value for money for Burgundian Chardonnay lovers.
Food Match: Slow Roasted Herb Chicken
An up and coming region, Jumilla is located in the southeast of Spain and Bodegas Luzón are considered one of its most innovative estates. Made with 100% Monastrell, know as Mourvèdre in France, this is a fruit filled, concentrated rich red that is perfect for cooler autumn nights and hearty food. With only three months ageing in French and American oak the vibrant Monastrell grape can reveal its plum and spiced character - fresh, smooth, and full on the palate with ripe sweet tannins.
Food Match: A Warming Aubergine Casserole
Malbec is the perfect autumn red with lashings of ripe plum fruit and well managed integrated tannins, this is a red that can appeal to most palates. Porteño is a limited-edition Malbec cuvee from the award -winning Bodegas Norton in Mendoza, our buying team worked with the winemakers on the blend for Ireland so its no surprise that it has come up as a team favourite. The palate shows ripe plums and black fruits with moderate smooth tannins and a hint of spice on the finish.
Food Match: Grilled Steak
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