On Saturday 27th August, David featured on the Saturday:am Show on TV3 to talk about four outstanding wines. National Heritage Week was in full swing and this year’s has a particular emphasis on Women’s Heritage. These four highly rated and well-reviewed wines are all creations by female winemakers.
Below are the wines which featured on the show, which you can see David talking about here. All are available from Whelehans Wines store in Loughlinstown and also on our website www.whelehanswines.ie.
Picpoul de Pinet is a very trendy appellation in the Languedoc. The Piquepoul grape yields a crisp, zesty white with layers of white fruit aromas and flavours. There is no oak used in this blend. This wine is particularly good with shellfish so anyone heading to the Dalkey Lobster festival should look out for this wine style.
Yalumba is a large but highly regarded family winemaker. They have a particular association with the Viognier grape which by it’s nature is rich and unctuous. This wine is pale straw with green hues, with aromas of fennel and apricot nectar with jasmine. Theses are joined by white flowers and star fruit leading to a creamy, rich and long mid-palate with Asian five spice on the finish.
Winemaker: Beatriz Herranz
Verdejo is a white wine grape that many Irish who visit Spain absolutely adore. Stylistically it is similar to Sauvignon. Handcrafted, Barco del Corneta ventures to maintain the essence of Verdejo, respecting the identity of the variety of the land and the climate. The vines are up to 150 years old. Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts, this is a very intense, complex expression of this varietal. Parker rated 92 points.
This is a delicious well-crafted Pinot Noir made from vines near Sancerre in the Loire. Lively, with very attractive red fruit aromas and flavours this wines is one of the best value expressions of this grape varietal in the world.