On Saturday 16th April, David appeared on the Saturday:am Show on TV3 to explore Malbec Wines.
To celebrate World Malbec Day this Sunday he threw the spotlight on this grape variety to explore why Argentinian Malbec has become a much loved and sought grape variety in Ireland. However to make sure that the white wine drinkers were not left in the lurch he broadened the net a little bit by adding in one Chardonnay.
Below are the wines which featured on the show. All are available from Whelehans Wines in Loughlinstown and also on our website www.whelehanswines.ie.
Fabre Montmayou Reservado Chardonnay 2014 €14.95
Fabre Montmayou is a sensational French owned winery in Mendoza. High altitude vineyards, low yields helps craft this delightful rich, oaked Chardonnay that has bundles of personality.
Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2015 €16.95
Like many of the top Argentinian wineries there is a French connection and this wine is no exception. Fresh, juicy red fruits with hints of oak. This wine should prove to be very moreish.
Finca Decero Malbec 2012 €19.95
Moving up a notch, this is a sensational, rich, powerful Malbec packed with layers of dark fruit aromas and flavours. Polished and powerful this is a memorable red.
Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2011 €39.95
This is the top offering from Fabre-Montmayou. The wine is made from the fruit of vines planted in 1908. Only 14,000 bottles made. This is a blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Aged 100% in new French oak for 16 months. This wine has had several 94+ ratings from the world’s top journalists. A heady price, lets see how the wine stands up to scrutiny.
Vallobera Rioja Blanco 2014 €10.95
The San Pedro were growers, now they have turned to winemaking. This delightful white made 100% from the Viura grape has very attractive floral notes and flavours. Unoaked, lively, this has so much more personality than many of the Pinot Grigios around town.
Sin Palabras Albariño 2014 €19.95
Albariño is the Spanish grape variety that the Spanish and sommeliers get very excited about. Classically unoaked, it is a zesty vibrant white with apricot and peach aromas and flavours. Some tasters suggest this grape variety is like a cross between a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc.
La Vieja Bodega Garnacha Gran Reserva 2005 €10.95
It is always interesting to try a wine with a bit of bottle age. This has delicious fruit cake aromas and flavours. Spice with ripe forest fruit aromas underpinned by a smooth and toasty oakiness. The French use the term sous bois for the developed character that this wine shows.
Emilio Moro Finca Resalso 2014 €16.95
Rioja as a region is very famous however it’s neighbouring DO of Ribera del Duero can produce some sensational wines and of course the famous Vega Sicilia comes from this DO. Emilio Moro is considered one of the very important producers. This wine is a delicious expression of lightly oaked Tempranillo. Dark in colour, juicy and vibrant.
Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2014 €11.95
This is an intensely aromatic Sauvignon from the appellation Haut-Poitou in the Loire Valley, the spiritual home of this grape variety.
André Vatan Sancerre 2015 €19.95
A small family owned Domaine of just under 10ha. Here André & Arielle craft some of the most exciting wines in the Loire. This wine is particularly interesting as it showcases the great vintage that 2015 is. It will act as an interesting comparison with the Sauvion Haut-Poitou as both are Sauvignon Blancs and both are from the Loire Valley in France.
The classic match with lamb that is traditionally served at Easter is Bordeaux or Rioja, so it’s only appropriate that we investigate two offerings.
Château Janoy Bellevue 2014 €14.95
This classic Petit-Château is made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. Polished with attractive red fruits. Gilbert & Gaillard, distinguished reviewers have awarded it a Gold Medal at the Concours International 2015.
Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 €19.95
This is a delicious Rioja that straddles the new style and the old style. Made 100% from the Tempranillo and aged in oak barrels for 20 months it is rich and ripe with attractive red fruit and vanilla notes. Decanter Magazine in March voted it the best of the 240 Riojas that it reviewed.
Champagne, is the sparkling wine produced in the Northern region of Champagne in France and is made either from the Chardonnay grape (white), the Pinot Noir grape (red) or the Pinot Meunier (red) or some blend of these grape varieties. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are regarded the most important grapes. The Chardonnay grape is known for its’ elegance, Pinot Noir for its’ power and Pinot Meunier for its’ fruit character. All other sparkling wines not from this region should be referred to as “Sparkling Wines”. Continue reading The essence of Champagne and sparkling wines
One of the questions I am often asked when I am out and about. Can you recommend a good wine book?
This question is almost as challenging as the question can you recommend a good wine? The answer is so dependent on where the person’s interests’ lie and the stage that they are at on their wine odyssey. Over the years I have discovered some great wine writers whose works continue to impress and whose current releases seem to get better and better. In many ways mirroring my observations of following the careers of talented winemakers’ whose passion drives them on to be ever greater. So rather than specifying specific books, I rather list authors whose works will be readily available locally in book shops or online. These authors will provide the core to any great wine enthusiasts’ library. Continue reading The ‘Must-Have’ Wine Books for Wine Enthusiasts
The wine world has an immense palate of wine grapes to draw on to making incredibly interesting and exciting wines. Italy alone has over 1,000 different grape varieties that are peculiar to its’ wine industry. However not dissimilar to our typical weekly diet, there are a few key grapes that fly under the banner of ‘noble grape varieties’ that are very highly regarded and are planted all over the world. Today I’m introducing the key white varieties; namely Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.