ely wines for Summer #010 – Final part!

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Here goes a recap on some of the wines we’ve featured over the last couple of weeks. I’ve attached the list of wines below- hopefully you had an opportunity to try at least some of them. If you haven’t, don’t worry- there is plenty of time left in this summer, and many of these wines are ely favourites, so they might be around into autumn.

What will I be drinking for the rest of the summer- well, in moderate quantities (obviously) and in no particular order…

German Riesling must be the ultimate summer wine, low in alcohol, crisp, fresh and with perfect fruit/acid balance. My #1 choice.

Italian whites – Italy is producing some wonderful white wines from native varieties which have far more character than you may have come to expect from Italian whites. Look out for-Pinot Bianco, Gavi, Lugana, Soave, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco and Grillo.  And when you’ve done them, try Favorita, Erbaluce, Fruliano, Grechetto, Pecorino, Inzolia, Catarratto and Zibibbio. When you done with all of them, give me a shout and I’ll list some more!

Look east! We are finally starting to see more and more wines from Eastern Europe on our shelves, and some are mighty impressive. For whites in particular look to Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Greece.

Lighter reds . Sounds obvious for summer, but where to look? Well start with the stunning Pinots from Germany and Northern Italy- there is one of each listed below.  Beaujolais may be struggling to regain the reputation it once had, but that is usually when they start making their best wines- a simple Beaujolais villages , served cool, in the garden with lunch or a light dinner makes for a perfect summer evening.

Sherry, Sherry,Sherry. Did I mention Sherry? It may still have its detractors, but its (fanatical) followers are getting louder and louder. Fino or Manzanilla, well chilled, with some straight-forward nibbles – olives, cured meats etc.  – is a match made in winey heaven.

ely wines for summer 2014:

Paparuda Pinot Noir, Timisoara, Romania 2012

Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras, Spain 2013

Wagner Stempel Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2010

Nyetimber English 2009 Classic Cuvee

Domaine Decelle-Villa Cote de Brouilly, Burgundy, France 2012

Cullen Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011

G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte 2012

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2013

Taittinger Champagne NV, France

Broglia la Meirana Gavi di Gavi, Italy 2013

Les Deux Cols ‘Cuvee Alize’ Cotes du Rhone, France 2012

Lucien Crochet ‘Le Chene’ Sancerre 2012

Domaine de Millet rosé Cotes de Gascogne 2013

Wagner Stempel Spätburgunder, Rheinhessen, Germany 2012

Hernando y Souridais ‘Antidoto’ Ribera del Duero, Spain 2011

Meursault ‘Les Vireuils’ Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2010

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.

Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

 

ely wines for Summer #009

In celebrating Bastille Day (week) we have chosen a couple of French classics for this week! We appreciate that these are at the higher end of the price spectrum, but they are an absolute treat!

Meursault ‘Les Vireuils’ Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2010

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Romaric Chavy is the 7th generation of his family to run this winery. Their vineyards are evenly divided between Meursault and Puligny Montrachet with holdings in many of the finest vineyards in both. Romaric has a clear vision of the style of wines he wants to produce, with the emphasis on freshness rather than creaminess, and minerality over oak. As a result, the wines see only 25-30% new oak, and minimum battonage. The 2010 ‘Les Vireuils’ is a perfect example of his vision- the nose is subtle yet complex, with aromas of white flower and citrus. The influence of the oak only becomes apparent on the palate, not as a flavour but as texture, rounding out the lemon-fresh streak. As the wine opens, the inherent richness of Meursault becomes more apparent, but never overcomes the precision and finesse of this superb wine. Just try to drink it slowly.

With food… Go all out and have a bottle of this with the amazing seafood platter in ely Winebar. Lobster- check… Dingle Bay brown crab.. check.. Carlingford oysters, prawn cocktail, tempura squid and much more.

 

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape might not strike you as a summer wine, and in most cases you’d probably be right. In fact, it’s a wine that many of us associate with winter, or even Christmas. But that doesn’t have to be the case. While some Chateauneuf is big and burly- all power and strength – there are some which are much more refined. Janasse is one of the latter. Put simply, it reminds us of why Chateauneuf-du-Pape is held in such high esteem. A blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each of Syrah and Mourvédre, its defining characteristics are elegance, purity and concentration. There are more famous names and more expensive wines produced in this region, but none match Janasse for quality, consistency and value.

With food…. Just keep it simple. Have some organic Burren beef from our family farm. A 28 day dry-aged fillet with mushroom wellington and horseradish mash in ely Bar & Brasserie should do the trick!

Check out the 8 previous parts of ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wines for Summer #007

All French this week, and we’ve gone for two old favourites. Sancerre might seem a little obvious, but there is nothing common about the quality of this one (it’s practically perfect!). We are also all too aware that this weather can’t last forever, so it’s time to get your rosé on before it’s too late! Enjoy.

Lucien Crochet ‘Le Chene’ Sancerre 2012

Usually for our ‘Wines of Summer’ series we choose some of the more unusual, or less well known wines from our list. SancerreBut exceptions have to be made, especially with a wine as exceptional as this! Sourced from a vineyard of south-facing slopes and shallow limestone soil, this is as perfect an expression of sauvignon Blanc as you are ever likely to find! Pure, intense citrus and wet chalk on the nose, crisp grapefruit flavours on the palate and a long minerally finish. Where other sauvignons are pungent, tropical and often over the top, this it taut and precise, with incredible purity of flavour. Forget what you think you know about modern Sauvignon Blanc, go back to where it started and see how it can be done!

With food… The classic pairing is goats cheese, and it is fantastic with the Fivemiletown goats cheese salad. But it also works with simple fish or shellfish dishes, or try it with our heirloom tomato and peach salad!

 

Domaine de Millet rosé Cotes de Gascogne 2013

milletWhen the conversation turns to the “my favourite grape” discussion, Egiodola rarely gets a mention!! Not surprising really, very few of us have ever heard of it. This Domaine in the Cotes de Gascogne use this little know grape to make their wonderful rosé. In the glass it is a delicate, pink-salmon colour, with aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. The palate is fresh, fruity but refreshingly dry, making this a great wine to have with or without food. As we all know, our rosé season here in Ireland is frustratingly short, so grab a seat on the terrace and enjoy!

With food…. There is a very simple but effective guide for this- pink wines are great with pink food. So, in summertime, try it with Salmon, either grilled or cold in a salad, prawns simply cooked or even paella.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

 

ely wines for Summer 2014 #005

Now this is what we call a summer! To celebrate some truly glorious weather we have chosen something very special, a little summertime treat if you will, and an outstanding everyday white which will suit all budgets, occasions and company! Enjoy!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2013
picpoulThe Languedoc region in the south of France would not be the first place you’d think of to find a wonderfully crisp and refreshing white, but that is exactly what you get with Picpoul de Pinet. Produced from a grape of the same name- Picpoul- this is sometimes referred to as this generation’s Muscadet, and it’s pretty easy to see why. These are not massively complex, multi-layered wines; these are simple, fresh, racy wines with lovely citrus acidity and a refreshing dryness. It is perfect with simple seafood- think oysters, mussels etc. Best served with sunshine!

 

 

Taittinger Champagne NV, France

taittingerFeel like treating yourself? Go ahead, you probably deserve it!
Champagne Taittinger is one of the very last of the family run Grand Marque Champagne houses, and also one of the very best. Their reputation is based an outstanding range of Chardonnay dominated wines, from the NV all the way to the utterly sublime Comtes de Champagne – one of my all time favourite wines!
They are also the official Champagne of a little football competition happening right now in Brazil or somewhere, so the new look bottle is emblazoned with 3d holograms of footballs and trophies. But it’s what’s inside the bottle that really counts. Because of the higher proportion of Chardonnay (40% with the two Pinots making the other 60%) this wine is all about elegance, freshness and finesse. The nose delivers white peach and flowers, with just a touch of toasty brioche. The palate shows more apple, lovely citrus acidity and a lightly toasty finish. Champagne may not be an everyday drink, but a day like this deserves it. A day like this deserves Taittinger.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wines for Summer 2014 #004

Another week, another two fantastic wines for you to enjoy this summer. These two are for the real wine lovers amongst you, from two of the most interesting and dynamic wineries around today.

Cullen Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011
CullenWhat is there left to say about Cullen and their wines? World leaders in carbon neutral and naturally powered agriculture, Australian pioneers in Biodynamics. On top of all this, they produce some of THE FINEST WINES IN THE WORLD! But I’m sure Vanya Cullen would say that they are all connected. The remarkable health of the vineyards, the quality of the grapes and the purity and precision of the wines are a direct result of the changes Vanya has implemented in the last decade.
This wine is a perfect example of what makes Cullen wines so unique. What at first seems and straightforward Sauvignon Semillon blend turns into something far more interesting- cut grass, lemon and lime on the nose give way to more tropical fruit like white peach on the palate. The Semillon adds weight to the palate, and the perfectly judged use of oak adds a wonderfully distinctive smoky finish. The wine is kept fresh and almost racy by its long, crisp mineral core. If you really like wine, you need to try this. At least once.

G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte 2012
This estate was established in 1972, by Aldo Vajra’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. The vineyards had been in the family since the 1920s, but it was only with the advent of DOC, and the increase in interest for Barolo in the early 1970s, that viticulture became economically viable. GD_vajraAldo has gradually increased the area under vine to the current 40 hectares, ten of which are planted with Nebbiolo for his Barolo, located in such prized vineyards as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. The vineyards are situated about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, in the commune of Barolo, on the western border of the zone. This is also where he grows his Dolcetto, which is a grape Giuseppe suggested is often considered an ugly duckling in Piedmonte but he likes to think of it as a moody teenager- it needs constant attention and showering with love in order to fulfil its potential. This one certainly does – it possesses a wonderful depth of colour, a fragrance of blue and black berries and a herbal hint on the finish. There is a crisp, dark berry acidity, ripe but firm tannins, and a long, savoury finish.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wines for Summer 2014 #003

The weather has been really good here in Ireland and we hope that you got to enjoy some of the wines we chosen so far. We already looked into Paparuda Pinot Noir from RomaniaRaphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello from SpainWagner Stempel Riesling from Germany and the great Franz Haas Pinot Nero from Italy. Here goes two more wines for your summertime enjoyment.

Nyetimber English 2009 Classic Cuvee

The concept of an English sparkling wine may be relatively new to us, but in fact these wines have a massive reputation across the water, and have been building a loyal following here in recent times. NYEtimberSouthern England shares the same soil type that runs through Champagne, and while the temperatures are ever so slightly cooler, it is still warm enough to achieve perfect ripeness in the grapes.

Of all the sparkling wine producers in England, Nyetimber are quite possibly the best. The range is fantastic- the Classic Cuvee and Blanc de Blancs are both vintage, there is a delicious Rose, a single vineyard and even a demi-sec. They grow only the “holy trinity” of sparkling wine grapes – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Our current favourite is the 2009 Classic Cuvee! Ripe, rich and biscuity, with a lovely, lemon fresh acidity, this is not just a credible alternative to Champagne; this is a world class wine in its own right! The secret is out.

Cote_de_BrouillyDomaine Decelle-Villa Cote de Brouilly, Burgundy, France 2012

Two outstanding winemakers – Olivier Decelle of Mas Amiel & Ch. Jean Faure, and Pierre Jean Villa from Cote Rotie and Condrieu- joined forces to create this exciting new Domaine. Having taken over an abandoned cellar in Nuits St. Georges, they started producing wines from their own plots and from bought grapes. Their style, whether from Burgundy or Beaujolais leans very much towards elegance and finesse.

Their Brouilly is classic Beaujolais at its best – beautifully perfumed with red summer fruits – think fresh strawberry and cherry – matched to a wonderfully silky texture. Soft, elegant and extremely refined, this will make you fall for Brouilly all over again.

Check out ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

ely wine tastings May – July 2014

Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm sharp.

Thursday May 22nd –  Alsace. ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
This is quite possibly the most interesting and varied white wine producing region in the world. Home to a wide range of grape varieties, many with the potential to produce wines of Grand Cru status. Add to that some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. However, Alsace still suffers from being misunderstood, much the same as Germany. While there are many Germanic influences, the wines of Alsace are utterly unique and deserve your utmost attention!
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Thursday June 5th – Italy’s traditional Grape Varieties. ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
The most exciting thing about Italian wines- and Italy is THE most exciting wine country in the world- is the vast array of grapes that they grow. There are hundreds of varieties grown across the country, and probably many more that we haven’t even heard of – you could drink Italian wines every day for a year and never have the same grape variety twice!! However, you walk into a supermarket here and you’ll most likely see 10 types of Pinot Grigio and a Chianti. We are going to taste the real Italy, wines with genuine character and a real sense of tradition.
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Thursday June 19th – Red Burgundy. ely bar & brasserie, IFSC 
Buying Burgundy is like navigating an minefield- and red Burgundy especially so. Despite the fact that all the wines are produced from a single grape variety, it is essential to know your producers, vineyards and  vintages to ensure you get value for money. But when you find the right one, it rewards in ways that no other wine can. From Bourgogne AC to the finest Premier and Grand Cru, there are incredible Burgundies to be found if you know where to look. And you need look no further that ely. Join us for a richly rewarding tasting of some of the big names and some of the lesser known treats from this most fascinating of wine regions.

Thursday July 10th – Wines of Germany 
Adored by those in the wine business, but sadly often overlooked by the wine drinking public. However, there is no debating the quality – Germany produces some of the finest white wines in the world! – Rieslings of varying styles from bone dry and minerally, to rich and sweet – but always impeccably balanced and complex. Even less appreciated and the stunning reds- 100% Pinot Noir – and quite possibly the finest outside of Burgundy

Thursday July 24th – The Loire Valley. ely bar & brasserie, IFSC 
As wine regions go the Loire Valley has to be one of the most varied and exciting in the world. Red and white, still and sparkling, bone dry to wonderfully sweet, it has something to offer everyone! Everyone knows of Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and Muscadet but the real gems are probably lesser known- Chenin from Savennieres, Montlouis and Vouvray; reds such as Chinon, St. Nicolas de Bourgueil and red Sancerre. The sweet wines, from the lighter to the richest, are absolutely world class. Join us for what promises for a genuinely fascinating and surprising tasting.

For more info do contact Ian Brosnan at  678-7867 or on wineclub@elywinebar.com 

elys’ favourite wines for summertime enjoyment.

With summer in full swing and the sun shining (?) we have selected a few of our favourite wines for summertime enjoyment!

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Two fantastic whites from Italy and Languedoc for those who like their wines crisp and refreshing, a Burgundian chardonnay with a little bottle age for those who like a more serious white, and a wonderful Rosé from a little known grape called Egoidola that will make you wonder why you don’t drink rosé more often.
We’ve also chosen two reds that work wonderfully in the sun – A beautiful Beaujolais villages that is especially good served cool, and a Montepulciano that will see you through the evening. Enjoy!!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Languedoc, France €31 / €7.75
Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.

 

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Balestri Valda Soave Classico 2011 Veneto, Italy €33 / €8.25
Soave is leading the new wave of Italian white, and this a perfect example of why. Whereas some wines try to overpower the senses with an attack of flavours, quality Soave is beautifully understated. Subtle aromas of apple and pear followed by a delicate nuttiness – think fresh almonds – and lovely dry finish.

Jean Phillipe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc 2007 Burgundy, France €39 / €9.75
ifsc bourgogneMonsieur Fichet is a winemaker based in Meursault, and probably best known for the outstanding wines he produces there. But he also owns vineyards in the surrounding areas, and uses those grapes to make his Bourgogne Blanc. The same skill and experience goes into the crafting of this wine. Ripe Chardonnay flavours of tropical melon and toasty oak have combined over a few years bottle age to produce something special – rich and creamy textured with a lovely nutty finish.

Domaine de Millet Rosé VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2011 France €28/ €7.00
This is what we call proper rosé. Why? Try it and see….. It is produced from the little known Egiodola grape in the Côtes de Gascogne region of south west of France. Wonderful ripe red fruit- fresh strawberry, raspberry and cranberry – lovely freshness on the palate and a dry finish with just a touch of grip. Perfect for sipping, even better with food.

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Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages 2010 €33 / €8.25
We have seen the fortunes of the Gamay grape rise and fall over the years- it was once more highly prized than Pinot -but on the strength of recent Beaujolais tastings it’s definitely on the up again. This Domaine shows how modern winemaking techniques can combine with traditional wine styles to great effect. 100% Gamay, from vines averaging almost 50 years- the wine is bright ruby in colour, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours, and a long clean finish.

Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 €28 / €7.00
ifsc MontepulcianoThe Montepulciano grape is often confused with the town of the same name, and as a result, the wines from that town. So let’s clear it up – Montepulciano (Vino Nobile de) is the town, and the grape is Sangiovese. Montepulciano (d’) is the grape, and a wonderful grape it is too! Ripe and bursting with fruit, especially dark cherry and plum, and just a touch of chocolate. Yes, chocolate! This wine is medium bodied but very full flavoured , and definitely a score for Montepulciano the grape!

Visit ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC.

Enjoy the best in organic Irish food. Amazing dry-aged Irish beef, fantastic fish, local seasonal vegetables and great Irish cooking at ely bar & brasserie. Knowing that the team in ely bar & brasserie will look after you and guest extremely well.

ely bar & brasserie has sourced the 28 day dry-aged rib-eye from Danny Coogan, a fifth generation farmer in Trim Co.Meath and their vegetables are grown for them “less than an hours drive up the road”, north Dublin to be precise. The organic beef carpaccio and organic lamb hails from the Burren, Co.Clare and their fresh Irish chicken is from Mayo.
The oysters, scallops, crab and fresh Irish Sea Bass are all landed by Irish boats and their executive chef Ryan Stringer is from Tyrone. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 said “Executive chef Ryan Stringer devises and cooks wonderfully smart, clean food, with ingredients that are sourced as carefully as they source their benchmark wines”.

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Dublin wine tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon – Bordeaux vs the World

With the days (and nights) starting to get a bit colder we hosted a tasting of deliciously rich and warming Cabernet on the 12th October 2011.

Our great line-up of the best Cabernet from around the world included iconic examples from  Argentina, Australia, South Africa, California and not forgetting Bordeaux! Cabernet’s main attributes are its firm tannins, fresh acidity and red fruit flavours. Throughout the evening our tasters got to experience how wonderfully different it can taste depending on which corner of the globe it is made.

Bodegas Lurton’s Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit driven with buckets of dark berries and gentle herby notes, offering the perfect balance between the savoury, herbaceous Bordeaux and the ripe and luscious Aussie interpretation. Uco Valley just south of Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes is considered one of the best places to plant red grape varieties and Bodegas Lurton were one of thr pioneering growers from the region. Lurton is now a 3rd generation wine-producing family originally from France, and you can really taste their French roots in this fantastic Cabernet!

Following Argentina’s offering we looked at one of the great Aussie producers! D’Arenberg, despite being quite a large producer, applies artisan practices to their prodcue enabling them to make very high quality wines. The High Trellis 2008 is a great example Aussie Cabernet at it’s best: aromas of fresh, ripe blueberries and cassis mingle with violets and leafy aromatics. There’s a touch of spicy oak adding complexity to the typical d’Arenberg soulful earthiness. This was one of the favourites of the night and went down on a real treat.

We also plucked from a region less known for making great Cabernet: Stellenbosch in South Africa. Famous for making Pinotage, Meerlust’s Rubicon is their most awarded wine and is a Bordeaux blend consisting of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot. It has all the savouriness of Bordeaux with dark fruits and earthy smokiness. South Africa can be overlooked when looking for an elegant wine, but in the last decade has seen an emergence of world-class winemaking across the cape. 

The penultimate wine was Cakebread Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Napa is a very special wine making region and it’s adaption to Cabernet has been instrumental in the development and evolution of the area. Characteristocally it has cassis, blackberry and boysenberry with subtle hints cedar, black tea spice and sweet oak scents.  It would be hard to mention Californian Cabernet and not mention the great tasting of 1976 where, in a blind tasting, Stag’s Leap Cabernet topped its Bordelian counterparts. Californian Cabernet can be a bit of an insiders secret, but it’s time to let it out of the bag!

Our last wine on the list was a classic Boredaux wine. Bordeaux is divided into 2 categories, the right bank for Merlot based wines (with a small proportion of Cabernet) and the left bank for Cabernet based wines (with a proportion of Merlot). Right bank wines refers to wines coming from the right bank of the Dordogne and includes Pomerol and St Emilion whilst wines on the left bank include Medoc, Haut-Medoc, St Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac. Bordeaux Cabernet is one of the most restrained, earthy and savoury expressions with delicious flavours of red and blackcurrants, pencil shaving and cedar. The example we chose for the tasting was ‘La Bastide Dauzac’  from Margaux, the 2nd wine of Chateau Dauzac.

All the wines were presented by the wonderful Monica Murphy of Febvre, who showed us what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so unique and how each terroir can create subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in this wonderful grape.

To find out more about ely’s wine tasting and events please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com , call (01)  678 7867 or check out our website.

Tasting nights in 2012

Thursday 19th January: Bordeaux (€40 per head)
Thursday 26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World (€45 per head) TBC
Thursday 2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape (€40 per head)
Thursday 16th February: Southern France (€35 per head)
Wednesday 22nd February: Italy (€35 per head)
Thursday 1st March: Chardonnay (€35 per head)

All the above tastings start at 18:45 sharp and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

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The BIG wine tasting at ely, 17th February 2012

ely’s BIG wine tasting is a fantastic opportunity to taste wine from all corners of the globe. We open up over 80 of our favourite wines and have experts on hand to guide you through the tasting. Whether you want to explore the great wines of the world or simply enjoy more of the wines you love, our BIG wine tasting is the tasting for you.

Date: 17th February
Ticket: €20 per head
Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 6pm and 8pm

For more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

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