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.

Read about our wine courses and our wine tasting evenings .

Advertisements

Award-winning Aussie Shiraz in ely’s ultimate Shiraz wine tasting

Confirmed line-up of Aussie wines for out Ultimate Shiraz tasting includes:

2009 Hilltops Shiraz  ** 95 points in James Halliday’s 2011 Wine Companion**

2009 Viognier **94 points in James Halliday’s 2011 Wine Companion**

2007  O’Riada Shiraz

2004 Shiraz Viognier, Matthew Jukes listed this in his top 250 wines of the year and Joe Breen of the Irish Times Magazine  said of it “The inspiration for the wine is northern Rhone, specifically, Cote Rotie… The wine is so concentrated and pure, so silkily spicy and sensuous, so abundent in blackberry and cherry flavour, so perfectly structured… that you keep going back to make sure it was that good. It was. ”

French wines to be released soon, watch this space!

To book tickets for this tasting please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call  01 678 7867. To read more about the tasting please click here.

The ultimate Shiraz tasting: 8th September 2011 at ely, IFSC

The ultimate SHIRAZ tasting

ely is absolutely delighted to host an exclusive evening with two passionate lovers of the Shiraz / Syrah grape.

Clonakilla Winery in Australia has been receiving the highest of accolades for more than 20 years and has been described by The Wall Street Journal as ‘Australia’s greatest red wine; it is certainly one of its greatest Shiraz’s’ and as ‘one of the leading small wineries in the country’ by Huon Hooke.

Tim Kirk of Clonakilla will be joined by Ireland’s award winning Rhone specialist Tyrrell & Company Wine Importers, who are renowned for their range and expertise in Rhone wines. Tyrrell’s has supplied ely since we first opened 11 years ago and have been staples on our list ever since.

Our hosts for the night have over 50 years experience between them and are united by the passion for Syrah and Shiraz. During the evening we will hear about tales of Shiraz from Australia, France and around the globe and taste Crozes Hermitage, Cote Rotie, and other specially selected Syrah wines alongside their Aussie counterparts. Our head chef has devised a 3 course menu to match the wines and will feature the best in Irish seasonal produce.

The ultimate Shiraz tasting is perfect if you are a lover of the Aussie Shiraz, Rhone reds or simply enjoy wine and want to learn more in a casual and informative atmosphere.

Date: 8th September

Time: 7pm

Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC

Ticket price: €70 per head

For all queries or to book your place please contact Michelle Lawlor at wineclub@elywinebar.com or 01 6787867.

For more information on all our tastings please click here.

Rhone V Barossa: a wine tasting in Dublin

Last night  at ely we made some fantastic comparisons of Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier. The original idea was to compare only Shiraz, known as Syrah in France, from the 2 most iconic producing regions. However John McDonnell of Wine Australia came up with an inspired idea – let’s look at the iconic wines of Rhone, not just Shiraz, but Grenache – the master of Southern Rhone and Viognier – the lush white grape grown across the whole Rhone.

We chose contemporary Frenchies to compete against  traditional Aussies in a battle of the Rhone Rangers!

Viognier
Yalumba Y Series Vs Ogier Condrieu

Viognier is a lush white grape with a delicious oily texture , lots of alcohol and brimming with peaches, apricots and elderflower aromas. Viognier is a tricky grape to get right, it needs perfect ripening conditions, very talented viticulturalists and gentle winemaking. It is very difficult to pick a favourite between these two, largely because they fit into two completely different price brackets. The Y Series Yalumba is fresh, retaining all the delicious aromatics that can easily be lost for a Viognier at the entry price point. I, as well as most of the winetasters, were blown away by how much flavour and depth this wine had. The Condrieu on the other hand was stunning. Costing about €25 more in the shop than the Yalumba it wasn’t really a fair comparison. The Condrieu was golden in colour with savoury spices layered over the lush ripe fruit and oaky tones. Two delicious, too delicious…

 

Grenache
Domaine la Bouissiere, Gigondas Vs Henschke ‘Johann’s Garden’

Grenache – a real floosy of a grape! Grenache is a fairly easy grape to grow. It flourishes almost anywhere and produces wines that can be any thing from light,  juicy and alcoholic to dense, peppery and (yes) alcoholic. It’s just one of those grapes!! The key thing is to make a wine of elegance and restraint. Generally it is blended with Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. This comparison was probably the most interesting of the evening. Henschke’s Johann’s Garden Grenache was from the 2004 vintage whilst the Gigondas was a much younger wine from the 2008 vintage. It was a tough one to call and again the Aussie’s totally blew my expectations: Henschke’s wine had all the characteristics of the a French wine with delicate fruit flavours, earthy spice and lots of herb characters whilst the Gigondas was much more robust and pronounced with lots intense flavours of cherries and liquorice. If we were to taste these blind we would be hard pressed to tell which part of the world they were from!

 

Syrah/Shiraz
Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Vs John Duval ‘Entity’

Crozes Hermitage, like all appellations in Northern Rhone, is Syrah. Cote Rotie is the one exception having a good dash of Viognier in it to add perfume, but the likes of Hermitage, St Joseph and Cornas are pure Syrah. The Syrah produced in Northern Rhone is unlike those produced anywhere else in the world. They are dense and yet perfectly fragrant with herbs, spice and damsony fruit. Northern Rhone wines are for grown ups and Yann Chave’s Crozes Hermitage is just that. From the exceptional 2009 vintage it has a velvety mouthfeel, ripe tannins and fresh acidity. We served up assorted meat platters during the tasting which really complimented the fruit and structure of the Crozes. We teamed this up with John Duval’s ‘Entity’ Shiraz. John Duval was chief winemaker at Penfold’s for a number of years and 6 years ago he went out on his own. The results are stunning and the wine is so good that you just want to sit down and really savour the coffee and caramel spices layered with cherries, raspberries and plums.

Rhone Vs Barossa
It’s very hard to pick one region over the other but there was one standout wine for everyone – John Duval’s ‘Entity’ stole the show! It was ‘practically perfect in every way’!

 

ely is currently showcasing the best in Aussie wines with our ‘seasonal heroes’ promo. Why not enjoy a glass Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris or Pewsey Vale Riesling on the terrace of ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC. Yummy!

For more information on tastings and events please click here.

%d bloggers like this: