About RTÉ Television
The Afternoon Show
The Afternoon ShowRTÉ One, Weekdays, 4.00pm

Chris Hills Wine List - Dessert Wines 

Friday, 28 September 2007


Our resident wine conniseur has some wonderful wines to suit all tastes.

Oremus Tokaji Aszu, 5 Puttonyos.

Where to Buy:  Searsons, Monkstown, Karwig Vintners, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, Le Caveau, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Jus de Vine Off-Licence, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.
Producer: Oremus.
Vintage: 1999.
Region/Country: Tokaji, Hungary.
Grape Variety: Furmint.

Tasting Notes:
. 92 points Wine Spectator: "Racy in style, this is full of lemon, orange and spice notes, kept lively by the zippy acidity.
. Very clean, focused and light- to medium-bodied, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020.
. Aromas of honey and black tea give way to peach, apricot and tropical fruit flavors in the mouth. 
. This is a supremely focused and intense wine, yet it still delivers a creamy, hedonistic mouth feel.
. A pleasant apricot finish lingers.
. Perhaps the best Tokaji yet produced under the Vega Sicilia ownership.
Interesting Fact: Only 4,165 cases made.
Food: French Cheeses (Rocquefort), Light fruit tarts (Apple), On it's own

2005 Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise, Domaine du Durban

RRP: €20.95   
Producer: Domaine du Durban 
Vintage: 2005 - please note we do not have the 2004 in stock - 2005 is a better vintage  
Region/Country: Rhone Valley, France
Grape Variety: Muscat de Frontignan ŕ petit grains blanc

Tasting Notes: Beaumes-de-Venise Domaine du Durban displays a light amber in colour with hints of copper, followed by a lovely honeyed aroma of apricots and peaches and an unctuous texture on the palate.
What Food to match it with: It is too light for chocolately desserts so pair with fruit-based dishes like apple pie.
Interesting Wine Facts:
. 2005 was one of the most stellar vintages of recent times in France.
. Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise is one of the most famous Vins Doux Naturel and is produced in the Southern Rhone Valley which is usually more renowned for its reds.
. This is a light dessert wine so is best drunk young.

Inniskillen Riesling Ice Wine

RRP: €85   
Where to Buy: Claudios of Drury Street, Berry Bros & Rudd, Mitchells Kildare Street,Mitchells of Glasthule.
Producer: Inniskillin Wines
Vintage: 2005  
Region/Country: Canada
Grape Variety: Riesling

Tasting Notes:
. Sublime aromatics of fresh lime, apricot, grapefruit and peach blossoms with a slight mineral edge.
. A racy interplay of sweet and tart offer up echoing flavours of lemon, lime and candied apricot.
. Truly a vibrant and refreshing experience.

What Food to match it with:
. Fruit based desserts.
. Foie gras - pan seared or terrine, and spiced Asian cuisine.
. Cheeses- Rich blue veined & selected cream based i.e. Roquefort, saga, cambonzola, blue ermite, mascarpone, devon cream, torta & gorgonzola.
Interesting Wine Facts:
. The harvest occurs at the pinnacle of Canada's crisp winter. Exceptional grapes, naturally frozen on the vine, are delicately harvested and carefully pressed throughout the night.
. Manually loaded into the presses without de-stemming or crushing, and pressed at a n ambient temperature of -10 Degrees Celsius or colder.
. During pressing the water in the grapes remains frozen as ice crystals, and is easily extracted from the juice.
. What remains are a few precious drops of silky sweet unadulterated liquid. Once guided through the arduous fermentation, the resulting wine can only be hailed as the Nectar of the Gods

Banyuls Rimage

RRP: €12.50   
Where to Buy: Independent wine stores Nationwide incl. Halpins (Wicklow) Mc Cabes (Blackrock) and Corkscrew (Dublin 4)
Producer: Chateau de Jau
Region/Country: France/Rousillon/Banyuls
Grape Variety: Dark black-purple red with intense blackberry jam aromas and succulent flavours with the flavors of dried and preserved fruits.  Banyuls is rich, fiery and full-bodied. France's answer to Port

Tasting Notes:
. It is traditionally served with chocolate desserts.  Grown in the steeply terraced vineyards of Banyuls, the Southern most appelation controle of France.
. Produced by an ancient method of natural fortification "much like port wines".
What Food to match it with: Blue Cheese, Chocolate Mousse/Tart
Interesting Wine Facts: