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Chris Hills Wine List - Dessert Wines 

Friday, 28 September 2007

DESSERT WINES WITH CHRIS HILL

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

WINE ONE
Oremus Tokaji Aszu, 5 Puttonyos.

RRP:€42.00
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

WINE TWO
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.

WINE THREE
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

WINE FOUR
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
Vintage:2005  
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:
 

 

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