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Oz Clarke - Wine Selections

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Oz Clarke joins us today for a quick chat and a recommendation for today's wine to match Darina's dish!

Name:       Secano Estate Pinot Noir

Producer:   Vina Leyda
Winemaker:  Rafael Urrejola
Price:            €10.99
Available:  M&S stores nationwide
Vintage:    2007
Country:    Chile
Region:     Leyda Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes
A generously fruity, beautifully smooth and aromatic Chilean red.  It delivers plenty of soft, ripe cherry, strawberry and plum flavours and has an elegant, fresh finish.

Producer              Yalumba

Price                    €15.99
Available               O'Briens &other good wine shops
Vintage                 2006
Country Region      Barossa
Grape Variety        Grenache

Tasting Notes      
A wine that opens with bright red fruits and spices with hints of violets and roses and also a savoury complexity. Palate: Shows richness and ripeness with textured layers of red and blueberry fruits and youthful tannins

Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache 2006
"You have to love the Barossa Valley and great old family companies like Yalumba for being able to source a wine such as this from low-yielding, 70 year-old bush vines and sell it so cheaply. Frankly it's delicious: brambly, red berry characters, succulent silky smooth texture, deep raspberry juice vibrance and pleasing approachability. Think tomato-based pasta sauce and Wiech's egg noodles from the Barossa." Peter Forrestal, Quaff 2008 (Aus), October 2007


Jansz Premium Sparkling Wine

20.49 or (6 for the price of 5 which works out at 17.07 per bottle)

: Available in Oddbins branches at:

Baggot Street , 17 Baggot Street Upper , Dublin 4 Clontarf , 360 Clontarf Road , Dublin 3 Churchtown , 125 Braemor Road , Dublin 1 4 Blackrock , 23 Rockhill, Blackrock,  County Dublin

The Jansz Premium non-vintage is based upon Jansz wines of several vintages.
Specially selected and crafted individual batches from cool climate locations in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, with the largest regional parcels being Tasmanian, form this wine.

Tasting Notes
The bouquet shows lifted aromas of honeysuckle and citrus fruits from the Tasmanian Chardonnay, with nougat and roasted nuts derived from the lees ageing, while the Pinot Noir contributes delicate strawberry.

The palate is well balanced with delicate fruit flavours, creaminess and fresh acid, leading to a dry, light finish.

Producer : Jansz

Method of Production
The majority of the fruit was sourced from vineyards in Tasmania, the balance came from cool sites in South Australia and Victoria. After pressing, the must was cold settled and racked into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for a cool, long fermentation.

The wine went through malolactic conversion then spent a year on its lees in tank, followed by a minimum of two years ageing in bottle.


Oz Clarke is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age. Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today.

He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA, including the Glenfiddich (three times), André Simon, Wine Guild (three times), James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson (five times) awards; and most recently in 2006 he won the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition International Drinks Communicator of the Year Award. In 1999 he won the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education. In 2001 he was the keynote speaker at the Boston Wine Expo, the world's largest consumer wine event, and has been the keynote speaker at both the Wine Experience in New York and the California Wine Experience in San Francisco, where he was voted best keynote speaker by those attending. Oz's frequent BBC TV and radio appearances are broadcast around the world. Oz's latest TV series, 'Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure' is back on BBC this autumn, this time the pair taking on California.

Before wine took over his life in 1984, Oz was a fulltime actor and singer, appearing in West End hit shows such as Evita, Sweeney Todd and The Mitford Girls, and touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company.