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Great Wines for €12 and under!

Friday, 4 April 2008

Wine expert Chris Hill joins us with some fine wines that taste great and won't break the bank

Name: Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc


Vintage:  2007



Tasting Notes:  A crisp, dry wine reminiscent of a very good Sancerre or Pouilly Fume. A bouquet bursting with ripe gooseberry and tropical fruits followed by lively refreshing flavours and a long dry finish.

Food Match: as an aperitif, with fish or white meat

Price: Approx €11

Buy it: Independent Off licenses nationwide

Name:  Pinot Grigio

Producer:  Folonari

Vintage:  2005

Country/Region:  The Veneto region in north-east Italy

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Grigio

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow colour, with a fragrant fresh bouquet. Dry and crisp with a background of green apples with a clean finish.  A classic fruity fresh, dry, easy drinking Pinot Grigio from North East Italy.

Food Match: Shellfish, salads, fish, Asian cuisine, Antipasto

Price:  €9.59


Name: Faustino V11 Crianza

Grape Varities:Tempranillo 95%, Mazuelo 5%

Country Region: Spain

Tasting Notes:  A youthful fruity wine with added complexity and richness from oak ageing.

Colour: Bright, youthful cherry red with just a hint of ochre at the rim.

Nose: Lively youthful berry fruit mingles with toasty oak.

Palate: An exuberant youthful fruity wine with vanilla from the oak ageing adding a smoothness to the flavour.

Food Match: This fresh fruity wine is particularly suited to barbecues and indeed any informal foods such as pizza, pies or burgers.

Interesting stories about the wine:
Fermentation takes place at a maximum of about 24º C and the skins are left to macerate after fermentation to produce finer tannins with the whole process taking about 16 days. Then the wine is aged in American oak barrels, from West Virginia, for 10 months before at least another 1- 2 years ageing in bottle prior to release. 

It is released ready to be enjoyed and in general the wine is at its peak from about 3-7 years after the vintage date but should give pleasure for a few years after that.

Price: €11.99

Buy It: Supermarkets Nationwide

Name:  Deakin Shiraz 

Producer:   Wingara 

Vintage:   2005

Country Region: North West Victoria

Grape Variety: Shiraz

Tasting Notes:  Full bodied with rich flavours of plum, chocolate, cracked pepper and toasted oak. Yum! It is medium bodied with fine tannins, allowing an extended focus of rich plum and blackberries along the palate. The palate is sweet and rich with fruit flavours combined with an oak taste. A balanced wine with good length.

Food Match: Red meat dishes from gourmet beef pie, beef steak or mild Asian beef stir-fry.

Price: €9.99

Buy It: Super Valu, Superquinn, Next Door Off Licences and selected independents.