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DeBortoli Noble One Botyrtis Semillon 2013, Riverina, Australia, 375ml — €42.95
The 2013 vintage was a great year for botrytis with most of the vineyard affected. Golden yellow in colour with sweet apple-pie aromas mixed with marmalade, orange peel and citrus. Intense and rich but also clean and fresh on the finish. Try with apple tart or St. Tola goats cheese.
DeBortoli Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz, Australia — €17.99-€18.99
Heathcote in Victoria is renowned for its rich meaty Shiraz and DeBortoli’s version is typical. By the name you can guess this is intended for grilled beef and it is indeed packed with spicy, chocolate tinged dark plum and blackcurrant flavours perfect for a grilled lump of rib-eye or sirloin.
d’Arenberg Nostalgia Rare, McLaren Vale, Australia, 375ml — €31.95
This fortified Grenache ‘Tawny’ is the oldest wine d’Arenberg release only in very small quantities. This is a throwback as this style of wine is now rare in Australia but is warmly recommended for its rich spicy fig aromas, complex caramelised apple-pear flavours and intense lingering finish.
Stockists: O’Briens, 1601 Kinsale, Redmonds, Thomas Woodbury Galway
Stockists: 1601, Whytes Centra Kenmare, La Touche, Malthouse Trim, Kellys Clontarf
Stockists: Corkscrew, Thomas Woodbury Galway, www.wineonline.ie