GUERRIERI RIZZARDI A GIUSEPPE RIZZARDI
s part of our ongoing series of articles about our family of wineries, Lynne Coyle MW speaks with Count Giuseppe Rizzardi winemaker at the Guerrieri Rizzardi estate in the Veneto region of Italy about their winemaking philisophy and what the future holds for the historic wine house.
LYNNE: Where did you do your formal winemaker training?
LC: Do your wines have a defining feature?
GR: I think that the low residual sugar
I was fortunate enough to learn my winemaking in Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux at both Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier as well as some time in Chile.
LC: What is the winemaking philosophy at Guerrieri Rizzardi? GR: Generally, the wines have to express as much as possible the soil where the vines are planted and the characteristics of the different grape varieties. The Guerrieri Rizzardi style has been and continues to be the production of wines with good finesse, elegance and balance: the length of our wines is a main objective, the power not necessarily.
in the majority of our wines, make them more elegant and easier to be paired at the table with many different foods such as roast meat, vegetable dishes, cheeses and pasta.
THE WINES HAVE TO EXPRESS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THE SOIL WHERE THE VINES ARE PLANTED AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DIFFERENT GRAPE VARIETIES.
LC: Given that your family can trace their winemaking & grape-growing history back to 1649, how do you innovate and what’s next? GR:
Our innovation is in the vineyard for example we are adapting the choice of grape varieties, rootstock and vineyard management to climate change. We have also started to plant some blocks of vineyards with grape varieties recently selected for being resistant to mildew and oidium as well as to other major vine diseases, the benefit of this is that if they work we can reduce even further the use of sprays.
LC: What aspects of the vineyards at Rizzardi do you think are most unique and influential on the wines? GR: The estate-grown and estate bottled
wines because we own well placed vineyards where we cultivate the grapes in major central locations of every appellation, this coupled with the combination of local and international grape varieties creates a unique blend for the majority of our wines.
FEDERICO PESOLILLO & DANIEL STEWART @ RIZZARDI WINERY
LC: What environmental policies do you pursue at Rizzardi? GR: We strive to limit the amount of
pesticide and herbicide used in the vineyards, for example we have intentionally positioned plants which are attractive to beneficial (pest controlling) insects throughout our vineyards and we employ mechanical weeding methods where possible. The main winery in Bardolino is also solar panelled and generates enough green energy to power the entire winery, in addition to this we use lightweight bottles for the majority of our wines.
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RIZZARDI PROSECCO SPUMANTE NV
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RIZZARDI COSTEGGIOLA SOAVE 2017
€15.45 ABV: 13%
RIZZARDI POJEGA RIPASSO 2016
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“While there are plenty of cheaper Proseccos on offer these days, many offering clean and well-made light bubbles, if you want to know why Prosecco grabbed our hearts in the first place you have to try this lime and hazelnut-flickered delight with a very fine mousse and proper, long lasting bubbles. And it comes with a cork for popping joy.” – Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post
Made from old vines grown on the best sites on the famous hill of Costeggiola this is a serious Soave. A big step up from standard Soave with superb, concentration of rich, ripe golden apple fruit and a gorgeous honeyed edge. Match with baked Salmon/ Tuna.
One of the most elegant of all Ripasso, the Pojega is the essence of that dark chocolate/wild cherry character that means you'll want another glass! A silky smooth red that is the perfect accompaniment to good Italian food.
MUNUS BARDOLINO 2016
CALCAROLE AMARONE 2011
RIZZARDI PINOT GRIGIO 2018
The vineyards of Bardolino Classico overlook Lake Garda in the foothills of the Dolomites. The grapes for this wine come from 38 different sites in the Classico region and aged in stainless steel tanks to add complexity and depth of flavour whilst still retain freshness and aromatics- freshly crushed mixed berries on the palate with soft supple tannins and refreshing acidity on the finish.
“Amarone is made by drying the grapes, which concentrates the sugars and gives higher alcohol levels, so sip carefully. 91/100 pts.” – Martin Moran, The Sunday Times
“The world is awash with light, sweetish Pinot Grigio. It won't poison you or your friends, but very few are really enjoyable. The Guerrieri-Rizzardi version, from the Veneto region of Italy, is a happy exception. It has fresh racy melon and green apple fruits, and a very satisfying crisp, dry finish. A mere 12.5 per cent alcohol, so you can drink it solo, or with light salads and nibbles.” – John Wilson, www.irishtimes.com
A l l w i n e s a v a i l a b l e t o b u y i n s t o r e o r o n l i n e a t w w w. o b r i e n s w i n e . i e
A Family Winery: LES DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)
BARON ERIC & SASKIA DE ROTHSCHILD
LY N N E C O Y L E , M A S T E R O F W I N E , W I N E D I R E C T O R , O ' B R I E N S W I N E
BODEGAS CARO, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
Les Domaines Barons de Rotschild (Lafite) is a group of family-owned & run wine estates. Baron Eric de Rothschild retired in 2017 and his daughter Saskia de Rothschild, then aged 30, took over the reins at Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Saskia represents the 6th generation of the family at the head of the winemaking properties.
vineyards which consist of three main areas: the hillsides around the Château, the adjacent Carruades plateau to the west, and 4.5 hectares in neighbouring Saint Estèphe. The vineyards cover 112 hectares and is well-drained and well-exposed, with soil made up of fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone.
The crown jewel in the group is Château Lafite Rothschild located in Pauillac, Bordeaux, it is ranked as a Premier Grand Cru (First Growth) in the Bordeaux classification of 1855. Its secret is the
In other parts of the world the family have also pioneered award-winning estates; Château d'Aussières (Languedoc), Los Vascos (Chile) and Bodegas Caro (Argentina).
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 2015 Pauillac, Bordeaux
CARRUADES DE LAFITE, 2014 Pauillac, Bordeaux
AMANCAYA 2017 Mendoza, Argentina
€850 (prices vary by vintage)
€225 (prices vary by vintage)
"The Lafite violets come to the fore, providing finely polished elegance to the palate. It seems discreet but the cellar master says 2015 is the most ‘concentrated’ Lafite they have made. This will show as it matures. Drink: 2023-2045.” - Steven Spurrier, Decanter
“Beautifully expressed and polished aromas showing Lafite’s wild violets, very fine texture, balance and length. 91/100.” – Steven Spurrier, Decanter
The traditional Malbec grape is masterfully blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and then aged 12 months in old oak barrels to give a European elegance. With expressive notes of red fruit, coffee and black pepper this is a complex & beautifully-balanced wine.
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, PAUILLAC, FRANCE
At Château d'Aussières the project was to revive the Domaine d’Aussières, one of the most beautiful and oldest properties in the Narbonne-Languedoc region. The property, which covers almost 600 hectares, underwent a wide-ranging restoration programme, with the gradual replanting of the 167 hectare vineyard and renovation of the winery. The Chilean property “Los Vascos” takes its name from “Les Basques” and refers to the origins of the former owners who planted the first vines around 1750. In 1988, Domaines
REGARDING NEW WINERY ADVENTURES IN THE FUTURE FOR LES DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE), SASKIA STATES “WE LIKE TO FIND A RAW STONE & POLISH IT”
of a partnership with the Catena family, a pioneer in high quality Argentine wines. This was not only a partnership between two families but also between two iconic grape varieties: Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are being made from a selection of the finest vineyards in the Mendoza region.
Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) took over the reins with a view to producing fine wines. Since then DBR (Lafite) has undertaken a major renovation programme involving the construction of the bodega and the enlargement of the vineyard. Bodegas Caro in Argentina is the fruit
Regarding new winery adventures in the future for Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Saskia states “we like to find a raw stone and polish it” – we can all look forward to that.
BLASON D'AUSSIÈRES 2016 Corbières, France
LOS VASCOS GRAND RÉSERVE, 2017 Colchagua, Chile
LOS VASCOS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017/18 Casablanca, Chile
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“This is a polished, deeply ripe & richly spicy Languedoc creation. This is the second wine of the estate made from younger vines and with an eye to earlier drinking. The blend is typical of Corbières, with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre joined by a dab of Carignan.” – Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post
Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder being made up of a blend of Carmenère, Syrah and Malbec. The Grande Reserve is a wine with the complexity of fine Bordeaux with the fruit ripeness typical of Chile.
Outstanding aromatic and crisp Sauvignon Blanc bursting with fresh herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours before a touch of spice on the finish. Mouth-watering acidity makes this an ideal match for any seafood dishes.
BY LORCAN O'BRIEN, W I N E C O M M U N I C AT I O N S & C O N T E N T M A N AG E R
I love this time of year. As the kids march back to school, the beauty of an Irish Autumn reveals itself as the countryside transforms to myriad shades of russet and gold. Further afield the grapes for this year’s vintage are being harvested by our winemaking partners across the northern hemisphere. From California to Vienna, armies of pickers are methodically making their way through vineyards gathering up those wonderful little bunches of vinous potential. Meanwhile our southern hemisphere friends are at the opposite end of their growth cycle, anxiously watching the weather as their vines begin to burst back into life after their winter hibernation. As the days start to shorten and cool, we tend to bid adieu to the lighter and
brighter wines of summer al fresco dining and drift towards weightier styles. But it’s not quite time to resort to the richest, winter-warming oaked reds just yet, as this time of year is ideal for exploring textured and oaked whites as well as lighter, floral styles of red wine.
Traditional wisdom will recommend beer to match dishes with chilli, but there are wonderful wine styles that will also temper the heat. Pair your favourite hot Thai, Indian or Chinese dish with an offdry white made from one of the aromatic German grape varieties: Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris all fit the bill nicely, Our wine drinking patterns are heavily where the high acidity and touch of residual influenced by our diet and with the sugar will complement the heat. For the arrival of Autumn we tend to turn our hand same reason, a Sauternes or Late Harvest to more stews, soups and roasts. For me Riesling are a surprisingly good match. this means the welcome reappearance of Sweet wines are much more versatile than Asian/Mexican-influenced cuisine and more simply a match for desserts. heat in my dishes. This year I am (much to my own surprise) successfully growing a For the smoky chilli often found in central bumper crop of chilli peppers in my American dishes a red wine is my drink greenhouse - mainly mild jalapeños, but also of choice. Avoid anything with high levels some cayenne and those deliciously red hot of tannins or alcohol, as they will become and sweet habaneros. unbalanced when confronting chilli heat.
MIYA RAY ORGANIC MALBEC 2017 Curicó, Chile
STONIER PINOT NOIR 2016 Mornington Peninsula, Australia
RABL GRÜNER VELTLINER KAFERBERG 2016 Kamptal, Austria
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From Chile’s Curicó valley, this organic Malbec is bursting with blackberry and raspberry leaf aromas. The palate is soft, with a medium-body and light oak flavour.
“The Mornington Peninsula produces some of the country's finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fresh, piquant, delicate, dark cherries and damsons with an earthy touch and good grip on the finish.” – John Wilson, Wilson On Wine 2019
This is the reason why many of the world's top restaurants feature Grüner Veltliners on their wine lists. This has the texture and richness of a top Burgundy but with a distinct mineral rich style of its own. Sheer class.
Instead, opt for a soft juicy Malbec, or New World Pinot Noir, such as the Stonier below. When my hot dishes stray towards the wasabi heat found in sushi, I reach for the silky acidity and structure of a Grüner Veltliner. Rabl are one of our Austrian partners, producing wonderfully complex wines and their Old Vine Grüner Veltliner Käferberg 2017 from the Kamptal is one of the best I have ever tasted.
Our wine drinking patterns are heavily influenced by our diet and with the arrival of Autumn we tend to turn our hand to more stews, soups and roasts.
For the more traditional Irish roast dinners that start to repopulate our Autumn tables, most of us reflexively reach for a red wine. But if we are lucky enough to get an Indian Summer, I’ll enjoy an al fresco roast Sunday lunch with a good oaked white.
A good Burgundy is the obvious choice, but the wonderfully nutty and complex oak aged Capellanía from Marqués de Murrieta would be my first port of call. The world of wine and food matching is exciting and rewarding, particularly if
you are willing to experiment a little. So, step outside your comfort zone and try something a little different this Autumn. Drop in to your local O’Briens Wine, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily point you in the right direction.
LONGVIEW EPITOME LATE HARVEST RIESLING 2018 Adelaide Hills, Australia
MARQUÉS DE MURRIETA CAPELLANÍA 2015 Rioja, Spain
INSIGHT VINEYARD GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2018 Marlborough, New Zealand
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“With a beautifully perfumed nose, this Australian dessert wine's grapes have hung a little longer on the vine so the flavours become more intense.” – Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent
A benchmark oaked white Rioja showing an almondy marzipan and nougat nose with a richly textured, nutty dry palate and lemon rind fresh acidity.
A luscious and vibrant, off-dry fruit & spice wine from a notoriously difficult grape variety. Gewürz is German for spice so think curry and fusion food.
BY LORCAN O'BRIEN, W I N E C O M M U N I C AT I O N S & C O N T E N T M A N AG E R
It’s that time of the year again, when almost 2,000 Irish wine lovers gather for the O’Briens Winter Wine Festival, Ireland’s largest wine event. The Festival will take place on Thursday 7th November in The Clayton Hotel Cork and Friday & Saturday 8th/9th November in the Printworks, Dublin Castle, with all proceeds going to our charity partners.
With over 70 of the world’s best winemakers opening 300 exciting wines from across the globe, our Festival is a great way to reacquaint yourself with old favourites, as well as explore new regions and grape varieties in a casual, relaxed setting. You will have the unique opportunity to meet the producers of your favourite wines: from Barossa to Bordeaux, Mendoza to Marlborough and everywhere in-between.
There will also be a suite of masterclasses conducted by our winemaker partners. So, if you want an in-depth look at the terroir of Burgundy or learn of the pergolas of Rías Baixas, you will have the opportunity to hear the winemakers talk about what makes their specific region, grapes, soil and climate unique. It is a rare opportunity to taste the wines with the person who nurtured the wine from grape to glass.
The ever-popular Georg & Karl Lingenfelder are veterans of our Wine Festival at this stage and consistently have one of the busiest tables at the event. They are the sons of the 13th generation Pfalz winemaker, Rainer Lingenfelder, who practices sustainable vineyard management. The Wine Festival offers a great opportunity to taste through the Lingenfelder family’s wonderful range of aromatic German grape varieties.
Musella is a family-run estate and one of the top wineries in northern Italy’s Valpolicella region. They produce a range of rich, yet elegant, organic and biodynamic wines on the family’s 35 hectares. Enrico Raber, Oenologist and nephew of the estate’s founder will be joining us for this year’s Wine Festival. Sign up for his masterclass to get an in-depth description of the fascinating world of biodynamic viticulture.
Cantine Ascheri have been producing varietally pure wines from indigenous northern Italian grapes since 1880 and this year we are joined by Giuseppe Ascheri, who represents the seventh generation in the family business. Together with his father, Mateo, the family practice minimum intervention, ‘unplugged’ winemaking to ensure their single-varietal wines are at their best aromatically and structurally.
Domaine Seguin Manuel has a distinguished history dating back over 180 years in the heart of Burgundy. In 2004 Thibaut Maron, the tenth generation of his family in the wine business, bought the estate and continues the proud tradition of producing aromatic and lifted Pinot Noir from some of the best parcels of grapes across the region. Thibaut’s wines display why top Burgundy is rated amongst the very best in the world.
Established in 1981, Bodegas Granbazán is located in the Salnés Valley, in the heart Galicia's Rías Baixas region. We are delighted to welcome Head Winemaker, Diego Ríos, to his first O’Briens Wine Festival. Diego produces wines exclusively from the local Albariño grape variety from the estate’s 13.5ha of vines, from zesty fresh young wines to a deliciously rich oaked version.
Carlow native, Isla Gordon, is a true modern Irish Wine Goose. Whilst working in vineyards in New Zealand she met her winemaking husband Paul Gordon. The pair moved back to Europe and fulfilled their dream of owning their own winery when they founded Domaine la Sarabande in France’s southern Languedoc region. Working organically in the vineyard, Sarabande produce a popular range of bright and terroir expressive wines.
THE CLAYTON HOTEL, LAPPS QUAY, CORK
THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 6.00pm - 9.00pm Charity Partners & Tickets Details to follow
THE PRINTWORKS, DUBLIN CASTLE, DUBLIN 2
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 6.00pm - 9.00pm SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2.00pm - 5.00pm & 6.00pm - 9.00pm Charity Partners & Tickets Details to follow
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Our teams are full of enthusiastic wine lovers lead by great managers. In this section you will get to know them abit better.
FAVOURITE ASPECT OF THE JOB
I have worked as the manager of the Rathmines store since 2005. During this time, I have made great friends with the customers and enjoy nothing more than selling great wine to them. I have a great team and welcomed a new assistant manager, Marek to the store this year. Marek is enjoying getting to know the customers and introducing them to our extensive wine portfolio. Working for O'Briens allows me to connect with so many people and share my interest for wine. I love when customers share their wine experience with me and are excited about a wine as much as I am. I am very fortunate to work with a great team of people, we are continually building up our knowledge & enthusiasm for wine and make sure that the Rathmines store is the friendliest neighbourhood store going.
Manager: Tim Goodenough
BEST WINE TRIP I’ve been lucky enough to go on many trips with the company and find it nearly impossible to choose a favourite. From the wilds of Ribera Sacra in Spain, the elegant Châteaux of Bordeaux and the shores of Lake Garda . However, I will never forget our visit to Rioja and arriving at the Marques de Murrieta Estate. This was such an amazing setting with amazing wines.
BEST WINE TRIP I have been on five wine trips and one brewery trip in my time with O’Briens. My favourite would have to be my most recent trip, to the Champagne region in France. Wandering around the 2,000 year old cellars in Charles Heidseck is something I will never forget. On these trips I have built up great rapport & relationships with all my fellow colleagues.
Manager: Eugene Dempsey
I started in O’Briens 11 years ago as a part-time member of staff in our Newbridge Branch. One year later I became Assistant Manager in Newbridge and then Naas. I then worked in head office and our Beacon store before returning to Naas as Manager in June 2014.
I work alongside Mark who is my Assistant Manager, Mike is my full timer and with a great team of part time staff. We all get on very well and try to develop a relaxed and inviting environment for all our customers to enjoy.
For me, I love to meet the winemakers behind our great wines, both on trips and at our bi-annual Wine Festivals. These experiences give me the chance to learn more and share my knowledge with my colleagues and customers in the store. I am very excited about the opening of the O'Briens Wine School which happened early this year in Donnybrook. The school will present us with even more opportunities to learn, taste wines and meet the winemakers.
I LOVE TO MEET THE WINEMAKERS BEHIND OUR GREAT WINES... THESE EXPERIENCES GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE WITH MY COLLEAGUES & CUSTOMERS. I really enjoy our flexibility as a company. We’re never afraid to try something new and we all work together to make the company successful. When I wanted to run a Craft Beer Fair, O’Briens backed me 100%. This has now become an annual event in Naas, going from strength to strength each year.
FAVOURITE ASPECT OF THE JOB There are many parts of my job that I love. My relationships with my customers are strong and I really enjoy meeting them every day. I have advised many of them on wines for so many important events in their lives, Christenings, weddings, etc. This is a privilege and a responsibility that I relish.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY JOHN WILSON BOOK LAUNCH EVENT The O'Briens Wine School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 Wednesday, 16th of October For tickets visit our website www.obrienswine.ie
O' BRIENS WINTER WINE FESTIVAL - CORK The Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay Thurs, 7th November 2019
O' BRIENS WINTER WINE FESTIVAL - DUBLIN The Printworks, Dublin Castle Fri, 8th & Sat 9th of November 2019
Thanks to all the Irish writers who took the time to review and write about our wines. Below are some of our recent press reviews. THE SUNDAY WORLD 21.07.2019
DE ALBERTO ORGANIC VERDEJO 2018
THE GLOSS MAGAZINE 19.04.2019
"Look out for this summery Spanish white on promotion in O'Briens until September. This wine has lots of zippy acidity and citrus fruit flavours of lemon and lime. Enjoy with a Spanish style omelette or a dish of olives."
ASTROLABE PINOT NOIR 2015
"From a family winery, Astrolabe Pinot Noir is a pure delight. Aromas of cherries and blackberries with the merest hint of spice pave the way for a smooth, lively palate with no hard edges.
STONIER MORNINGTON PENINSULA CHARDONNAY 2016 "One of the stand-out producers from Victoria’s under-the-radar Mornington Peninsula. I suppose you could call this “Victoria’s Secret” if you really wanted. Reductive winemaking – where oxygen levels are kept low – give this wine a struck-match tang which evokes Burgundy rather than Australia – it’s a ripper!" FRANKIE COOK
€21.95 DOWN FROM €25.45 FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
€26.95 THE SUNDAY TIMES 07.07.2019
GAIA ASSYRTIKO WILD FERMENT 2018
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT 27.07.2019
RABL GRÜNER VELTLINER LÖSS
"From a hot, dry island in the Mediterranean, Assyrtiko is perfectly suited to the climate because it retains refreshing acidity. 92/100."
"Delicate and fresh, green apple and pear is punctuated with a hint of pepper on the finish making this vegan-friendly wine a beautiful summer tipple. "
€14.95 DOWN FROM €18.95 29/08 - 22/09
IRISH DAILY STAR 06.07.2019
MONTE REAL RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 2011
IRISH DAILY MAIL 27.04.2019
"Monte Real Rioja Gran Reserva has lovely layered aromas, and is perfect for drinking now, with woodspice, forest floor, balsamic, wild berries, vegetal, and silky ethereal texture."
RIZZARDI PINOT GRIGIO 2018 "Proper Pinot Grigio from the Veneto, fresh as the morning dew with ripe pears and grapefruit zest, and a dry, clean finish."
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Our most recently reviewed wines
THE IRISH TIMES 22.06.2019
TOLO DO XISTO 2016
CAVE DE TAIN CROZES-HERMITAGE GRANDE CLASSIQUE 2015
"Mencia, is not on every wine lover’s radar either. Yet it is a chisel-pure delight, seen to good advantage in this meticulously crafted example. Incisive fruit and a lovely mineral cut."
"This is one of my all-time favourites. Beautifully rounded, ripe yet savoury dark fruits with a good dry finish. A great all-purpose wine, but perfect with roast chicken or pork."
€19.95 THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST 23.06.2019
CHAMPAGNE BEAUMONT DES CRAYÈRES GRANDE RÉSERVE NV
THE IRISH SUN 22.06.2019
LUZÓN VERDE ORGANIC 2016 "A big, big wine, with a soft heart. Made with Mourvèdre (Monastrell) grapes from the sun-baked Jumilla region in southeast Spain, this is a rich, juicy red but with bite. It is clean and fresh with ripe tannins and a long finish." MATTHEW NUGENT
THE IRISH EXAMINER 22.06.2019
CROSER ROSÉ NV "Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the cooler Adelaide Hills region in South Australia, a region chosen specifically by Croser who specialise in traditional method fizz. This has strawberry fruit aromas with a yeasty citrus character, smooth and fruity on the palate but with pleasing crisp acidity."
"The wine bursts with hints of brioche, nuttiness, a creamy mid-palate, the result of extended lees ageing of high-quality grapes, all leading to a superbly mouth-watering crisp finish. TOMÁS CLANCY
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Athlone - Ashbourne - Ballybrack - Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford - Quinsboro Road, Bray - Vevay Road, Bray - Blanchardstown Carrickmines - Citywest - Clontarf - Carlow - Dalkey - Donnybrook - Douglas Court S.C., Cork - Drogheda Dun Laoghaire - Galway - Glasnevin - Greystones - Limerick - Lucan - Malahide - Naas - Navan - Navan Road Newbridge - Newtownpark Ave. - Nutgrove - Rathgar - Rathmines - Sandymount - Stillorgan - Templeogue - Waterford All prices correct at time of going to print and are subject to change. Please enjoy alcohol sensibly.
O'Briens WINE Magazine | Autumn Edition 2019