This is the Christmas Wine Case you need to have this year. Each year WineOnline.ie create the perfect case of Christmas wines and last year’s case was no different. This year we've included Late Bottled Vintage Port and better wines than ever before. Full sets of tasting notes will be included with every Christmas Selection case, so that you or the host, knows a thing or two about the provenance of the wines and what foods and courses to match them with.
Every wine has earned it's place in this case. The Mabec just won best red wine in Ireland at €20, The Rioja won the same award In the Old World Category. The Port is a renowned LBV. The Pinot scooped overall best Pinot Noir in New Zealand and is tomorrows wine of the week in the Irish Independent with Mary Dowey. The Bordeaux is worthy of your christmas dinner, it is sensational. The Syrah Grenache Mourvedre is a small winery with top quality wines and this is smooth and lengthy.
All in all, you're in for a real treat here
The profiile of all Kaiken Malbec wines has risen hugely in Ireland in the last 2 years and this reflects the modern winemaking style that is used in making all of their wines in an approcahable style. In terms of Value for money, and quality, this one's hard to beat! At just €17, it took the best in under €20 category which is also largely unheard of.
With a deep brilliant purplish red colour, this wine has fruit notes of plums and spices such as thyme. The palate displays the silky character of Malbec framed by the structure and freshness of Petit Verdot. The finish reveals interesting notes of fresh fruit from Bonarda.
2 x 75cl
One of Rioja’s oldest wineries in Spain, Rioja Vega is today one of the few wine cellars whose winemaking tradition dates back to the dawn of wine culture in this outstanding region. Included here because it was just awarded Gold medal at the Irish wine awards as the best Old World Red Wine in Ireland in the €15 per bottle category. 2015 was also considered an exceptional vintage across all of Europe and this is opening up nicely now. There is a complex array of aromas on the nose, with notes of red fruits and liquorice and subtle hints of toast, spices and cinnamon. It is silky, pleasant and enveloping on the palate, long, balanced, with very good tanins.
Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage 2013
1 x 75cl
Taylor's created the Late Bottled Vintage style of port and is not only acknowledged to be its finest producer, but remains the international brand leader. Blended from wines of a single year, LBV ages from four to six years in cask and is ready to drink when bottled.
Rounded, smooth and perfectly balanced. Flavours of redcurrant, raspberry and blueberry in abundance with a delicious hint of black liquorice and wonderful purity of fruit
Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre
2 x 75cl
A small winery from Pic St Loup in Languedoc. Their Wines are all outstanding, so much so that we brought them all into Ireland directly from the Chateau. They are all on allocation.Syrah, 25 % Grenache, 5 % Mourvèdre. Dark-hued with crimson highlights, its aromas have a strong scent of garrigue and black fruit.
Beautiful tannins provide impeccable support for overall roundness, making it suitable for a wide range of pairings including hanger steak with shallots, Columbo curry and sautéed small game with bacon and olives...
Martinborough, New Zealand
2 x 75cl
At the Air New Zealand wine awards, one Pinot Noir topped them all, taking the Gold medal. Unfortunately this ‘second label’ Pinot Noir beat every single wine, including the first wine from the same estate, which was twice as expensive. Martinborough Pinot Noirs pick up a lot of complexity. The grapes typically hang on the vine for three weeks longer than elsewhere and so, the wine is rich, smooth and velvet like, with a backbone of tannin and smooth fruit that leave you wanting more and more. As New Zealand Pinot Noirs go, this is exceptional and it is on promotion at WineOnline.ie at €19.00 until the New Year. Pinot Noir is said to be Turkeys best wine match at Christmas, so have this on the table this Christmas.
2 x 75cl
Remy Ballerin is a third generation winemaker and his winery is a small family owned operation. On promotion at €15.00 at WineOnline.ie now, you won’t find better Bordeaux at that price. We have tasted hundreds of Bordeaux in our quest for great Bordeaux that will stand the test of time and this beats them all for quality and value. It has won a multitude of medals and has been endorsed by many wine critics for its value proposition, such as Jancis Robinson and Jeb Dunnuck. Try this and you just won’t be disappointed. It is simply Sublime. Concentrated and spicy, this is full of generous tannins and delicious black plum fruits. There is an opulent texture and while it is a ready-to-drink wine, give it 2.5 – 3 hours of decanting time ahead of consumption.
The Secretary Bird Merlot
Western Cape, South Africa
1 x 75cl
The Secretary Bird Merlot from Western Cape, South Africa is a mass of warm bubbling red fruit - damsons and cherries with complex mocha, mint and toffee overtones and well structured tannin to finish. A stylish mature nose with meat, spice and mint leading on to a concentrated broad palate. Delicious wine, well rounded with lots of rich ripe cassis fruit and a smooth velvety finish. A great wine to accompany venison or beef casseroles.