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Aoife McCan, Gerry Gunnigan (Liberty Wines), Fiona Turner and Colm McCan (Ballymaloe) at Electric
Zealand winemaker Fiona Turner brought her Marlborough wines to South Mall’s Electric
last night and they went down a treat with the diners. The upstairs room, with a
view, was full and over 70 per cent of the punters took up the offer of five
half glasses for a tenner.
Fiona and yours truly
Naturally enough, both Denis O’Mullane of
Electric and Fiona herself were delighted with the success. It was a first time
wine and dine venture for Electric while Fiona is in the middle of a busy ten
day period in Ireland and the UK.
brought five wines, three white and two red. The aim at Tinpot Hut is to make wines that they themselves enjoy
drinking. Going by last night, quite a few other people enjoy drinking them
up was the 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (13.5%); pleasingly rich and
powerful, it is well balanced with a long pleasant finish. And it is on sale at
Bradley’s, North Main Street.
Pinot Gris 2010 was another of the whites. A very refreshing drink, medium
bodied and flavoursome with an ABV of 13%.
expect to see a Gruner Veltliner in the line-up . The Austrian grape though has
travelled well and ended up in good hands and the 2010 result is a complex
medium-bodied wine, a classic style and a multi-award winner to boot, including
gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011.
award winner is the Tinpot Hut’s Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2007 (13%). They called it
Syrah rather than Shiraz for a reason. The pepper and spice here doesn’t invade
your senses but instead contributes proportionately to the overall experience. Ruby
red with an aromatic nose, I thought it a brilliant mouthful, a terrific
example that brings out the true flavours, mainly plum and pepper on
Marlborough Pinot Noir (12.5%) was the other
red. No gold or silver medals here but still a smashing wine. “Classic cherry flavours
dominate the palate and are supported by hints of plum and redcurrant.” This
2008 offering benefitted from the “prolonged warm dry summer...all grapes on
the vine...were able to open fully, yielding...well developed, intensely flavoured
there we had it, five good easy drinking wines and not a dud among them. And,
listening to Fiona explaining her criteria, I don’t think Tinpot will be releasing
any inferior wine while she’s around.
the food? I started with the Crispy fried tripe with chorizo, kale & chilli,
then a tender steak and finished with a sweet sweet Strawberry meringue roulade.
All top notch. And you can see the full menu here.
has come a long way since it opened during the Jazz weekend last autumn. Already,
it is a fixture in the city. But they are not sitting back. There is better to
come as the Electric ensemble is being trained to be the best around. Interesting
times ahead in Cork’s “Theatre of Life”