WINES 2011: IT WAS A GOOD YEAR (for me!)


Have to say, I really enjoyed my wines this year, both at home and abroad and at a series of superb tastings. Only the wines consumed at home (Dec ’10 to Nov ’11) and available in Ireland were considered for this list.

And that means that my precious haul from the holiday in Provence is out. Had some fantastic ones on that trip and perhaps my favourite (there are still a few to try!) was the Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages Tradition.

There were wine tastings galore in Cork, with regions from as far west as California to as far east as New Zealand displaying their wares. Pretty hard to pick one from so many superb showings but the Pfeiffer Grand Muscat, from the recent Australia Stickie event in the Hayfield, was outstanding. Unfortunately, the Grand is not available here but Karwig Wines have both the Pfeiffer Topaque and the Pfeiffer Muscat, each a delicious sweet wine.

I'm certain I've left some good ones of of this list. What wines would you add?   Use the comment facility below and remember it must be on sale in Ireland.


Domaine de la Citadelle, Cotes du Luberon 2004 (Gouverneur Saint Auban) 14.5% (The Wine Store)

Cat Walk Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Barossa (Australia), 14.5%, €16.99 RRP, stockists,

Émigré 2002, Barossa Valley, Australia, 15.5%,

Little Beauty Pinot Noir 2009 (Marlborough, New Zealand), 14%, €23.99,

Quinta Do Judeu’s Vinho Tinto, Douro 2007, 14.5% Abv, €21-23, Stockists,

Finca Museum Vinea Reserva, Tempranillo 2005, Cigales, 14%, €8.00 Tesco,

Corona d’Aragon Garnacha / Cariñena, 2008, Spain, ABV: 13.5%, €13.99 stockists

Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009 Cariñena Spain Syrah (85%) and Garnacha 13.5% €9.99

Fontanario de Pegoes Palmela DO Reserva 2007 (Portugal), 14%, €16.99,

Domaine des Anges “Archange”, Cotes de Ventoux, 2006, 14%, €19.20, Karwig Wines,


Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc Limited Edition 2009, New Zealand, 13.5%, €15.99,

Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, Chardonnay 2009, 13.5%, €16.99, stockists

Kerpen Riesling Blauchiefer Trocken 2010, 11.5%, €12.69 (Karwig Wines),

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005, Hunter Valley Australia, 12%, €10.00 Tesco,

Chateau Miraval Terre Blanche, Côtes de Provence, 2009, 15%, Curious Wines (€22.00),

Langmeil Eden Valley Chardonnay 2010 13%, Curious Wines €11.99,


Mont Marcal Extremarium Cava (Curious Wines)

Dexheimer Heimersheimer Sonnenberg Scheurebe, Riesling Eiswein, 2004, ABV 9%, Karwig Wines (€20.18 for 37.5cl).

Sherry Amontillado: Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Vejo (aged 30 years in oak), available at Bradley's North Main Street, Cork

Taylor’s Chip Dry Extra Dry White Port, 20%, (Bradleys, North Main Street)

Sherry Oloroso: Lustau Solera Reserva Dry Oloroso Don Nuno (Bradley's, North Main Street)

Sherry PX: Lustao Solera Reserva San Emilio Dulce (Bradley's, North Main Street)

Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny, Barossa Valley. O'Donovan's Cork and Sweeney's Glasnevin.

Hamilton Ewell VAT 50 Fortified Red Wine, South Australia (Bubble Brothers)