Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Summer Newsletter 2015

Summer Newsletter

With Father’s Day in mind………

A genuine English small batch distilled Gin where the careful selection and perfect combination of its natural ingredients give Fifty Pounds Gin an exceptional smoothness. With 2 G&T glasses in a gift box.
A small batch blend of Malt and Grain whiskey with a higher than normal composition of first fill bourbon barrels. Maturation finishes in ex-Rum barrels to impart an extra sweet, smooth flavour with the unique taste of Irish whiskey.
A Straight Kentucky Bourbon launched in the 1960’s by the Heaven Hill Company. A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich flavours with leather, vanilla and toffee.
A splendid cognac from top producer Maxime Trijol. This elegant VSOP is a must-try. The family began distilling in 1859 and Maxime set up his own distillery in 1962.
Produced in limited small batches, Mamont Vodka is an ultra-premium, crystal clear spirit. Rich and silky smooth. Packaged in a tusk-shaped bottle, this is a truly exceptional vodka.
Traditional Ales from our local brewery. Always a popular gift!!
Also available in three bottle gift packs.

D. Byrne & Co. Summer Case

Selvaggio Prosecco Extra Dry NV - Italy
Fresh, delicate and floral - a very appealing soft mousse with ripe citrus and stone fruit characters. This new and slightly drier Prosecco makes the perfect summer aperitif.

Adobe Organic Viognier - Chile
A lovely golden yellow coloured wine with fruity apricot and papaya aromas along with honey and floral notes. The refreshing palate also has lots of character with good concentration and balance.

Aux Quatre Vents Blanc Pays de l’Herault - France
This cuvee is light yellow with green highlights. Fresh, white peach fruit with a hint of wild fennel and intermingled with white flowers and aniseed. This is very clean and well balanced.

Alasia Roero Arneis - Italy
Piemonte's most regarded white variety. A rich, dry white with ripe pear fruit, almond and linseed. The palate is plump, soft and expressive, packed with stone fruit and apricots, with a delicious texture and nutty, herbal finish.

Peacock Ridge Sauvignon Blanc – South Africa
This is a very concentrated, classy and complete Sauvignon Blanc. Filled with green citrus fruit, this is a wine with plenty of elegance, the mineral core lifts the concentrated fruit on palate.

Domaine L’Olibet Cinsault Rose Pays d’Oc – France
Lovely sweet fruity-floral aromas, reminiscent of scented pink spring flowers lead onto a palate which is immediately soft, vinous and round with abundant ripe fruit, lifted by a natural zing and finishing with a characterful texture and richness.

Conviviale Salento Primitivo – Italy
A warm, richly flavoured red with aromas of plums, dried fruits and sweet spices. On the palate it is generous with good concentration of ripe plum and black cherry fruit and hints of dried figs -all balanced by a silky smooth mouthfeel and fresh acidity.

La Chapelle de Marin Cotes du Rhone - France
Delicious ripe bramble fruit aromas with a palate of rich fruit, warm spice and real depth. This is a classic southern Rhône red, lush, rich, characterful and easy to drink with smooth, supple tannins.

Borsao Seleccion Tinto – Spain
Rich, plum and red berry fruit on the nose. A nicely balanced yet concentrated red fruit mix with darker spice and chocolate notes to give weight and texture to the palate. Plump soft tannins and a touch of pepper add some grip to this ripe, juicy and approachable red.

Cabaret Frank Cabernet Franc – USA
A smooth, medium bodied and easy drinking wine that strikes a lovely balance with its blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit characters coupled with classic varietal leafy tones. The story and overall package may be light-hearted, but the wine inside is as ever, seriously good with oodles of drinkability!

Chateau de Belleverne Beaujolais Village – France
A heady perfume of freshly picked irises and peonies drift above the crushed berry fruit nose. The fleshy, luscious, cherry flavours and hints of rose are typically vivacious, backed up with a touch of spice and good depth.

Mon Vieux Syrah/Tannat – South Africa
Black and warmly spicy with notes of star anise and flavours of earthy forest fruits, this has character and restraining minerality and a moreish, savoury acidity on the finish. An inspired blend of elegant Syrah enveloped in a velvet glove of flavoursome Tannat.

£79.99 if collected from the shop.   £88 delivered anywhere in the UK.
Free delivery within 30 mile radius.

D. Byrne & Co. Barbecue Case

Diez Siglos Rueda Verdejo – Spain
Complex aromas of stone fruit, tangerine oil and citrus. A rounded and complex palate, with notes of peaches and cream. Textural, though bright and pure with a long finish.

Fauno Viura/Sauvignon Blanc – Spain
Fantastically fruity white from south east Spain.
Fresh peach and citrus aromas follow onto the palate with additional mineral characters and ripe stone fruit to add texture.

Conviviale Fiano – Italy
A crisp and spicy dry white with delicate floral aromas and hints of fennel and white peach. Medium bodied and fresh with zesty citrus fruit flavours and lightly tropical hints balanced by good acidity and with spicy, mineral notes on the finish.

Les Oliviers Chardonnay– France
Smooth and refined with an underlying twist of freshness, this wine oozes soft buttery notes on the nose and supple, soft ripe fruit flavours on the palate finishing with a twist of lime.

Longue Dog White – France
A rich and ripe appley nose streaked with fresh, zingy citrus characters and a palate that is fruity and clean, rounded off by a zesty flourish in the finish.

Percheron Grenache Gris Rose – South Africa
A beautiful, limpid pale salmon pink with delicate floral hints and wild red fruit flavours from the young-vine Grenache fruit, finishing with zesty pink grapefruit acidity.

Juan Gil Pedrera Monastrell – Spain
Ripe, juicy and forward with aromas of crunchy blackcurrant, cherry, plum and a touch of spice. Open and soft, the palate is fruit focussed with more ripe bramble and plum fruit, a hint of spice and mocha - some weight and complexity with a supple, juicy finish.

Fauno Grenache Syrah Mourvedre - Spain
Appealing nose of plums and blackberries, the palate has more ripe black fruit and supple tannins with a hint of spice. This is deliciously juicy fruited and forward.

Alianca Vista Red Blend - Portugal
Aromas of ripe black fruits and herbal, leafy notes, with a touch of pepper. Warm and richly flavoured on the palate with more ripe blackberry fruit - bright and lifted though, with plenty of grip and a touch of spice on the finish.

Domaine Mas Bahourat Merlot – France
Smooth, ripe and seriously good.
Deliciously ripe fruit with flavours of prunes, a touch of herbiness and pepper spice, the tannins are smooth and supple and the finish is fresh.

El Monstruo de las Montanas Malbec/Bonarda - Argentina
This is a delightful expression of a full and brambly fruited Malbec.
The nose offers an appealing, mixed spice, bramble fruit bomb followed by dark, damson and savoury overtones on the palate with a smooth and rounded finish.

Sierra Grande Pinot Noir – Chile
A delicate and elegant Pinot Noir showing ripe fruit flavours of plums and wild strawberries, balanced with subtle smoky notes, and a delicious, lingering finish.

£69.99 if collected from the shop and £79.00 delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

D. Byrne & Co. Everyday Case
Our ever popular case is still available, see previous newsletters for details.
£62.99 if collected from the shop and £70.99 delivered anywhere in the UK
 Free delivery within 30 mile radius


“I was recently invited to join a group of independents on a visit to the Rioja wine region, we were guests of the ‘Wines of Rioja’, this was an action packed three days.

At the Consejo Regulador of Rioja in Logrono we attended a seminar on  Rioja wines and two large Rioja showroom tastings with over fifty of the regions finest producers present(+400 wines),  and in the afternoon we enjoyed visits and tastings at six different Bodegas spread throughout this wonderful wine growing area. As a huge fan of Rioja wines this was always going to be a very enlightening visit, and a rare opportunity to taste a large selection of the regions finest wines side by side. We carry a huge range of Rioja wines and I was familiar with many of the producers and indeed many of the wines I tasted, but secretly it was always my ambition to make a new discovery….step forward Bodegas Loli Casado.

We made an afternoon visit to Bodegas Loli Casado, a small producer with very old vineyards situated in the Rioja Alavesa. Neither Loli herself, nor her talented wine maker Jesus spoke a word of English so through the help of a translator we toured the ancient cellars and tasted the wines. The wines really stood out to me during the tasting, there were plenty of different styles, they had no UK importer and the quality in the glass across the whole range was fantastic. When I returned to the UK I made contact with Loli, requested further samples and a tariff. The wines again tasted superbly well and the prices were extremely reasonable, there was no hesitation in placing my first order.

As a group of wine merchants I think that we all agreed on the relative value for money that Rioja wines in general offer to our customers, and that Rioja is regarded as a very safe purchase of high quality. I am more than happy that this range of wines does amply fulfil all of the above criteria.”
Tim Byrne

Bodegas Loli Casado, Rioja Alavesa

White Wines:

2014  Polus Viura Rioja  £5.99
A young, crisp and fruity dry white with plenty of clean citrus tang. A lovely elegant wine for summer sipping.

2009  Polus Viura Crianza  £6.99
A traditional style barrel fermented Viura that is long, and complex. A rich white wine and excellent value for money.

Red Wines:

2011  Jaun de Alzate Crianza  £6.99
Everything you would want from a Crianza, medium bodied and fresh with crunchy red fruits and softening oak.

2009  Jaun de Alzate Reserva  £9.99
A very well rounded and polished Reserva. Perfectly mature, with fruit and oak in harmony.

2004  Jaun de Alzate Gran Reserva  £12.99
From one of the most revered vintages of all time. An incredible price for a powerful and complete Gran Reserva.           

2011  Polus Graciano  £8.99
Typical of the Graciano, this wine has higher acidity and real lift and perfume. Delicious with tapas.

2012  Polus Tempranillo  £10.99
Characteristic of the vintage, this very limited production wine is warm and concentrated. Filled with black fruits and soft toasty oak.

2009  Polus Reserva  £12.99
This really is a ridiculous price for a posh wine that represents the modern face of Rioja.


“Early in May I was kindly invited by Boutinot to go out to Greece and visit Domaine Papagiannakos, based in the wine region of Attika, just outside of Athens. I have very fond memories of holidaying in Greece at a younger age but the quality of the wines wasn’t one of them. I can happily now say that that has changed.
Domaine Papagiannakos is a truly family run winery, now in the very competent hands of third generation winemaker Vassilis and his wife Antonia. The perfectly formed winery completed in 2007 was a boyhood dream come true and is located just a stone’s throw from his father’s original winery in Marcocoulo.
I really hope people are willing to give these wines a go as, like with myself, I’m sure your impression of Greek wines will be changed for the better.”
Joe Byrne

Retsina (50cl)  £4.99
A quite outstanding retsina - you'll be very pleasantly surprised! Delightfully fresh yet complex!
The nose has characteristic pine aromas - herb-scented too, with notes of rosemary. On the palate the wine is fresh yet complex, with lemon citrus to support the traditional retsina flavours, and balancing acidity. Amazing purity of character!
Savatiano  £8.59
This super star Attican grape variety exudes fresh, floral peachy characters, crisp acidity and appealing texture, possibly reminiscent of Soave or northern Italian whites, yet starting to display richer, smoky notes a little bit like aged Riesling.
Kalogeri Malagouzia            £8.99
Aromatic peach and apricot notes, and hints of lavender. Weighty with crackly acidity and stone fruit characters. Fresh and textural yet with age develops flavours of honeysuckle, roasted hazelnuts, toast and layers of wonderful complexity.
Erythros Papagiannakos  £8.99
Broad, generous aromas of ripe dark fruits and a hint of spice and star anise. The wine has rich bramble fruit characters, finely structured and polished, with well-integrated French oak, supple tannins and a bitter cherry twist on the finish. A lovely introduction to the classic Greek Agiorgitiko grape.
Melias (50cl) £12.99
Unique Greek dessert wine from the Malagouzia grape. Aromas of toffee, caramel and baked apple - with just a hint of ripe pineapple. The palate is again ripe and honeyed with rich layers of tropical and stone fruit characters, long and luscious on the finish.


BLAIRMHOR 8 Year Old - Blended Malt  £16.99
On the nose it is full-bodied, sweet and spicy revealing floral and fragrant overtones complemented with vanilla and honey. The taste is sweet and toffee-like with a beautifully smooth, long-lasting finish.
SPEYBURN Bradan Orach – Speyside  £17.49
The nose reveals green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla spices. It’s a wonderfully balanced, full-bodied whisky, with a long-lasting finish.
THE ILEACH – Islay  £22.99
Youthful peat, herbal, oak, grassy and notes of the coast. Sublimely smooth, peat, peppery spices, tannins and a touch of fruit.
OLD PULTENEY 12 Year Old - Coastal Highland  £23.99
Dry, medium bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish.
ANCNOC 12 Year Old – Speyside  £25.99
Soft and aromatic on the nose with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. A malt for every occasion.

Great prices on all the Classic Malts:
CAOL ILA 12 Year Old – Islay  £35.99
Firm and smooth, it begins sweetly, then yields a fragrant smokiness and lingering finish.
CARDHU 12 Year Old – Speyside  £30.59
A spirit nose with sweet apple blossom and heathery aromas. Well-balanced with a warming dry finish.
CLYNELISH 14 Year Old - Coastal Highland  £36.59
Sweet, floral fragrances and maritime flavours with a light, dry finish.
CRAGGANMORE 12 Year Old – Speyside  £30.99
Hugely complex with rich layers of dried fruits, honey and vanilla and a hint of smoke on the finish.
DALWHINNIE 15 Year Old – Highland  £33.59
Smooth and soft with flavours of heather, honey and vanilla.
GLEN ELGIN 12 Year Old – Speyside  £29.99
Soft and malty with honey, lightly salted butter on toasted sultana loaf and a slight hint of tiramisu.
GLENKINCHIE 12 Year Old – Lowland  £32.59
Soft, sweet start, becoming flowery. Crisp mid-palate is followed by butter icing and lemon cheesecake.
KNOCKANDO 12 Year Old – Speyside  £29.99
Full with notes of heather roots, honeyed sweetness and Jamaica ginger cake with a touch of rum.
LAGAVULIN 16 Year Old – Islay  £48.99
Intense peat smoke, iodine and seaweed with a rich, deep sweetness and a huge finish.
OBAN 14 Year Old - West Highland  £39.99
Late autumn fruits, dried figs and honey-sweet spices. Smoky, malty dryness on the finish.
ROYAL LOCHNAGAR 12 Year Old – Highland  £29.99
Fragrant with a delightful balance of fruit and spice and a pleasant sandalwood finish.
TALISKER 10 Year Old - Isle of Skye  £33.99
A rich dried-fruit sweetness with seawater saltiness, clouds of smoke and a touch of peat. Warming and intense.
THE SINGLETON 12 Year Old – Speyside  £30.99
Smooth and naturally rich with sweet fruity notes and a lingering, pleasurable warmth.    

New Gin from Burnley
BATCH Premium  £29.99
The spicy fragrance of frankincense and myrrh are the first aromas picked up, some subtle notes of cardamoms and cloves then it settles into the stable juniper backbone.
Batch Premium Gin was developed over Christmas with a tiny 25 litre column still. Frankincense and myrrh proved themselves to be the missing botanicals we’d long sought.

En Primeur wines
We are offering some Bordeaux En Primeur from the 2014 vintage, if you require a list please email and we will send you one by return

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