Wednesday, 23 September 2015

D. Byrne & Co. Autumn Newsletter

D. Byrne & Co. Autumn Case

White Wines
Soldiers Block Chardonnay - Western Australia
An elegant and easy drinking wine. This vibrant Chardonnay exhibits lifted fruit character, bright tangerine fleshiness, textural mouth-feel, a bright palate and a long and foodie finish. Pure elegance from the southern ocean.
Araldica Gavi 'La Luciana' - Piemonte - Italy
Zesty citrus fruit and lightly floral characters - fresh, with notes of melon. Steely acidity and underlying mineral characters with a touch of fennel and spice, an apple bouquet, followed by a racy and vibrant finish.
Les Oliviers Sauvignon/Vermentino - Pays d'Oc - France
A wonderfully fresh, clean and zippy dry white. Striking a perfect balance between the lean and green Sauvignon Blanc and the more lush tropically fruity Vermentino.
Cien Malvasia - Toro - Spain
Classic Malvasia aromas - lightly spicy with lychee, citrus and ripe stone fruit characters offering immediate appeal. The palate has some weight and texture balanced by racy acidity, a twist of exotic spice and baked stone fruit on the finish.
Los Otros Pinot Grigio - Valle Central - Chile
This super little Pinot displays textbook stone fruit characters on the nose and palate. This is more along the lines of an Alsatian style of PG, it's delicious and classically pebbly. All in all something refreshing and deliciously different from Chile.
Red Wines
Adobe Carmenere - Colchagua Valley - Chile
Rich cherry fruit with hints of capsicum, clove and black pepper on the nose. The palate has plenty of smooth berry fruit and is nicely robust and full-bodied with ripe well-balanced tannins and a refreshing sappy flavour to the finish.
Il Cascinone Crocera Barbera d'Asti - Piemonte - Italy
Deeply coloured with a nose of intense ripe damson and black cherry, wood smoke and brown spices. Rounded and generous on the palate, robust and full-flavoured with intense plum and cherry fruit, balanced by fresh acidity and a savoury tang.
Doricum Nero d'Avola - Sicily - Italy
The classic Sicilian grape variety which makes lovely fresh, concentrated wines with warmth. A ripe, fruity red with warm plum and blackcurrant aromas. On the palate red fruits mingle with a hint of spice and smoky notes. The finish is ripe and fruity with soft rounded tannins.
Soldiers Block Malbec - Western Australia
This is a classically textural Malbec, violet-black in colour with an exotically perfumed nose and plenty of ripe and savoury damson fruits on the palate. The finish is long and filled with slightly spicy smoky notes.
Longue-Dog Rouge - Pays d'Oc - France
A warm and intensely fruity blend that is ripe, medium-bodied and seriously easy drinking. The luscious blackberry flavours are delightful and the spicy finish provides the perfect contrast.
Feria et Fetes Grenache Noir - Cotes Catalanes - France
A lovely, warm, brambly and dense Grenache Noir from the deep south of France. This is pure bramble fruits; blackberries and raspberries both on the nose and on the palate. This is pleasing and unashamedly fruity and direct with delicate tannins.
Juan Gil Honoro Vera Monastrell - Jumilla - Spain
Ripe, opulent, classic southern Spanish Monastrell from Juan Gil's organic vineyards. Complex nose of ripe plums and rich red fruit, combined with liquorice and fig characters. On the palate the wine is generous, rich and spicy - weighty with a good combination of red and black fruit flavours, fine tannins, and fresh acidity on the palate.
£76 99 if collected from the shop.   £85 delivered anywhere in the UK.
Free delivery within 30 mile radius.

RIOJA WINES - A special promotion

October is ‘Rioja Month’ and to coincide with this we are running several in-store promotions to help to promote the wines from what is undoubtedly one of the world's finest wine growing areas.

The UK market is a large and hugely important market for Rioja wines, and this has been the case for several decades. Rioja wines possess an enviable ability to sell themselves, the wines are seen as a very safe and universally acceptable product that will generally deliver excellent value for money, and as such their popularity continues to grow. It would be fair to say that the finest and most popular wines produced in Rioja are red wines, a good Reserva or Crianza in particular can offer superb drinking and further enhance the Rioja image as a wine that offers excellent value for money.

As a company we have long been admirers of Rioja wines and this is reflected in the massive selection of wines we carry in our stock, we have worked with many of the leading Bodegas and we continue to introduce wines from new and up and coming producers alike.
Please feel free to pop into the shop to seek advice and browse one of the UK’s most comprehensive selections of Rioja wines, or simply choose a few from the list of recommendations below.  

Bodegas Artadi 2001 Pagos Viejos  39.99
Bodegas Artadi 2000 Grandes Anadas  49.99
Bodegas Artadi 1999 Vina El Pison  59.99
Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia 2009 Macan  44.99
Bodegas Muga 2010 Reserva  13.99
Bodegas Riojanas 2009 Monte Real Reserva  12.99
Bodegas Riojanas 2007 Monte Real Gran Reserva  17.99
La Rioja Alta 2004 Gran Reserva 904  32.99
Marques de Murrieta 2009 Reserva  15.99
Sierra Cantabria 2004 Gran Reserva  18.99
Fincas de Ganuza 2005 Reserva  20.99
Valenciso 2008 Reserva  16.99
Ontanon 2005 Reserva  11.99
Ontanon 2005 Gran Reserva 18.99
Juan de Alzate 2009 Reserva 9.99  

Rioja Wines
A tasting case of fine wines from the region £100

White Wines
Artesa Viura 2014 - Rioja Baja
A young and very fresh white Rioja made purely from tank fermented Viura, the wine sees no oak ageing at all and as such is a modern interpretation of the more classic barrel fermented style. A fine aperitif or served with lighter tapas dishes, this is as clean as a whistle with floral notes and crispy citrus fruit.
Bodegas Ontanon Vetiver Rioja Blanco 2012 - Rioja Baja
100% Viura aged 4 months in American oak followed by 6 months in bottle prior to release. In contrast to the Artesa this wine is more what we would call a traditional white Rioja. There is a voluptuous mouth-feel of tropical fruit, with some toasted and smoky characters. This is a very fine dry white to drink with seafood.

Rose Wine
Artesa Rosado 2014 - Rioja Baja
This richly coloured rose is made from a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15 % Garnacha grapes and displays plenty of fresh red fruits and a good depth of flavour. Full bodied and dry yet round and very easy to drink.

Red Wines
Vega Piedra Tinto 2013 - Rioja Alta
The house Rioja, and treat it as such, this wine has everything you would want from a perfectly well made bargain priced European red. Lovely fresh red fruits and just the right amount of the quintessential Rioja spice.
La Bascula The Charge Tempranillo & Garnacha 2011 - Rioja Alta
La Bascula have crafted this wine from 75% Tempranillo & 25% Garnacha aged for an average of 9 months in a variety of French and American oak barrels. Aromas of berries and warm spice which leads to a plush palate with beautifully complex dark and spicy fruit and refreshing acidity.
LZ Telmo Rodriguez 2012 - Rioja Alavesa
Telmo Rodriguez works with conscientious growers throughout Spain. Of the three Riojas produced by Telmo, LZ is the youngest and most accessible style, made from old vine Tempranillo, Graciano & Garnacha and fermented and aged only in tanks. Round and mellow this is a lovely Rioja that is soft and open. 
Polus Vendimia Seleccionada 2012 - Rioja Alavesa
Awarded gold at the 2015 Challenge International du Vin Bordeaux, this is lovely, mellow wine is made from a selection of the finest parcels from the excellent 2012 vintage. This is well rounded, silky and intense, with real plushness to the tannins……that perfect kind of Rioja that gives you a cuddle. 
Vina Real Crianza 2011 - Rioja Alavesa
This is a consistently excellent Crianza from the venerable Bodegas Cune. Made from a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo grapes and aged for 12 months in French and American oak, a perfectly harmonious Rioja that now benefits from the added freshness of a stelvin closure.
Juan de Alzate Crianza 2011 - Rioja Alavesa
90% Tempranillo 5% Mazuelo & 5% Graciano aged for 18 months in oak and then for a further
6 months in bottle, this is the archetypical Crianza. Fresh berry fruits and liquorice along with perfectly integrated sweet and spicy vanilla oak.
Vega del Rayo Reserva 2009 - Rioja Alta
90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo & 5% Graciano aged for 24 months in American and Russian oak.
An intense wine with aromas of ripe red berries with oak, raisin, cinnamon and spice. The palate is silky and ample with layered complexity - more berry fruit, spice and liquorice building to a meaty finish.    
Bodegas Ondarre Reserva 2009 - Rioja Alta
This multi gold medal winning Reserva is made from a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo & 10% Garnacha and aged for 16 months in a combination of French and American oak. The nose shows plenty of leather and has the spice of traditionally made Rioja. Smooth and subtle on the palate, with strawberries and vanilla ice cream sustained through to a long finish with well integrated tannins.
Juan de Alzate Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 - Rioja Alavesa
90% Tempranillo 5% Mazuelo & 5% Graciano aged for 36 months in barrique and then for a further 36 months in bottle, a fine Gran Reserva from an outstanding vintage. There is plenty of depth and concentration here as well as class, the wine is intense and complex and strikes a perfect balance between freshness and finesse.


September sees the start of the third annual Great Sherry Festival. Throughout September and October we will be taking part in promoting our range of over 80 different Sherries. With in-store tasting from select Bodegas showcasing the wide variety of different styles.
Manzanilla: A Fino matured in the cool, coastal town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. It is the most delicate and freshest style of Sherry. Zesty and citrus with a very clean, dry, salty finish.
Fino: The palest and driest wines of Jerez. Lovely wines with real lightness and delicacy, very crisp and bone-dry. Equally as fine with seafood or the classic aperitif.
Amontillado: A Fino Sherry in which the flor has died and the wine began to oxidise. Dry wines which are mellow and nutty, rich and complex.
Oloroso: These fine wines are rich and pungent in style but still completely dry. Very smooth, full-bodied and toasty. Best served at room temperature with nuts or cheese.  
Palo Cortado: A rare and expensive wine, unique in that it occurs by accident. Between an Oloroso and Amontillado in style. This is a beautiful wine with great depth and fragrance.
Cream: The finest examples are made by sweetening an Oloroso with a sugary must prepared from PX grapes. These are well-rounded, sweet and warming. Great accompaniment to richer desserts.
Pedro Ximenez: This very high quality grape produces the finest sweet wines in Jerez. Very rich and complex with a luscious sweetness. Delicious on its own or over ice cream.
CHASE DISTILLERY: A family owned, single estate distillery, creating fine spirits since 2008 from the produce grown on their own farm in Herefordshire. They use a bespoke, handcrafted copper batch pot and every bottle is filled and sealed by hand.

Williams Chase GB Extra Dry Gin  £26.99
They infuse juniper buds and berries to ensure that they distil the driest gin possible, followed by 10
fine botanicals including; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, liquorice and lemon.
On the nose; dry juniper with zesty citrus with some warm, spicy notes. Juniper, dark chocolate and citrus zest upfront on the palate, followed by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Use to create a well-balanced Gin and Tonic, or enjoy as a Sweet Martini.
Williams Chase Elegant Gin  £32.99
Unlike most other gins, where a neutral grain spirit is simply redistilled, Chase press their organically grown cider apples from the family farm; fermenting them into cider, then distilling into Naked Chase. They then re-distil Naked Chase with eleven carefully considered wild botanicals and naturally pure water taken from the aquifer running underneath our cider apple orchards.
The result is a full-bodied, sharp, yet fruity gin with tears and true provenance. Botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica, liquorice, orrice, orange, lemon, hops, elderflower and Bramley apple.
Williams Chase Seville Orange Gin  £32.99
To create Williams Seville Orange Gin, they first had to create the World’s Best Vodka. Made using potatoes from our family farm in Herefordshire, Williams Seville Orange Gin is a refreshing, citrusy spirit which will leave you wanting more. Juniper, orange peel, liquorice, elderflower and bitter almond are some of the botanicals that make up this unique gin that is finished with an infusion of Seville orange peel for 12 hours. Light nectar in appearance, natural floral oils on the nose, fragrant with elderflower upfront on the palate, finishing with an expression of fresh Seville orange zest. Use to create a refreshing Gin and Tonic, served with a slice of fresh orange, or to create a classic Negroni.
Chase Original Vodka  £31.59
Voted the World’s Best Vodka by the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition, Chase Vodka is the world’s first super premium English potato vodka. Chase are the only UK distillery to offer a premium vodka that is made entirely from seed to bottle, giving a quality vodka with provenance.
To make it, they grow, mash, ferment, strip and distil our own full pedigree, gluten free, King Edward & Lady Claire potatoes.
They use only traditional artisan methods that a distiller of over 100 years ago would recognise. Using their pretty, bespoke copper batch pot and unique 70 foot rectification column (the tallest in Europe), the result is a really pure vodka that is beautifully smooth with a naturally sweet and creamy taste. Great served neat, straight from the freezer. A pure delight!
Chase Marmalade Vodka  £32.99
Taking their award-winning, three times distilled Chase Original Vodka and marinated it with the finest Seville orange marmalade. They then distil a fourth time, with the vapours passing through fresh orange peel, to create this complicated and totally natural orange experience. The finished spirit is clear with a golden hue. Strong orange zest on the nose, with a naturally rich bittersweet flavour and a warm velvety mouth feel.
Chase Marmalade Vodka is perfect over ice and tonic, or in fresh summer fruity cocktails. Try it neat, chilled or use it to make a classic ‘Breakfast Martini.’

With the weather starting to change these liqueurs are the perfect drinks to keep the cold at bay.

KINGS Ginger Liqueur  50cl  £22.99
THE King's Ginger - a liqueur specifically formulated by Berry Bros. in 1903 for King Edward VII. Rich and zesty, the liqueur was created to stimulate and revivify His Majesty during morning rides in his new horseless carriage - a Daimler. It has been appreciated by bon viveurs, sporting gentlemen and high-spirited ladies ever since. Initial sweetness followed by bite of ginger and lemon tart. Deliciously satisfying and warming mouthfeel. Lingering and extremely long finish.
LEOPOLD BROS Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur  £34.59
A great alternative to Sloe Gin. Made with Montmorency tart cherries from the "Northern reaches of Michigan", with no artificial flavours added. Sharp cherry and sweet alcohol aromas leading to tart cherry balanced with sugar-syrup like notes on the palate, leading to a slightly bitter finish.

ARRAN Lochranza Reserva  Special Offer £27.99
Beautifully balanced citrus fruit and light vanilla sweetness with a burst of apple and delicate marine notes. This classic edition of the Arran Malt has been specially created by their master distiller, to highlight the lighter side of their vibrant island character. 

HOT OFF THE PRESS.............
Matthew juke's column in weekend Daily Mail Sat 19th September
2014 Domaine de l’Olibet, Grenache Noir, Pays d’Oc, France (£6.59, D. Byrne & Co. tel. 01200 42315). This budget red is a phenomenal find, with bold, bright, purposeful black fruit flavours and a superb, suave finish. I simply couldn’t believe the price when I looked through the particulars and I urge you to track it down as it is an autumnal classic.

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