Bardolino, 2015, Allegrini, Villa Maria, Riesling, 2015

A night on the tiles in Nottingham: Cocktail Aperitifs in the BoilerMaker followed by a BYOB meal at U.Canteen in the excellent company of Tony and Olivia

The Bardolino was light and went well with the spicy food. Slightly more interesting was the Villa Maria Riesling which cut through the sauces.


Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough Forrest Estate. Vina Bujanda 2012 Rioja.

Heart of Stone (Custom) Vina Bujanda (Custom)

The Barranore Merger Wines.

It is said that even the dullest of wine can taste great depending on your mood, your excellent companions and your beautiful surroundings and that’s largely true. So these two gems tasted fantastic on a highly memorable day.

Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough Forrest Estate

Crisp, bone dry with strong hint of gooseberry and tropical fruit.

Nice acidity with a crisp dry finish, redolent of a Greywacke we tried some time ago.

Vina Bujanda 2012 Rioja.

This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain a fresh, full-fruit character.

Which it had lots of and lots of berries: blackberry and redcurrant with a touch of soft mellow cream. Great with the steak.

Heard of stone R (Custom)

Man O’War Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2008

Man O’War Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2008 Waiheke Island New Zealand

20130827-220310.jpgWaiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand which looks more like a Polynesian Hideaway than a working vineyard. This wine is the Man O’War vineyard’s bordeaux blend: 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Very nice it is too. Dark blackcurrant colour, sweet tang from the Merlot, followed by rich fruit, dry rich mouth, tar macadam after taste.

O’Briens exclusive / Irish Distributor. Slightly pricey.


Dinner @ OGM. Pear Tree Sauvignon Blanc 2011. Wire Walker Pinot Noir 2009

Our good friend Tony Hodges from Nottingham stayed with us for the weekend and brought these:

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A competent and restrained Sauvignon Blanc from NZ. Delicious subtle Tropical fruits, very clean finish. Expensive, I suspect! Note the 12.4% abv, Tony is deliberately seeking out lower alcohol wines – against the trend of producers to deliver strong alcohol mouth feel.

Understated self promotion in the QR code too.

This Australian Pinot was most disappointing and again, was probably very expensive. Cloudy, rust colour in the glass. We agreed it was single dimensional in taste and delivered a rough mouth feel, not unpleasant but not even close to the standard of an old world Pinot Noir. The very interesting Jalleh designed label promised much much more, perhaps @ 2009 it was a bit old?

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Both wines were sources from Gibneys in Malahide after enjoying a glass of Blush with Amy & Ross in Geisha overlooking the Marina