The Secretary Bird, Merlot, 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

The nice thing about Pot Luck is you get to try wines that you wouldn’t really risk E20 or more on and there have been some nice finds, the downside is that you can come across some dross too.

SA Bulk wine bottled in France. Bland, brutally boring Merlot.

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Long Mountain, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

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I bought this as a value offering in Dunnes and you seem to get what you pay for.

I’m afraid this didn’t sit well with me. A poor and poorly made – I suspect in huge volumes – Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa.

Niggling sugary aftertaste.

Maybe the container sat on the docks in sweltering heat. Avoid.

Grunberger.

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Kleindal Chenin Blanc 2012 Robertson

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Lesley got a voucher deal for a new Japanese restaurant in Malahide called Wasabi so we arranged to meet Amy & Ross for an early Dinner.

Wasabi has been open about 10 months, about the same amount of time this Chenin Blanc has been sitting in the bottle, and served a tasty offering of Sushi amongst other delights.

The Chenin Blanc was light and complimented the meal quite well but I thought it was quite mellow – unremarkable, unstructured and lacked the edge – crispness and greenness – of a young Cape CB. Disappointing at 23 euro on a streamlined wine list.

We enjoyed our first visit to Wasabi with pleasant service and tasty food despite the early banging of metal spoons on wooden table and will revisit in person or through take-away.