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.

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Christmas and New Year 2012

A motley cru of wines we enjoyed over Christmas and into the new year:

It’s a sparkler, classy:

Cremant de Loire M.Bonnamt (Small)  Cremant de Loire M.Bonnamt (2) (Small)

One of the most reliable wines of the last few years. From Cellar Master. Alan tells me this is the House Wine in Rick Stein’s of Padstow. Smashing grapefruit hit, if you like that kind of thing.

 Hoit Poitou Sauvignon Blanc Le Bois de la Tour (Small)  Hoit Poitou Sauvignon Blanc (Small)

Consistently good claret. Half Merlot, half Cabernet blend. Silky, unobtrusive.  Went well with New Year

Mademoiselle L Haut-Medoc 2009 (2) (Small)  Mademoiselle L Haut-Medoc 2009 (Small)

Always reliable, the Old Widow:

Veuve Clicquot (Small)  Veuve Clicquot (2) (Small)

Nice and light, in-offensive and not unpleasant (!):

Chateau Liversay Haut Medoc 2008 (2) (Small) Chateau Liversay Haut Medoc 2008 (Small)

Vouvray (Chenin Blanc from Vouvray) is a style that appears to have disappeared from fashion, a shame, because this was competent:

 Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray (Small)  Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray (2) (Small)

Looks imposing but a pussy cat. Enjoyable, but didn’t live up to the cover:

Lussac Saint Emilion 2010 (Small)  Lussac Saint Emilion 2010 (2) (Small)

A real stonker, explosive nose, great length, powerful stuff:

Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine Duclaux 2006 (Small) Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine Duclaux 2006 (2) (Small)

 

This Berbera by Berro from Piedmonte was very pleasant. Must research it properly.

Berro Barbera (Small) Berro Barbera 2 (Small)

 

 

 

 

In honour of our Spanish guests, we served the Marques as the Red with the Christmas Dinner. Consistently good.

Marques de Riscal 2007 (Small)

 

 

 

 

This was surprisingly good value in Baan Thai, Leopardstown, where we had our annual Christmas catch up with John & Susan

Masi Campofiorin (Small) Masi Campofiorin 2 (Small)