Man O’ War Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Beautiful New Zealand Sauvingnon from Waiheke Island. Complex and slightly different from the usual burst in your mouth Sauvignans from New Zealand in this price range. Grown on hill top vineyards overlooking the ocean near Auckland.

Priced around €18.00 on sale down to €15.00.

Tasting Notes from Vineyard

Aromas of Lemongrass and fresh herbswith tropical guava noteslead into a palate of vibrant acidity and a touch of sweetness on the front of the palate to balance out a fresh spicy finish.Classic cool climate Sauvingnon Blanc: aromatic, juicy and fresh.

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Longview Yakka Shiraz 2008

Nice shiraz from the Adelaide Hills. Gold Medal Winner from Decanter Mag. Priced circa €17 but on special at €12.00.

Very balanced wine and enjoyed it. Had this wine with a tomato rissotto which wasnt the ideal partnership. Vineyard itself has interesting looking accommodation on site.

Tasting Notes from Longview

Dark  brick red in colour with aromas of red berries, white pepper and baking spices exhibiting flavours of blackcurrant and dark cherry. Toasty oak characters are integrated perfectly with fine balanced tannins and the finish is spicy and long. Excellent to drink now and will benefit from 8-10 years of cellaring.

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Getting old(er) relatively speaking!

Just passed another birthday 35 years old ! Although relatively speaking it is young (depending who you are talking too) and getting older doesnt bother me it does get one thinking. I bumped into a school mate at the weekend and we hadnt met since 1993 our last day of school as far as we could remember and thats 18 years ago. Anyways apart from losing a few yards  pace which i never really had on the soccer field, a few too many pounds around the midriff and a reduction in hair i cant complain. I always think of this poem when getting contemplative about the years passing by.

Mirror in February – Thomas Kinsella

The day dawns, with scent of must and rain,
Of opened soil, dark trees, dry bedroom air.
Under the fading lamp, half dressed — my brain
Idling on some compulsive fantasy —
I towel my shaven jaw and stop, and stare,
Riveted by a dark exhausted eye,
A dry downturning mouth.

It seems again that it is time to learn,
In this untiring, crumbling place of growth
To which, for the time being, I return.
Now plainly in the mirror of my soul
I read that I have looked my last on youth
And little more; for they are not made whole
That reach the age of Christ.

Below my window the wakening trees,
Hacked clean for better bearing, stand defaced
Suffering their brute necessities;
And how should the flesh not quail, that span for span
Is mutilated more? In slow distaste
I fold my towel with what grace I can,
Not young, and not renewable, but man.

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The long and winding road ahead – Felt F95

The Tour Down Under sees the start of the Pro Cycling Tour for 2011 and indeed the start of my cycling year. Last Sunday was my first spin of the year and it wasn’t easy but as a novice cyclist it does whet the appetite for the year ahead. This FeltF95 is my bike, i think it looks great, its mid priced and yet to be tested on longer lengths but so far it seems suitable to my needs. 2010 was an exciting year with the Grio, Tour de France and Spain all great to watch but with the allegations on Contador and Mosquera it really puts a dampener on the year ahead. My personal aim this year is to meet the great Sean Kelly and to get some good long spins in over the summer. So here’s hoping Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin are going to continue their good form and will give us something to follow!

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Running with Bulls – Tempranillo from Yalumba

This is one my favourite recent wines, its a real fun, fruity and juicy red from Australia. The  name and label are a bit naff in line with a lot of recent Aussie wines but its worth trying.

Its made by Yalumba one of the biggest wineries in Australia based in the Barossa Valley near Adelaide in South Australia. Interestingly they are also one of the few big wineries still family owned.

In my opinion a great drinkable wine to have with or without food. According to the notes its full of strawberries, roses, spice and liquorice with great balance.  Cost between €15 to €20. Going to check out some more Tempanillos in the coming weeks.

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Books of the Year 2010

these are my books of the year, they havent all necessarily been published in 2010 but i have read them in 2010 Continue reading

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