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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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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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