Here are a few exciting gems most people pass by. They add interest and diversity to wine shelves and wine lists, which is just what many customers are looking for.
And they’re not different for the sake of it either. This short selection highlights some of the unique and special wines, styles and regions that Wine Mason bring to the Irish market.
Under the Radar Whites
Order Code: SPFALO
This is the antithesis of overt fruitiness. It delivers an elegant, very refreshing wine, lightly nutty and savoury.
Jean Claude Mas
Order Code: MASVER
A distinctive grape, with green apple and honeysuckle fruit. There is increased interest in this variety – also known as Rolle – as a single varietal or in blends.
Order Code: ZHGUT
This unusual white grape, also called Chasselas in Switzerland, shows lemon, mineral and chalk.
Quinta do pinto
Vinhas do Lasso Branco
Order Code: LASSOW
Put in the top 50 Portuguese wines by the Olly Smith report 2013, this newcomer is defined by purity and “minerality”, with ripe underlying fruit and great length.
Gruner Veltliner Hasel
Order Code: EHASEL
We offer a great choice of Gruner Veltliner! This is a classic Kamptal, from deep loess soils, with protective wine handling. It has peach, white pepper and apple aromas and flavours.
Order Code: NIREBR
This oaky white will appeal to Graves or Burgundy lovers. Made predominantly with Rabigato and Codega from 60 year old, high-altitude vines, requiring a longer, cooler ripening period.
Under the Radar Reds
Order Code: SPROSS
A spicy, fruity red from the Marche region of Italy’s Adriatic Coast, made with a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes.
Quinta do Pinto
Vinhas do Lasso Tinto
Order Code: LASSOR
A big blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Castelao. this serious wine will benefit from some aeration to release aromas and flavours, and soften its high tannins.
Muhr van der Niepoort
Cuvee Vom Berg
Order Code: MNVOMB
A blend of Syrah and Blaufrankish, this is a knockout wine. Fruit-focused, with supple tannins and pure acidity, it has great finesse, and is quite pinot-like in style.
Order Code: ZTCHUP
Until recently, domestic demand for superb German Pinot Noir made wines like this unavailable internationally. Light red fruits, cranberry, spice and elegant tannins.
Under the Radar Fortified Wines
Order Code: NCOL5
A vintage tawny port with a brick orange colour. Dried fruit and fig flavours, with great freshness. serving it a little cool at 10˚ – 12˚C accentuates the freshness.
Dry White Port
Order Code: NDWP
Cocktails are popular and while this is delicious on its own over ice, it also makes a fantastic, easy-to-make, summer drink: a ‘White Port Tonic’ – 1/3rd white port to 2/3rds tonic water, with a garnish of mint and lemon.