Kiwi fruit

Today in the Irish Examiner I’m highlighting  the half dozen whites which, to my mind, stood out at that annual The New Zealand wine trade fair that took place in Dublin last week. All are available in outlets nationwide and/or online.

In this instance, choosing just six bottles to highlight didn’t feel like I was doing justice to the quality of wines on offer and for what it’s worth I’m firing up an extended list  here.

The prices quoted are the importers’ recommended retail prices, and there can be quite a difference between that and what you’ll find in shops. Of course, where the importer is the retailer (for instance James Nicholson or O’Briens) the price quoted is your actual price.

Cassidy Wines

Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010 €13.99
Stockists – Nationwide Superquinn; Dublin McGraths Drumcondra, Kelly’s Clontarf, Baggot Street Wines, Cheers Palmerstown; Sweeney’s, Glasnevin;  Nolan’s, Clontarf; The Orchard, Rathfarnham; The Drink Store Manor St; Bin No. 9 Goatstown; The Corkscrew, Chatham St. Limerick Next Door Westmeath The Old Stand, Mullingar.

Liberty Wines

Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011   €16.99
Delta Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011                  €16.99
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011    €21.99

Yealands Estate Riesling Marlborough 2011                        €16.99
Yealands Estate Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2011   €16.99
Yealands Estate Viognier Marlborough 2009                    €17.99
Yealands Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011  €16.99


ARA Pathway Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011                    €12.99
ARA Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011          €11.99
ARA One Estate Sauvignon Blanc Brut Marlborough NV     €12.99
Available at O’Briens and

Babich Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011                                                           €12.99
Babich Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011    €16.99
These vintages are not in the shops yet    

Nash Wines

Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke’s Bay 2010             €12
Elephant Hill pinot gris Hawke’s Bay 2011                            €15
Elephant Hill Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2010                      €14
Stockists include Cork Matson’s, Bandon; Dublin The Hole in the Wall, Blackhorse Avenue; Galway Cases;  Waterford Ardkeen Stores; Wicklow The Parting Glass, Enniskerry.

Greenlea Wines

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011                                            €10   
Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010          €15
Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010              €16

James Nicholson Wines

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011

Delegat’s Wine Estate

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011    €11.99
Oyster Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2011             €11.99
Widely available

Irish Distillers / Pernod Ricard

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 €12.95
Widely available


Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010   €13.39
O’Briens, Next Door, Fine Wines; Cork Bradleys, O’Driscolls; Dublin Mitchells & Sons; Tipperary Eldons, Clonmel, Galway Cases; Joyces.
Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc  Marlborough 2010
O’Briens, Molloys, Next Door, Jus de Vine, Tipperary Eldons Clonmel; Cork O’Driscolls.

Classic Drinks

Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2011    €13.99
Old Coach Road Riesling Nelson 2011                         €13.99
Seifried Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2011                       €15.99
Aotea Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2011                           €16.49

Stockists include Cork Pinecroft, Grange; Matsons, Bandon; Mannings, Bantry. Dublin Hole in the Wall, D7; Tipp The Wine Cellar, Cashel; Waterford No 5 Off-Licence; Worldwide Wines.

Barry & Fitzwilliam

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling Marlborough 2011                                 €12.99
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011             €12.99
Widely available 


One Response

  1. I tried that Brancott Estate (Montana) Pinot Noir and agree it’s really nice. I decanted it for the best part of 5 hours – I reckon this helped it as well. €12 or so this weekend in Tesco. Hooray!

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