Why not choose something different for your mum to enjoy this Mother’s Day?
Here are a few of our top suggestions for gorgeous alternatives to the ‘usual suspects’ of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Prosecco.
1. Austrian Grüner Veltliner
One of our favourites is from the redoubtable Birgit Eichinger. She has made a name for herself as one of the very top winemakers in Austria in a relatively short space of time and makes wines with lovely texture, mouthfeel and balance. Tasting through her wines recently at the Austrian Wine Fair in Dublin, we were impressed by the precision balance and energy of her entire range.
Try…. Birgit Eichinger, Grüner Veltliner ‘Klassik Wechselberg’ Kamptal DAC 2015 (Austria).
“Deep green gold. Mid weight with lovely mouthfeel and texture. Great energy, purity and finish.” COBG, 10th February 2016
2. Vouvray from the Loire Valley
Catherine works alongside her husband Pierre Breton and together they make a formidable team. Their estate is certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter and they practice very low intervention in the cellars, typically adding no more than 10mg/l of sulphur at bottling only. (EU Law permits up to 210 mg/l of SO2). The ‘Dilettante‘ range is Catherine’s own project.
Try… Catherine Breton ‘La Dilettante’ Vouvray Sec AC 2014 €22.95
“Catherine and Pierre Breton, leading producers in Bourgueil, also produce this fascinating dry(ish) Chenin Blanc, made by biodynamic methods. It has wonderful rich, luscious pineapple and peach fruits, seemingly low acidity, yet retains plenty of life. At a mere 12% alcohol, it is light, yet juicy. Try it with scallops or prawns.” John Wilson: IRISH TIMES Bottle of the Week & Best 100 wines of the Year (of 2009 vintage)