Take five wines
McHenry Hohnen 3 Amigos white 2007/08
From David Hohnen of Cape Mentelle fame and one half of the team responsible for New Zealand’s iconic Cloudy Bay. Vibrant and textured, this interesting blend of barrelfermented Chardonnay, Marsanne and Roussanne from Australia’s Margaret River has the creamy, spicy texture, with hints of almonds and dried fruit, to take on the turkey. 13.5pc alc. €15.95- €17.95 Gibneys, Malahide; Donnybrook Fair, Donnybrook; Redmond’s, Ranelagh; Oddbins; www.berrybros.ie; 1601, Kinsale.
Seguin-Manuel Savignyles- Beaune Goudelettes 2008
Do Christmas in style with this delightful new arrival that gives a hint of the greatness of white Burgundy in its unfolding layers. Concentrated, firm and well balanced, with trademark Burgundian nuttiness, creamy fruit and gingery spice, with a long, fresh finish. 13pc alc. €24.99 (currently on offer) Available from O’Briens.
Sipp Mack Riesling Vielles Vignes 2007
Half-bottles are a boon if you cannot agree on whether it should be red or white. From Alsace, rich and ripe with acidity ripping through layers of apricot, peaches and citrus. Nicely honeyed with a big spicy kick. 12.5pc alc. Good for the goose. €10.95 (37.5cl) Available from Mitchells CHQ, IFSC, and Sandycove.
Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2008
A delicious, premium sweetie from Australia’s cool-climate Clare Valley. Sweet, but also fresh and tangy, with intense lime and marmalade flavours, layerd with nectarines and exotic spices. Sip on its own with citrussy desserts. 11pc alc (37.5cl) €23.99 Available from Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street; Red Island Wine, Skerries; Avoca Handweavers; 64 Wine, Glasthule; Cellar Master, Stillorgan; Donnybrook Fair; La Touche Wines, Greystones; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock.
Château Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2000
Try a snipe (quarter-bottle) of this amber-hued classic dessert wine from Hungary’s Furmint grape; fresh and full of complexity, dominated by orange and tangerine marmalade, caramel and oriental spices. 12.5pc alc. A pocket-friendly stocking filler. Enjoy on its own or with the Christmas pud. €13.95 (18.75cl). Available from Mitchells, CHQ, IFSC, and Sandycove.
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