Friday 26 May 2017

Take three wines

Shy Albatross Cabernet Sauvignon -- from Chile, with ripe, upfront dark fruit flavours with supporting tannins; a supple and versatile drinker in one of those handy 50cl bottles that makes it perfect for a mid-week supper. 13pc alc. €6.99. Available from Conway's, Ramelton, Donegal; Garvey's Supervalu, Listowel & Tralee; Lohan's Next Door, Salthill, Galway; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; Petits Supervalu, Wexford; Egan's, Portlaoise; King's, Delgany. Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 -- from Argentina's Mendoza region; structure and concentration with dense black berry fruits topped off with notes of coffee bean, tobacco and pencil shavings, all bound in well-integrated tannins. 13pc. Just the thing for a weekend roast or steak. €12.95 (currently reduced from €14.95). Available from Mitchells, CHQ, IFSC; Rathfarnham and Sandycove. Ai Palazzi Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva Masottina 2004 -- Piave, north of Venice, may not be the best-known Cabernet Sauvignon region, but it has quite a history and here delivers a treat of a wine: rich in blackcurrants, wrapped in silky, sweet tobacco, with smooth tannins and a long, concentrated finish. 13pc alc. Perfect for roasted red meat or steak. €23.95. Available from Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Next Door, Thomastown; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford City; Carpenters, Castleknock; Martins, Fairview.

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