Easter will soon be upon us and most of us tend to opt for lamb. Lamb signals that spring is on the way plus after eating chocolate all day it is a lighter meat than beef. Thankfully you have many choices as lamb is quite a wine friendly meat. If you are adding mint sauce then perhaps look at Australia for a cabernet merlot but if you are braising your lamb then you could consider pairing it with a nice rioja or a chianti. There are plenty of choices around and below are five of our favourites. Don’t forget when you are pairing your lamb with wine do consider how your are cooking it and what you will condiments you will be pairing with it.
Bethany Cabernet Merlot 2011 €20.99
This wine comes from a very talented winemaker in the Barossa Valley. Coming from vines that are up to forty years old and then aged in a mix of french American oak for eighteen months giving the wine great depth.
The nose of this wine is quite intriguing and full of ripe blackberries mingling gently with light vanilla notes. It is an intriguing nose with autumnal earthy tones inviting you in.
The palate is lush with the ripe berries and earthy tones from the nose dancing onto the palate. It is a soft yet rich wine that will pair beautifully with your roast Easter lamb.
Available nationwide from O’Brien’s Wines.
De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2014 €18.00
Chief Winemaker of De Martino, Marcelo Retamal was named as the 13th most influential winemaker in the world and this wine might just show you why.
This wine has a fragrant yet slightly unusual nose in that it does have some notes that are more commonly found with natural wines. With notes of red currants, cherries and truffles.
This is a juicy wine with quite a bit of depth. It has a fresh palate with plums, light baked berries and floral notes. It is a wine with finesse and probably to easy to sip.
This is lighter in style so a more simply cooked lamb dish will work best with this wine.
Available from Mitchells, IFSC, Blackrock Cellar and other good Independent Wine shops
Minini Linteo Nero d’Avola 2014
Linteo comes from Sicily and uses their national and quite successful grape variety ‘Nero d’Avola’. Set up by Francesco a young farmer returning from war, his dream to make some of the best wines on the island.
This is not quite your typical Nero d’Avola as there is spice but not so much fruit spice which allows the cherryies and plums show their beauty. There are hints of white pepper and delicate earthy tones all of which support the fruit.
This is a very juicy, fruity wine with medium body and is semi-dry. All the cherry and plum notes pop onto the palate with the pepper touch to give it a bit of intrigue.
This a super number and will please all who share a glass and has enough fruit to pair with the meat but not dominate it.
Available in many quality restaurants around Ireland.
Coto Real 2010 €32.99
Coming from the second largeset producer of quality rioja in Spain. This particular wine is only produced in an exceptional year and spends 20 months new french oak.
The nose has a lot going on with smokey cloves, red liquorice and rose leaf. It is intriguing and grows the longer it is left open. The notes of aged balsmaic really entice you in.
The palate is equally enjoyable with the addition of red berries, coffee, leather and truffle notes. It is a balance wine with excellent concentration.
At a recent tasting I got to try quite a few wines from this producer and showed well. This particular one was a favourite of mine on the evening and one that will work well with your roast lamb.
Available from Martin’s Off Licence Fairview, Redmonds Ranelagh, Vintry Rathgar, Drinkstore, Stonebater, D-Six HaroldsCross, Higgins Clonskeogh, Baggot Street Wines, The Coach House, Ballinteer Hollands of Bray, Deveneys Rathmines, Whelahan Wines, McHughes, Kilbarrick & Malahide Rd, Shiel’s Malahide Savages Swords.
Outside Dublin; Swans Naas McCambridges Galway Ardkeen, Waterford World Wide Wines, Waterford Karwig Wines Cork O’Donovans, Cork Callans Dundalk Wine House Trim
Chateau Clos Fontaine, Côtes de Francs 2010
This is a limited release from Lidl, get it quick for quality and simple value for money check this out. This is drinking well now.
This has some lovely age on the nose which seduces you little. It has juicy meaty touches with herb notes popping gently. This wine is from a good year and ready to be enjoyed.
This a mature wine with soft ripe berries, plums and some dry vegetal notes. This wine is from a good year and ready to be enjoyed now.
Available nationwide from Lidl €12.99 from February 22nd until stocks last.