22 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
IT’S not a situation much Irish wine lover are generally confronted with – but just how long will an open bottle remain drinkable?
Depending on the style of wine it will generally keep fresh and quaffable for about three days.
Once the bottle has been opened the contents immediately begin to deteriorate
Once the bottle has been opened the contents immediately begin to deteriorate, with oxygen impacting on the flavours.
Much of the everyday supermarket wines that line the aisles with have lost most of their flavour profiles inside the three-day tasting limit.
However, wines, where there has been less intervention during the fermentation process, can last twice as long if placed in the fridge.
The cooler conditions inside markedly slow down the wine’s deterioration.
Most wines have lost most of their flavour profiles inside the three-day tasting limit
Champagnes and sparkling wines need to be drunk within 24 hours of opening before they completely lose their fizz. A special Champagne stopper, which provides a tighter seal, can lengthen the wine’s life by an extra day.
Most fortified wines will keep a tad longer, up to a week, and in the case of a Tawny Port, stoppered and placed in the fridge after opening, it will keep for up two months.
The great odd one out is Madeira. Part of the wine’s production is that it becomes completely oxidised thus no more “damage” can be done.
It remains one of the great wines of the world offering great value but unfortunately neglected. What won’t be neglected are the six bottles reviews below.
The three Spanish wines are part of the SuperValu Spanish Wine Sale which runs for another couple of weeks. The rest are some of the best currently part of O’Brien’s Wines February promotion.
Torbreck GMS (ABV 15%) €16.95 on promo @ O’Briens.
Available at O’Briens
POWER, great intensity, complexity and finesse are the hallmarks of the wines from Torbreck in Australia’s Barossa Valley.
This blend, exclusive to O’Brien’s, brings together extremely ripe fruit off very old Grenache, Mourvedre and Shiraz vines. Great depth of dark fruit and peppery notes. Wonderful.
Enjoy with: Most grilled meats.
Albali Verdejo Rueda (ABV 13%) €8 @ SuperValu Spanish Sale.
Lovely with a light meat dish
I DO hope more people discover the crisp and refreshing quality of Spain’s Verdejo grape from Rueda this year.
Truly bargain bottle from fruit harvested at night, to capture freshness, has the tongue tingling with lemon and melon flavours, super acidity and decidedly persistent aftertaste.
Enjoy with: Light meat dishes.
Chateau Remaury (ABV 14.5%) €11.95 on promo at O’Briens Wines.
Surprisingly soft and balanced, however, despite the high alcohol
A DELICIOUS red from the Minervois, Languedoc estate of Gérard Bertrand. Another blend, this time of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah.
Quite complex, with soft and ripe black fruit flavours, spice and a gentle tannic kick. Surprisingly soft and balanced, however, despite the high alcohol.
Enjoy with: Pan-fried duck breast.
Honoro Vera Garnacha (ABV 14%) €10 @ SuperValu Spanish Sale.
Savoury and herbal notes with this selection
VERY more-ish Garnacha from Calatayud in northeast Spain, retaining great freshness thanks to a short maturation period and just several months in French oak prior to bottling.
Savoury and herbal notes on the nose and palate, with surprising richness and hints of spice, blueberries and blackberries.
Enjoy with: Pasta dishes.
Rizzardi Pinot Grigio (ABV 12.5%) €10.95 on promo @ O’Briens Wines.
A delicious bottle of Pinot Grigio
IT IS possible to find Pinot Grigio that’s not bland and insipid if you shop around.
Rizzardi produces a range of quality driven Italian wines, including this single estate white. Delicate notes of pear and honey on the palate, with a wisp of spice on the finish.
Enjoy with: Pan-fried lemon sole.
Casa Ermita Lunatico (ABV 14%) €15 @ SuperValu Spanish Sale.
Enjoy with chicken and rice
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THE heat-loving, dark-skinned Monastrell grape is quite at home in Jumilla, situated in Spain’s sun-baked, southeastern interior.
This sumptuous bottle has a complex nose of ripe dark fruit, cocoa and spice, leading into a quality, balanced and elegant palate of ripe dark soft summer fruits.
Enjoy with: Chicken and rice.