December 1, 2020
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WINE O’CLOCK: Fruity wine my granny didn’t make

A few months ago I was given a bottle of raspberry wine.  It sounded like something my granny used to make and I was in no rush to try it.

I stored it away carefully in the back of a cupboard with that cactus liqueur I brought home from Lanzarote and the banana concoction somebody brought me back from Morocco.

All saved for a rainy day. And Thursday was a rainy day, indeed, when I started on a belated Spring clean, found the bottle of Móinéir Raspberry Wine and, since the sun had suddenly put in an appearance, abandoned cleaning in favour of drinking.

Much to my surprise, it was lovely. It was nothing like wine, grape wine that is, but neither was it the super-sweet drink I had feared.  It had a smooth, velvet texture, a little like a good liqueur, such as Irish Mist or Drambuie. Although it  is definitely not my idea of a wine, it would be very acceptable in place of a dessert wine after dinner.

Anyway, it turns out Móinéir wines are made in Wicklow from fruit grown locally. They also make blackberry and strawberry varieties . I haven’t tried them, but they sound good. The blackberry wine mixes blackberries, obviously, with elderberries picked on the Wicklow mountains. It “pairs beautifully with red meats and cheeses”, say the Móinéir people.

The strawberry wine claims to have the pressed juice of 150 small strawberries in each bottle. The tasting notes say “a hint of sweetness gives way to full-bodied flavour, tapering to a crisp finish … pairing well with the light, fresh meals of summer, it is also delicious as an aperitif”.

The wines are relatively low in alcohol, around 10 or 11 per cent. They cost about €22 a bottle and you can buy them online in packs of six.

Móinéir’s winery and shop, Wicklow Way Wines, is near Newtownmountkennedy.

Other stockists include The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Waterford; The Wine Buff, Dungarvan; Avoca at Enniskerry, Powerscourt Distillery and the Parting Glass, both Enniskerry;  La Touce Wines, Greystones and the Wicklow Wine Co in Wicklow Town.

MICHAEL WOLSEY

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