October Case of the Month: Top Selling Wines of 2012
October’s Case of the Month celebrates our top selling wines of 2012. This newly revised list ranks our top selling wines by retail sales for January to September. This is your chance to try the top 12 wines in one special mixed case.
This 12-bottle mixed case contains our six top selling reds and six top selling whites.
1 Moulin de Gassac Classic Rouge 2010 Our customers’ favourite red wine. This classic Rhône blend of Syrah and Grenache just hits the sweet spot of a great everyday red: fruit forward, juicy and ripe but with a dry, grippy backbone that makes it great with food or on it’s own. RRP €8.99.
2 Santa Alicia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 A consistent customer favourite for four years now, we maintain Santa Alicia’s Reservas are the best value Chileans in Ireland. The Cabernet is thick, rich and brooding, with the 2010 receiving a whopping 91 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine. RRP €9.99.
3 Dignite Syrah 2009 Our go-to wine for customers looking for an inexpensive weekend treat, the Dignité has gained a bit of a cult following since the first vintage in 2005. Superb depth and richness from 40+ year old vines, let this iron fist breath for a couple of hours to reveal it’s full and wonderful complexity. RRP €12.99.
4 Pago de Cirsus Oak Aged 2010 We bought a bin-end of the 2005 of this wine and it sold out really quickly at the start of the year, prompting us to contact the winery to try the newer vintages. The 2010 was an immediate hit, displacing many cheaper wines to become our top-selling Spanish wine of 2012. RRP €10.99.
5 Cuvée Jean Paul Rouge 2010 If we have a ‘house wine’ it remains the Cuvée Jean-Paul. Like the Gassac Classic, a Syrah-Grenache blend, but softer and juicier and ever-so adaptable. RRP €7.99.
6 La Mano Mencia Roble 2009 Perhaps this was a bit of novelty when we introduced it at the end of 2010, becoming our top-selling red of 2011. Disregard it’s relative fall, it’s still an absolute treat: earthy, smoky, savoury, bursting with dark fruits like mulberry and blueberry, and knock-out bang for buck. RRP €8.99.
1 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Still our top selling wine overall, the Ned has ceased to amaze us in it’s almost universal wow factor. In a category that should be becoming tired and old-hat, Brent Marris’s flagship has reset the benchmark for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. RRP €12.99.
2 Mirabello Pinot Grigio 2011 Another wine with universal appeal, what it lacks in wow factor more than makes up for in consistent pleasure and ease of drinking. Think Rocha pear and a finish as clean as the Italian alps air. RRP €8.49.
3 Borgo Magredo Prosecco Frizzante The new black, if Stella McCartney designed wine it’d be a Prosecco. The Borgo’s a real charmer: soft, ripe and fruity with medium fizz, but with an underlying richness and complexity that demands a second glass (or bottle, depending on your mood or company). RRP €11.99.
4 Cuvée Jean Paul Blanc Sec 2011 Once our top selling wine but only falling behind on the fashionista status of the above. This is still stupendously good, a crisp, aromatic blend from Gascony that punches way above it’s low price. RRP €7.99.
5 Moulin de Gassac Classic Blanc 2010 Gaining a bigger and bigger following for it’s extra complexity and depth to the Cuvée Jean-Paul, this is less a crowd-pleaser but more what we’d call a ‘wine drinker’s wine’, revealing it’s complexity more and more with each sip. RRP €8.99.
6 Santa Alicia Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Cheap Chilean Sauvi is easy to find, good varietal character at this price less so. Snappy grapefruit, sweet melon and tart gooseberry make for a clean, flavoursome wine that appeals to any and every palate. RRP €8.49.
Normal price combined for these 12 great wines is €118.88 but we’ve a Case of the Month price of only €105 during October, with free delivery to your door.