Each year the spittoons come out and everyone at the shop gets their heads together and chooses our red and white wines of the year. After several weeks of red stained teeth and heated debate the announcement is made. Our criteria for choice are always the same, they must represent both the best value for money and be a good illustration of the depth of range of wines we show case to the public.

White Wine Of The Year

D. Byrne & Co. White Wines Of The Year

False Bay ‘Slow’ Wild Yeast Chenin Blanc - South Africa £5.99

The grapes here do not take just three weeks to get from vineyard to bottle. This wine is crafted the wild way, old-vine fruit fermented with wild yeast – magic like this takes at least six months. Sampled at a recent tasting in Manchester, Philip, Judith and Kate were blown away by the quality.

Food recommendation: A versatile wine equally well suited to partner seafood, risotto or herb roasted chicken. This can handle spice very well.

Country of Origin:
South Africa
Region of Origin:
Coastal Region
Grapes:
Chenin Blanc 100%
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
ABV:
13%
Case Size:
6x75cl
Vintage:
2016
Vegetarian & Vegan
 
White Wine Of The Year

Sileni Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand £7.99

This Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is rich, complex and exotic. Its tangy grapefruit aromas lead to a zingy yet, impeccably balanced finish. Reminds you what made Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc famous!

Food recommendation: Try with goat’s cheese, otherwise goes well with grilled fish and tangy lemon.

Country of Origin:
New Zealand
Region of Origin:
Marlborough
Grapes:
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
ABV:
12%
Case Size:
6x75cl
Vintage:
2017
 
Red Wine Of The Year

D. Byrne & Co. Red Wines Of The Year

Soldier’s Block Malbec – Australia £5.99

Dark aromatic Malbec for the soul. This is darkly appealing chocolatey Malbec with an abundance of crisp, minerally fruit and notes of Morello cherry compote.

Food recommendation: This is fantastic with rich and hearty food, try it with a rich casserole or roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

Country of Origin:
Australia
Region of Origin:
Victoria
Grapes:
Malbec 100%
ABV:
14%
Case Size:
6x75cl
Vintage:
2016
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
Vegetarian & Vegan
 
White Wine Of The Year

Wishbone Shiraz Grenache – Australia £7.99

A sensuous blend of Barossa classic. Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate also, with black cherry, spice and a lick of creamy oak. It’s a generous juicy mouthful with bags of fruit and spice, a hint of tea, good acidity too, keeping it vibrant.

Food recommendation: Great with roast beef or lamb, as well as grilled meats and BBQs.

Country of Origin:
Australia
Region of Origin:
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Magpie Estate
Grapes:
Shiraz 65%, Grenache 35%
ABV:
14%
Case Size:
6x75cl
Vintage:
2015
Closure Type:
Screw Cap