Today, I have a very special stuff to sample. It is an apple oak wine from Stonewell/Finnbarra. It is a blend of Dabinett and Michelin grown in County Laois and matured in French Burgundy oak casks for a minimum of 12 months. To be frank, Daniel from Stonewell/Finnbarra shipped this beauty to me shortly after CiderWorld 2018 in Frankfurt. But since summer arrived early this year and stayed until October, not exactly creating the right conditions for an apple oak wine I postponed the sampling until Autumn. Now the conditions are perfect for such a drop and I hope that Daniel will not be too angry with me.Company: Nohoval Brewing Company Limited
Place of Origin: Nohoval, Kindle, County Cork, Ireland
Apples: a blend of Dabinett and Michelin grown in County Laois
Package type: 500ml amber wax sealed bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: sherry glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber. Still. Body is high.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is strong with notes of dried plums, vanilla, chocolate, dried apricots, baked apples, lightly sweet and red wine.
Taste: my first taste is dry with a low residual sweetness and a low level of acidity. Fresh and tangy apples followed by liquor-filled chocolates, berries, leaving a long-lasting note of red wine, vanilla and baked apples.
Overall: It was well worth the wait. It’s cold outside so a small glass of this apple oak wine can warm you up and set you in a good mood. Not only because it’s booze but because it’s a great booze. The level of sweetness is just right. Countless delicious flavours appear one after another turning the tasting experience into a never-ending but very enjoyable ride. With this drop in my cider stash, I hope the winter never ends. Daniel, can you please make more of this great stuff? 5/6
Availability: directly from Stonewell if they have any bottles left.
Price: Nohoval Apple Oak Wine was a sample provided by Daniel from Stonewell.