Irish Erin Gold

by Missy Sunseri on April 6, 2012

Irish Erin Gold

Erin Gold is a mild, pleasing to the taste Irish cow cheese, that’s easy to melt with a buttery, full flavor. Most often recognized for it’s green wax coating. This is merely an indication of the Irish-style flavor found through the cheese with each and every bite. This Gouda-style cheese is light and buttery, with an approachable flavor that appeals to a variety of palates and pairs well with a variety of dishes. It melts well over vegetables or slice Erin Gold and enjoy on your Corned Beef Sandwich. Wine that pairs well with Irish Erin Gold is Bodega Del Desierto 25/5 Chardonnay 2006.

Bodegas del Desierto 25/5 Chardonnay 2006

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Vintage: 2006

Region: Alto Valle del Rio Colorado, La Pampa – Argentina

 

VINEYARDS

Soil description: Sandy, deep, with variable content of stones

Vineyard orientation: North to south

Annual mean temperature: 16.1 C.  The warmest month was January, with average temperature at 43 C and average thermal amplitude at 25 C

Annual mean rainfall: 248 ml

 

HARVEST

Harvest date: February 16

Harvest mode: Hand-harvested, placed in 18 kg boxes with selection on the field.

 

WINEMAKING

Grapes come to the winery within one hour of harvest.  Grape clusters are selected and whole clusters are sent to the pneumatic press. Reductive handling is used for winemaking.  Press must is placed in stainless steel tanks where, after removal of lees, fermentation starts at low temperatures with select yeasts.

Barrel-aging: 3 months in French oak

Bottling: December 2007

Production: 2417 cases

Time in bottles: 9 months

 

TASTING NOTES

Deep yellow color with slightly golden shades.  Intense and attractive on the nose, it displays a typical fruity character, including tropical fruit aromas and apple and honey notes.  It has a buttery yet fresh mouth-feel, deeply covering the palate with elegance and style.

 

 

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