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Wild Red Mead – Merlot Barrel Aged Limited Edition


Wild Red Mead – Merlot Barrel Aged (12% ABV) is a gorgeous 3 year-old berry mead fermented off dry and silky smooth and matured for the last 12 months in French Merlot wine barrels to add intriguing structure and depth.

The result is an exceptional, unique mead, a lively, attractive drink with a decadent richness. Delicious served at room temperature on its own or with fine food. We were over the moon when this mead won the Drink of the Year from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild in 2021.

Vintage 2018 is just bottled and available to pre-order now for our VIP subscribers; to ship out on Tuesday 5th October. If you want to be the first to hear about our new releases, please subscribe to our email newsletter here. We also share news, recipes, tasting events and cocktails.

Enticing and warm, juicy with bright red and black fruit flavours from the Wexford blackcurrants and dark, sweet cherries, well balanced with attractive honey notes from the forest honey and caramel from the Bordeaux oak barrels. A luxurious, smooth texture with a fruity burst that explodes on the palate, soft low tannins and a clean finish.

Note: Our limited edition, barrel aged meads are only available in Ireland at the moment.

Our beautiful label was inspired by the story of the “Wild Geese” Irish who emigrated in waves from Ireland to the continent at the end of the Jacobite wars and settled in France to start trading and making wine. Today, in Bordeaux, you can find the names of those resilient Irish emigrants on the streets and vineyards of the region – Lynch, Barton, Boyd, Phelan – alongside other trading connections to the wine ports of Ireland.

Kinsale in 18th century was a thriving port, one of several in Ireland licensed to import wines from the France, Spain, Portugal. The harbour and warehouses were full of barrels of the finest wines, ports and sherries. In a sense, we are completing the circle, bringing those precious barrels back to Ireland.

Share a bottle with friends and family. This is a mead you’ll want to come back to again and again.

All bottles hand numbered and signed.

Food Pairing: This mead shines with food such as meat or mushroom pâté on thin cut toast, Prosciutto or Palma ham or artisan mini sausages or chipolatas.

Awards: Drink of the Year award from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild.

Naturally Gluten Free


Standard FREE Shipping to anywhere in Ireland is extended during this period. Was €6. Note: We can’t ship out limited edition Meads outside of Ireland. Sorry about that. Full Details page here


Store the bottles similar to wine, upright in a cool place away from direct sunlight and they should keep for at least two years.

Once opened, store the bottles upright in the fridge. If you a vacuum pump with wine bottle closures that pump out the oxygen, all the better. After that the flavour starts to change a little as the air gets to it. Good to drink still or use in cocktails or cooking.

The Merlot Barrel Aged Mead keeps up to 4 weeks if there’s any left by then.

Mead Food Pairing

This mead shines with food such as meat or mushroom pâté on thin cut toast, Prosciutto or Palma ham or artisan mini sausages or chipolatas.


This pours like aged Saint-Émilion in the glass with a garnet centre and brick-coloured rim. Light dark cherry aromas with distinct honeyed notes in the background, sweet red and black fruits on the palate with a crisp (almost tart) cherry finish and lingering subtle soft honey and raspberry notes. Quite delicious and rather fascinating. – Leslie Williams – Irish Examiner

Kinsale Mead Co has upped its impressive game another notch with its latest limited-edition release. Based on forest honey fermented with blackcurrants and black cherries, Merlot Barrel Aged Wild Red Mead is aged for two years, plus one in ex-Merlot barrels. At 12% with generous fruit character and a zingy, off dry finish, it can be enjoyed like a light red wine with charcuterie or salty cheese. – Aoife Carrigy – Irish Independent

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