*As seen on John Torode's Ireland on the Food Network*
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Wild Red Mead – Merlot Barrel Aged Limited Edition

29.95

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. An exceptional, unique mead, a lively, attractive drink with a decadent richness. As seen on celebrity chef, John Torode’s Ireland on the Food Network.

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. We were over the moon when this mead won the Drink of the Year from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild in 2021. Delicious served at room temperature on its own or with fine food.

Note: We can’t ship our limited edition, barrel aged meads to the UK except for Northern 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. Naturally Gluten Free.

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

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Storage

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 roast rack of lamb and rosemary or mushroom pâté on thin cut toast, Prosciutto or Palma ham or artisan mini sausages or chipolatas.

Delivery

Flat Rate Delivery charge to anywhere in Ireland is €6.95, Special Low Rate €5 for summer, and to the UK including Northern Ireland is £5.95 Special Low Rate £5 . FREE Shipping for orders over €80/£75 or 4 bottles. We are trialing a UPS Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery. Full Details page here

All UK orders are shipped from our warehouse in the UK.

Deutsch

Unsere Met mit sechs Beerenarten ist ein Fest für die Sinne an langen Sommertagen. Spanischer Honig abgerundet mit ein paar Tropfen von reifen Beeren. Aromen von saftigen Erdbeeren und Himbeeren im Vordergrund, dann köstliche Brombeeren, schwarze Johannisbeeren, dunkle Kirschen und Heidelbeeren perfekt ergänzt mit feinen Honignoten und einem weichen Abgang. Leicht und erfrischend mit einer schönen tiefrosa Farbe. Köstlich leicht gekühlt oder über gefrorene Beeren gegossen.

Goldmedaillengewinner im Internationalen Mazer Cup 2019.

Reviews

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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