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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 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 caramel from the Bordeaux oak barrels. We were over the moon when this mead won the Drink of the Year from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild. Delicious served at room temperature on its own and wonderful with fine food.

Note: We can’t ship our limited edition, barrel aged meads to the UK except for Northern Ireland at the moment.

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.


Standard Shipping charge to anywhere in Ireland and the Northern Ireland is FREE if you spend over €90/£85. We have a UPS Express Delivery which usually is delivered the next working day (but may all be slower in peak periods.)

Note: We can’t ship out limited edition Meads or merchandise to the UK except for Northern Ireland. Sorry about that. Full Details page here also lists some suppliers who can ship abroad including to the USA.

Europe and rest of the world

We can deliver to some European countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Delivery takes up to 14 days for Europe. Deliveries are best try. Whilst we try to maintain a very high standard of service there is always an element of risk in sending alcohol overseas.

The lovely people at Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin, Irish Malts in Cork and Master of Malt in the UK ship to many countries worldwide including some USA states, Australia and New Zealand.

Mead deliveries must be signed for and you must be over 18 years old.


You can add a message to us to or to appear on your delivery docket on the Order notes at the bottom of the Checkout Page.

Prices and Gifting

Note we do not include and prices on the delivery docket included with the shipment so great for gifts.


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 steak or stir fry beef, roast rack of lamb and rosemary or mushroom pâté on thin cut toast or chipolatas.


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 wine port, importing barrels from the France, Spain, Portugal. The harbour and warehouses were full of the finest wines, ports and sherries. In a sense, we are completing the circle, bringing those precious barrels back to Ireland.


Ein herrlicher, drei Jahre alter Beerenmet. Halbtrocken fermentiert, samtig rund und für die letzten 12 Monate in französischen Merlot Fässern gereift um eine faszinierende Struktur und Tiefe zu entfalten. Verführerisch und warm, fruchtig und lebhaft mit Rot- und Schwarzfrucht Aromen der schwarzen Johannisbeeren aus Wexford und dunklen, süßen Kirschen. Sehr ausgewogen mit bezauberndem Honig Bukett vom Waldhonig und Karamell von den Eichenfässern aus Bordeaux. Ein köstlicher Begleiter im Glas für sich allein oder zu einem guten Essen.


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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