World Cup of Wines at ELY WINE STORE, Maynooth

In the spirit of the Rugby World Cup 2019, ELY WINE STORE, Maynooth decided to host their own World Cup of Wines!

We have carefully chosen 8 wines, from 8 countries playing in the Rugby World Cup, to compete head-to-head. And, you get to decide the winner!

So, over the course of 7 weeks, you get to vote for your favourite wines! Voting happens weekly on our Instagram Stories, and the winner is chosen by you! The winner of each “match” will advance to the next round, until the ultimate winner is picked!

Follow us on Instagram to vote and to stay up to date!

All wines featuring the World Cup of Wines are available at ELY WINE STORE, Maynooth. If you need a reminder of all the wines, fixtures and results, visit back here – we’ll add more wine profiles on a weekly basis.

Fixtures & Results

Sept. 20th – QF1
New Zealand vs. South Africa

Sept 26th – QF2
Australia vs. Italy

Oct. 3rd – QF3
vs. USA

Oct. 10th – QF4
France vs. Argentina

Oct. 17th – SF1
South Africa vs. Italy

Oct. 24th -SF2
Ireland vs. France

Oct. 30th
3rd Place Playoff

Oct. 30th

Tournament Bracket

Wine Profiles

New Zealand

Favourites are favourites for a reason, usually because they are just so damn good. Like this stunningly good Pinot from South islands Central Otago.

World Cup of Wines: Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir 2017
Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir 2017
South Africa

A few years back it was all pretty quiet but now they are among the best in the world – And that’s just the wines. Brilliantly original wines from these guys. Don’t bet against it…

A five grape blend- including one white variety- this is even greater than the sum of its parts. Fresh raspberry & cherry, with savoury spice, tobacco and game.

 World Cup of Wines: Blankbottle ‘Master of None’ 2017
Blankbottle ‘Master of None’ 2017

An Aussie winemaking icon with Irish heritage? We’ll back that! Silky, savoury & spicy Syrah from a master winemaker. This’ll go far…

World Cup of Wines: Clonakilla ‘Hilltops’ Shiraz 2017
Clonakilla ‘Hilltops’ Shiraz 2017

You could argue that,  like Italy in the World Cup, the Nebbiolos of Valtellina would struggle against the might of  bigger competition in their field, but then you’d be underestimating them at your peril…

Think of this utterly seductive Nebbiolo as a baby Barolo. There’s fine tannin, great freshness, floral and cherry notes, but with an easy charm you wouldn’t normally associate with Nebbiolo.

World Cup of Wines: Rosso di Valtellina Arpepe 2016
Rosso di Valtellina Arpepe 2016

It may be technically from France, but it is 100% Irish at heart. Grown, harvested and crushed by Irish hands, this has passed the residency rule and fully qualifies as Irish!

Cotes du Rhone and its most refined and alluring, this is youthful and structured, but already showing a remarkable purity and finesse. Cherry, blackberry and warm spice.

World Cup of Wines: Les Deux Cols ‘Chemin des Fonts’ 2018
Les Deux Cols
‘Chemin des Fonts’ 2018

Best known for other varieties – and sports – USA could be the surprise package, just like this magnificent Syrah from the cool North Coast region of California

World Cup of Wines: Pax ‘The Hermit’ Syrah 2015
Pax ‘The Hermit’ Syrah 2015

This Rugby-mad winemaker is representing his country with his wonderfully pure, expressive and spicy Syrah from the Northern Rhone.

Without any oak or other interference, this is Syrah at its most intense and pure. Sweet blackberry, fresh pepper and a gamey, meaty finish.

Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2017
Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2017

They may have imported the variety from France, but the Argentinians have made Malbec all their own, and this, from the world’s highest vineyards is a perfect example why.

Colome  Estate Malbec 2016
Colome Estate Malbec 2016