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680 NEWS wine reviews – January 12–14, 2007 

Wolf Blass Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Good wine comes from small producers. That's the accepted wisdom in the wine world. But large producers have the ability to make very drinkable wine with an economy of scale, which means they can offer their product at a competitive price. Take Wolf Blass, for instance. Their Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Australia costs $13.95 a bottle. The colour of the wine is dense ruby-purple. The nose is spicy, with aromas of cedar and sweet blackberry. It's medium-bodied, easy drinking, with a jammy blackberry flavour and lively acidity. Try it with spare ribs or beef stew. That's Wolf Blass Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 with the red label. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.95, LCBO #311795)

Henry of Pelham Cabernet Merlot 2004
When you see the term Meritage on a wine label it means it's a New World wine that uses a blend of grapes you find in Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Henry of Pelham, in Niagara, actually puts Cabernet-Merlot on the label of its 2004 Meritage. The wine is deep ruby in colour, with a nose of cedar, red currant and red cherries; it's medium-bodied, well balanced with a firm structure. An ideal wine for lamb or beef – at a sensible price. $14.95 a bottle. That's Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot Meritage 2004 from Ontario. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, LCBO # 504241)

 

 

 

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