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Baldivis Chardonnay 2005 (Australia)
$13.95 (LCBO #669051)
Just when I started getting my head around tetrapaks, along comes another alternative package for wine that looks like a bag you hook up to an IV drip. Baldivis is an Australian company that markets three wines in these 750 mL bags. The Chardonnay 2005 is really delicious, even though you could mistake it for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc if you didn't see the label. The wine is medium straw in colour with a grassy, pineapple and passionfruit nose – flavours that follow through on the palate to make it one of those gulpable white wines. Good value. ***½
Food match: pork ribs; provolone

Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc 2005 (Ontario)
$13.15 (LCBO #594127)
Vineland Estates made a first rate example of this variety in 2005 at a very reasonable price. The wine is deep ruby on colour with a bouquet of red berries, tobacco and violets. The oak is evident on the nose but on the palate it’s fruity and sweetish but firm. The 10 per cent of Cabernet Sauvignon that winemaker Brian Schmidt blended in gives the wine backbone. Great value. ****
Food match: red meat dishes; Cheddar

Botalcura Syrah Malbec 2004 (Chile)
$14.95 (Vintages #18630)
The wines of Botalcura in Chile are not like Chilean wines at all. They are more in the style of the Southern Rhone, which is not surprising, since the winemaker, Philippe Debrus, is French. His family owns a winery in the Languedoc region and he learned his winemaking there. On the nose you experience dark chocolate and lilac. It's dry with a spicy black raspberry flavour, full on the palate with a good spine of acidity. It's only available at Vintages outlets. Good value. ****
Food match: beef tenderloin; game

 

 

 

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