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680 NEWS wine reviews – March 2–4, 2007  

Baldivis Chardonnay 2005
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. It costs $13.95 – I was going to say per bottle but it really is a bag. That's Baldivis Chardonnay 2005 from Western Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #669051, $13.95)

Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc 2005
Cabernet Franc is a grape that does well in Ontario. It tends to ripen better than its more fashionable cousins, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 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. It costs $13.15 a bottle. Serve it with red meat dishes. That's Vineland Estates Cabernet franc 2005. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #594127, $13.15)

 

 

 

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