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680 NEWS wine reviews – April 13–15, 2007 

Evans & Tate Chardonnay 2005
I'm a great fan of the wines from Margaret River – that's a place, not a person, in Western Australia. A winery called Evans & Tate there has a real corker of a Chardonnay that was just released in Vintages a couple of weeks ago. It's a 2005 that has real quality for the price. Medium straw in colour, the wine has a minerally nose from the soil in which it was grown with a touch of oak and sweet fruit aroma; it's full-bodied and rich on the palate with a pineapple flavour and lively balancing acidity that gives it length. It costs $19.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Serve it with grilled salmon or chicken in a cream sauce. That's Evans & Tate Chardonnay 2005 from Western Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.95, Vintages #022145)

Lizard Flat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2002
Regular listeners to this wine spot will know my feelings about wine in tetrapaks. Wineries around the world think they can fob us off with inferior quality in the belief that we're helping the environment. Then along comes a wine that makes me sit up and say, this is not at all bad for a tetrapak. Recently I tasted what is unquestionably the best tetrapak red that the LCBO has to offer. It actually tastes like a good wine. It's rich and spicy with sweet blackberry-blackcurrant flavours; it's remarkably elegant and well balanced with a chocolate note on the finish. It comes from Australia: Lizard Flat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2002. It sells for $13.15 for a litre pack. Lizard Flat sounds like Aussie roadkill but the wine is really good. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.15 for 1000 mL, LCBO #20602)

 

 

 

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