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680News wine reviews – August 3–5, 2007 

Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay 2006
These days South Africa is rivalling Chile as the place to shop for very drinkable wines in the $10 price range. Recently I tasted the latest vintage of Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay, the 2006. It was very appealing for the price – which is $9.65 a bottle. And that includes the 20 cents back on the retuned bottle. The wine is pale straw in colour with a buttery, nutty nose. It's medium bodied on the palate with a sweetish melon flavour. Lots of character for your money and very easy drinking. I served it with pasta in a cream sauce and the match was perfect – but if you're not into cream, grilled chicken or quail would be my recommendation. That's Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay 2006 from South Africa. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($9.65, LCBO #343202)

Robertson Winery Shiraz 2005
I seem to be in a South African groove this week because I had a red wine from there that fits nicely into my idea of quality for the price. I'm always looking for wines that punch above their weight. Robertson Winery Shiraz 2005 costs $12.15 a bottle and it even comes with 5 Air Miles. Or air inches if you compute how many bottles of wine you'd have to buy to get a free ticket from here to Kingston. Anyway, this Shiraz has a rich vanilla and raspberry nose. It's lighter than Australian Shiraz, more medium-bodied with a concentrated raspberry and pepper flavour and a vanilla oak note on the finish. Try it with BBQ red meat or spicy Italian sausage. That's Robertson Winery Shiraz 2005 from South Africa. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.15, LCBO #610949)

 

 

 

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