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680News wine reviews – August 17–19, 2007 

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006
My wine recommendation today is a Sauvignon Blanc – my desert island white wine because it's so versatile when it comes to matching with food. Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006 from South Africa is a well-priced Sauvignon with true varietal character selling for $13.15. It's not as exaggerated and intense as New Zealand Sauvignon but it has very pleasing gooseberry and cut grass flavours with a vegetative note on the nose. It's crisply dry and well made. A small peel-off section on the back label helps you to remember the wine. And if you're at the wheel and don't have the opportunity to make note of my recommendations you can find them on the home page of my website, tonyaspler.com. Try Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006 with goat's cheese or ratatouille. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.15, LCBO #22251)

Billy Goat Hill Cabernet Merlot 2005
I have always enjoyed the wines of Western Australia, particularly from the Margaret River region. Eight years ago a new region northeast of the Margaret River was officially recognized. It's called Geographe, named after the ship of a nineteenth-century French explorer. Billy Goat Hill Cabernet Merlot 2005 comes from this region. It's quite a mouthful. Dense purple in colour with a smoky, toasty oak and blackcurrant nose. The full-bodied flavours are sweet blackcurrant and blueberry backed by lively acidity. You'll find it at some Vintages outlets and it costs $18.95. It's a wine for red meat eaters. That's Billy Goat Hill Cabernet Merlot 2005 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($18.95, Vintages # 25072)

 

 

 

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