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680News wine reviews – September 14–16, 2007 

Cookoothama Shiraz 2005
Cookoothama is the delightful name of Nugan Estate's second label. Nugan is a winery in Australia's Riverina region. Think of Riverina as the equivalent of Down Under's Languedoc Roussillon – where it's warm enough to ripen just about any grape while producing volume wines at wallet-friendly prices. Cookoothama Shiraz 2005, currently at the LCBO at $14.20 a bottle, is a slap-you-on-the-back wine with oodles of flavour. Deep purple in colour, it has a fresh brambleberry nose. Savoury and sweet at the same time it has lively acidity, a touch of spicy oak and a floral grace note. Ideal for red meat dishes. That's Cookoothama Shiraz 2005 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.20, LCBO #619460)

Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
A Cabernet Sauvignon called Fat Bastard has got to be better than its name. You'd buy it once for the novelty value but if it didn't offer value for the price you'd move on to the next conversation piece. But this Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 from the Pays d'Oc in southern France is worth its price of $14.95 a bottle. You get real varietal character here – that telltale blackcurrant and cedar flavour with a tannic lift on the finish. Try it with lamb chops or old Cheddar. That's Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pays d'Oc. If you miss any of my recommendations while you're driving, go to 680News.com and click on my link for the week's reviews. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, LCBO #28506)

 

 

 

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