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680News wine reviews – January 18–20, 2008 

Heathfield Ridge Wonambi Shiraz 2003
For a $13 Shiraz from Australia, Heathfield Ridge Wonambi really packs a load of flavour. Actually, I lie. It's 13 dollars and 5 cents – except you get 20 cents back when you return the bottle to your local Beer Store. Wonambi, I guess, is an Aboriginal word which probably means "goes well with red meat." Anyway, this Shiraz from the 2003 vintage has a smoky, tarry blackberry flavour. It's soft on the palate with lively acidity that keeps it in balance. An easy drinking wine. That's Heathfield Ridge Wonambi Shiraz 2003 from Australia, recently released at the LCBO. If you couldn't make a note of this wine, you can find the review by visiting 680News.com and clicking on my link. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.05, LCBO #599100)

Yvon Mau Colombard Chardonnay 2005
The cognac region north of Bordeaux is not usually a place to go looking for wine, but the Yvon Mau company has come up with a tasting wine by blending the Colombard grape – used mainly for distilling into cognac – with Chardonnay grown in the Languedoc. In the 2005 vintage, when the grapes really ripened, they got a very tasty light white wine with at the bargain price of $9.95 a bottle. The wine has a crisp apple and pear flavour with bright acidity – the kind of wine you can serve as an aperitif to stimulate your appetite or with fish, chicken or runny cheeses. That's Yvon Mau Colombard Chardonnay 2005 from the Languedoc. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.($9.95, LCBO #627265)

 

 

 

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