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680News wine reviews – July 18–20, 2008 

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007
South Africa can go head to head with New Zealand when it comes to matching their Sauvignon Blanc. If you like that really grassy, green bean and gooseberry style of Sauvignon you'll enjoy Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007. For $13.05 you get a wine that is pale straw in colour with that cut grass and vegetal nose that explodes on the palate to rich flavours of green fig and gooseberry with that telltale grassy note. There's a touch of residual sweetness in mid palate and lively acidity to give it length. Try it with goat's cheese or avocado. That's Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from South Africa. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.05, LCBO #22251)

Penascal Tempranillo 2005
Last week I mentioned that Spain has become a source of good inexpensive red wine. Well, here's another recommendation: Penascal Tempranillo 2005 from the region of Castilla y Leon. Tempanillo is the signature grape of those great wines from Rioja and Navarra, but in Castilla y Leon the wines are less costly. This Penascal is priced at – wait for it – $8.95 a bottle. The colour is purple-ruby with a nose of blackcurrants and rose petals. It's medium-bodied, fruity with soft tannins. Very well made at that price. Try it with lamb burgers. That's Penascal Tempranillo 2005 from Spain. To read this review go to 680News.com and click on my link. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($8.95, LCBO #343434)

 

 

 

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