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680News wine reviews – August 15–17, 2008 

Hillebrand Trius Cabernet Franc 2006
Of the three red Bordeaux varieties planted in Ontario, the one that ripens best year after year is Cabernet Franc – even in wet vintages like 2006. Hillebrand is a good example. Their Trius Cabernet Franc 2006 has a solid ruby colour with a nose of cedar, red berries and red pepper. On the palate, you get a more concentrated fruit expression of redcurrants and blueberries with dark chocolate notes. The wine is medium-bodied, dry and savoury with supple tannins and a gentle finish. It costs $14.95 a bottle. Try it with roast lamb. Hillebrand Trius Cabernet Franc 2006 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, LCBO #587964)

Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz 2006
There seems to be an unquenchable thirst for Australian Shiraz in Ontario, especially during barbecue season. And I'm not talking just Yellow Tail. The prices are pretty competitive too. Recently I tasted a bottle of Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz 2006 that sells at the LCBO for $13.45. The wine is dense ruby in colour. It offers up a smoky black cherry nose with a note of leather. It's medium-bodied with sweet black cherry fruit and a solid acidic spine. The wine finishes on a minty note with soft, plushy tannins. That's Hardy's Nottage Hill Shiraz 2006 from Australia. An ideal wine for any barbecued meat. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.45, LCBO #375964)

 

 

 

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