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680News wine reviews – June 26–28, 2009 

Rocca delle Macie Rubizzo Sangiovese di Toscana 2006
One of the pleasures of Italian wines is pronouncing the name. It makes you almost feel as if you can speak the language. Rocca delle Macie Rubizzo Sangiovese di Toscana 2006 is a wine that has just been released at Vintages. It's a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot made  in Chianti style. For $14.95 you get a wine that is dense ruby-purple in colour with a cedary, black cherry bouquet. The fruit is well extracted with a characteristic earthy note. Pasta, roast meats, Parmesan cheese, it works with them all. That's Rocca delle Macie Rubizzo Sangiovese di Toscana 2006 from Italy, available in Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, Vintages #913780)

Banrock Station Shiraz
In a previous review I talked about not being a great fan of tetrapaks because of the quality of the wine that goes into them. But I tasted one recently that's eminently drinkable and the price is right. It's Banrock Station Shiraz 2007 from South Eastern Australia. The wine is simple and fruity with a taste of sweet black cherries and plums. Quite full-bodied and devoid of tannins that give a harsh, dry finish. It costs $13.75 for a litre. I would stick it in the fridge for fifteen minutes or so to give it more freshness. It's a wine you can have with barbecued ribs or hamburgers. That's Banrock Station Shiraz 2007 from Australia, and some of the proceeds from sales go to bring back the salmon to Lake Ontario. For Post City Magazine, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.75, LCBO #668962)

 

 

 

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