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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010 (South Africa)
$14.95 (Vintages #595280)
This bargain-priced Syrah from the warm, dry Swartland region is a Vintages Essential (which means it should always be available). Dense purple-black in colour, it has a smoky, nose of blackberries and roasted herbs. It reminds me of a Syrah from the northern Rhône with its savoury, smoky black cherry flavour, well integrated oak and soft tannins. **** (88)
Food match: pepper steak; winter stews

Henry of Pelham Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010 (Ontario)
$19.95 (Vintages #268342)
Ontario is making world-class Chardonnay at very good prices compared to white Burgundy. Light straw in colour, it offers a minerally nose of spicy oak and apples. The wine is more concentrated on the palate than the bouquet suggests. Sweet melon and pineapple flavours fill the mouth, nicely balanced with well integrated oak. It's toasty and nutty on the finish. It costs $19.95 at Vintages. ***** (90)
Food match: roast fowl; grilled salmon

Cavino Grande Reserve Nemea 2006 (Greece)
$14.95 (Vintages #295618)
There is more to Greek wine than Retsina. Though they have international varieties planted for their red wines, the more interesting are the local grapes. Cavino Grande Reserve Nemea 2006 is made from Agiorgitiko grape (also known as St. George). Deep ruby colour and a nose of tobacco leaf, cedar and cherries. It is an easy drinking wine with a sweet cherry flavour that finishes dry and savoury with ripe tannins. **** (88)
Food match: lamb stew; moussaka

 

 

 

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