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680News wine reviews – February 21–23, 2014 

Heartland Stickleback Red 2010
Ben Glaetzer, the winemaker at Mitolo in Australia's Barossa Valley, also makes very rich and affordable wines under the Heartland label. His Heartland Stickleback Red 2010 – a blend of Cabernet and Shiraz – is dense purple-ruby in colour with a smoky nose of blackberry and vanilla; it shows sweet blackberry fruit with a chocolate note and is great value at $13.95. You'll find it at Vintages outlets. Serve it with red meat dishes or well-aged Cheddar. That's Heartland Stickleback Red 2010 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($13.95, Vintages #116574)

Montes Twins 2011
I'm not often swayed by label designs but I couldn't resist picking up a bottle of Montes Twins 2011 with its hilarious drawings by British cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Twins refers to the bend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile's Colchagua Valley. Dense purple in colour, the bouquet is spicy blackcurrant and blackberry backed by vanilla oak – flavours that fill the mouth. It costs $12.95 a bottle and works well with lamb dishes or beef. That's Montes Twins 2011 from Chile on the LCBO's general list. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($12.95, #352054)

 

 

 

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