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Wines of the Week for January 26th, 2017

MAN Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 (South Africa)
($13.95, Vintages #126847)
South African winemakers used to call their Chenin Blanc grape Steen. This winery that can't quite let go of the old name. The name "Man" is made up of the initials of the three owners' wives – Marie, Anette and Nicky. The wine is very pale straw in colour with a spicy, white peach nose; it's medium-bodied, dry, with nicely balanced pear and quince flavours. **** (88)
Food match: grilled white fish; camembert

Arboleda Carmenère 2014 (Aconcagua Valley, Chile)
($19.95, Vintages #46284)
Chile's signature grape, Carmenère, makes an interesting change from Cabernet Sauvignon – a grape with which it shares some flavour characteristics. This example is dense purple in colour. Like Cabernet it shows a cedary, blackcurrant nose with graphite and herbal notes; it's full-bodied, dry with a rich blackcurrant flavour. ****1/2 (89)
Food match: steak; spicy lamb stew

Roche de Bellène Cuvée Réserve Pinot Noir Bourgogne 2014 (Burgundy)
($21.95, Vintages #299859)
Here's a great wine for a Valentine's dinner. Red Burgundy gets pricey but here's one that punches above its weight in terms of value for your dollar. Ruby in colour with a lifted, spicy black raspberry nose with well-integrated oak, it's medium-bodied, dry, fresh and lively on the palate with a flavour of raspberries. ***** (90)
Food match: duck breast; pork loin

 

 

 

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