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680 NEWS wine reviews – February 3–5, 2017 

Man Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2015
South African winemakers used to call their Chenin Blanc grape Steen. There's one winery that can't quite let go of the old name. Man Family Winery Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 is very pale in colour with a spicy, white peach nose; it's medium-bodied, dry, with nicely balanced pear and quince flavours. It costs $13.95 at Vintages outlets. Try it with grilled fish or camembert. That's Man Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 from South Africa. The name Man, incidentally, is made up of the initials of the three owners' wives – Marie, Anette and Nicky. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, Vintages #126847) (88)

Arboleda Carmenère 2014
Chile's signature grape Carmenère makes an interesting change from Cabernet Sauvignon – a grape with which it shares some flavour characteristics. Arboleda Carmenère 2014 from the Aconcagua Valley, currently at Vintages outlets, is dense purple in colour. Like Cabernet, this Carmenère shows a cedary, blackcurrant nose with graphite and herbal notes; it's full-bodied, dry with a rich blackcurrant flavour. It costs $19.95 at Vintages and is ideal for steak or a spicy lamb stew. That's Arboleda Carmenère 2014 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #46284) (89)

 

 

 

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