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680 NEWS wine reviews – February 24–26, 2017 

Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin White 2015
Avondale is a biodynamic winery in South Africa's Paarl region. The owner, Johnathan Grieve, employs a "posse" of ducks that patrol the vineyard looking for snails. The snails apparently eat the vines. That's why he calls his wine Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin White 2015. This fruit cocktail of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Muscat de Frontignan, Viognier and Semillon is pale straw in colour with a minerally, peachy nose and a note of cinnamon; it's medium-bodied, dry with a peach and citrus flavour, well-balanced with good length. It costs $15.95 at Vintages outlets. Try it with mushroom quiche or runny cheeses. That's Avondale Jonty's Ducks Pekin White 2015 from South Africa. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($15.95, Vintages # 439554) (89)

Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2014
Here's a wine for the unrepentant carnivore: Casa Silva Reserva Carmenère 2014 from Chile's Colchagua Valley. Dense ruby in colour with a cedary, blackcurrant nose, it's full-bodied with sweet blackcurrant, plum and dark chocolate flavours that finish dry with balancing acidity. It costs $14.95 at Vintages outlets. This is a wine that can stand up to dinosaur ribs, but if your local supermarket is out of them, try it with pepper steak or beef stew. That's Casa Silva Reserva Carmenère 2014 from Chile at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #24679) (88)

 

 

 

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