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  • D'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2001
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D'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2001 (McLaren Vale, Australia)
$18.95 (Vintages Essential)
A fifty-fifty blend of the two named grapes. Dense purple colour with a sweet port and chocolate nose; fat and mouthfilling, full-bodied and Rubenesque with well extracted sweet mulberry and plum flavours but well balanced for all its fruit-forward fleshiness. ****
Food match: venison stew; pepper steak

Banrock Station Unwooded Chardonnay 2003 (Southeastern Australia)
$10.55 (General listing)
The bottle that I tasted carried a back label that talks about the wine's "toasty oak flavour"! Notwithstanding, this wine is straw coloured with a lifted, ripe melon nose; the flavour is sweetish pineapple, medium-bodied with a surprisingly long finish. Good value. ***˝
(For each bottle sold in Ontario, a donation will be given to Toronto Zoo's Adopt-a-Pond program.)
Food match: pineapple chicken; smoked meat sandwiches

Konrad & Conrad Sauvignon Blanc 2002 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
$13.95 (General list)
Pale straw colour; concentrated elderberry and passionfruit nose with notes of asparagus; very ripe and intense flavour, medium to full-bodied with some residual sweetness. ****
Food match: steamed lobster; monk fish

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