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680 NEWS wine reviews – May 19–21, 2017 

Lorca Selección Monastrell 2008
The tiny region of Bullas in southern Spain is known for its red wines, based on the Monastrell grape – known elsewhere as either Mourvèdre or Mataro. Here's one with 30% Syrah: Lorca Selección Monastrell 2008. It's dense purple in colour with a bouquet of cedar and spicy black fruits. It's full-bodied, juicy and fruity, with the flavor of black plums, firmly structured with lively acidity. It costs $15.95 at Vintages outlets. Try it with blue cheese or spicy ribs. That's Lorca Selección Monastrell 2008 from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($15.95, Vintages #380238) (88.5)

Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
When I first tasted Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from South Australia I said to myself "This tastes just like a claret from Bordeaux." And being a claret-lover I was impressed. Also by the price. Dense ruby-purple in colour, it offers a cedary, blackcurrant nose with a floral grace note. It's medium-bodied and dry with the flavours of blackcurrants carried on a lively spine of acidity, it finishes on a note of coffee beans. The cost – $19.95 a bottle at Vintages. It's perfect for lamb dishes. That's Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #58099) (89)

 

 

 

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