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Vintages Wine Picks April 30, 2011

White Wine

Malivoire Wine Company Mottiar Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: A fantastic wine from the vineyard that winemaker Shiraz Mottiar discovered in 2003, and subsequently planted. Expressive apple blossom, apricot, pear, coconut oil, and a lashing of minerality. Dry, with zippy acidity counterpointing a bright fruit core. Impressive balance and complexity, a tangy finish, and good length. My note: Fall down on your knees (wear kneepads) and be glad you have this wine. Gorgeous, voluptuous aromas of green apple, peach, oak, and toasted almond. This is amazing. Do I even need to say full-bodied? Pair with: pan-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2011-2016. 146985 13% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 30, 2011 Favourite White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Jim Barry Wines The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2008, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Hulking, savory red with classic aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and brambly blackberries. Some cedar and tobacco box on the finish. A serious wine for discussing world affairs. Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2010 International Wine Challenge. Drink: 2011-2018. 998476 14% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 92/100. April 30, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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