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Vintages Wine Picks June 11, 2011

White Wine

Jardin Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009, W.O., Stellenbosch, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Owned and operated by American ex-pats, Gary and Kathy Jordan, the winery is known as Jordan in South Africa; due to another winery in California with that name, they go by Jardin internationally. Lovely oaked Chardonnay that does the style proud. Lots of tropical fruit, coconut oil, hazelnut and vanilla. Dry with both fruit and oak working off each other brilliantly. Flavour-packed long finish that is perfectly freshened up by a seam of bright acidity. My note: Love it! Big, generous Chardonnay with mouth-watering zip! Gorgeous aromas of green apple, butter and hazelnut yet there’s also a zingy lime finish to clean up after the richness. Make your tongue happy Pair with: crab cakes, seafood in a rich cream sauce. Drink: 2009-2014. 663336 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 11, 2011 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Cathedral Cellar Kwv Shiraz 2009, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: This New World Shiraz gives a generous tip of the hat to the Rhône style. Filled with blackberry, black pepper and new leather nuances, this is a terrific value. My note: dependably delicious year after year with ripe plums and blackberries. Full-bodied and smooth. Wonderful price. Pair with: beef stews, pastas, beef, lamb. Drink: 2009-2013. 561142 14.30% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 11, 2011 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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