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Wine Picks September 29, 2016

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Troublemaker Austin Hope Syrah Mourvedre, Paso Robles, California, United States: Sweet mocha and chocolate on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, lush, smooth Californian red wine. Pair with Mexican mole. Drink: 2016 - 2019 682831 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Red 2013, Western Cape, South Africa: What an extraordinary wine for the money! This robust South African red wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon 12%, shiraz 25%, petit verdot 28%, merlot 27% and Grenache 7%. Aroas of black fruit, smoke and toasty oak. Perfect for prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2017 222570 14.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Reserva Merlot 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Juicy and full-bodied with supple, smooth texture. Blackberries and black plums. Merlot food pairings: bbq spareribs, grilled steak, prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2019 324590 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Rita Reserva Carmenere 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile: A plush, smooth, supple Chilean Carmenere at a great price. Medium- to full-bodied with aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plum, blackberry and blueberry. Pair with grilled pork chops. Carmenere food pairings: red meats, casseroles or soft cheeses. Drink: 2015 - 2018 177774 13.5% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Gamay 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Plush and lovely Niagara Gamay, truly a cool climate wonder. Fresh berries on a spring morning after rain. Medium-bodied and supple and smooth. Perfection for turkey. Gamay food pairings: grilled salmon, antipasto plate, meaty tomato based pasta. Drink: 2015 - 2018 591313 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roodeberg 2014, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Amazing value for this full-bodied, racy South African red wine blend. Aromas of wild cassis, black raspberry and blackberry. Perfect for roast beef. Drink: 2015 - 2018 7187 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

The Wolftrap 2014, Franschhoek, South Africa: This is a vibrant South African white wine blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc grapes. The Wolftrap label is produced by the Boekenhoutskloof winery. Subtle floral and white peach on the nose: bursts like sunshine on the palate. Medium-bodied and lovely. Pair with mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2017 292532 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc Viognier 2016, Western Cape, South Africa: What a stunningly pretty and floral South African white wine made from the country's most iconic white grape Chenin Blanc. Redolent of apple blossom and lime zest. Perfect for seared seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 281311 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.35 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kin Vineyards Civil Grit Chardonnay 2015, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the Hughes Vineyard, Lincoln Lakeshore, this VQA wine is a pleasant sipper with lots of toasted almond. The grapes come from Niagara but the winery is located close to Ottawa. Pair with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood pasta; vegetable terrine. Drink: 2015 - 2017 13.3% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Butty with toasted almond on the nose. The palate is vibrant with green apple racy acidity ideal for roast chicken. Great value. Drink: 2015 - 2017 367698 14% XD 750 mL $16.00 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Paarl, South Africa: Crisp, clean and refreshing with notes of lime and lemon zest. Racy, mouth-watering acidity that cries out for fresh seafood or shellfish. Amazing value. Drink: 2015 - 2017 382713 13.5% D 750 mL $12.10 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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