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Wakefield Shiraz 2010, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Blackberry liqueur richness with a hint of mint. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth with excellent replays of dark fruit flavours across the palate. This is an incredible wine for the price. The grapes for this wine come from vines that were planted in 1969, and that concentration shows in the wine. Some spice and vanilla oak on a long finish. Drink: 2012-2015. 943787 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. January 4, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewürztraminer 2011, BC VQA, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Classic gewurz with aromas of lychee, rose petal and baking spices. Full-bodied and delicious. Perfect for Asian dishes, curries and spicy dishes. Drink: 2013-2016. 321588 12.60% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 19, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
EauVivre Winery and Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008, BC VQA, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada: A lovely, medium-bodied red with a silky smooth texture. Enticing aromas of tart cherry, wild violets and a hint of smoke. Balanced and mouth-watering. Very versatile with food, from planked salmon to roast chicken. Drink: 2012-2016. 308353 13.30% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. January 19, 2012 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
35 South Vina San Pedro Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Chile, Chile: Love it! Rich, robust and blackberry-rich. Layers of lap-it-up black fruit flavour. Full-bodied and so smooth. Amazing party wine, especially at this price. Wow. 170019 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. March 28, 2011 Full Review
Carmen Reserva Carmenere 2013, Chile, Chile  169052 13.50%  750 mL  $10.45. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenère 2008, Maule Valley, Chile: Oh my goodness, this is incredible! The price has to by a typo. Juicy, full-bodied, smooth with fleshy black fruit. Try with osso buco or a slow-cooked roast with root vegetables. Buy a case for your parties. Drink: 2011-2016. 957050 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. November 12, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Amastuola Primitivo 2014, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this robust Italian red wine from oak ageing. Huge juicy purple plum and blueberry aromas and flavours in this supple, smooth, full-bodied Italian red wine. Primitivo is also known as Zinfandel in California. Finishes with baked blueberry pie and dark spice. Perfect for grilled meats and barbecue. Drink: 2017-2022. 300004 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. November 25, 2017 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Beautifully balanced! This New Zealand Pinot Noir seems to get better every year, and this is no exception. Lovely cherry-berry flavours, yet not sweet. Great mouth-watering juiciness for a wide range of foods, yet not acidic. Superb craftsmanship. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2018. 626390 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 15, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Love the green melon roundness that the Loureiro grapes beings to the angular and zesty Alvarinho grape. Lime zest and white grapefruit. Pair with fresh fish. Drink: 2016-2018. 89995 11% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 89/100. April 27, 2017 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Burgo Viejo Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Carignan 2001, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Dry, robust and savoury! Lovely aromas of maturity: it’s so nice to taste that when we usually only get the strapping young wines on the shelf. Lovely blackberry but also those more mature notes of leather, spice and cigar. Try it! 168823 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. May 1, 2010 Favourite Red Wine (Tied). Full Review
Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Merlot 2013, California, United States: Fleshy ripe plums and blackberries. Juicy, layered and full-bodied. Perfect for grilled lamb or pork chops. Drink: 2014-2018. 622837 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. December 3, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review

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