Natalie MacLean - delicious wine picks and pairings
www.nataliemaclean.com

Happy Father's Day Chris Goddard!

Natalie MacLean

Increase Font Size | Decrease Font Size


Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2018, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Produced by Zuccardi Serie A is a 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier white wine blend and it is terrific. Excellent value from one the biggest and most trusted wine producers in Argentina. Juicy ripe apple, fresh pear, stone fruit accompanied by a brilliant balance of acidity to fruit. Pair with grilled honeyed-Dijon chicken breasts. Drink: 2020-2022. 262097 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 26, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Cool Creamy Cheese Wine Full Review
Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A 51% Semillon and 49 Sauvignon Blanc white blend from the Margaret River wine region. Dry and zesty with a riot of flavours on the palate. Look for lime zest, ripe nectarine, guava, passionfruit, grassy, herbal and mineral flavours with a mouth-watering finish on the palate. Skuttlebutt is a nautical term for the source of water on sea going vessels and has since derived the slang meaning of gossip or rumour. Drink: 2020-2020. 47621 12% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 25, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Sister's Run Old Testament Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: So savoury and rich, with intense blackberry, dark plum, wild herb, minty flavours on the palate and a luxurious dark spice and vanilla finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were sourced from the Old Testament vineyard in the heart of the Coonawarra region. Pair with a juicy, grilled ribeye steak. Drink: 2019-2025. 478271 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 24, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Wakefield Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Fantastic value under $20 for this Wakefield 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clare Valley, South Australia. This is a juicy, full-bodied garnet red wine with a spicy nose and rich black fruits, meat, leather, cedar spice and vanilla flavours on the palate. This is your strip loin on the barbie red. Drink: 2019-2023. 744235 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 3, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Wakefield Winery Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay 2018, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: From Clare Valley Estate in South Australia, a cool-climate Chardonnay with crunchy green apple, ripe pear, fresh melon, ripe stone fruit and nutty flavours long and creamy on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood dishes. Drink: 2020-2023. 711556 14% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 10, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Zonte's Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Australia: The wine is named for King Arthur's legend: whomever could pull the sword Excalibur from the stone under the Avalon Tree, would rule as king. Also named for Australia's great gumtrees. A rich and juicy red wine blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance in Tempranillo. Vibrant with bright cassis, savoury herbs and dark spice flavours on the palate. Pair with roast boar. Drink: 2020-2030. 353193 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 15, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Chardonnay 2018, Niagara Penninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, full-bodied, delicious Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of golden apples, honey, white melon and vanilla spice. Perfect for roast chicken. Amazing price. Drink: 2019-2022. 63826 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 14, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Drink: 2020-2023. 68015 12.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95. June 12, 2021 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué 2016, Cave Spring Vineyard, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, floral Niagara Chardonnay with balanced and racy acidity for seafood. Medium-bodied with some toasted almond and golden apple aromas. Lovely. Drink: 2020-2021. 246579 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. May 11, 2021 Best Value White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Aconcagua Valley D.O., Chile: A single-vineyard, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe dark plum, berries and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Smooth, elegant and a pleasure to enjoy. Arboleda was founded in 1999 by Eduardo Chadwick. Drink: 2019-2025. 606764 14% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 90/100. June 26, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley D.O., Chile: From the Leyda Valley wine region Boya Sauvignon Blanc is easy to love. Medium-bodied with crisp liquid lemon acidity and a perfect match for fresh or steamed shellfish dishes. Boya Vineyards are influenced by the Pacific Ocean's moderating and cooling breezes bringing cool temperatures and allowing grapes to slowly ripen and develop their character. These cooling breezes also bring a salty tang to the grapes from the sea. Boya Sauvignon Blanc has been cold-fermented with no malolactic fermentation. Drink: 2019-2021. 389726 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 16, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
MontGras Antu Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: From the Maipo Valley, a full-bodied, well-priced Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley matured 13 months in oak barrels prior to bottling. Fun and juicy with dark plum, black cherry, blackberry, earthy and meaty with a flinty, vibrant finish. Pair with grilled game sausages. Drink: 2020-2023. 444703 14.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. June 5, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Blissful Blue Cheese Wine Full Review
Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Aconcagua Costa D.O., Chile: Love this cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from the Aconcagua Costa wine region. Fragrant with fresh herbs, green peas, lime and fresh melon aromas on the nose. Dry, medium-bodied with fresh herbs, mouth-filling lemon-lime zest and a lingering briny mineral finish. Good now, better in 2021. Drink: 2021-2023. 462614 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 22, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley D.O., Chile: A great value Sauvignon Blanc from the Leyda Valley, Chile. Fresh and grassy on the nose with lime and chive aromas. Mouth-watering on the palate with tropical fruit, fine herb, lime zest flavours on the palate. Pair with a ceviche. Drink: 2020-2021. 32060 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 1, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Southern France, Pays d'Oc , France: A terrific, robust southern French red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Lots of ripe blackberries and cassis. Incredible value for the price point. Aromas of dark fruit, smoke and some dark spice. Perfect for grilled meats or steak. Drink: 2018-2022. 234815 14% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 7, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Mega Spileo Cuvée III White Malagousia Assyrtiko Chardonnay 2017, Achaia, Peloponnese P.G.I., Greece: A bright, zesty Greek white wine made from the native grapes Malagousia and Assyrtiko along with Chardonnay. The vines are planted in soils of sand, clay and gravel providing excellent drainage. Aromas of lime, tangerine and lemon zest. Pair with fresh seafood or shellfish. Drink: 2020-2022. 14186 13% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 7, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: Incredible value on this smooth, silky and juicy red. Look for juicy, fleshy dark fruit, blueberry compote and savoury fine herb flavours on the palate. L.A. Cetto is the best-known wine producer in Mexico. Founder Don Angelo Cetto, of Italian origin, settled in Mexico in 1926. The Guadalupe Valley provides a great climate for viniculture: the Pacific Ocean’s cool winds result in chilly nights to maintain fresh acidity in the grapes while the days are very warm to ripen them. Drink: 2020-2023. 114066 13.50% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. April 1, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Zesty grapefruit, citrus and white melon aromas on the nose, vibrant with white grapefruit, fine herb and lime zest flavours vibrant on the palate. Pair with all things seafood. Drink: 2020-2021. 190454 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 26, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A vibrant, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, made from grapes grown entirely in New Zealand’s Awatere Valley. Fragrant on the nose with dried florals, white-flesh stone fruit, tropical fruit, soft orange, flinty, mineral flavours finishing long and mouth-watering on the palate. Chill and enjoy now. Drink: 2020-2022. 225557 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 16, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand: A terrific, zesty, vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at an amazingly great price! Aromas of lime, chives and lemon. So refreshing. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2019-2021. 610972 12.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. June 7, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Fragrant aromas of gooseberry, tropical fruit, grapefruit and lemon-lime zest on this Sauvignon Blanc from the Awatere and Wairau. Bright acidity, well-balanced with a zesty finish on the palate. Pair with fresh green salads. Drink: 2019-2021. 277707 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 11, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Great Goat Cheese Wine Full Review
Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand: Such a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with tropical and citrus flavours rather than the grassy, herbal ones. Fresh with racy acidity for shellfish and seafood. Medium-bodied with no oak. Clean and crisp. Drink: 2019-2022. 415745 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. February 20, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Produced by Ross and Barbara Lawson who have been grape growers since 1980, and winemakers since 1992. This winery is part of the Family of Twelve, a group of a dozen artisanal wineries, six of which are from the North Island and six from the South Island, that was founded in 2005. This vibrant white wine was barrel-fermented in the Marlborough wine region. Look for herbal-grassy notes, mouth-watering acidity and a lime citrus lift on this juicy SB briefly barrel-aged for added creaminess and finesse. Drink: 2020-2025. 214460 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 26, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2016, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: From Cathedral Cellars, this Western Cape wine region, a 100% Chardonnay produced by winemaker, Wim Truter. Fresh with ripe red apple, pear and lemon pudding flavours on the palate. Good acidity for food. Enjoy now and for the next three years. Drink: 2019-2022. 328559 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. September 4, 2020 Best Value White Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Great value under $17 on this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Merlot and Tannat added to the blend. Look for ripe dark fruit, fresh herbs, pepper spice and smoky vanilla flavours on the palate. Tannins are supple and smooth. Drink: 2019-2023. 68767 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 1, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Torres Gran Coronas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Penedès, Spain: Gorgeous complexity and concentration of flavour on this blockbuster Spanish red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape! The grapes for this lusciously ripe Cabernet grow on vines planted on the belvedere of the Mas la Palana estate. Aromas of blackberry jam, dark spice and some pepper. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2017-2024. 36483 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. December 16, 2019 Best Value Red Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Stave & Steel Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States: A robust, smooth, tasty Californian red wine made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Livermore Valley, a cool climate district. The wine is aged in bourbon barrels for four months rather than the oak usually used to age wine from France, Hungary or the US (but not bourbon oak). The bourbon oak staves (panels or strips of wood) impart a maple spice flavour to the wine, much like bourbon itself, with a brown sugar, vanilla toast finish. Aromas of ripe black fruit through the mid-palate. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018-2023. 541946 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. April 1, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Stave & Steel Wine Canadian Whisky Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States: Drink: 2018-2023. 13733 15.50% D 750 mL  $19.95. June 9, 2021 Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Red Cedar Vineyard, Paso Robles, California, United States: A full-bodied and juicy Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clayhouse's Vineyard Series. Lots of toasty oak spice and ripe black fruit, blackberry and coffee flavours on this Cali Cab. Clayhouse is certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Enjoy with barbeque beef long ribs. Drink: 2020-2025. 57869 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. May 27, 2020 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review

© 2021 Natalie MacLean