The Aussies still make some of the most popular wines on the LCBO shelves, and around the world – here are some you should be looking for.
Hardy Wine Company Barossa Valley Estate 2005 E Minor ($17.95)
- coming June 2008, good red and black fruit, nice and easy drinking
Jacob’s Creek 2005 Reserve Shiraz ($17.95)
- on the general list right now – smooth, good tannins, white pepper, nice finish
Clarence Hill 2005 Chardonnay ($16.95)
- worth searching out in a restaurant – lovely tropical fruit – and only 8 months in oak
Wyndham Estate 2004 George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve Shiraz
- complex nose and taste with red berries and fruit, chocolate and some herbs in the mix
Gemtree Vineyards had 2 good wines on display:
Bloodstone 2006 Shiraz ($17.00)
- soft, fruity effort, good red fruit with cherries and herbs
Uncut Shiraz 2006 ($26.00)
- 16 months in oak - great fruit, lovely soft tannins – a blockbuster of a wine.
DogRidge Wine Company had three reds on the table that clean swept the competition:
The $20 Pup Shiraz – smooth red fruit with minor pepper tones
The $40 Digs Shiraz – sweet mouth with spicy-chocolaty notes
The $80 MVP Shiraz – great cellaring potential, herbs, spice, dark fruit, delicious
You can’t put a price on good wine … sounds poetic and romantic but California has found a way to do just that – value is always key to my choices, especially in my own personal cellar, but it doesn’t stop me from liking those high priced monsters that I’ll never be able to afford – plus if you invite me to dinner, I’ll tell you what wine you should be buying for such an occasion.
Tangley Oaks 2005 Merlot ($19.95)
- smooth, chocolate, red and black fruit – coming back to Vintages soon
Thomas Fogarty Winery 2006 Gewurztraminer Monterey
- spicy, slightly floral and very good
Trinchero Family Estates 2006 Menage a Trois
- always a favourite, three grapes blended together to make this rich tasty wine
Chimney Rock 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon SLD ($51.95)
- this beauty has lush tannins, chocolate and black fruit
Chimney Rock 2004 Elevage ($72.00)
- same profile as above, but smoother, richer, fuller and more elegance
Heitz Cellars 2002 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($230.00)
- they’re one ‘n’ away from making great ketchup, but this is a stunning spicy black fruit age-worthy number that’ll be around for many years to come
The Rest of the World of Wine …
While the Calis and the Aussies battled it out for shear volume on the floor other parts of the world put their best value wines forward to battle these new world giants … some were old world treasures and some were new world newcomers, but all knew the definition of value in the bottle.
Los Arboles 2006 Malbec (Argentina) - $12.95
- general list - easy, fruit forward, nothing over the top just a great everyday value sipper
Tsantali 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Organic (Italy) - $17.55
- availability limited – best wine of the show, spicy, black fruit, rich tannins, good oaking
Coyam Red 2005 (Chile) - $24.95
- Vintages … another organic beauty, blackberries, chocolate, herbs, spice – wrapped up beautifully in the mouth.