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SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

VINTAGES

21

ARGENTINA

– REDWINE

ZUCCARDI SERIE A MALBEC 2016

Uco Valley, Mendoza

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Malbec Serie A is

sourced from different vineyards across the

Valle de Uco (San José, Los Árboles, Tupungato,

El Peral, Gualtallary, Vista Flore and La

Consulta) andwas fermented in concrete vats

and used 500-liter French oak barrels. There

is more than fruit here, there is some expression

of the soil, with subtle nuances and more

complexity, hints of aromatic herbs and lower in

alcohol (13%). The profile of all the wines is

very clean, precise, juicywith good acidity. This

is a superb example of it, with even some

chalky sensations in the texture. Great value

too. No less than 400,000 bottles were

produced in 2016. There is only one lot,

blended in June, and then bottled at different

times. What I tasted had been bottled in

September 2016. Drink date: 2017-2020.

Score:

91

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016 )

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $16.95

2

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CHILE

– REDWINE

CALITERRA TRIBUTO SINGLE VINEYARD

CARMENÈRE 2015

Colchagua Valley

TASTING NOTE: This is focused and beautiful

with blackberry, fresh herb and hints of spice.

Some stone as well. Full to medium body,

balanced tannins. Very pretty finish. Drink now.

Score:

92

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

May 29, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $17.95

1

056630

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AUSTRALIA

– REDWINE

WAKEFIELD

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Clare Valley, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: Sweet berries punctuated

by delectable tang. Smooth yet lively, with

suggestions of blueberry, strawberry, vanilla

and mint. Attractively priced for the quality.

A fine, silky cabernet from cool-climate Clare

Valley that’s fit for grilled-steak season, or for

cellaring up to five more years. Food Pairing:

Grilled steak. Score:

90

(Beppi Crosariol,

The Globe and Mail

, May 30, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $19.95

2

744235

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Featured as our Wine of the Month

NEW ZEALAND

–WHITEWINE

MOUNT RILEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

Marlborough, South Island

TASTING NOTE: Delightfully fragrant and in-

tensely aromatic, this fabulous sauvignon

shows white nectarine, passionfruit, lime zest

and lemongrass notes on the nose. The palate

is juicy and flavoursome, and delivers excellent

fruit purity backed by bright acidity. Wonderfully

expressed and highly enjoyable. At its best: now

to 2019. Score:

93

(Sam Kim,

wineorbit.co.nz

,

Aug. 2016)

Aromatic & Flavourful

750 mL (XD) $17.95

2

981670

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SOUTHAFRICA

–WHITEWINE

TUSSOCK JUMPER

CHENIN BLANC 2017

WOWestern Cape

TASTING NOTE: The classic South African

white wine, Chenin Blanc (once known as

Steen), is a native of the Loire Valley. Few

places outside of France, South Africa principal

among them, can produce premium-quality

examples. This one suggests white blossom

floral tones with ripe peach, tropical fruit and a

spicy underpinning. If you’re looking for a

crisp, mouthwatering, fun white wine to pair

with shrimp, crab or pork chops, this wine is

your one-stop shopping spree. (Vintages

panel, June 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

750 mL (XD) $12.95

1

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SOUTH AFRICA

– REDWINE

LEEUWENKUIL SHIRAZ 2016

WO Swartland

TASTING NOTE: “Leeuwenkuil” translates

approximately to “lion’s den,” which is a great

image for a wine with such spirit and strength.

This features youthful, intense strawberry,

red cherry and blackberry, with a peppery kick.

Balanced, structured and fruit-forward, this

wine was fermented in stainless steel and saw

no oak, thus preserving even the most delicate

of the fruit nuances. (Vintages panel, June 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $14.95

2

536631

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