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Wines of the week 29th April 2019


This week I tasted a wonderfully balanced and elegant Chardonnay from Sonoma. The second wine from Dominus, which could easily be a first wine and one of my favourite Syrah from South Africa


Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard 2014 - 93 Points - $125 CAD

The fruit here is a lot less pure and the minerality less crisp compared to the 2015. I enjoyed the soft yellow apple and Asian pear, along with soft brioche notes, and the palate round with an elegant long lasting length. This wine never disappoints.

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Dominus Napanook Red 2013 - 94 Points . -$100 CAD

Hard to believe this is a second wine. This has a wonderful fruit profile with a refined and structured core. Deep ruby with aromas of blackberries, dark cherry, pepper, mushroom and a little vanilla(oak). This is a medium-full bodied wine with polished tannins, along with characteristics on the palate, of plush freshly picked dark and red fruits, fresh herbs and a floral like texture at the front. The palate is perfectly balanced and the long length allows you to enjoy this wine for a 10-20 seconds longer than expected. The quality of this second wine is really impressive. I have another bottle of this and will not touch it for 5 years, just to allow the tannins to be perfectly integrated.

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Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 - 92 points - $30 CAD

Always a classic Syrah from South Africa, aromas of dark red cherries, blackberries, violets, this is a medium-full bodied wine with chewy tannins, the palate showed characteristics of crunchy red fruit, liquorice, vanilla, spice and dried violets. There was good acidity, with a medium well balanced finished. Good value Syrah from South Africa, Drink now

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Hope you guys can pick up a couple of the above bottles!

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