‘Off the beaten path’ wines with lots of appeal
McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon Hunter Valley, Australia 09596Z $15.50
If you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc but prefer a style that is not very herbaceous/ grassy, then this fresh and lively Semillon should be on your radar this summer. Displays lemon, candied citrus, green and yellow apple flavours with a hint of minerality. Nice tension between fruit and acidity. Versatile white wine: from sipping on the patio to paring with calamari or a wide range of hearty summer salads.
Delaforce Douro Colheita Tinto Douro, Portugal 07576Z $15.09
A blend of several indigeneous grape varieties of Portugal: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. A great patio red that will pair well with charcuterie boards and thin crust pizza featuring richer-tasting ingredients such as caramelized onions and sausage. Flavours of cherry, straw ber-ries, vanilla, tobacco and dried herbs framed by ripe tannins and invigorating acidity. Serve slightly chilled.
Finca Las Moras Black Label Bonarda San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina 07601Z $18.19
Bonarda has been living in Malbec shadows for years, but with its versatility, this Argentinian charmer may have its day in the sun yet. This wine convincingly manages to combine ripe flavours of raspberry jams and vanilla custard with refreshing acidity giving it freshness, juiciness and a silky mouthfeel. Displays added complexity with floral notes and leather on the finish. A great paring for BBQ fare especially spicy sausages and ribs.
Domaine Grosset Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cairanne Rhone Valley, France 07454Z $23.80
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that illustrates how wines from the Southern Rhone can appealingly combine rusticity and elegance.
Black cherry and blackberry notes with hints of pipe tobacco, black pepper and incense on the finish. Medium-bodied with great fruit concentration and plush tannins. Great pairing with green-pepper-corncrusted steak this summer and pot roasts and beef stews in the fall.