680 NEWS wine reviews – February 23–25, 2018

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016
If you like bold red wines with body and heft, try Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016 from Australia. Dense purple in colour, it exudes a spicy, smoky, savoury bouquet of blackberries black cherries. It’s full-bodied fruit-driven and chewy – a wine for pepper steak or rich casseroles. It costs $21.95 at Vintages and is worth cellaring for a couple of years to allow the tannins to soften. That’s Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016 from Australia at Vintages outlets. For Post City magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($16.95, Vintages #167189) (89)

Gabriel Meffre St. Vincent Côtes du Rhône 2015
If you choose your wines by the seasons like your wardrobe, then here’s a great winter wine: Gabriel Meffre St. Vincent Côtes du Rhône 2015. Deer ruby in colour, it has a spicy blackberry and white pepper bouquet; medium-bodied, dry and firmly structured, it expresses sweet, ripe, red berry fruit. It costs $16.95 at Vintages outlets and marries well with red meat dishes, especially beef stew. That’s Gabriel Meffre St. Vincent Côtes du Rhône 2015 from France. For Post City magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($16.95, Vintages #526665) (88.5)

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