680 NEWS wine reviews – March 9–11, 2018

Piattelli Reserve Torrontes 2016
The Torrontes grape from Argentina is so fragrant you don’t know whether to drink it or slap it on as after-shave. It smells of orange blossom and cardamom, rather like a dry Muscat from Alsace. Recently released at Vintages is Piattelli Reserve Torrontes 2016. That intense aroma is matched by the flavour of a cantaloupe melon – it really is like drinking perfume that tastes deliciously dry. Torrontes makes a great aperitif before dinner or try it with runny cheeses. It costs $14.95 at Vintages outlets. That’s Piattelli Reserve Torrontes 2016 from Argentina. For Post City magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #536672) (88.5)

Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay 2016
The South African winery Boekenhoutskloof makes great Syrah but recently I tasted their Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay and was very impressed by the price for the quality. Light straw in colour, the Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay 2016 has a woodsy, apple nose with a floral grace note; it’s medium-bodied, dry, faintly smoky with pear and lemon flavours. It costs a reasonable $14.95 at Vintages outlets and will match chicken or fish dishes. That’s Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay 2016 from South Africa. For Post City magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #542175) (88.5)

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