Trius Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay 2016, Niagara
($19.95, Vintages #251470)
Winemaker Craig Macdonald makes rich and compelling Chardonnays. His Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is a wine that’s drinking well now but will age beautifully with a year or two in bottle. Bright straw in colour, it shows a toasty apple and citrus nose. Medium-bodied and dry spicy flavours of apple and green pineapple fill the mouth, buttressed by well-integrated oak.
Food Match: chicken; ripe Camembert. (89)
Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz/Grenache/ Mourvèdre 2015, Barossa Valley
($19.95, Vintages #90241)
If big, bold red wines are your bag, this is your wine. Deep purple in colour, it has a rich nose of blackberries and cedar with a note of iodine. Medium to full-bodied, you get concentrated flavours of sweet blackberry and plum with a chocolate note. An ideal BBQ wine, especially for pepper steak. (89)