680 NEWS wine reviews, May 18–20, 2018

Duca Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017
The two most popular categories at the LCBO are Pinot Grigio and Rosé, so you don’t have to be a marketing genius to come up with a winning concept of a Pinot Grigio Rosé. Take a bow, Duca Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017 from Friuli, the home of Pinot Grigio in north-eastern Italy. Palest pink in colour, the scent of apple peel and rhubarb rise from the glass. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate, expect citrus and green plum flavours with zesty acidity. It costs $14.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. A great aperitif wine as you wait for the BBQ to heat up. That’s Duca Catemario Collezione Privata Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #451146) (88)

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz/Grenache/ Mourvèdre 2015
If big, bold red wines are your bag, pick a bottle of Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvèdre 2015 from Australia’s Barossa Valley. 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. It costs $19.95 at Vintages outlets. That’s Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvédre 2015 from Australia. 2017. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #90241) (89)

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