680 NEWS wine reviews, May 25–27, 2018

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Regular listeners to these wine reviews will know by now that I’m a great fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region. Just released at Vintages is Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016. Very pale in colour with a hint of lime, grassy, passionfruit aromas with notes of green beans fill the nostrils. Medium-bodied, and dry, grapefruit and green plum flavours excite your taste buds. And the flavour goes on and on. It costs $21.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Serve it with fish dishes or goat’s cheese. That’s Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from New Zealand. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($21.95, Vintages #686675) (89)

Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2015
The price of good Argentinian Malbec is creeping up there are still some great buys in the under $20 range. Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2015 from Mendoza costs $19.95 at Vintages outlets. Dense purple in colour, it has a cedary, spicy nose of blackberries with a floral top note; it’s medium to full-bodied, dry and fruity with lively acidity. Another terrific BBQ wine for your red meat dishes. That’s Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2015 from Argentina at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #450155) (89)

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