680 NEWS wine reviews, September 28–30, 2018

Flat Rock Pink Twisted Rosé 2017
Pink wines are all the rage, it seems, and where once vintners would make their rosés from a single variety, now they’re creating blends. Niagara’s Flat Rock Pink Twisted Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Bright pink in colour with a bouquet of red apples and lemon, it’s light to medium-bodied. It’s just off-dry with a peachy-apple flavour, a light mineral note and good acidity to assure a drier finish than the nose suggests. It costs $17.95 at Vintages. Chill it and try it with charcuterie. That’s Flat Rock Pink Twisted Rosé 2017 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($17.95, Vintages #39974) (88.5)

Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin White 2016
My recommendation today is an unusual blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Muscat de Frontignan, Viognier and Semillon from South African. Equally unusual is its name: Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin White 2016. The winemaker employs a posse of ducks to patrol his vineyard for snails. The wine has a minerally spicy peachy nose with a cinnamon note. It’s medium-bodied, dry with peach, melon and citrus flavours, well-balanced with good length. It costs $16.95 at Vintages outlets. Serve it with roast chicken or Caesar salad. That’s Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin White 2016 from South Africa at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazine, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($16.95, Vintages #439554) (89)

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