A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 827: New World Wines with a Nod to the Old

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Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot 2020 (Short Hills Bench; $15.95 [$13.95 until January 30], CSPC #504241)
Opaque purple in colour; cedary, spicy, floral nose of plums with a toasty note; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, savoury plum and currant flavour. (88)

Kruger Wine Works Fram Shiraz 2019 (Swartland, South Africa; $22.95, Vintages #21326)
Deep ruby-purple in colour; toasty, spicy, blackberry nose with a smoky note; full-bodied, dry, blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, ending 0n a floral note and ripe tannins. (91)

Divino Silvaner Trocken 2019 (Franken, $16.95, Vintages #15391)
Bright straw in colour; minerally, peach pit nose with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, white peach flavour with an almond note on the finish. Nicely balanced. (89)

Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2019 ($79.95 for 375 mL; Vintages #558288)
Bright, shining gold colour; honeyed mango and grapefruit nose with Botrytis notes; medium-bodied, luscious, intense, unctuous, sweet, orange, honey, peach and apricot flavours, beautifully balanced with racy acidity that stops it from cloying. Sauternes-like. (96)

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (Marlborough, New Zealand, $18.95, Vintages #14199)
Classic Marlborough Sauvignon. Bright, straw colour; grassy, passionfruit and grapefruit nose; medium-bodied, crisply dry, green plum and passionfruit flavours; beautifully balanced, ending on a floral note. (90)

Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Carmenère 2018 (Almahue Valley, Chile; $24.95)
Opaque purple in colour; cedary, herbal nose of black fruits with oak spice; full-bodied, dry, intense, concentrated flavours of black plums and blackcurrant; beautifully balanced, firmly structured; lovely mouth-feel with a note of cloves on the finish. (90)

Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Almahue Valley, Chile; $24.95)
With 5% Syrah. Opaque purple in colour; lifted, cedary, toasty nose of blackcurrant with oak spice; full-bodied, dry, intense, blackcurrant and black licorice flavours; firmly structured, well-balanced, ending on a note of dark chocolate. (91)

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