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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Monthly Picks: April 2012

Spring is here and (hopefully) the weather is turning. Time to break out the crisp, juicy white wines and enjoy the return of outdoor dinning.

Graham Beck Wines 2010 The Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - $15
Clean, crisp and focused, this South African Sauvignon Blanc has a lot going for it with good varietal expression of lemon/lime and kiwi fruit with typical grassy notes wrapped within a tart, mouth watering embrace of green apple acidity.
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Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2011 Gewurztraminer - $17
The palate is oily, chewy and off-dry, typical for the Alsatian variety. What makes the 2011 memorable is the rich fruit flavours are balanced with a higher level of acidity from the cooler, late harvest vintage.
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Oyster Bay Wines 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - $17
Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with loads of gooseberry, green apple, sweet grass and lemon drop aromas and flavours without pungent cat's pee notes.
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Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 Chardonnay - $18
A nice, warm nose of candied fruit, ripe pears, apple cider and candy floss aromas greets you at-first-sniff. The dry, vibrant palate follows with rich orchard fruit flavours and mouth-watering acidity.
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Unconventional Wisdom 2010 Told You So - $22
The "Told You So" white is their easy-going, floral-nosed Viognier with 10% Sauvignon Blanc added for some extra green apple acidic bite.
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Meyer Family Vineyards 2010 Tribute Series Chardonnay - $35
The acid is higher in the 2010 release than that of the sublime 2009 vintage, but the oak treatment and malo-lactic fermentation has balanced the tartness with a welcomed creamy texture.
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