Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks
Leyda Garuma Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
2014 (Leyda Valley, Chile)
Pale straw in colour with a grassy, gooseberry nose; an elegant, classic Sauvignon Blanc — mediumbodied, lovely mouth-feel, good concentration of green plum and grapefruit flavours in mid palate; crisply dry with great length. Food match: grilled scallops; goat’s cheese.
$19.95 • Vintages #99309
Opawa Pinot Gris
2014 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
Straw colour with a green tint; a minerally, peach nose with citrus notes; medium-bodied, dry, well extracted peach and nectarine flavours with a long, clean finish. Food match: grilled salmon; roast chicken.
$16.95 • Vintages #408625
A well-priced Shiraz from Niagara. Deep ruby colour; peppery, blackberry nose with a herbal note; dry, medium-bodied, sweet fruit that finishes dry with a toasted herb note on the finish. Soft mid-palate. Great value. Food match: roast lamb; BBQ hamburgers.
$13.80 • LCBO #144857
A bargain-priced Aragonez and Trincadeira blend from Alentejo. Deep ruby with purple highlights; black cherry and plum aromas with spicy oak; medium body, dry, well extracted black fruit flavours with balancing acidity and an overlay of spicy oak. Food match: chorizo sausage; chicken kebabs.
$9.30 • LCBO #89912