Natalie MacLean's Wines of the Week - Apr. 9, 2018
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada
A full-bodied, solid Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Aromas of black currant and blackberry and smoke. Pair with watching two closely matched hockey teams play off or barbecued meats.
Maipo Valley, Chile
Some attractive herbal notes on the nose of this plush, smooth, supple Chilean Carmenere at a great price. Medium- to full-bodied with aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plum, blackberry and blueberry. Pair with grilled pork chops or lamb.
A fresh, crisp, lively Austrian white wine made from the classic grape Chardonnay. Aromas of peach, and yes, a hint of banana, but not in a sweet sense - more tropical intrigue. Barely noticeable oak. Pair with fresh seafood, shellfish and chicken.
Sonoma Valley, California, United States
A rich, full-bodied, viscous, mouth-coating Californian Chardonnay from the cool climate of Sonoma Valley. Aromas of toasted almond, golden apple and Asian pear. Match with roast chicken.
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Niagara, Ontario VQA, Canada
Such a lovely, lightly sweet Niagara wine made from the Vidal grape. Aromas of honeysuckle and peach. It's a late harvest rather than icewine so it'll pair beautifully with a fruit flan or cobbler. Also enjoy it on its own.
Sweetness: Medium Sweet