Natalie MacLean's Wines of the Week for May 1, 2017
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa
Lots of mocha, dark chocolate and smoke from oak aging on the nose of this robust South African Syrah. A full-bodied, smoky South African red wine with aromas of cassis and black currant. Finishes with woodsmoke and dark spice. Pair with prime rib.
Rio Negro, Patagonia I.P., Argentina
A full-bodied Argentine red wine made in the hinterland of the region, according to the back label, in the far southernmost reaches of South America in desert land originally inhabited by Mapuche Indians. Dark fruit and toasty oak aromas. Pair with grilled meats.
Mosel Qualitätswein, Germany
A terrific, zesty, mouth-watering German white wine made from the classic Riesling grape and dry in style. Aromas of lime zest and grapefruit. Medium-bodied. Pair with fresh seafood.
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
A lovely, medium-bodied Niagara white wine blend of Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Floral, aromatic and off-dry, this is a terrific aperitif or companion to fresh seafood. Finishes with apple blossom. Pair with medium curries and spices as well. Great price.
Jerez D.O., Spain
A terrific, dry sherry with toasted almond aromas. Pair with, what else, toasted nuts and cheeses.