August 19, 2016
The current “Hot Buys” at Cristall Wine Merchants, Sunnyside Mall in Bedford are available at the special price until August 28th (as long as supplies last). My picks, reviewed below include a couple of good, budget priced bargains as well as some moderately priced win...
August 19, 2016
The current “Hot Buys” at Cristall Wine Merchants, Sunnyside Mall in Bedford are available at the special price until August 28th (as long as supplies last). My picks, reviewed below include a couple of good, budget priced bargains as well as some moderately priced wines that offer fine value in their respective price ranges.
Mixtus Chenin Chardonnay 2014, Argentina 12% $10.99 ($2 off). Cristall Wine Merchants, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford. This one shows lightly scented floral notes with citrus and yellow fruit on the nose. Clean lemon citrus flavour is accented with a squeeze of lime, crisp acidity and a touch of mineral. Light-bodied, easy drinking bargain wine. **
Excelsior Chardonnay 2014, Wine of Origin Robertson, South Africa 14% $14.99 ($3 off) Cristall Wine Merchants. Surpringly intense scents of pure lime with background tropical fruit on the nose lead into the same pure lime zest in the mouth, together with lemon, gritty mineral and vibrant acidity. The pure crisp flavour profile calls for grilled sea foods or lightly spiced oriental dishes. ***
Icalma Red Wine 2014, Central Valley, Chile 12% $10.99 ($1 off). Gentle scents of fresh raspberry and blackberry with a whiff of green herb shift to foreground blackberry and secondary raspberry in the mouth. Supported by moderate tannins with a splash of dark chocolate, this is an easy drinking but satisfying, flavourful wine. Exceptional value. **
Domaine Roch –Audran Merlot 2014, Vin de France, Vin Biologique 13.5% $14.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants. Although this biodynamic producer is located in the Rhone region, this wine carries only the modest “Vin de France” pedigree. Nonetheless, it reveals enticingly ripe, fleshy red and dark fruit with cinnamon and clove spiciness on the nose, reverting to characteristic Merlot plum flavours on the palate. Well-balanced, with velvety tannins and food-friendly acidity, it will pair with grilled or roasted red meats and hard-ripened cheese. ***
Paul Mas Estate Single Vineyard Collection Malbec 2014, Gardemiel Vineyard, Pays d’Oc, France 13.5% $16.99 ($3 off) Cristall Wine Merchants. The single vineyard that produced this wine is in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The name, “Gardemiel” means, literally, “Guard the honey.” Opening with inviting, deeply perfumed fine fruit, with scents of clove and sandalwood it does not disappoint on the palate, showing lovely raspberry and ripe blackberry flavours, supple tannins, brisk acidity and dry tannic grip on the finish. A distinctive, characterful wine, drinking well now, but will reward further cellaring for another 2-3 years or more. ****