Professor B's July 21 Vintage Release Recommendations.


This relatively large release offers a lot of fines wines, and many of them represent good value.

Fortified wine

Tawny, Buller, Victoria, Australia
Tawny is a Port-style invented by British wine merchants in the Port wine trade.
Australian wineries from early on tried to capitalize on the British predilection of tawny ports. Occasionally, Australian tawny-style fortified wines are fine and this particular one happens to be one of them.
Offers aromas of dried apricots, orange peel, dates and pecans. The wine is sweet, but not cloying. You can cellar it for two to three days, but it is enjoyable now with mature cheeses or on its own.
0271403, $ 18.95
Good value

White wines

Reserve Chardonnay, 2008, Caledonia Australis, South Gippsland Wine Company, Victoria, Australia
Apricot, pink grapefruit, and peach aromas dominate this refined, medium-bodied chardonnay. The mouth feel is silky and elegant with a long finish.
0284935, $ 39.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Cathedral Cellars, South Africa
South Africa’s sauvignon blanc wines taste more like their Bordeaux counterparts. They are fresh, aromatic, with pronounced gooseberry aromas, acid-driven and pleasant.
This wine would be fine with pan-fried fillet of sole coated in beer batter.
0662718, $ 14.95
Good value

Reserve Pinot Gris, 2008, Trimbach, Alsace, France
Pear, granny Smith apple, peach aromas greet the nose. Finely balanced with underlying minerality. Long finish. An excellent food wine
097762, $ 22.95

Chateau Briondelle Classic Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2010, Bordeaux, France
Well made, barrel-aged, characterful white Bordeaux that would please any wine enthusiast. 90/100
0626507, $ 15.95
Good value

Meursault Les Narvaux, 2009, Latour-Girard, Burgundy, France
An excellent white single vineyard Cote de Beaune offering roasted almond aromas. It is intense, delicious, balanced and complex.
Enjoy with marinated shrimp. Octopus, grilled squid or BBQ salmon.
0012369, $ 45.95

Assyrtiko/Athiri, 2010, Domaine Sigalas, Santorini, Greece
A blend of two typical indigenous Greek varieties. This creamy wine offer ripe apple, pear, and spice aromas. The mid palate is succulent with a rich finish.
0276535. $ 16.95
Good value

Red wines

Highland Series reserve Pinot Noir, 2010, Fog Head, California
Aromas of black cherries, mulberries, and earth greet the nose. A medium-bodied wine with fresh acidity and depth. Well-balanced with a long finish,
0212944, $ 19.95
Good value

Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Hewitt Vineyards, Napa valley, California
From the fabled northern Napa Valley, this superbly crafted and intense wine smells of plums, blackberries, and currants. In the mouth excellent layered flavours evolve. Enjoyable now, but can be cellared for six to eight years for additional refinement.
0080192, $ 69.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Arboldea, Chile
An attractive nose of black olives, black currants and oak waft out of the glass. Dark cherry, cassis and intense flavours develop the mouth. Tannins are soft, the wine is delicious and well- balanced.
0606764, $ 16.95
Good value

Conde de Valdemar Reserva, 2005, Bodegas Martinez Buchanda, Rioja, Spain
An excellent fruity, intense red wine made exclusively using tempranillo grapes. Full bodied, with a long and satisfying finish.
0947309, $ 19.95

Capitel Tra I Due Amarone Della Valpolicella, 2007, Fratelli Tedeschi, Veneto, Italy
This small, family-owned winery is well known for its amarone wines. This wine smells of dried cherries, pomegranates, figs, chocolate, and cinnamon. Dry, and intense. Full bodied and deeply flavoured with a long and satisfying finish.
0283770, $ 48.95

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz, 2009, Plunkett Fowles, Victoria, Australia
A blend of 96 per cent shiraz, four viognier this wine was aged in old 50 hectolitres oak casks. Deep garnet in colour, it smells of black cherries, cloves and aniseed. Full bodied with a crisp, invigorating acidity. Spicy flavours with a long finish. Enjoy with beef stews, BBQ meat, roasted game, and Parmiggiano Reggiano.
0243592, $ 35.95

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