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Wines from the New World

The following selections come from the New World. In geographic terms the New World refers to the Americas, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, and in the context of wine, the best science and technology can offer. We have organized the list first by country, then by style; from lightest to fullest bodied. Bottle size is 750ml unless otherwise noted. Prices do not include applicable taxes.

Red Wines

Canada
Gamay VQA 2009
$31.00
Malivoire Wine Company, Beamsville, Ontario

Gamay, the grape behind Beaujolais, seems right at home in the Niagara Peninsula. Medium-bodied, with aromas and flavours of ripe wild berries, strawberries, vanilla, and cinnamon. Soft tannins make it a versatile wine to pair with a variety of dishes: appetizers, pasta, seafood (salmon), and meat.

Cabernet Franc Estate VQA 2006
$46.00
Cave Spring Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

From a single block of estate vineyards, this wine spent approximately 20 months in barrels, a mix of French, Hungarian, and American. Aromas and flavours of sweet fruit – cherry, black raspberry, and cassis – with mocha, mint, and cinnamon notes. Well-integrated tannins; match with veal shank, game bird, and grilled meat dishes.

Balance Pointe Cabernet Merlot Lake Erie North Shore VQA 2005
$50.00
Viewpoint Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario

This barrel-fermented blend of two classic Bordeaux red wine grapes, offers up rich aromas and flavours of dark fruits – cassis (blackcurrant) and cherry – with notes of spice, pepper, and dark chocolate.. Medium-bodied, with balanced tannins and a warm finish. Match with veal shank, game, and grilled meat dishes.

Focal Pointe Cabernet Franc Lake Erie North Shore VQA 2005
$50.00
Viewpoint Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario

The vintage saw a warmer than average summer followed by a warm autumn, allowing the grapes to fully ripen and develop good varietal characteristics. Aromas and flavours of blackberry, cherry, and black currant, with notes of spice and bell pepper. Dry and medium-bodied, with integrated tannins and nice balancing acidity on the finish. Match with veal and grilled meat dishes.

Syrah VQA Beamsville Bench 2008
$79.00
The Organized Crime Winery, Beamsville, Ontario

This is a Côte-Rôtie style of wine, where the red Syrah grapes and white Viognier grapes (7%) are fermented and aged together – the first wine of its kind in Niagara. Deep crimson colour, with aromas and flavours of mixed red and blue fruits, with notes of white pepper, herbs, spices, and purple flowers. Round and medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins, balancing acidity, and a nice long finish. Match with veal shank, game, and grilled meat dishes.

Australia
Shiraz Pimpala Road 2006
$34.00
Geoff Merrill, South Australia

Made from 100% Shiraz grapes sourced from the Riverland District, and made by one of Australia’s top winemakers. Geoff won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2005 (see Reserve list). Aromas and flavours of black cherries, dark chocolate, and pepper spice. Medium-bodied with a smooth finish. Tasty: match with grilled meat dishes, particularly lamb.

Cabernet Sauvignon Hedge Lane 2006
$34.00
Beckman Estates, South Australia

This wine is also made by Geoff Merrill, from grapes sourced from the Clare Valley and the Limestone Coast in South Australia. Aromas and flavours of sweet, ripe fruit – blackcurrant, plum, and cherry – and mint notes. Balanced, round and smooth on the palate: a great match for grilled meat dishes.

Six Foot Six Pinot Noir 2007
$45.00
Austins, Geelong, Australia

Classic Victoria Pinot. Medium- to-full-bodied with aromas and flavours of ripe black cherry and spicy vanilla spice. Balanced acidity and silky tannins make this a versatile match for vegetarian, pork, as well as meat dishes.

Hyland Shiraz 2005
$52.00
Penley Estate, Coonawara, Australia

Top-scoring wine – 93pts in the 2008 Australian Wine Companion – aged in French (72%) and American (28%) oak barrels. Full-bodied, with ripe, red berry aromas and flavours with vanilla spice and mocha notes. Pair with meat dishes.

New Zealand
Pinot Noir 2008
$58.00
Forrest Estates, Marlborough, New Zealand

Made from five different Pinot Noir clones, from various sites in New Zealand. Medium-bodied, with earthy aromas and flavours of dark ripe cherry and raspberry with spicy/gamey notes. A versatile “crossover” wine that can match a range of foods from vegetarian, to pasta, to seafood, to meat dishes.

United States
White Zinfandel 2007
$27.00
EJ Gallo, Central Coast, California

Lively pink colour, with bright aromas and flavours of fresh strawberries, cranberry, cherry, and sweet raspberry. Crisp, to balance the touch of sweetness, it pairs well with spicier dishes, and fresh fruit.

Merlot Yulupa 2007
$40.00
Kenwood, Sonoma County, California

Medium-bodied, with aromas and flavours of dark cherries, plums and fresh herbs. Integrated tannins make this a versatile wine: pair with chicken and pork dishes, as well as grilled meat.

Cabernet Sauvignon Yulupa 2007
$42.00
Kenwood, Sonoma County, California

There’s a touch of Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend. Medium-bodied, with aromas and flavours of dark fruits, plums, herbs, and vanilla oak spice. Medium tannins and not overpowering; a great match for pork, lamb, and grilled meat dishes.

Merlot 2005
$45.00
Toasted Head, Dunnigan Hills, California

Named for the process whereby the barrel heads are toasted as well as the staves, to impart a mellow, toastiness to the wine, which spent 14 months in French and American oak barrels. The grapes come from cooler vineyard locations, providing more classic Merlot fruit aromas and structure in the wine. Aromas and flavours of plum, cherry, and blackberry, with notes of herbs and vanilla. Smooth and balanced on a full palate: a great match for grilled meat dishes.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
$45.00
Toasted Head, Dunnigan Hills, California

Named for the process whereby the barrel heads are toasted as well as the staves, to impart a mellow, toastiness to the wine, which spent 18 months in French and American oak barrels. The grapes come from cooler North Coast vineyards, providing more classic fruit aromas and structure in the wine, and there is also 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Petite Sirah included in the blend for added complexity. Aromas and flavours of cherry and blackcurrant, with vanilla spice notes. Integrated tannins and balancing acidity on the full palate: a great match for grilled meat dishes..

Merlot Los Osos 2006
$48.00
J. Lohr, Paso Robles, California

A great vintage in Paso Robles for Bordeaux varietals, including Merlot. This wine also has a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec in the blend, and the finished spent about 16 months aging in 30% new, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Full and round on the palate with aromas and flavours of blueberry, cherry, and raspberry, with notes of licorice and cedar on the finish. Pairs well with grilled meat dishes, especially beef and lamb.

Syrah 2005
$56.00
Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Ynez Valley, California

In 1962 Canadian-born architect Pierre Lafond founded the first post-Prohibition commercial winery in Santa Barbara County. The 70 acres of estate vineyards are planted along the banks of the lower Santa Ynez River, a cool microclimate near the Pacific Ocean. Most of the wine aged in small 60-gallon barrels (Hungarian and French oak, 18% new) and a small amount of Grenache was added to enhance the aromatics of the finished wine. Full-bodied, rich, and jammy, with aromas and flavours of dark fruits, plum and blueberries, with floral, white pepper, and spice notes. Pairs well with more rustic-style dishes, grilled meat – beef and lamb.

Pinot Noir Leland Vineyard 2006
$96.00
Erath Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon

A four-acre, single-vineyard site, planted in 1982; the Erath Winery has managed these vines for over 20 years. An age-worthy style of Pinot Noir, the wine matured for 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 40% of which were new. Earthy aromas and flavours of cherries and dark raspberry with vanilla cola and dark chocolate notes. Full and rich mouthfeel, with a silky lingering finish. Match with steak, lamb, and earthy braised meat dishes with mushrooms.

South Africa
Roulette Rouge 2005
$55.00
Lammershoek, Swartland, South Africa

An exotic blend of Syrah (72%), Carignan (9%), Grenache (9%), Mourvedre (5%), and Viognier (5%): more typical of wines from the south of France than South Africa. Full-bodied, with earthy aromas and flavours of dark fruits, herbs, and spicy vanilla notes. Match with grilled meats, and game.

South America
Malbec 2009
$39.00
Carlos Basso, Mendoza, Argentina

Originally from Italy, the Basso family started making wine in Argentina in the 1920s. Made from 100% estate fruit, the wine spent 12 months in oak before release. Medium- bodied, with aromas and flavours of dark fruits – cherry, plum, and blueberry – with floral (violets), dark chocolate, and vanilla spice notes. Juicy and round, with firm tannins and a great finish. Match with fuller-style grilled meat dishes, braised meat dishes, and game.

Carmenère Tributo 2007
$40.00
Caliterra, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Caliterra is a partnership of Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick, committed to sustainable agriculture and environmentally-friendly production. This is a blend of 86% Carmenère (a grape once thought to be Merlot in Chile), plus 10% Merlot and 4% Syrah, matured in barrels for 14 months. Aromas and flavours of plum and cherry, with dark chocolate and herbs notes. Smooth tannins: a great match for grilled meats, lamb, and game.

Alamos Selección Malbec 2008
$44.00
Catena, Mendoza, Argentina

Malbec, the classic grape of the less-travelled Cahors region of France, is also Argentina’s most important red wine grape. Medium- bodied, with aromas and flavours of ripe black fruits and blueberries with leather, licorice, and mocha spice notes. Supple tannins – a great match for fuller-style meat dishes, and game.

Malbec Susana Balbo Signature 2007
$57.00
Dominio del Plata, Mendoza, Argentina

Susana Balbo is one of Argentina’s most acclaimed winemakers, and with her viticulturist husband, Pedro Marchevsky, created Dominio del Plata in Mendoza. From ungrafted vines and following sustainable vineyard practices, the grapes were hand-harvested. After extended skin contact, the wine was placed in 100% French oak barrels for 13 months, 80% of which were new. Ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon is added to the blend to give the wine added structure. Rich, ripe aromas and flavours of black cherries, blackberries, and plum with notes of toasty vanilla, espresso, and cedar. Match with steak, lamb, and rich meat-based pasta dishes.