KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

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LCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
2009

After popping the cork, a big orange aroma kicks in. The Sparkling smells quite close to orange juice. After a while, the orange notes disappear, and mild alcohol, yeast and citrus is all that is left. Not much taste as well. Light dryness with a touch of yeast in the finish. Hints of sourness. Overall, nothing offensive, but lacking much flavours, so not worth the price (as KWV wines are quite good for the price).

Rating: 3.3/5

AUKA Malbec

20110315-105340LCBO#: 168401
Price: $12.00
Made in: Argentina, Mendoza
By: Bodegas & Vinedos San Polo
Varietal: Malbec
2008

Pretty good with food, but the water used in this one tastes weird when tasted alone. Great dry red wine nose with the fruit in the taste packed with fine tannins. Mild vanilla in the finish. Caramel and toffee appears in smell near the end.

Rating: 3.7/5

Alianca Terra Boa Tinto

20110317-020240LCBO#: 590364
Price: $7.25
Made in: Portugal, Trás-os-montes
By: Caves Aliança
2009

Soft tasting with not much tannins, a little dry, but mostly wet with decent red grape flavours. Nice blackberry aromas. Pretty decent for such a low price.

Rating: 3/5

Reif Vidal Icewine

reificeLCBO#: 582247
Price: $7.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Reif Estate Winery

Dark golden-amber colour with rich sweet nose and light burnt notes. Nice syrupy mouthfeel, but not overly sweet. Honey taste with a sugary white grape taste. Quite nice overall as it is not as sweet as most of this style. Easy to drink more of this Icewine.

Rating: 4.1/5