Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES – June 10, 2017

Raw Australia and French Miscellany
By Sara d’Amato, with notes from David Lawrason and Michael Godel

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Last summer, the LCBO opened its Destination Australia specialty store in Toronto’s Leaside neighborhood at 65 Wicksteed Avenue claiming that it is likely the world’s most extensive collection of Australian wines outside of Australia. Fortunately, this week’s assemblage of savvy Aussie buys will be available across the province and is full of fresh and unaffected wines. Although we’ve seen many of these producers time and again, these examples show progressive winemaking and evidence of changing wines for changing times. I was particularly pleased to see a solid selection of fresh and sea-breezy western whites and reds. Cooler climate reaches are refreshingly a prominent focus in this feature.

In addition to our top finds from Australia, we have assembled a motley collection of French finds that caught our attention. Double alignments on a formidable Chablis and a southern charmer are most definitely heed-worthy.

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES June 10th:

Unaffected Aussies

Moss Wood 2014 Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia ($69.00)
Sara d’Amato – Moss Wood is one of the founding wineries of the maritime influenced Margaret River and focuses on premium wine production in the northern Wilyabrup sub-region. This arresting chardonnay was sourced from the estate’s now 40-year old vines. The mild, rainy and lower yielding vintage of 2014 is responsible for this fresh incarnation enhanced by leesy body and an elegant oak treatment.…

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