Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Flavourful and fruity

These flavourful Vintages wines speak to their origins with solid fruit and structure. Find these picks via

 John’s  Blend Margarete’s No. 13 Shiraz 2007  $39.95 

From Australian wine legend John Glaetzer, this Langhorne Creek shiraz has spent 28 months in oak. Intense and full bodied it’s packed with lush black fruits, dark chocolate mint and spiced vanilla oak flavours. Rich and ripe, it has the structure and length to make it a classic to cellar or enjoy now with braised meats.

Tabalí Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011   $14.95 

This white comes from Chile’s Limari Valley, arguably the country’s best spot for sauvignon blanc. In the bouquet there’s gooseberry, grapefruit and notes of passion fruit. The tangy, crisp palate is expressive with lemon-lime, minerals, green fruits and some tropicals. Medium bodied and elegant, match with oysters and fish.

Chateau Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  $34.95 

A cool climate style Napa red, this hails from Spring Mountain District, part of the Mayacamas mountain range. Grapes ripen slowly giving an intrigue of herbal underbrush to the ripe cassis flavours. Medium full bodied, dry and nicely structured with textured tannins and cedar notes, it calls for steak or lamb.