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SYRAH/SHIRAZ

It was nice to see an Australian shiraz back near the top of the category: Yalumba 2007 Y Series Shiraz Viognier, South Australia $18 , but the home run hitter was a screw-cap syrah from the Languedoc. Three Winds charmed the judges in the preliminary and final rounds with its spicy, smoked meat and savoury nose and soft/generous fruit with bits of mocha, black cherry, plum and liquorice root flavours. Category Champion: Three Winds Syrah, Languedoc, France $14

WHITE SINGLE VARIETIES

Hooray for Greece and something old but new. Moschofilero is so refreshing, with hints of lime, lemongrass and mineral/floral notes that reflect this wine grown in the hills of Mantinia. No oak and modest alcohol makes this a winner with food. Try it with sushi, seafood and chicken dishes. Category Champion: Boutari 2009 Moschofilero, Northern Greece $19.

 

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto www.gismondionwine.com.

 

 

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