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Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula $16.95 (13904) 13.0% alcohol
Lively fresh aromas of bright, red currant and cranberry introduce a racy stream of crunchy red fruit—passionfruit, Montmorency cherry and pomegranate. Medium bodied with good texture, this finishes in a blaze of mouth-watering acidity and lip-smacking tang. Pour alongside baked poblano or bell peppers stuffed with rice, minced beef and plum tomatoes. (Vic Harradine)

• The following 2016 Henry of Pelham ‘Old Vines’ Baco Noir was aged 18 months in American oak barrels, both one- and two-year old.

****1/2 drink or cellar Oh Canada!
Henry of Pelham ‘Old Vines’ Baco Noir 2016
VQA Ontario $19.95 (459966) 13.0% alcohol
Campfire smoke, tarry notes and gamy bits waft from this well-made, very well-priced baco. A rich, luscious flow of dark cherry and black plum envelop the palate mingling with piquant spice and dark bittersweet chocolate. It’s medium-full bodied with creamy smooth texture, persistent purity of fruit and a lingering, balanced and bountiful finish and dry, lip-smacking aftertaste. What’s not to like? (Vic Harradine)

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McGuigan ‘Black Label’ Pinot Grigio 2016
Australia $11.10 (441576) 12.0% alcohol
The price-quality proposition is well in your favour with this dishing up as much or more as others at double this price. Alluring aromas of citrus and tropical fruit replay on the palate with a lovely wash of mango, grilled pineapple and lemon curd persisting through the crisp, clean and refreshing finish. Sip on its own or pour this mid-weight nicely textured grigio with pan-seared fish or roast chicken. (Vic Harradine)

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McGuigan ‘Black Label’ Rosé 2016
South Australia $11.10 (484592) 12.5% alcohol
This tasty grenache/sauvignon blanc blend opens with aromas of strawberry and raspberry with sprigs of herbs for an undertone. It bathes the palate with ripe, sweet fruit from briary berry and kirsch liqueur infusing the rich finish and aftertaste. Give this a go with fruit flan or fresh strawberries in a bowl under a light dusting of sugar. (Vic Harradine)

• The following 2015 McGuigan ‘Black Label’ Shiraz is also available in magnum (1500 ml) for $20.20 (406868).

***1/2 drink now 
McGuigan ‘Black Label’ Shiraz 2015
Australia $11.10 (325787) 13.5% alcohol
The involved nose of charred toast and dark, ripe fruit aromas introduces a fruit-laden river of ripe red and dark cherry interwoven with black plum and earthy notes on the palate. This is medium- bodied and nicely textured with a well-balanced finish and plenty of tang. It really shines with the grilled red meat that you pull from your barbecue. (Vic Harradine)

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Red Knot Shiraz 2014
McLaren Vale, Australia $18.00 (619395) 14.0% alcohol
This perennial favourite of Aussie red-wine lovers shows up for the party decked out in alluring aromas of spice and dark berry fruit aromas followed by a medium-weight stream of delicious flavour with cassis and red cherry adorned with sweet vanilla, baking spice and ripe, soft tannin. It’s creamy smooth on the palate then balanced, beautiful and lip-smacking good on the finish. Pour this with your next meal from the outdoor grill. Aerate/decant an hour before pouring. (Vic Harradine)