6th April 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Finca Vinoa Blanco, Ribeiro, Spain 2013 (£14.95, Old Bridge; Noel Young)

brisk, aromatic, peach and grapefruit fleshy blend

Quinta Milu Ribera del Duero, Spain 2013 (£12.95, Harvey Nichols)

deeper, more lavishly dark fruited

CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 (£30, Majestic)

the very definition of mellow to match the tender meat

Lustau Brandy Solera Reserva (~ £27.50, Harvey Nics; Berry Bros; Drink Shop)

glorious complexity of sweet nutty and figgy flavours and silky softness

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Marks & Spencer Martinez Marsala Riserva Dolce 5-yr-old (£6.50)

incredibly well-priced half-bottle

De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat (£13.99 Tesco, £14.99 Nickolls & Perks)

dense, treacley, from Australia

Don Papa Small Batch Rum (£30 Majestic; 40% abv)

from the Philippines; lovely waft of spice and orange peel

Delicado Pedro Ximenez Waitrose (£14.99 for 50cl; 15% abv)

delicious, raisiny; aged for eight years; in only 123 branches

Rosa Regale brachetto d’acqui (£13.45 slurp.co.uk; 7% abv)

sweet red from Piedmont

Aldi Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2013 (£4.99; 13.5% abv)

incredibly well-priced; would go a treat with Easter lamb

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Snake + Herring High + Dry Riesling 2014 Australia (M & S, £16)

Gorgeously scented with lime zest and tasting like lemony-lime fruit gums

Saint Clair Riesling 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand (Majestic, £14.99)

Juicy, succulent, sweetly ripe apples burst through; honeyed note

Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling 2012 Australia (Tesco, £10.79)

dry but richly textured with a ripe flavour of lime and white peach

Winemakers’ Selection Fairtrade Pinotage Rosé 2014, South Africa (Sains, £6.50)

dry, fresh but plummy, rounded

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Domaine de l’Espigouette, Vacqueyras 2010. £14.99, Wine Rack

rich, powerful wines that will cut through the fattiness of lamb

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014. £7.49 (until Tuesday), Co-op

crisp, refreshing flavours of gooseberries, passion fruit and lime

Blandy’s Duke of Clarence Madeira. £13.75, Oddbins

layered, luscious, but with enough acidity to cut through chocolate

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay 2012/13 France (13.5%, £8)

a glossier, brighter version than some you might come across

Emiliana Silbador Casablanca Chardonnay 2014 Chile (13.5%, Wine Society, £6.50)

So young, so fresh, this feels almost too zesty and vivid to be chardonnay

Robert Oatley Margaret River Chardonnay 2012 (12.5%, Tesco by the Case online)

gleams with citrus, is light on its feet, lower in alcohol than previous versions

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Caruso & Minini Perricone. £8, Marks & Spencer

intensely flavoured dried-herb-and-cherries; Fresh and spicy

2013 Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir. £11.24 on offer, Waitrose

delightfully perfumed and fragrant Kiwi pinot from Martinborough

2012 Riecine Chianti Classico. £16-16.95, Goedhuis, Tanners, Fine & Rare

opulent, sweet-and-sour sangiovese. Particularly nice weight and concentration

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SPAIN: PASICO OLD VINE MONASTRELL/SHIRAZ 2013 (£5 until 7 Apr, Sains)

soft, smooth and succulent with few of the rough edges you might expect

AUSTRALIA: M SIGNATURE BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2013 (£6.99, Morrisons)

packed with fruit, and is pretty intense, spicy and big framed

SPAIN: CELLER DE CAPCANES MAS DONIS NEGRE 2009 (£8.75, Drinkmonger)

deliciously spicy, cherry-fruited garnacha-dominant blend

FRANCE: GRIGNAN LES ADHEMAR 2013 DELAS (£6.95, The Wine Society)

delicious, spicy, balanced Rhone-blend

SPAIN: EXTRA SPECIAL EL MESON GRAN RESERVA RIOJA 2004 (£9.97, Asda)

coconut and cream cheese aromas and soft plummy fruits

SOUTH AFRICA: EXHIBITION PINOTAGE 2013 (£10.50, The Wine Society)

extremely good value pinotage

CHILE: SECRET DE VIU MANENT MALBEC 2013 (£11.25, Oddbins)

funky label and spicy fruit

SPAIN: PIONERS DEL PRIORAT 2011 (£14.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk)

hints of liquorice, cherry and spice

CHILE: ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA PINOT NOIR 2011 (£17.99, thewinereserve; winedirect.co.uk; Oxford Wine; Harrods)

interesting character, rich complexity, earthy tone and long length

SOUTH AFRICA: CAPE CHAMONIX RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2012 (£18-£21 Luvians; WoodWinters; Lockett Bros; Swig; Stone Vine & Sun; Berry Bros & Rudd)

Only a handful of Cape winemakers are making decent pinot noir