06-10-2014 – weekly wine roundup

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012 £28.51, cambridgewine; winetrust100

Silky, sophisticated; bright flavours of cherry and cinnamon

Petit Plaisir 2011 £8.99, Marks & Spencer

robust, fruit-driven, New World character

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro 50cl £7.99 Tesco, Waitrose Cellar

lightly bodied, ethereally fragrant and packed with zesty flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Beefeater London Dry Gin (widely available, from £16 for 70cl)

tastes of coriander and oranges, and has a rounded finish

Aperitivo Cocchi Americano, Italy (thewhiskyexchange, £19.25 for 75cl)

“not as dry as some” with an “orange-blossom” quality

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur, Italy (thedrinkshop, £15.40 for 70cl)

An unusual, dark digestif “bitter, smoky, stomach-settling” flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Tetramythos Retsina, Greece, 2013 (£6.95, The Wine Society)

The pine is restrained, the base wine brisk and lemony

Hedges CMS, Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA 2011 (£14.95, Roberson)

generous but fresh blackcurrant-fruited Bordeaux-style blend

La Bastide Blanche Blanc, Bandol, Provence, France 2013 (£18, h2vin)

honeyed, creamy, but citrus-tangy white blend

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine Aubert Vouvray Sec 2012 France (13.5%, yapp.co.uk, £12.25)

dried honey and the scent of red and green apple skins

Tesco finest* St Chinian 2013 France (13%, Tesco, £6.99 to Nov 4)

very cosy red, mellow and brambly, a bit hairy

EVC Chardonnay 2012/13 Australia (13%, Majestic, £9.37 to Oct 27)

a nutty corset, like crunchy wholemeal toast; bright and lemon-curdy

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Syrah 2012 (£27.50 Indigo Wine, £41 Bottle Apostle)

gorgeous, scented; beguilingly sweet fruit and silky texture

Sutton Grange Estate Syrah (£26.70 Tanners; 14% abv)

excitingly smoky, spicy, from Bendigo

Route du Van Dolcetto Shiraz 2012 (£10.95 The Wine Society; 13% abv)

Juicy; apparently made to match with wood-fired pizza

Plan B Shiraz Tempranillo 2010 (14% £11.50 Wine Soc, £12.35 Fareham Wine; 14% abv)

“an orgy of bright red berries and yummy fruit” as the producer puts it.

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2011 Xanadu Next of Kin Chardonnay, Margaret River. £8.50, Sainsbury’s

fresh aromatics are underlined by a creamy texture and zingy freshness

2012 Thymiopoulos Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece. £10.50, Marks & Spencer

Burgundy-like in its berry-scented fragrance; robust texture

2008 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton, St Estephe. £23.95, Lea & Sandeman

classy cabernet-based claret with cedary-oak polish

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

DOMAINE PAUL MAS VERMENTINO 2013 (£8.99, Majestic Wine)

rose petals, pear skins and light citrus fruits

CALMEL & JOSEPH VILLA BLANCHE CHARDONNAY 2013 (£10.99, Vinos; Ellies Cellars)

very poised citric fruits, fleshy mouthfeel, balanced acid

DOMAINE RIVES-BLANQUES CHARDONNAY/CHENIN BLANC 2013 (£8.99, Tanners)

crisp natural acidity; pear and honey notes with a creamy palate

DOMAINE LA JASSE CASTEL BLANC L’EGRISEE 2012 (£12.50, The Wine Society)

Herby citric and dry with a mouth-filling richness

VIN DE PAYS DE L’ARDECHE GAMAY 2013 (£5.49, Marks & Spencer)

Love the raspberry scents, crunchy red fruits, medium bodied soft elegance

DOMAINE DE MONTVAL SYRAH 2013 (£6.66, Majestic Wine)

Expect sweet wood smoke scents, luscious fruits; garrigue herbiness

PIERRICK HARANG WINE CUVéE BALTHAZAR SYRAH 2011 (£11.49, Waitrose)

earthy, crunchy, minerally feel to the wine

FONCALIEU LE VERSANT PINOT NOIR 2013 (£9.49, Fine Wines Direct; Hennings)

soft, liquorice-toned pinot

MAS CHAMPANT VIN DE PAYS D’OC 2011 (£9.95, The Wine Society)

appealing blend of cabernet franc and syrah from a top estate in St Chinian

DOMAINE DE CLOVALLON LES POMAREDES PINOT NOIR 2013 (£17.95, Terroir Languedoc)

rich, concentrated pinot very enticing morello cherry flavours and spicy undertones