06th June 2016 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Truly Irresistible Pinotage, Swartland, 2015 (£6.99, The Co-Operative)
effortlessly supple; like a slightly wilder, deeper Beaujolais
Delas Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France 2013 (£6.49, The Co-Operative)
appealingly savoury and succulent
Ch. de la Petite Giraudière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2015 (£6.75, The Co-Op)
estuarine tang

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Pinotage 2015 (Morrisons £4; 13.5% abv)
You’d be pushed to find a better red for the price; gutsy
Morrisons Signature Fervenza Albariño 2015 (£8, 13% abv)
from Rias Baixas, delivers the goods
Morrisons Signature Chablis 2014 (£10; 12.5% abv)
textbook
Majestic Definition 2009 Rioja Reserva (£9.99; 14% abv)
properly lush; incredibly good value
Asda Cava Brut (£4.70; 11.5% abv)
fresh-tasting; perfectly decent
Tesco Finest Manzanilla Sherry (£5.50 for 50cl; 15% abv)
would go down a treat with Friday night fish-and-chips
Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Champagne (£22.99; 12.5% abv)
seductively creamy
Waitrose 2005 Vintage Champagne (£24.99)
sumptuously rich; I would snap up while it’s available

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Primitivo Natale Verga 2014 (£6.99 Majestic Wine)
dried fruit, earthy notes, lacking elegance: 14%
Primitivo A Mano 2013 (£9.69 Valvona & Crolla; Drinkmonger)
this has light toasty notes and very ripe tannins: 13.5%
Primitivo I Muri 2014 Vigneto del Salento (£7.95 Wine Society)
delicious juicy brambly fruit and light spicy undertones: 13.5%
Primitivo ‘Talo’ 2013 San Marzano (£10.98 – £11.65 Drink Shop; Strictly Wine)
Rich cherry aromas, spicy flavours with a delicious soft plummy mouthfeel: 14%
Imprint Primitivo Appassito 2013 (£11.95 Valvona & Crolla; Drinkmonger)
Wonderful dried fig and raisiny aromas, deep dark, unctuous
Primitivo di Manduria Zolla 2013 Vigneti del Salento (£15.95 Vino)
deliciously smooth, velvet textured and so easy to drink: 14%
Primitivo di Manduria ’Anniversario 62’ Riserva 2012 San Marzano (£19.99-£25 Strictly Wine; All About Wine; The Drink Shop; Wine Trust 100)
Big powerful robust style with a spicy wild berry character
Old Vine Primitivo 2011 Morella (£34.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Very dense, serious and high in alcohol, but beautifully pure: 16%

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Devil’s Rock Riesling 2015 Germany (12%, Co-op, £5.99)
slips down very easily and is sleek and refreshing
The Exquisite Collection Clairette 2015 France (12.5%, Aldi, £5.99)
aromatic white that smells of hay, wildflowers and waxy white blossom
The Society’s Grüner Veltliner 2015 Austria (12%, Wine Society, £7.50)
all white pepper and seltzer with hidden lime and grapefruit zest
Domaine de l’Idylle Vieille Vignes 2015 Savoie (11.5%, Yapp Bros, £11.95)
fresh and lively as a blast of cold mountain air
The Society’s Exhibition New Zealand Chardonnay 2014 (13.5%, Wine Soc, £13.50)
lively scent of struck match and lemon meringue pie taste

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Pontoon Cocktails The Wingfield British Gin Aperitif, harveynichols £37
Herbal and slightly sweet with a cucumber hint
Sibling Gin, Cheltenham Majestic, £40
smooth, rich, fruity and vanilla-tinged flavour
Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly, goodnessdirect.co.uk, £1.56
Scented, softly sparkling and a refreshing change
Camel Valley Classic Cuvée 2013, Marks & Spencer, £28
tongue-tingling freshness, a citrus edge and richer, toasty layer
Waitrose The Limes Selection English Dry White 2014, £8.99
Aromatic, juicy, dry English white, more affordable than most
Bath Ales Gem Amber Ale bathales.com, £1.79
deliciously mellow and malty, with a long, satisfying flavour

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc 2013. £14.99 WaitroseCellar; M&S
elegant with notes of grapefruit, honeydew melon; green vegetal touches
Denbies Pinot Gris 2014, £16.00 Marks and Spencers
rich and full bodied, with flavours of citrus and honeysuckle
New Hall Bacchus 2014 Reserve, £9.68 strictlywine; £10.99 corkingwines; £13.99 selfridges
delicate grassy and elderflower flavours, with hints of lime and green apple