12th January 2015 – weekly press roundup

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Nero di Troia. £6.99, Morrisons

vivid red of smooth texture and ripe dark fruitiness

2013 Saint Clair Winemaker’s Blend Chardonnay. £15.99, Waitrose Cellar

ripe, peachy fruit underpinned by a gentle touch of toasty oak

2010 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane Cuvée Prestige. £23.35 Good Wine, L’Art du Vin

sweet and peppery aromatics; blueberry fruitiness

The Observer – David Williams

Cuvée Chasseur, Vin de France 2013 (£4.99, Waitrose)

juicy, berry-filled charm

Vaucluse Grenache Syrah, IGP Vaucluse, France NV (£4.29, Morrisons)

unashamedly rustic but in a good way: herby-pepper savouriness

Marks & Spencer Manzanilla Sherry, Spain NV (£6.99)

briney, citrus-and-sourdough flavours

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Aldi Exquisite Collection Gavi (£5.49; 12% abv)

classy-looking, fresh-tasting

Tesco Finest Fiano ((£5.49); 13.5% abv)

smooth, Sicilian white

Tesco Picpoul (£7.99; 12.5% abv)

from the same range is good, too

Asda La Maison Elyse Sauvignon Blanc Colombard 2013 (£4; 12% abv)

well-priced; zesty – should please Kiwi sauvignon blanc fans

La Maison Elyse Cabernet Shiraz 2013 (£4; 13% abv)

ripe, juicy

Co-op Pic St Loup Rosé 2013 (£6.99; 13.5% abv)

appealing pale dry rosé that should appeal to lovers of Provence

The Scotsman – Brian Elliot

2012 Les Abeilles De Colombo Cotes du Rhone France. £10.49 Fountainhall Wines

floral cherry and cinnamon flavours with touches of white and black pepper

2013 Pecorino Terre di Chieti Central Italy. £7.99 Waitrose

herbal, greengage fruit with just a suggestion of peach in the background

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection Riesling 2013 Germany (£5.50)

palate-wakening, vivacious young riesling that races across the tastebuds

Alaia Txakoli 2013, Spain (selected Marks & Spencer, £12)

dry but tasting of lightly honeyed melon and lime zest

Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013, France (Majestic, £6.66 until 2 Feb)

appealing grapefruit zest and a dry, mouthwatering finish

The Independent – Terry Kirby

3 Amigos Red, McHenry Hohnen, Margaret River 2010. £19.95, bbr.com

full-blooded Aussie take on a typical southern Rhône-style blend

Graffigna Centenario Malbec 2012. £10, Tesco, Sainsbury’s

lots of characteristic chocolate and coffee notes

Calvet Alsace Pinot Blanc Reserve 2012. £6 on offer, Asda

slightly smoky and spicy, with some lovely white-stone fruits

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Red Boar Bobal 2013 Spain (12%, Oddbins, £6.75)

smooth, bright, juicy cherries and a sniff of earthy forest floor

La Bricca Barbera d’Asti 2007 Italy (14%, swig.co.uk, £17.95)

wistful, wood-smoky, old tree-bark scent.