13 February 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine Badoz Crémant du Jura Rosé Brut, France NV (£19.90, The Sampler)
floral, gently tangy, racy Jura rosé.
Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé, Australia NV (£17.50, Oddbins)
deliciously strawberry and cream rosé blend
Codorníu Rosado Cava, Spain NV (£8.99, Majestic)
lip-smacking, pleasingly redcurrant and red cherry tart Rosado

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cantine San Marzano Talo Malvasia Nera (Oddbins £10.62; 13.5% abv)
from Salento, exotically smoky
Samuel Delafont Libre Cours Rouge 2015 (Oddbins £10.50; 14% abv)
an exuberant blend of pinot noir and grenache
El Brindis Monsant 2014 (Great Western Wine £12.50 ; 14.5% abv)
former sommelier Franck Massard’s ballsy blend of samso and garnacha
2009 Dei Vin Santo di Montepulciano (14% abv; £23.95 per half Lea & Sandeman)
My own idea of indulgence would be a glass of vin santo

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Thymiopoulos Malagousia (£9.50 Marks & Spencer)
White peach, pear and basil scents with a vivid minerally palate
Dipaolo 2015 Terredora (£9.99/£11.99 Majestic)
leafy scented dry white with its stone fruit flavours and fresh acidity
Tiago Cabaco Encruzado 2014 (£12.99/£11.69 Laithwaites)
flinty full-bodied Portuguese dry white; hint of capsicum and hazelnut
Gringet Les Alpes 2014 Domaine Belluard (£20 Les Caves)
Fabulous clear fresh floral aromas, white peach, hint of herbs, minerally
Grechetto 2013 Cantina Novelli (£9.95 Berry Bros)
zippy grapefruit flavours, almondy notes, delicate creamy texture
Schlatter Maltesergarten Trocken 2015 Martin Wassmer (£10.95 Wine Society)
from Markgraferland in ‘Germany’s Tuscany’ makes a beautifully subtle aperitif
Petritis Xynisteri 2015 Kyperounda (£11.99 strictlywine.co.uk)
Spicy, nutty but still fresh and delicate with a touch of exotic fruit
The Flower & the Bee White 2014 Coto de Gomariz (£12-£14 Woodwinters; H Nichols)
rich creamy palate and refined taste; zippy fresh and balanced
Clairette Blanche 2014 Craven Wines (£16.20 Roberson; £18.50 Berry Bros)
delicious lime and apple flavours; lovely palate texture
Petite Arvine 2015 Jean-Rene Germanier (£32 Alpine Wines)
Blossomy, well structured, grapefruit flavours with a nervy mountain freshness
Zilavka 2013 Stobi (£8 reduced from £10 www.thedailydrinker.co.uk; Cornelius)
Engaging white with nutty, spicy flavours and fresh natural acidity
MALVAZIJA ISTARSKA 2015 Gerzinic (£10 Marks & Spencer)
Very lively acidity, minerally, fresh vibrant with grapefruit and citric notes

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Jim Barry The Lodge Shiraz 2014, Australia (selected Co-op stores, £9.99)
big, rich, inky blood transfusion of a red
Château Beaumont 2014 Haut Médoc, France (selected Co-op stores, £13.99)
beautifully shaped wine that reeks of Bordeaux’s left bank
Florent Rouve Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2014 (Marks & Spencer, £14.50)
some of the honeycomb richness and nuttiness of a meursault
Koha Reserve 2015, Hawkes Bay (Marks & Spencer, £13)
tastes of white peaches and lemon curd and is absolutely gorgeous
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée NV (Berry Bros & Rudd, £31.95; Majestic, £36.99)
creamy, assured and sophisticated
Me & Monsieur Jones 2015, France (Naked Wines, £15.99)
a figgy, spicy blend of grenache and carignan
MontGras Reserva Carmenère 2015, Chile (Telegraph Wine from Waitrose, £8.99)
saturated with the flavours of toasty oak, mulberries, roasted plums and coffee
Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Champagne NV (Majestic, £24.99)
elegant, and light, slightly rose-scented with a pretty red-berry smell
Devaux D Rosé Champagne NV (The Wine Centre, Essex, £55; Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow, £56)
faintly reminiscent of dried violets and wild raspberries
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004 Champagne (Oddbins, £275).
go for broke: structured, and refined, yet still pretty

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Rose. £60 bbr.com; amazon.co.uk
bone dry but plenty of fruit flavours, some hints of nuts and toasted brioche
Balfour 1503 Oast House Rosé. £22.00 marksandspencer.com
glorious hedgerow aromas and balanced fruit flavours
Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV £24.99 (£17.99 in a mixed sixe) Majestic
very forward cherry-like fruit flavours and some spicier notes