14th March 2016 – weekly press roundup

Use our weekly press roundup to plan your wine shopping

the Observer – David Williams

Aldi Exquisite Collection Limoux, France (£6.99, Aldi)
savoury, toasty, chardonnay from the cool enclave of Limoux
Mas Jullien Blanc 2010, France (£29.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)
tang of lemon juice; notes of white flowers, honeyed nuts and fennel
Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc, Roussillon 2014 (£10.50, Amps)
Essential oil fragrance, nuts, apple and peach

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Reserve Salwey Weissburgunder Rs 2013 (£14.95; James Nicholson)
higher in alcohol and drier than many German whites
Cauhapé Quest Jurançon Sec 2014 (£12.99; James Nicholson)
luscious; made from gros and petit manseng
Jesus Romero Rubus Quercus 2014 (£13.95; James Nicholson)
Vivid; made from garnacha (the Spanish for grenache)
Domaine de Triennes Sainte Fleur Viognier 2014 (£15, Vinorium)
Sexy; a terrific match for chicken korma

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

QUARTET BRUT NV (£19.50-£25.99 Wine Society; Oddbins; Majestic; Villeneuve)
Complex New World fizz with lemon mousse notes, creamy vibrant and ripe
BIRICHINO MALVASIA 2013 (£17.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Vibrant, perfumed unusual dry white. 13%
UVAGGIO VERMENTINO 2013 (£11.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Textured Corsican style with richness, smoothness and nutty undertones
IRONSTONE VERDELHO 2011 (£12.50 Calistoga, Edinburgh)
Pear, peach and tropical fruit notes; well balanced vibrant and elegant
AU BON CLIMAT CHARDONNAY 2012 (£22 Majestic)
mouthwatering minerality combined with ripe fruit
PINE RIDGE ‘DIJON CLONE’ CHARDONNAY 2011 (£24.95 Rude Wines)
Appley, smoky nutty aromas, rich leesy undertones
PARDUCCI SMALL LOT PINOT GRIS 2012 (£15 Calistoga)
Peach/floral notes with leesy undertones; crisp linear dry finish
TREFETHEN DRY RIESLING 2014 (£19.99 Daniel Lambert; Ellies Cellar)
A fine dry Riesling with deliciously limey toasty notes
THE EXHIBITION MERLOT 2012 Frogs Leap (£14.95 Wine Society)
Fleshy, plummy, well-rounded fruit, but very elegant and sleek
JOSEPH SWAN PINOT NOIR CUVEE DES TROIS 2011 (£24.99 Raeburn Fine Wines)
Hints of raspberries, cherries and violets; spicy earthy undertones
SEGHESIO SONOMA COUNTY ZINFANDEL 2013 (£21.99 Virgin Wines; Old Bridge)
Licquorice and cassis notes, sweet raisiny palate
CA’ MOMI ZINFANDEL 2013 (£17 Calistoga)
Big buxom sweetish version of this popular Californian grape
UVAGGIO PRIMITIVO 2011 (£14.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Herby, damson with a delicious fleshy fruit palate
QUADY’S ELYSIUM BLACK MUSCAT 2014 (£10.99 hf bt Majestic)
Rich, full dense succulently sweet and balanced fruit

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Coca i Fito Tocat de L’Ala Garnatxa Sirà, Spain. £9.95 Wine Society
bright, bold raspberry, plum and cherry fruit; coffee and star anise
2014 Forte Alto Pinot Grigio. £5.99 from £8.99 until 15 March, Waitrose
vibrant lime-based acidity; nutty, mango and white peach

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Vignerons du Vieux Tinailler Morgon La Tour des Bancs. £8.49, Lidl
Delightfully approachable and full of vivid summer pudding fruit
2012 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River. £14.99, Booths
A fine Bordeaux-style blend; cassis with hints of cedar and mint
2014 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block. £25, Majestic
steeped in rich chocolatey fruit concentration

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling, 2014 (12%, Aldi, £6.99)
clear and brilliant riesling; smells of lilac and dried lime
Terres de Moraines Madiran, 2012, France (14.5%, M&S, £9)
tannic and gum-drying; more plumped out than some
The Society’s Exhibition Châteauneuf du Pape 2012 (14.5%, Wine Society, £18.50)
restrained but also spicily redolent of dried garrigue herbs

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Wine Atlas Catarratto 2014, Sicily (Asda, £4.97)
refreshing, mineral and ripe-lemon flavour
Definition Côtes du Rhône 2014, France (Majestic, £10.99)
redcurrant and cassis, sprinkled with a little pepper
Rockus Bockus 2012, Sonoma, California (Marks & Spencer, £13)
it is chunky and rich with chocolate-mocha depths

the Independent – Terry Kirby

La Flor Malbec Pulenta Estate 2014. £9.95, winetrust100; £10.95, winedirect
gorgeously moreish medium-bodied Malbec; blackberry and milk-chocolates
Beefsteak Club Malbec 2014s. £8.99, Majestic; £6.99, Bargain Booze
more dark chocolate, with intense black-fruit flavour
Rios De Los Andes, Malbec 2014. £6.29, Spar
lovely with any type of mezze, tapas or a simple bowl of spaghetti