15th August 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Puklavec & Friends Furmint, Podravje, Slovenia 2013 (£9.99, Waitrose)
pristine racy mandarin and lemon; white flowers and plump orchard fruitiness
Château Dereszla Dry Tokaji, Hungary 2014 (from £11.45, Gerrard Seel)
reminded me of delicately floral honey drizzled on apricots
Disznókő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Hungary 2007 (£26.99, Lea and Sandeman)
beautifully rendered; tang of orange marmalade and the sweetness of honey

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Silent Pool Gin (£36 Majestic, 43% abv)
lavender, camomile and kaffir lime but isn’t overly floral
Curio Rock Samphire gin (41% £20 half theginmine.co.uk)
appetisingly salty, seaweedy from Cornwall
Little Scarlet strawberry gin liqueur (28%, £19.99 half redmoped.co.uk)
wickedly good on its own but would also be great drizzled over strawberries
Pontoon Wingfield “gin aperitif” (23.3%, £32 oxford wine)
Flavoured with cucumber, pink grapefruit and elderflower
Aldi Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin (37.5% abv, £9.99)
Less than a third of the price.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

BLIND SPOT FRANKLAND RIVER RIESLING 2015 (£9.50 Wine Society)
very limey aromas, vibrant natural acidity, poised, sleek
M&S MARGARET RIVER SEMILLON/SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 Evans & Tate (£10.50)
Fresh zippy limey unoaked blend; slight austere greenness
McHENRY HOHNEN SEMILLON/SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£14.25 Oddbins; Berry Bros)
Tropical fruit meets zippy fresh grassy flavours – just 10% oaked        
CULLEN ‘MANGAN’ SEMILLON/SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£19.99 Cornelius; Drinkmonger; Woodwinters; Whole Food Market)
Lemony cinnamon textural blend with biscuit nutty
LAISSEZ FAIR BLEND 2014 Larry Cherubino (£19.15 Berry Bros)           
Exotically perfumed, lychees, musk and honey
PRELUDE CHARDONNAY 2012 Leeuwin (£23-£29 secretcellar; winedirect; luvians.com)
Beautifully structured oaked Chardonnay; creamy depth, ripe citric finish
FILIUS CHARDONNAY 2014 Vasse Felix (£14.39 Majestic)       
Ripe fresh elegant style so typical of Margaret River
MADFISH SHIRAZ 2014 (£10.79 Valvona & Crolla)
Dark cherries, spicy, peppery – lightweight, fleshy and elegant style
AXIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 (£6.49 Lidl)        
Medium bodied with blackcurranty almondy notes, quite tannic
FILIUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 Vasse Felix (£12.99 Waitrose; £14.39 Majestic)
Minty smoky blend of Cabernet and Merlot has a soft smooth
AMY’S BLEND 2014 Moss Wood (£14.99 Waitrose, Ocado, Secret Cellar)
Pure eucalyptus, mint & blackberries; spicy vanilla undertones

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Finest Dessert Semillon 2009, Australia Tesco, £6 for 37.5cl
sunny and ripe, but not too heavy, with a fresh finish
Moscatel de Valencia, Spain Sainsbury’s, £5 for 75cl
simple, but grapily luscious, golden nectar
Clos l’Abeilley Sauternes 2013, Majestic, £9.89 per half until 24 Aug
citrus edge, more peaches and a hint of golden syrup

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Earths End, Central Otago, 2014. £13,M&S
Fabulous clean flavours of citrus, elderflower and some touches of honey
Snake + Herring High and Dry Riesling 2015. £16.00 M&S
distinctive ‘petrol’ notes; elegant, austere, slightly challenging
Kloster Ebernach, MC Riesling Halbtrocken 2014.£22.99 redsquirrelwine
just not quite dry, but complex, deeply aromatic, full and satisfying

the Independent – Victoria Moore

Palataia Pinot Grigio 2015 Germany, 13.5% M&S, £10
smells like orange blossom and hard pear; precise and crisp
Finest* Bisol Prosecco NV Italy, 11.5% Tesco, £8
Feather-light; the mildest suggestion of ripe pears
Torres Viña Esmeralda 2015 Spain, 11% Telegraph Wine, £6.80d six
smells of fat, ripe grapes and honeysuckle
Reichsrat von Buhl Riesling Sekt 2013 Pfalz, 12.5% Laithwaites, £18.99
tastes of wild honey, lime zest, baked limes and apple strudel
St John Red 3l bag-in-box France, 13.5% from St John website, £31
a cabernet sauvignon-syrah made in the Languedoc
Kloof Street Rouge 2014 Swartland South Africa, 13.5% Oddbins, £13
mulberries here, black pepper, liquorice and leather
Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde 2015 Portugal, 10.5% M&S, £8.50
gentle spritz and breezy white peach -and-citrus vibe
Marieta Albariño 2014 Rias Baixas Spain, 11.5% Oddbins, £9.50
combination of marine salinity, peaches and sweetness
Te Mata Gamay Noir 2015 Hawke’s Bay, 13% Lancaster Wine, £12.99; winedirect, £14.95; SH Jones, £16.99; thenewzealandcellar, £20
intensely juicy red wine, redolent of summer puddings
Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago, 13.5% H,H&C, £18.65
all fresh red berries and roasted cherries with just a touch of old oak