18th July 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Marks & Spencer Saint Mont, France 2014 (£8.50, M&S)
exuberantly tropical-fruited, grapefruit-tangy white
Taste the Difference Awatere Riesling, New Zealand 2015 (£8, Sainsbury’s)
a subtle floral dimension to go with the exotic fruit and scintillating lime
Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent, Lebanon 2013 (£11.20, corkingwines; etonvintners; theatreofwine)
sweetly spiced fresh bramble jam, herbs and dried dark fruit
Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece 2015 (£18.95, slurp; nywines; etonvintners; uncorked)
its mineral complexity is of top white burgundy quality
Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli, Kakheti, Georgia 2013 (£15.95, slurp; ottolenghi)
array of spice, nuts and subtle honeyed notes
Domaine Stéphane Tissot Arbois Savagnin, Jura France 2011 (£31, bbr.com)
deep salty-savouriness and thrilling acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

The Wine Society Brut Champagne (€26.50, Wine Society Montreuil)
brilliant own-label Champagne made by Alfred Gratien
Saumur Les Plantagenets 2014 (€6.10, Wine Society Montreuil)
fragrant, light, fruity Loire red; would make perfect summer drinking
Château Sainte Eulalie Minervois 2014 (€6.10, Wine Society Montreuil)
splendidly gutsy

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TIKOHI PINOT GRIS 2015 (£10.79/£11.99 www.laithwaites.co.uk)
Quince, honey, just off-dry Kiwi white, a versatile choice
BRUNDLMAYER ZWEIGELT ROSE 2013 (£15.99 Raeburn Wines, Edinburgh)
Ripe fruity Austrian rosé with a touch of residual sweetness
COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CHUSCLAN 2014 (£5.99 Lidl)
Lifted fruit notes and fresh acidity would work well with lamb-based curry

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Finest* Tingleup Riesling 2015, Australia, Tesco, £8
vibrant citrus sorbet, lime rind and mandarin juice flavours
Snake + Herring High & Dry Riesling 2015, Australia, M&S, £16
A piercing, dry white with an intense flavour of lime juice and blossom
Robert Oatley finisterre Syrah 2013, Australia, Laithwaites, £19.99
deep, suedey, oaked syrah; a treat with barbecued leg of lamb

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Château Thieuley Bordeaux Sec 2015, France. The Wine Society, £8.50
notes of citrus peel and custard cream biscuits
Château Tour Léognan 2012, Pessac-Léognan, Franc.e Selected Waitrose, £14.99
spicy notes of orange zest and preserved lemons, and mineral-fresh finish
G De Guiraud 2014, Bordeaux Blanc Sec, France. laywheeler.com, £11.50
very dry with great finesse and delicacy; lingering flavour of fresh pears

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Pazo da Bruxas Albarino 2015. £11.99 mitchellswine.co.uk
brimming with zesty, tangy, refreshing flavours of lemons and green apples
Ancilla Lugana Ella 2015. £14.49 strictlywine.co.uk £15.25 corkingwines
Lovely lemon and grapefruit flavors with a some underlying savoury notes

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Taste the Difference Douro, 14%. £8 at Sainsbury’s
attractive cherry and mint-based red with pronounced acidity
2014 Domaine des Forges Savennières, France, 13.5%. £10.49 at the Co-op
mellow red apple flavours with touches of sweet spices and liquorice