1st February 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Seresin Marama Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013 (£20, Armit)
restrained example, creamier textures and more savoury flavours
Elephant Hill Syrah, Hawke’s Bay, NZ 2013 (£18.90, Field & Fawcett; Hedonism)
deep but succulent and sinewy, peppery, Rhône-alike
Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir, Martinborough, NZ 2014 (£18.99, Invinity; Noel Young)
irresistibly silky and pure in red fruit; pinot’s characteristic forest floor

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Wine Society Vinho Verde 2014 (£5.95; 11% abv)
refreshingly spritzy
Asda Wine Atlas Saint-Chinian 2013 (£5.97; 12.5% abv)
Tesco’s Finest Vin de Pays d’Oc Malbec 2014 (£5.50; 12.5% abv)
both reasonably robust
Wolfhouse Pinot Noir 2013 (£4.99 Bargain Booze; 12.5% abv)
Incanta Pinot Noir 2014 (£5.99 on a “mix six” deal Majestic; 12% abv)
good if you’re already thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2015 (Noel Young £19.99; Eclectic Tastes £15.96)
glistens like a moonbeam. It has an incredibly silky, finessed flow
S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2012 (Halifax Wine, Noel Young, slurp £32.95)
superb wine, juicy and soulful, with gentle oak spice.
Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz 2009 (Loki Wine Merchant £27.99)
superb wine; one of the best out there. Worth splashing out on

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

HILLTOP PREMIUM PINOT GRIGIO / KIRALYLEANYKA 2014 (£4.79 The Co-op)
Light floral, peachy, citric flavours, medium depth of flavour and extremely dry
MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE 2014 Chateau de la Placeliere (£9.50 Oddbins)
Light pearskin aromas, green apple and citric flavours
TOURAINE SAUVIGNON 2014 Domaine de la Colline (£9.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
sleek crisp minerally lemony Sauvignon Blanc
GAVI LA GIUSTIANA TERRE ANTICHE 2014 (£12 Oddbins)
Delightful unoaked crisp dry white, green apple fruits, soft creamy texture
SOAVE CLASSICO 2013 Pieropan (£13.99 laithwaites)
Melon aromas, minerally palate with a creamy texture
THE DOCTORS’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£8.99 Waitrose)
Off-dry taste, so expect a touch more sweetness and moderate finish
SAUVION CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£8.99 bt Majestic Wine)
Just off dry: melony aroma with bright grapefruit, crunchy Green apple
THE SOCIETY’S SAAR RIESLING 2013 (£8.95 The Wine Society)
Just off dry and very grapey in flavour. A delicious light aperitif
GRAACHER HIMMELREICH KABINETT RIESLING 2014 Dr Loosen (£13 Sainsbury’s)
Tutti-frutti rich sweetness, zinging with fresh acid and citric lime flavours
MUSCATEL DE VALENCIA 2014 (£5.25 Marks & Spencer)
Delicate sweetness, tropical fruit salad flavours with a refreshing zing
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE MARZEMINO 2014 (£7 Sainsbury’s)
Smooth, mellow with hints of cherries & red berries
BEAUJOLAIS DOREES L’ANCIEN 2014 Jean Paul Brun (£9.95 The Wine Society)
Lovely crunchy red fruit flavours with a fresh vibrant acid

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Domaine De Brau ‘Pure’ Cabernet Franc 2013. £9.99, vintageroots
packed with succulent black fruits, and some herbal, almost minty notes
Miguel Torres Reserva De Pueblo Pais 2013. £9.95, hawksheadwines
juicy, dark-fruit flavours, some chewy tannins; appealing crunchy freshness
Tannat Garzon 2013. £10.99, ministryofdrinks; £11.95, ndjohn
fragrant flavours of red and dark fruit, a velvety texture

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2015 Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape. £8.99, The Co-operative
Elderflower aromatics and dry grapefruit flavours; stylish, Sancerre mould
2013 La Bohème Act Four, Yarra Valley. ~£14, Oddbins, North & South, ozwines, Red Squirrel)
A juicy, Yarra-meets-Beaujolais cru-style red.
2007 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva. £25, Sainsbury’s
An ultra-modern style of Rioja with glossy, dark cherry fruit