23rd November 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Finest Frappato, Sicily, Italy 2013 (£6)

effortlessly juicy, with its cherry acidity and strawberry fruit

Wine Atlas Bobal, Utiel-Requena, Spain 2014 (£4.97, Asda)

a deep core of fresh dark plum, a hint of spice and cherry skin tang

Marks & Spencer Syrah de l’Ardèche, France 2013 (£7.50)

bright peppered-raspberry character for pre-dinner or light-lunch charcuterie

Taste the Difference Douro, Portugal 2012 (£8, Sainsbury’s)

floral prettiness to go with its deep and vibrant fruits of the forest

Aldi The Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir, Wairarapa,2014 (£6.99)

stood out for its bright and juicy red fruit seasoned with spicy oak

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra, Spain 2013 (£7.86 Majestic)

big, deep and rich in red and black berries and alcohol

Trapiche Pure Malbec, Mendoza Argentina 2014 (£8.99, The Co-operative)

immediately charming and fragrant and from the consistently good Trapiche

Chateau Monconseil Gazin, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2012 (£8.50, thewinesociety)

charmingly juicy and fresh, pleasantly crunchy, young and vibrant claret

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2014. £15.95, bbr.com; £15.99, ocado

honeysuckle, melon and apricot flavours

Domaine des Vercheres Macon Villages 2012. £12.49, laithwaites

creamy yet spicy, with a refreshing citric tanginess

Furmint Tokaji 2014. £10, Marks & Spencer

very dry, aromatic wine, with lingering flavours of baked orchard fruits

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Wine Society Rive Droite, Rive Gauche 2014 (14% abv £6.75)

delicious; a bit of a no-brainer, really

Aldi Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014 (14% abv £6.99)

brighter fruit will stand up to festive food

Warwick The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon (Sainsbury’s; 13.5% abv)

I’d rather pay £10 for (this) than many bordeaux at twice the price

Lagunilla Reserva 2009 (£6.50 Tesco, £7.99 Bargain Booze, Wine Rack; 13.5% abv)

more likely to hit the spot than a gran reserva costing several pounds more

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chablis 2014 (£10; 12.5% abv)

rarely disappoints

La Voute 2014 Limoux Chardonnay (£12.99, Laithwaite’s; 13% abv)

gorgeously creamy. It looks dead classy – and it is, too.

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2014 (Lay & Wheeler, £16.26)

a pleasing hint of the feral to it

Alexandre Burgaud Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié 2014 (Berry Bros & Rudd, £10.95)

A light, quivering Beaujolais, with the edge and thrill of a soprano

Joseph Drouhin Brouilly 2013 France (12.5%, Booths, £11.99)

There’s a generous amount of exuberant, red, crushed fruit in here

Tesco Beaujolais Villages 2013 France (12.5%, Tesco, £6)

bright and light, vivacious and sharp. Drink it chilled

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Finest Chablis Premier Cru 2011, Burgundy, France (Tesco, £12)

toasty hints, lively orchard fruit and a rounded finish

Bellingham The Bernard Series Viognier 2015, South Africa (Majestic, £12.49)
vhoneysuckle-scented white tastes of plump, juicy apricots but finishes dry One Off Chardonnay 2014, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (farflungwines.com, £13.99)

Check out the buttery, succulent peach and pineapple

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ESTEVEZ RESERVA PINOT NOIR 2014 (£4.99 Aldi)

Rombustious rich ripe cherry fruits, soft smooth tannins; sweet jammy finish

CASA SILVA COOL COAST PINOT NOIR 2012 (£10.95 Woodwinters; Michael Jobling; Averys)

Licquorice & pomegranite with hint of spice, smooth rounded ripe fruit

CONCHA Y TORO MARELO LIMARI PINOT NOIR 2014 (£7.95 The Wine Society)

More minerality and acidity here, with very bright slick cherry fruits

HANG TEN PINOT NOIR 2014 (£9.99 www.laithwaites.co.uk)

raspberry and cherry aromas, creamy succulent smoky palate; hint of vanilla spice

CA DI ALTE PINOT NERO 2013 (£9.99 Valvona & Crolla; Harrisons Fine Wines)

rich dark savoury palate and more structure on finish than others in the tasting

SOLI PINOT NOIR 2012 Edoardo Miroglio (£9.95 The Wine Society)

Very pretty elegant Pinot with light morello cherry; dash of liquorice and coffee

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GERMAN RHEINHESSEN PINOT NOIR 2014 (£8 Sainsbury’s)

gentle ripe raspberry flavoured palate, soft and silky texture

MOST WANTED PINOT NOIR 2014 (£10 Sainsbury’s, Tesco.com (£8 on offer), Booths)

Lush cherry fruits, with vanilla oak notes; more restrained than many Kiwi Pinots

PUY DE DOME PINOT NOIR 2012 Cave de Saint Verny (£7.99 Majestic Wine)

Rich morello cherry fruits, quite earthy prominent acidity: quite Beaujolais-like

FRUNZA PINOT NOIR 2013 (£7 Oddbins)

Very pretty, soft textured, juicy simple Pinot Noir ideal for quaffing

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Les Jamelles Reserve Mourvedre. £6.49 until Tuesday, The Co-op

this fresh, spicy red fits that bill

2014 Santa Julia Reserva Uco Valley Malbec. £10, Sainsbury’s

fragrant aromatics and opulent dark cherry flavours; fine indeed

2013 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot, Hawkes Bay. £30, Marks & Spencer

intense cassis fruitiness is leavened with herb and mint

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 Mission Estate Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. £9.95 at The Wine Society

intense and vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit with neat touches of spice

2014 Billy Bosch Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa. £9.99 at Virgin Wines

crisp, very firm, Granny Smith apple acidic bite; herbal, pear and quince