25th July 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Morgenhof Estate Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2014 (£11.99, Waitrose)
a flash of trademark Cox’s apple-tartness and steely acidity
Domaine de la Grange Patrimoine White, Touraine 2014 (£13.50, Joie de Vin)
rich, nutty, subtly honeyed, barrel-fermented white
Domaine des Roches-Neuves Saumur Blanc l’Insolite, Loire 2014 (from £22.50, Smiling Grape; Joseph Barnes Wines)
running through its ripple of ripe apple, lemon and honey

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Incanta Pinot Noir 2015 (12% abv; £5.99 Majestic)
bright, fruity, from Romania
Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla 2015 (12.6% abv; £6.99 Majestic)
refreshingly citrussy, from Slovenia
Crémant de Bourgogne 2012 (£13.95, FromVineyardsDirect; 11.5% abv)
handsomely bottled, made by the reliable Cave de Lugny.
La Gioiosa Prosecco (11% abv; £9.99 on offer Waitrose)
stylish; came out top of a recent Which? taste test
Stassen Cuvée Rosé Cider(7.4% abv, on offer £7 Sainsbury’s)
very natural-tasting; made from red-fleshed apples

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

MACON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES 2015 Potel Aviron (£12.50 Oddbins)
White flowers and peach notes, rich zesty citric palate
ESTORAS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 Esterhazy (£9.95 fromvineyardsdirect)
Sleek and gooseberry-toned; riper and more exotic fruit
PETER LEHMANN LAYERS 2014 (£10.99 Henderson Wines; Fine Wine Co)
Exotic aromas, creamy honeyed palate & moderate alcohol
AXIS CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2015 (£5.99 Lidl)
Limey blossomy aromas, just off-dryness, succulent ripeness
LEFT FIELD ALBARINO 2015 Te Awa £10.99 – £14 Ellies Cellar; Oxford Wine Co; Cambridge Wine Co; Wine Reserve; NZ House of Wine)
Expect zesty citric fruits; textural mouthfilling flavours
COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LAUDUN BLANC 2015 Pierre Henri Morel (£9.99 Majestic)
peachy, apricot, aniseed and white pepper notes
GIBSON BRIDGE PINOT GRIS RESERVE 2014 (£15 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Typical Marlborough ripe fruit and vibrant fresh tangy acidity
BOURGOGNE LAFORET PINOT NOIR 2013 Joseph Drouhin (£13 Oddbins)
Redcurrant and raspberry notes, succulent fruit ripeness
CHATEAU JEAN DE GUE, LALANDE DE POMEROL 2012 (£14.99 Lidl)
Sweetly fruited plummy Merlot, a touch too oaky, but a decent price
KAYRA KALECIK KARASI 2014 (£12.39 Strictly Wine; Great Wines Direct)
Cherry fruit, soft tannins and bright acidity
‘ROOT 1’ CARMENERE 2014 Ventisquero (£8 Morrisons)
Full bodied, juicy, plummy, baked fruit, smoothly tannic
ARTOLAS 2014 Adegas Galegas (£9 Vino Wine Shops)
Local grapes; earthy spicy red blend

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Mas Carlot White Cuvée Tradition 2014 Costières de Nîmes. FromVineyardsDirect, £9.65
roussanne, marsanne and viognier; lovely peach-blossom, almond kernel scent
San Marzano Verdeca Masseria Pietrosa 2015 Italy, 12.5%, Morrisons, £8
fresh, with a subtly herbaceous and even marine flavour
Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2015 Greece, 13.5%, Telegraph Wine, £12.99
wine from Santorini; citrus accents

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

San Leo Asti NV, Italy Waitrose and Telegraph Wine,£7.49 on offer
Medium-sweet; citrus sherbet and yellow pear-skin fruit
Nivole Moscato d’Asti 2014/5, Italy strictlywine, £7.73 per half
Delicious, finer, fragrant version with a soft, gentle spritz
Extra Special Asti NV, Italy Asda, £5.48
consistently refreshing, well-made Asti; succulent green-grapiness

the Independent – Nuria Stylianou

Paşaeli Çalkarasi Rosé, 2015. £13.99, Red Squirrel
ripe stone fruit and red fruit aromas
Graci Etna Rosato, 2014. £16.95, Berry Bros & Rudd
high acidity, subtle citrus, red fruit and white pepper
Joseph Mellot, Sancerre Le Rabault, 2014. £15.60, McDonald Wine
delicate strawberry and blackcurrant flavours
Rosato di Fonterenza, 2014. £20, Dynamic Vines
Strong fruit in the centre, elegant and well structured
Domaine Maby La Fermade, 2014. £12.50, Yapp Brothers
good depth of flavour – strawberries, rosehip and redcurrant
Red Car Winery, Sonoma Coast Rosé, 2014. £20.70, Honest Grapes
tangerine oil, pink grapefruit, red berry and lime
Mazza Bastardo, 2014. £17.95, Berry Bros. & Rudd
fresh citrus acidity and more savoury, herbal notes

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2015 Berry Bros & Rudd Provence Rosé (£12.95 at BBR)
ambrosial cherry and raspberry fruit; apple and tangerine acidity
2015 Menetou Salon Rosé Domaine de l’Ermitage (£12.95 fromvineyardsdirect)
more strawberry than raspberry, but still delivers vibrant red cherry flavours
2015 Ramon Bilbao Rosado (£9.95 at Noel Young Wines)
ripe plum and watermelon flavours; touches of sweetness to contrast
2015 Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karasi Rosé (£12.39 at Strictly Wine)
excellent strawberry and ripe melon fruit, pink grapefruit acidity
2013 The Society’s Sicilian Reserve Red Italy (£7.50 at The Wine Society)
floral black cherry and loganberry fruit with firm tannin and gentle acidity
The 2014 Folie de Roi Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, France (£9.95 corneyandbarrow)
brilliant, rich, textured; Red apple and quince fruit; honey-centred depth