26th September 2016 – weekly press roundup

Apologies, a shortened report this week as I am on holiday.

the Observer – David Williams

Chapel Down Flint Dry, Kent, England 2015 (£9.99, Waitrose)
wonderfully brisk and crisp and seafood-friendly
Camel Valley Bacchus Dry, Cornwall, England 2014 (from £9.50, thewinesociety.com; camelvalley.com)
lovely fullness of gooseberry and elderflower fruitiness
Albourne Estate White Pinot, West Sussex, England 2015 (£14.95, henningswine.co.uk; albourneestate.co.uk)
notes of red fruit to go with the citrussy acidity
Broadwood’s Folly Brut, Surrey, England 2013 (£14.99, Lidl)
lots of tangy apple and baked pear flavour
Coates & Seely Bretagne Brut Reserve NV (£27.95, leaandsandeman)
luminous, elegant, graceful style.
Hambledon Première Cuvée, Hampshire, England NV (£42.50, bbr.com; hambledonvineyard.co.uk)
balancing rich creaminess with a precision-guided cut-glass acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Verus Furmint 2015 (£12.99, Real Wine Company; 13% abv)
Joseph Drouhin Laforét Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013 (£13 Oddbins)
delicious and well priced (for a burgundy), in store only
Burning Sky Anniversaire (£10.57, Beer Ritz; 6.2% abv)
seductively rich saison aged in chardonnay casks
Sacred Spirit Spiced Vermouth (from £10.99 for 200cl, Solent Cellar)
gorgeous English and other indies; 18% abv)
Château Menota 2015 Sauternes (£9.99 Lidl)
lush, young

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION ALVARINHO 2015 (£8.95)
Classic combination of succulent ripe fruit and balancing acidity
ALBARINO O ROSAL 2015 Terras Gaudas (£15-£16 Exel Wines; Harrods; slurp)
Another crisp precise well-textured example of the 2015 vintage
ALBARINO 2014 Pazo de Barrantes (£14-15 Raeburn; Villeneuve)
Apricot aromas, soft rounded notes, lovely texture; rich nutty finish
LEFT FIELD ALBARINO 2015 Te Awa (£10.99 – £14 Ellies; Oxford Wine; Cambridge Wine; Wine Reserve; NZ House of Wine)
zesty citric fruits, firm acidity and textural mouthfilling flavour
SOALHEIRO ALVARINHO 2015 (£14.95 The Wine Society)
Both richly succulent and refreshingly acidic; not completely dry
ZARATE ALBARINO 2015 (£15.99 Corks Out; Roberson; winedirect; Forest Wine)
Minerally taut example; still showing its youth; pin point steeliness
CIES ALBARINO 2014 Rodrigo Mendez (£19.25 Vino Wine shops; Bibendum)
A zippy fresh example;: silky, honeysuckle notes
ALBARINO, DON MIGUEL VINEYARD 2014 Marimar Estate (£27 Campbells of Leyburn; Eagle Wines; Taste Fine Wines)
Peachy aromas, weighty palate; rich concentrated citric fruits
ALBARINO SELECCION DE ANADA 2008 Pazo Senorans (£30 Alliance; Cambridge Wine; Berry Bros; £29 Wine Society; £34.99 Virgin Wines)
Herby nose, very silky texture, creamy leesy