27th April 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Il Mosnel Franciacorta Brut (£23.50, Italian Wines)

easily sourced, racy, rich Brut

Domaine La Croix Montjoie Cremant de Bourgogne (£17.50, Berry Bros)

creamy, green-apple fresh cremant

Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs, England (~£24.95, South Down; N Young)

patisserie shop characters; as invigorating as a clear frosty morning

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Abbott’s & Delauney Corbieres Reserve 2013 (£11.99, Averys)

real elegance and finesse; a pleasure to drink

Faustino VII Tempranillo 2012 (£5.99 on promo Tesco)

an appealing and versatile young rioja

Hardys Stamp Chardonnay Semillon 2014 (£7.49 Co-op)

semillon adds some lovely, pineappley freshness to the chardonnay

Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2013 (£8.34 Yorkshire Vintners)

my current favourite Picpoul (Wine Society has the 2014 at £7.50)

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TASMANIAN CHARDONNAY 2013 (£9.99, Aldi) lemon and melon aromas with a delicious creamy palate

ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA CHARDONNAY 2013 (£11.95, winedirect) intense citrus fruits, honeyed depth and vibrant minerality

LEYDA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£9.99, Aldi) crisp dry Chilean white

HUNTERS MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2014 (£12.50, michaeljobling; Laytons) just off dry, but still fresh and zesty with red apple notes

SMALL & SMALL SYLVIA’S RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£13.99 nakedwines) A well-priced well-made Kiwi sauvignon blanc

SPRINGFIELD SPECIAL CUVEE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£11.99, Majestic) passion fruit-flavoured fresh sauvignon blanc

O’LEARY WALKER POLISH HILL RIESLING 2014 (£12.99, Waitrose) a racy, dry, highly rated riesling

IONA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£12.49, Majestic Wine; Waitrose) lemongrass, rich gooseberry and apple notes

ALMA ANDINA PINOT GRIGIO 2013 (£8.99, laithwaites) good value vibrant, fruity take on the Italian pinot grigio style

GREYWACKE DRY RIESLING 2013 (£19.99, Drinkmonger, Exel, Lockett Bros) So delicate, floral with a rich, juicy, fruit palate

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, La Grande Tour, £7.50, Sainsbury’s

sweet plums, spice and tobacco

2012 Laira Cabernet Sauvignon, Brand’s, Coonawarra, £8.95, South Down Cellars

exuberant, rich wine with dark fruit and an intense blast of blackcurrant

2012 The Society’s Exhibition Napa Merlot, £14.95, The Wine Society

red cherries, crunchy plums, spice and a subtle herbaceous side

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Crossroads Winemakers Selection Cabernet Franc 2012. £17.56, greatwesternwine

Fresh, blackberry fruits, a touch of mint and some spice

Pouilly-Fum´ 2013.£8.99, Lidl

uncomplicated, smoky, lemon-tinged, refreshing wine

Domaine Sainte Rose Coquille d’Oc 2012. £7.49, Waitrose

Medium-bodied, juicy, food-friendly

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Taste the Difference Languedoc White 2014. (Sainsbury’s, £6 until Apr 28)

A warm, peachy wine. Roast a bit of pork belly for it

Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2013. (Lea & Sandeman, £7.95)

this cabernet-carmenere blend sings with joy

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough (13%; Majestic, £6.99)

Gooseberries and the grey prow of a submarine

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Simply Bulgarian Merlot. £4.20, Tesco

stood out for everyday gluggability

2014 Terre di Faiano, Salento. £10.99, Waitrose

fragrant, floral organic dry white from Puglia

2010 La Demoiselle de Sociando. £16.50 Tesco

attractive leafy scent with cassis fruit