28 February 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine de L’Ausseil Le P’tit Piaf, Roussillon 2015 (£13, Borough Wines)
frictionless fluency and lightness of touch
Pittnauer Pitti, Burgenland, Austria 2015 (£11.50, Oddbins)
herby, spicy; works best when cool served with charcuterie
J-C Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015 (from £20.95, Noel Young; smilinggrape; hedonism)
concentration and purity of red fruit and a lacy complexity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

William Hardy Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2016 (£6.50 Tesco; 13.5% abv)
McGuigan’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015 (£6 Morrisons, £6.98 Asda, £7 Sainsbury’s)
none of those cloying tinned peach and clumsy oak flavours that turned so many people off
McGuigan Founder’s Series Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 (£11 at Sainsbury’s)
lusciously creamy; snap it up if you ever see it on promotion
Yalumba Y Series South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£9.89 Majestic)
appealing cassis fruit laced with a touch of smoke
Rolf Binder Magpie Estate Rag & Bone Barossa Valley Riesling 2016 (£9.99 D Byrne)
mouthwateringly citrussy
Rolf Binder The Mixed Thing Barossa Valley 2016 (£8.59 D Byrne; 13.5%)
gorgeously fruity blend of grenache, cinsault and cabernet franc
The Rude Mechanicals Ephemera Viognier/Pinot Gris 2016 (£8.99 D Byrne)
wonderfully aromatic, all white flowers and citrus

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

DE MORGENZON WHITE MAESTRO 2014 (£16.15 Great Grog)
Generous weighty Rhone-style white with rich mouthfeel
PAUL CLUVER GEWURZTRAMINER 2015 (£12.45 Great Grog; £11.99 Waitrose)
Rosewater aromas, but with a delicious juicy limey palate
SASKIA 2012 (£17 The Wine Society)
Rich concentrated peachy supple white with such poise; excellent quality
TOPIARY CHARDONNAY 2015 (£20 Great Grog)
Nuts, lime and butterscotch are the dominant flavours; deftly-oaked
SPICE ROUTE AMOS BLOCK SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (£11.99 Lockett Bros; The Cave; Aitken Wines)
More tropical fruit and warmth than you would find in Loire
ELODIE LANDSCAPE SERIES GABRIELSKLOOF CHENIN BLANC 2015 (£23.99 Drinkmonger)
Lemon meringue flavours, lovely rich texture, well defined oak
CATHERINE MARSHALL PINOT NOIR ON CLAY SOILS 2013 (£16.99 Great Grog)
Elegant restrained style with powerful concentration and minerally edge
KAAPZICHT PINOTAGE 2013 (£15 Great Grog)
Deliciously savoury Pinotage with plummy suppleness not often found in this grape
KAAPZICHT BUSH VINE SKUINSBERG CINSAULT 2015 (£12.99 Great Grog)
A very attractive silky smooth palate and finish for the grape
THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION PINOTAGE 2014 (£10.50 www.thewinesociety.com)
Plummy well rounded Pinotage with earthy undertones with a quirky spiciness
INTELLEGO SYRAH 2015 (£18.99-£19.95 Les Caves; L’Art du Vin; frw; beaconwines)
Pure cherry fruits in this bright clear focused Syrah; hint of smoky notes
GLENELLY LADY MAY 2010 (£26.99 Majestic; sawinesonline.co.uk)
top notch, with subtle cassis fruits, refined tannins, elegance
LISMORE SYRAH 2015 (£25 swig.co.uk)
Beautifully balanced, ethereal bouquet, savoury notes, peppery

the Telegraph – Susy Atkin

Voila Lyrarkis Assyrtiko 2016, Crete (£11.99 Majestic)
salt-tinged, lemon-sherbet
Vinalba Torrontés 2015, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina (£9.99, Majestic)
lychee-scented – would make a striking new-season aperitif
La Grange des Combes 2014, St-Chinian-Roquebrun, France (£11.99, Majestic)
gutsy, packed with juicy cassis and black liquorice
Rojalet Negre 2015 (£8.99, Majestic)
inky-purple with peppery bramble and damson and just asking for roast lamb
Abbotts & Delauney Viognier 2015, Languedoc, France (£9.99, Majestic)
juicy and vivacious with white peach and plump apricot fruit
Escparpment Pinot Noir 2014, Martinborough, New Zealand (£22, Majestic)
positively regal, with a smooth but succulent red cherry and plum fruit

the Independent – Nuria Stylianou

Weingut Wageck Tertiär, Pfalz, 2015. £13.50, Oddbins
mineral-driven delight, with mandarin and grapefruit undertones
“Asshole” Sauvignon Blanc, Pfalz, 2015. £13.50, redsquirrelwine.com
green peppers and nettle, with a background of tropical notes
Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2015. £13.99, Laithwaites
intense and rich flavours of refreshing lemon, freshly cut grass, green pepper
The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc. £14.75, Vintageroots
Juicy notes of grilled sugared grapefruit and burstingly ripe flavours
Domaine Gardrat, Vin de Pays Charentais, Sauvignon 2015. £10.40, Yapp
Light-bodied and pure, with delicate notes of elderflower and grapefruit
Black Elephant, Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse, 2016. £13.99, redsquirrel
aromas of green fruit, lychees, guava, and lime
Cloudy Bay Te Koko, Marlborough, 2013. £37.50, Majestic
mouth-filling flavours of lychees, almonds, gooseberry and citrus
2015 Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine Thibault, André Dezat. £19.50, Bbr.com
peach, nectarine, pear and citrus zing; backdrop of smoky gun flint