2nd May 2016 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Clos du Tue-Boeuf Rouillon Cheverny, Loire 2014 (£17.85, Real Wine Fair)
as deliciously fluent and lively as ever
Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso, Sicily 2014 (£18.95, Real Wine Fair)
a spicy, blood orange and lavender-scented wonder
Celler Credo Miranius, Spain 2013 (£12.42, Bottle Apostle; Vino Vero; H Nics)
gently charming and refreshing mix of fennel, apple and minerals

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2013 (14.5% abv; £10.99 Majestic)
big, spicy
Aldi Grunty Tudor Shiraz (14.5% abv, £8.99 online only)
classic Aussie shiraz; ideal for a barbie
Les Hauts Vignes Cairanne 2014 (14% abv, £11.99 Majestic)
several pounds cheaper than anything from nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe
Frares Priorat 2013 (£13 Marks & Spencer; 15% abv)
weighty blend of grenache and carignan from southern Spain
Recanati Wild Carignan 2013 (£24.95 Berry Bros, £28 Ellis Wharton)
truly delicious; It’s big, too. Very big

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Cremant du Jura 2012 Philippe Michel (£7.49 Aldi)
Yeasty nose, citric fruit, minerally palate; unbeatable price
M&S Macon Villages 2014 (£10 Marks & Spencer)
Crisp dry creamy elegant unoaked Chardonnay
Exsquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 (£6.99 Aldi)
depth of limey fruits, mouthwatering acidity, sleek dryness
Tesco Finest* Tingleup Riesling 2015 (£8 Tesco)
Lime and melon with a softer acid than many Aussie Rieslings
Mirabeau Cotes de Provence Rose 2015 (£7.79 until 10 May Waitrose Cellar)
gentle introduction to the pale, delicately fruity Provencal style
Vina Tendida Rose 2014 (£4.99 Waitrose)
Slightly sweet Moscatel-based rosado is charmingly light
Truly Irresistible Casablanca Pinot Noir (£7.99 Co-op)
Sweet ripe fruits, nothing too jammy and pure raspberry & cherry
Axis Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£6.49 Lidl)
delicious cassis and mint flavours, juicy generously fleshy
Zalze Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier 2014 (£5.99 until 10 May Waitrose)
Juicy oaked robust Rhone style red blend; smoky nuances
Tesco Finest* Semillon 2009 (£6 hf bt)
Superb balance of sweetness with honey, citrus, apricot notes
Kesoi Arany Tokaji 2013 (£8.99 for 50 cl bt Lidl)
honeyed, citric with apricot and caramel hints
Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenez 12 year old (£8 Sainsbury’s)
Deep mahogany wood colour, rich raisiny and intensely sweet

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Case Vecchie 2015 Sicily (12%, Majestic, £8.99)
It tastes of citrus pith, barks and herbs
Barossa Riesling 2015 Australia (12.5%, M&S, £10)
sleek, dry tingle of a white wine; slippy-slidey texture
Mount Rozier The Beekeeper Merlot 2014 South Africa (Co-op, £7.99)
bright tang, an appetisingly fresh lift and a waft of smoke

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Domaine Chasselay, Quatre Saisons, 2014. £10.95 Vintage Roots
clean, vibrant flavours of cherries and raspberries
Barbera d’Alba Bricco Airoli 2011. £16.95 thevintner.com
Seriously juicy and succulent red from northern Italy
Ramon Bilbao 2014. £9.49 Majestic
Crunchy but potent blackberry and raspberry fruits

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (New Zealand House of Wine £18.99)
lime, lemon and bergamot zest against a background of green leaves
Saint Clair Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (Harrogate Fine Wine £14.95; Martinez Fine Wine, £14.79; New Zealand House of Wine, £12.49)
tastes of blackcurrant leaves, sherbet and passion fruit
Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2015 New Zealand (Majestic, £11.99)
delicious succulence, with flavours reminiscent of passion fruit