31st August 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Edgebaston The Pepper Pot, South Africa 2013 ~£10.99, sawinesonline; rudewines

a shake of pepper; adding seasoning to the dark berry flavours

Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers, France 2012 (£16, Sainsbury’s)

pepper crackles in the background behind silky blackberry

Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner Trocken, Austria, 2013 (£8.99, Wine Rack)

a pinch of white pepper; plum and herby freshness

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

De Marcilly 2014 Hautes-Cotes de Beaune, £8.99 Lidl
De Marcilly 2014 Hautes-Cotes de Nuits, £8.99 Lidl

gorgeously creamy

De Marcilly 2014 Rully, £9.99 Lidl

Elegant

2014 Santenay Les Jablieres 2014, £9.99 Lidl

attractive if rather less exciting; should improve with age

Collin-Bourisset Fleurie 2014. £7.99, Lidl

very pretty

Cotes du Rhone Villages Chusclan 2014. £5.99, Lidl

brilliant; great everyday drinking through the coming months

Atlas Santorini. £10.50, down to £7.88 M&S

bright, zesty white that goes well with seafood

2013 Domaine Hubert Brochard Silex Sancerre. £16 down to £12 M&S

stunning

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Chardonnay Family Reserve, De Bortoli, Australia £7.49, Majestic

warm embrace of fruit, but light on the alcohol (12.5%) and zippy

2014 Brouilly Louis Tete, Beaujolais, France £11, M&S

dark cherry and strawberry, with spice lurking in the background

Exton Park Blanc de Noirs NV, Hampshire, England £28.95, Exton Park Wines

a dense, thoughtful wine with warm bread, spice and red fruit

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Tucumen Malbec 2014 Mendoza. £7.99 on offer Majestic

really fruity, juicy and accessible, but with that deeper, richer element

Fresquito Pedro Ximenez 2014. £9, Marks & Spencer

young, very fresh wine, with interesting flavours of almonds and apples

Cotes du Rhone Rosé Chateau D’Ampuis 2011. £10.50, farehamwinecellar

fresh red-berry flavours; touches of citrus and herbs and a little hit of spice

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Ermita del Conde Albillo Vino de la Tierra 2013 Spain (Wine Society, £10.95)

lively lemony flavours and a slight roasted hazelnuts and toasted almonds tang

Dry Furmint 2013 Hungary (13%, M&S, £10)

calm and subtle with gentle hints of ripe pear, sushi ginger, dried apricots

Zalze Chenin Blanc 2013 South Africa (13.5%, Asda Wine Shop, £7.95)

combines zing with those warmer flavours, like a peach daiquiri

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Western Cape: THE RUSTLER CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£8.99, Laithwaites)

rich melon aromas, citric fruit flavours with underlying honeycomb notes

Paarl: GLEN CARLOU ‘QUARTZ STONE’ CHARDONNAY 2013 (£18.49, Valvona & Crolla)

luscious with a tangerine citrus fruit flavour, nutty undertones, intense oak notes

Elgin: PAUL CLUVER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£12, Marks & Spencer)

classy, elegant sauvignon with delicious passionfruit and elderflower notes

Stellenbosch: DE MORGENZON RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£17.49, sawinesonline.co.uk)

superbly opulent with pear, spice and caramel flavours

Western Cape: SASKIA 2012 Miles Mossop (£18-£20, Oddbins; swig; sawinesonline; De Burgh)

divinely rich honeysuckle, peach-scented white blend with grilled pineapple notes

Stellenbosch: JOURNEY’S END KENDAL LODGE MERLOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 (£8 Marks & Spencer)

very ripe New World style with voluptuous plummy fruits, well-structured palate

Hemel en Aarde: NEWTON JOHNSON PINOT NOIR 2013 (£25, thesecretcellar.co.uk)

lovely pinot noir brimming with red fruits and beautifully balanced

Robertson: SPRINGFIELD ESTATE ‘WORK OF TIME’ 2008 (£17.99, sawinesonline.co.uk)

cedary aromas, smoky liquorice palate, juicy red fruits and smooth silky tannins

Stellenbosch: GLENELLY LADY MAY 2010 (£26.99, sawinesonline; £23, Marks & Spencer)

very elegant cabernet sauvignon with 24 months in new French oak

Franschhoek: CAPE CHAMONIX PINOT NOIR RESERVE 2012 (£19.99-£24, Raeburn; WoodWinters; Luvians)

charming pinot noir, one of the best in the Cape, with a very forward fruit style

the Independent – Anthony Rose

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2012. £17.99, thebottleneck

Rustic aromas, succulent berry fruits, depth of flavour

Domaine Grand Poulsard 2013. £14, Marks & Spencer

supremely light red, bursting with succulent cherry and raspberry-fruit

Alverdi Sangiovese 2013. £6.49, slurp

distinctive spicy, smoky edge, with a longer, richer finish