5th September 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

M Signature Chilean Pinot Noir, Casablanca 2015 (£8, Morrisons)
ripe and easy, plump and berry-juicy
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa 2015 (£12, Marks & Spencer)
hedgerow fruit, cherry and citrus tanginess; supple
Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2014 (£16, Oddbins)
svelte, darkly fruited; a partner for duck as well as mushrooms

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cosimo Maria Masini, Sangiovese Rosato (£40 3-litre box, Vinnaturo)
biodynamic; delicious, dark, fruity; tastes of just-squished strawberries
Cosimo Maria Masini, Organic Red (£36 3-litre box, Vinnaturo)
wild, edgy sangiovese, that would be delicious lightly chilled
Du Grappin Maçon-Villages (£28 1.5 litre bagnum, Le Grappin)
classy white burgundy; I’d be more than happy to serve at a dinner party
Camper Vin South African chenin blanc (£13, 2.25-litre box, Asda)
dinky van-shaped bag-in-box; not spectacular, but excellent value

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Marlborough: EXQUISITE COLLECTION NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR 2015 (£6.99 Aldi)
Fragrant very light fresh example – don’t expect much complexity
Marlborough: ARA SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014 (£11.99 Waitrose)
Light aromatic, plummy with vivid and slightly tart acidity
Marlborough: KOHA MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2014 (£11.50 from £13.50 M&S)
very bright fruits, pretty, juicy with berry fruits and subtle oak
Marlborough: THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2014 (£13.50)
Good colour depth, peppery & floral notes, light soft plummy fruits
Marlborough: YEALANDS BLACK LABEL PINOT NOIR 2014 (£13.95 Valvona & Crolla)
Savoury, spicy, with silky tannins, but not quite as juicy as their 2013
Waipara: SHERWOOD STRATUM PINOT NOIR 2015 (£13.99 Virgin Wines)
Very youthful, with aromatic strawberry notes and silky soft texture
Martinborough: CONEY PIZZICATO PINOT NOIR 2014 (£13.99 Majestic)
Bright raspberry fruits, plum and pomegranate flavours; natural acidity
Martinborough: ATA RANGI CRIMSON PINOT NOIR 2014 (£22.99-£26 Drinkmonger; Lockett Bros; Bon Vivant; Fine Wine Co; thenewzealandcellar.co.uk)
Red cherry fruits, lively aromatic with earthy savoury edge
Marlborough: DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2012 (£24 NZ House of Wine; £29.70 Majestic)
Blackcherry and violet scents, lush ripe succulent fleshy cherry fruits
Nelson: NEUDORF PINOT NOIR TOM’S BLOCK 2012 (£25.20 Majestic)
gentle introduction to fragrant mulberry-scented herby Pinot
Marlborough: CHURTON PINOT NOIR 2012 (£24.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Savoury spicy edge compared to other Marlborough Pinots
Central Otago: AKARUA PINOT NOIR 2012 (£22.99/£24.99 NZ House of Wine)
Beautifully aromatic Pinot with mellow rounded complex palate
Central Otago: ROCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2013 (£21.99 NZ House of Wine)
Delicious succulent Pinot with soft silky tannins, coffee notes
Wairarapa: URLAR ESTATE ORGANIC PINOT NOIR 2013 (£16.95 Valvona & Crolla)
Rich red fruited, spicy, tobacco toned Pinot

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Don José Oloroso, Sanchez Romate Great Western Wine, £18.50
A spicy scent and lingering, smooth walnutty flavour
Pedro’s Almacenista Selection Oloroso, Majestic, £13.99
rich with raisins, prunes and roasted nuts.
Solera Jerezana Dry Oloroso, Lustau Waitrose and Telegraph Wine, £9.99
fresh streak of orange zest and deeper, satisfying layers

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Te Mata Gamay Noir 2015, £14.95 winedirect; hawksheadwines
succulent, ripe blackberry-fruit laden easy drinkability
Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella Classico 2013, £10.99 robertsandspeight; £12.98 vintagemarque
subtle flavours of fruit and nut chocolate; full and rounded finish
Clos des Cordelieres Saumur Champigny Cuvee Tradition 2014. £12.99 virgin
brambly, autumnal red, with terrific structure and a fine minerality

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Menestrello Pinot Spumante Rosé NVItaly (11%, Morrisons, £8)
tastes of squashed wild raspberries and cherry blossom
Château de Flaugergues Blanc 2014/15 France (13%, Marks & Spencer, £10)
I like my white wines to feel a bit warmer, while still having a fresh edge
Altano White 2015 Portugal (13%, tanners-wines.co.uk, £10.50)
tastes nettley and broad; mixture of citrus and green mango

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Percheron Old Vine Cinsault Western Cape, £5.95 Drinkmonger
soft and medium-bodied raspberry and redcurrant fruit
2014 New Hall Bacchus Reserve Essex, England, £10.99 Inverarity 121
gentle red apple and quince fruit – with a suggestion of peach

Read more at: http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/brian-elliott-vinho-verde-secret-eternal-youth/