7th March 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Au Bon Climat Wild Boy Chardonnay, California 2013 (£22.50, Hennings; N Young)
luminous vintage; racy freshness and restraint
Domaine de la Côte Bloom’s Field Pinot Noir, California 2013 (£51, Roberson)
distinctive, gossamer light with breathtakingly pure red fruit
Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California 2013 (£12.99, Waitrose)
traditional, rich, but in its way still balanced; vivid, plummy Zin

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Késői Arany Tokaji 2013 (£8.99 Lidl for 50cl; 10% abv)
standout bargain; really delicious
Château Dereszla Tokaji Furmint (£5.99, Lidl)
fresh, dry; good value
Château Jean de Gué Lalande-de-Pomerol 2012 (£14.99, Lidl)
rather over-oaky; by no means a giveaway
Axis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£6.49, Lidl; 14.5% abv)
elegant, from Australia’s Margaret River
Foremost Syrah 2015 (£8.99, Lidl; 13.5% abv)
cracking, rich and peppery, from Hawkes Bay
La Méridionale (13.5% abv, £5.49, Lidl)
a great little South African chenin blanc/grenache blend
Côtes du Ventoux (12.5% abv, £5.49, Lidl)
really quaffable red
Blanquette de Limoux (£7.99, Aldi; 12% abv)
rather dull – Lidl’s £6.99 Cremant de Limoux is a much better buy
Métairie du Bois Corbières 2012 (£9.99, Aldi; 14.5% abv)
beefy; decent enough, but no steal

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CAPE ORIGINAL CHENIN BLANC/GRENACHE BLANC 2015 (£5 Tesco until 22 March)
Tropical fruit, citric undertones with a leesy palate in this unoaked aperitif.
ADAMA WHITE 2015 (£10.99 Waitrose)
Very fleshy juicy pure lemony fruit with a creamy palate
DE BOS CHENIN BLANC SUR LIE 2013 (£8.99 Rude Wines)
unbalanced, a little underlying pineapple and pear fruits
SIX HATS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (£8 Marks & Spencer)
more tropical fruit on palate, but the acid seems unbalanced
THE CO-OPERATIVE FAIRTRADE PINOT GRIGIO 2015 (£5.99 until 15 March)
only acceptable rather than good.
ADAMA RED 2015 (£9.99 Majestic)
Baked red fruit notes, very spicy peppery well rounded palate
BOSMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011 (£16.49 Waitrose)
Intense smoky cedary aromas, dense black fruits, good balance
CAPE ORIGINAL SHIRAZ/MALBEC RED 2015 (£6 Tesco; £5 13 April – 3 May)
Plenty of black cherry and brambly fruits, peppery undertones
SIX HATS SHIRAZ 2015 (£8 Marks & Spencer)
Very smoky nose with pepper and spice on the palate
FISH HOEK SHIRAZ 2015 (£5.99 Waitrose & Morrisons until 15 March)
fleshy ripe fruits, soft tannins and a touch of vanilla
THE CO-OPERATIVE FAIRTRADE MERLOT 2014 (£5.99 until 15 March)
not much plummy fruit here and a disappointing limp finish
CO-OP TRULY IRRESISTIBLE FAIRTRADE MALBEC 2013 (£6.99 until 15 March)
Damson aromas, crunchy red fruits, chewy tannins

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Trebuchet Red, Western Capes. £7.99, Majestic
Bordeaux blend; cherryish aromas tinged with herbal note
2014 Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir. £14, M&S
Bright berry fruits and subtle oak spice; elegant cool-climate freshness
2014 Sancerre Les Boucauds, Claude. £16.49–£17.75, Drink Shop, AG Wines, DVine
Grapefruit zesty, fish-friendly, bone-dry Loire Valley white

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne. £24.99 Majestic
delivering raspberry-scented bubbling perfection
Les Domaines Brocard Organic Chablis 2014
very pure, bone-dry expression of apple, peach and light citrus
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravières Crozes-Hermitage 2014. £10.49, Waitrose
Northern Rhône means peppery Syrah, with intensely fruity flavours