8th August 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Vinícola Salton Riosecco Sparkling Glera, Brazil NV (£9, Marks & Spencer)
requisite icing-sugar fluffiness to match Italian originals
Campos de Solana Tannat Malbec, Bolivia 2015 (£11.99, Marks & Spencer)
youthful rioja-ish mix of bright black fruit and oak savouriness
Viñalba Reservado de la Familia Malbec, Argentina 2013 (£10, Morrisons)
chunky, plush, floral-scented Malbec is the match for red meat

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Vieux Manoir 2014 (£7.49 the Co-operative; 13% abv)
fragrant, juicy
Les Chartrons 2014 (£7.99 Waitrose; 12.5% abv)
given its modest abv, has a surprising amount of heft
Extra Special Bordeaux Blanc ( £5.97 Asda; 12% abv)
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc (£7 12.5% abv)
zippy
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bordeaux Rosé (£7 12.5% abv)
attractive; you don’t get many Provence rosés for that price
Les Chartrons 2014. Drink it with grilled lamb chops
Château Les Tours Seguy Côtes de Bourg 2008 (£7.75 Wine Society; 13.5%)
still lively
Château Moncets Lalande de Pomerol 2009 (£12.99 Majestic; 13.5% abv)
smooth, mellow
Château Castera Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2009 (£22 boroughwines; 13.5% abv)
seductively smooth; a delicious, velvety bordeaux

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

South Africa: CAMBALALA RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£3.79 Aldi)
Fresh apple and pineapple flavours and zestiness: 12%
South Africa: WAITROSE FAIRTRADE CHENIN BLANC 2015 (£5.99 Waitrose)
Clean, crisp and dry with citric aromas and a touch of honey: 12.5%
France: LE CARILLON DE VENDOME ‘COCAGNE’ CHENIN BLANC 2015 (£8.50 Wine Soc)
Lovely honeyed aromas, initially rich melony fruit: 13.5%
South Africa: THE TEA LEAF CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£12 Woodwinters; Noel Young)
Pear and pineapple flavours, creamy texture and a distinct hint of tea: 14%
South Africa: DEVIL’S PEAK LIMITED EDITION CHENIN BLANC 2015 (£9.99 Virgin)
Vibrancy, freshness and fruity; attractively dry easy-drinking Chenin
South Africa: ALLEE BLEUE CHENIN BLANC 2014 (£9.99 Valvona & Crolla)
Sundried fruits, dried mango and pineapple undertones, zesty: 13.5%

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

Madiran ‘Réserve des Tuguets’ 2012, Plaimont Producteurs. Tesco, £6
A bargain that punches well above its price
Kloof St Red 2013, Mullineux, Swartland, Oddbins, £13
Deliciously vibrant, fruit-driven wine with plum and spice
Barolo ‘Liste’ 2010, Damilano, Italy. selected Waitrose £45
an hour or two of air reveals its soaring fragrance and deep fruit

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Tons de Duorum, 2014. £8.90 tanners
smooth, juicy, slightly spicy and extremely drinkable
Aliança Bairrada Reserva Tinto 2011. £7.50 winetrust100.co.uk
Full bodied, packed with black fruit and chocolate flavours
Ramos Reserve 2014. £7.99 Majestic
Rich but fresh fruit flavours of cherries and blackberries

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2015 Hoopoe Nero d’Avola Syrah Sicily, £8.50 Whitmuir Organics
smoky depth – nicely softened by bramble-centred syrah
2015 The Society’s Grüner Veltliner Kremstal, £7.50 Wine Society
firm grapefruit acidity, pear-based roundedness; mineral touches