8th February 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Zorah Karasi Areni Noir, Armenia 2013 (from £21.95, Slurp; Corking Wines)
a vibrant, highly polished red
Iago Bitarishvili Chinuri Qvevri 8, Georgia 2013 (£16.65, Bottle Apostle, Smiling Grape)
arrestingly chewy, honeyed white
Khareba Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia 2013 (£9.95, Tanners Wines)
liquorice and juicy black berries; pairs beautifully with lamb

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Co-op Truly Irresistible Bio Bio Valley Malbec 2013 (£6.99; 14% abv)
gold medal-winning (and delicious)
Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (£13.99 Avery’s; 13% abv)
award-winning (and lush); a wine that Kiwi sauvignon fans should pounce on
Mountain Chardonnay 2012 (12.5% abv, £8.99 Avery’s)
surprisingly fresh-tasting
TNT (14% abv, £8.99 Avery’s)
big, dense, beefy blend of trincadeira and touriga nacional
Vredehoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (£8.99, Avery’s)
a well-priced, and sustainable, alternative to red bordeaux

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Tio Pepe Fino Sherry NV Spain (Tesco, £8 until Tuesday)
fresh green apple, toasty sourdough and roasted almond scent
Haut-Vignoble Bordeaux 2014 France (12.5%, M&S, £7)
plain but very good value red bordeaux
Norton Winemakers Reserve Malbec 2012 (14.5%, £8.79 Telegraph Wine)
dense core of blueberry and dark plum; tinges of redcurrant jelly

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SAN ANTOLIN VERDEJO RUEDA 2014 (£8.99 Waitrose)
Crisp, dry with crunchy fruits, tangerine and citric flavours
NAVAJAS BLANCO CRIANZA RIOJA 2012 (£7.50 Wine Society)
Ripe fruit, soft oak notes and vibrant acidity, full in the mouth
VINAS DEL VERO GEWURZTRAMINER 2014 (£9.99 bt Majestic Wine)
Lighter and drier in style than many French Alsace Gewurz
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GODELLO 2014 Marques de Almeida (£8 Sainsbury’s)
Lemony flavour, creamy palate, broader texture, good length
PAZO DE VILLAREI ALBARINO 2014 (£8.50 Wine Society; £10.80 Tanners)
Minerally to start, refreshing in flavour with balancing acidity
ESCUDO DE ORO MUSCAT 2014 (£7.64/£8.49 Laithwaites)
Grapey with a touch of lychees and honey on the palate
JUAN GIL 4 MESES MONASTRELL 2012 (£8.98 Woodwinters; Aitken Wines)
Powerful full-bodied with dark plummy fruits; velvet smooth palate
LA PURISMA SYRAH 2013 (£9 Oddbins)
Spicy blackfruited red; good purity of fruit and violet notes
NAVAJAS CRIANZA RIOJA 2011 (£7.25 The Wine Society)
Soft rounded with a hint of spicy oak; bargain price for Rioja
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GRACIANO 2014 Martinez Bujanda (£6 Sainsbury’s)
Violet scented fruit-driven spicy high acid
LAGUNILLA GRAN RESERVA 2007 (£14.99 Majestic Wine)
Cinnamon, spicy, figgy with earthy undertones
CAMINO GRAN RESERVA 2009 (£6.99 Waitrose)
prominent blackcurranty fruit aromas, spicy vanilla notes

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Contesa Pecorino 2014, Colline Pescaresi, Italy (Majestic, £9.99)
A dry, whistle-clean, lemony offering from the Abruzzo
Finest Steillage Riesling 2014, Mosel, Germany (Tesco, £6)
bursts with ripe lime juice and crunchy green apples
Saint Mont 2014, Gascony, France (Marks & Spencer, £8)
Neatly balanced white, with notes of apples, peaches and a nutty fnish

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2015 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc. £7.49 until 23 Feb, The Co-operative
Fragrant with elderflower and packed with zingy gooseberry
2014 Marcelo Pelleriti Malbec, Uco Valley. £11.99, Majestic
already approachable. Juicy and balanced
2012 Boulevard Napoléon Cinsault, L’Abeuradou. ~£22, Exel, Wilde, Winebear, Fine Wine Co
Textured old vine freshness and herbs