01-11-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 01/11/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

An ‘austerity special’ from Jane – no tasting notes, just recommendations:

£3.79: 2009 Gran Tesoro Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Bodegas Borsao (Tesco)
£4.29: House Valpolicella non-vintage (Sainsbury’s, £3.22 if you buy any six)
£4.98: 2009 Cono Sur Pinot Noir (Morrisons, £4.98; until November 8)
£4.78: 2009 Extra Special Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (Asda, £4.78 until November 1)
£4.78: 2010 Extra Special Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (Asda, £4.78 until November 1)
£3.99: 2010 Whale Caller Sauvignon Blanc-Colombard (Waitrose, £3.99 until tomorrow)

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Von Kesselstatt Riesling Dry 2009 (£8.95 Wine Society)

Pretty and perky

Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2009 Künstler (£14.99 Waitrose)

Flowers, fruit and freshness

Trossen Pyramide Riesling Spätlese Trocken (£19.99 thewineryuk.com)

Great body and intensity from a small triangular vineyard high above the Mosel

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Undurraga Rosé NV, Maipo Valley, Chile. £4.99 on offer, Majestic

plenty of sherbety, berry sweetness and enough refreshing zip

2010 Taste the Difference Silver Fish Sauvignon Blanc. £7.49, Sainsbury’s

zingy-fresh, herbal sauvignon blanc; nettle-tinged gooseberry fruit

2009 Craggy Range Te Muna Pinot Noir, Martinborough. £13.49, Marks & Spencer

red berry fragrance; seductive plum and dark cherry-fruit opulence

the Observer – David Williams

Avaniel, Bodegas Monteabellon, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2009 (£8.75, Berry Bros)

fresh but by no means simple; graceful dark-cherry character

De Grendel Winifred Semillon/Viognier/Chardonnay, South Africa 2009 (£9.99, Oddbins)

seamless, delicious; aromas of citrus fruit; generous stone-fruit palate

El Transistor, Telmo Rodriguez, Spain 2009 (£17.99, Adnams)

intense multi-faceted; pungently aromatic on the nose, with a broad, silky mouthfeel

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Viña Fuerte Old Vine Garnacha 2008 (£6.99 Waitrose)

may not be “unforgettable”, as it’s extravagantly billed, but it hits the spot

Co-op Argentine Fairtrade Malbec Reserva (13.5%, £6.75)

extra brownie points for being organic; generous, plummy

Fairhills Vineyard Malbec Syrah Tempranillo 2009 (£6.29, Tesco)

also from Argentina and also Fairtrade, is very decent, too

Domaine du Cros Marcillac “Lo Sang del Pais” 2009,(£8.99, Caves Pyrène)

one of those lip-smackingly delicious reds that you keep coming back to

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

Tesco Italian Merlot Veneto 2009, Italy, 12 per cent. £3.59

sound, easy-drinking everyday red with light, juicy fruit

2009 Dolphin Bay Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 12 per cent. £5.49 at M&S

grapefruit and green apple acidity rather than gooseberry; Fresh and balanced

2009 Navajas Rioja Spain, 13.5 per cent. £7.45 at Peckhams

Superb cherry and cassis fruit with a hint of strawberry

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Errazuriz Carmenere 2009, Aconcagua, Chile (Majestic, £7.99)

A savoury treat; cloves, soy and black pepper mingle with rich damson fruit

Taste the Difference Barossa Shiraz 2009, Australia (Sainsbury’s, £7.99)

complex nuances of peppermint and plain chocolate

Zalze Shiraz-Mourvedre-Viognier 2009, South Africa (Waitrose, £6.49)

liquorice, blackcurrant and toffee; partner posh sausages or a beef casserole

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