02-04-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 02/04/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

AA Badenhorst Secateurs White 20110, £9.99 Swig

Rich yet pingingly South African Chenin

Garnacha Tinta Cruz de Piedra. £6.75, Adnams

Lashings of fruity flavour and nothing too heavy

Domaine les Filles de Septembre Tradition 2010. £8.95, Yapp

grab this red with lively juicy flavours

Dirk Niepoort Drink Me 2009. £11.50 Vinoteca

Dark flavours with a tangy twist; intriguing

Vinalba Cabernet merlot 2010. £9.99 Sainsbury’s

Sleek bold red with powerful fruity flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Castellore Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010 Italy (13%; £3.39, Aldi)

soft, fruity, easy — where’s that plate of spaghetti amatriciana

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010 Australia (13%; £11.20, Slurp; winedirect)

smells sharply of dried lime peel, a textured, almost dusty sensation

Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina (14%; 2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

this has old-world accents; a wine that feels like it has a story to tell

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Domaine Jean-Pierre Charton 2010. £17.08, goedhuis

silky elegance; subtle, fresh flavours of cherries and wild berries

Azamor 2007. £13.95, harrods; £9.99, aitken wines

rich, smooth, powerful wine, with a spicy edge from barrel-ageing

Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza 2007/8. £9.99, Waitrose

deceptive depth here, with a long finish.

Anakana Indo Carmenère Cachapoal Valley 2010. £8.99, majestic

Full-bodied, packed with ripe, juicy black-fruit flavours

Accuro Torrontes 2009. £13, ruta40.com

lovely citrus flavours and pleasingly dry and crisp on the finish

Turonia Albariño Rias Baixas Quinta Couselo 2010. £12.92, goedhuis

medium-bodied, zippy, fresh, lemony; unmistakable salty tang

Sipon Furmint 2010. £9.95, thewinesociety

elegant assembly of spring-blossom aromas and crisp, dry, refreshing tastes

Tesco Finest Darling Sauvignon Blanc. £7.59, Tesco

tropical-fruit mouth-filling flavours; refreshing gooseberry astringency

Champagne André Roger Brut Traditional Grand Cru NV. £35.55, jascots

big, rich and powerful fizz, with a generously fruity nose

1+1=3 Cava Brut Rosé Seleccio. £11.99, champagnewarehouse

Packed with boisterous aromas and tastes of strawberry, raspberry and cherry

Gascogne Rosé Cuvée Spéciale 201. £5.99, M&S

moreish, crisp, spicily finished and decently priced rosé

Els Pyreneus Maury Grenat 2009. £11.66, nezzar.com

intense flavours of dark cherries, plums and cassis

the Observer – David Williams

Dominio del Plata Torrontes, Salta, Argentina, 2011 (£7.99, M&S)

alive with delicate floral aromas and vibrant tropical fruit

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry, Spain (£6.99 on offer, Waitrose)

delicately suggestive of the sea; faint saltiness and an abiding freshness

Montirius Le Clos, Vacqueyras, Rhône Valley, France 2009 (£15.45, Berry Bros)

meaty savouriness and peppery spice as well as fragrant black fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Tesco Picpoul de Pinet 2011 (12.5% abv, £5.79)

crisp, dry, seafood-friendly

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (13% abv £6 on offer, Tesco)

hint of passionfruit offsetting its trademark, gooseberry flavours

Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2010 (14.5% abv, £4.50, on offer, Tesco)

big, ballsy, Portuguese red from the Alentejo

Campo Viejo 2008 Rioja Crianza (£5 on offer Tesco; 13.5% abv)

would be ideal with lamb over Easter.

El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven 2009 (£9.50-£10 Butler’s Cellar, Jeroboams)

bright, breezy charm of a cru beaujolais

B2M Mencia 2009 (£17.95 Vagabond Wines, £21 Butler’s Cellar; 14.5% abv)

more serious, structured; would be delicious with simple roast duck

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

VINALBA TORRONTES 2011 (£7.99 each for 2 until 23 April or £9.99, Majestic)

juicy, fleshy with typical sweet sour notes

YEALANDS GRUNER VELTLINER 2011 (£10.81, independent merchants)

richest, most textured, and most peppery of the Kiwi examples

BELLINGHAM ‘THE BERNARD SERIES’ VIOGNIER 2011 (£8.79 each for 2, or £10.99, Majestic)

peachy, apricoty aromas, stonefruit freshness, juicy acidity

FERNGROVE RIESLING 2010 (£14.49, Great Grog, Edinburgh)

flinty, limey, minerally and thrillingly dry

TABURNO FALAGHINA 2010 (£11.17, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com)

nutty, weighty and very elegant aperitif


Clear cut, floral, waxy aromas, superb fruit intensity with a flinty finish

MUSCAT BRANDHOF 2010 Remy Gresser (£16.55, www.slurp.co.uk)

honeyed sweet nose, but a fine dry palate.

CASAL DE VIDE TREIXADURA 2010 (£14, www.tasteofgalicia.co.uk)

Aromatic, elegant with light lemony fruit

ALBARINO ABADIA DA COVA 2010 (£15, www.tasteofgalicia.co.uk)

wonderfully elegant citric, floral albarino with a savoury finish

QUINTALUNA VERDEJO 2010 (£7.67, www.justerinis.com)

This is beautifully packaged and supremely good for the price

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Waitrose In Partnership Cava Brut NV (£8.99)

crystal-clear, whistle-clean fizz, with a very dry apple tang

Vilarnau Cava Brut Nature NV (ocado, Partridges, independents, £10.79)

Light, very subtle and moreish – a lemon-tinged dry bubbly

Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu (Majestic, 2 @ £6.99 until 23 April)

distinctive flavour of pears and green apples, and a snappy, white-pepper finish

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