02-07-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 02/07/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Gekkeikan Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake. £10.50, japancentre.com

Very delicate aromas and flavours of seaside and camomile

Akashi-Tai Junmai Daiginjo Sake. £16.99, Selfridges

Beautiful floral fragrance and richly textured sip, with melon-like hint

Kinkan Kuromatsu Junmai Daiginjo Sake. £79.95, Harrods

Strikingly similar to apples and pears; impeccably elegant

Naniwa Isake 19 Junmai Daiginjo Sake. £475.00, Selfridges

Amazing purity; precise intersection of intensity and elegance

Chat-en-Ouef Rouge 2011, France. £5.99, Waitrose

Available later this month, black cherry-type fruit; boost of spice

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Dr L Riesling 2011 Germany (8.5%, Sainsbury’s, £7.39)

Think apple snow with mouth-tingling acidity that fences with the sweetness

Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (10.5% Sains, Tesco, Asda, Ocado, £8.49)

gentle spritz, a light, lemony touch and is very easy drinking

The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand (9.5%, Adnams, £12.50)

intense, off-dry wine; naturally low in alcohol wine. Result

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Esk Valley Syrah 2009. £13.99-£17.25, cambridgewine, jascots

Intense violet and black-cherry; big flavours of dark fruits, tar, chocolate

Iocalia Vermentino di Sardegna, 2011. £8.50, thewinesociety

full of aromatic pear and melon flavours, yet crisply refreshing

Les Jamelles Limited Edition Syrah Grenache 2011. £4.99 offer ends Tues, Co-op

food-friendly, robust southern French red, full of black fruits and spice

the Observer – David Williams

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa 2011 (£7.99, The Co-Op)

Luminously bright and zesty with grapefruit

Adega de Moncao Vinho Verde, Portugal 2011 (£8.95, Robersons)

pure summer-garden vibrancy, drinkability and value

Dirler-Cade Muscat Grand Cru Saering, Alsace 2008 (£17.20, vinetrail)

thrillingly complex white with notes of tarragon and lemon

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Mas Coutelou, 7 rue de la Pompe. £8.45 at Roberson

brimming with bright berry fruit; really enjoyable

Sainsbury’s SO Organic Shiraz Pays d’Oc 2011 (£5.99; 12.5% abv)

comes from the same region and is made for barbecue drinking

Marks & Spencer Pays d’Ardeche Gamay 2011 (£4.99; 12% abv)

bright, breezy, from the northern Rhone; perfect picnic wine

Montgravet Cabernet Merlot 2011 (£4.99 at Waitrose; 13% abv

knocks spots off many sub-£10 bordeaux

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc, Craggy Range, New Zealand. £10.99 Majestic

Luxuriate in the vibrant peach and lemon fruit; primary gooseberry flavours

2010 Minarete Ribera del Duero Roble Spain. £5.49, Aldi

fantastic value; concentrated cherry and blackcurrant fruit, rich texture

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2009 Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace (Majestic, 2 @ £10.99)

ripe baked-apple fruit, a squeeze of fresh peach, and a full, rounded texture

Domaine Paul Blanck Gewurztraminer 2010/11, Alsace (Waitrose, £13.99)

Distinctly sweet depths here, with a fragrance of roses and plump pears

Dr L Riesling 2010/11, Mosel, Germany (Tesco, £5.79)

racy, mouthwatering acidity counterbalanced by juicy green apples and lemon zest

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