03-03-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 03/03/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Equality Chardonnay-Viognier. Morrisons £5.79; Thresher 3 @ £4.66

zesty, Granny Smith, aniseed and hawthorn-charged blend

2005 Equality Cabernet, Asda and Thresher, 3 @ £3.33 and 3 @ £4.66

fat, green-peppered cabernet

2006 Andrew Peace Ltd Release Chardonnay, Aus, Co-op £3.99 until Mar 9

sunny, sweet, easy-over, uncomplicated melon and peach flavours

2006 Andrew Peace Ltd Release Shiraz-Cabernet, Co-op, £3.99 until Mar 9

well-made, voluptuous, earthy style.

2006 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Armit £11.95.

soft, floral, yet elegant, zesty, verdant ‘06 gets my vote

2004 Château Grand Village, Bordeaux Supérieur, Armit, £8.50.

soft, velvety, herby claret.

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2006 Tim Adams Clare Valley riesling, £7.99 (Tesco).

try this dry Oz riesling: vivid lime and floral flavour

2006 Escherndorfer Lump Riesling, H Sauer, £18.21 (Justerini & Brooks)

Stunning dry Franken: lime, honey, minerals and spice

2004 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kab, Kees Kieren, 2 @ £6.99 Maj

Mouth-wateringly crisp, peachy Mosel

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Domaine Caillaubert Sauvignon Semillon. 2 @ £4.99, Majestic

The revival of Armagnac’s Côtes de Gascogne continues

2006 Steenberg Semillon. £9.99, Waitrose

blends the scent of elderflower with a fine gooseberry fool flavour

2004 Rafael Cambra, Minimum, Valencia. £21.50, The Sampler, Vineking

Well-crafted blend of monastrell and cabernet franc

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2004 Monbazillac, Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure (£9.95, H&H Bancroft)

honeyed, lightly oaked, refreshing, Sauternes-like

2007 Tempus Two Moscato, South-Eastern Australia (£7.99, 8%, Tesco)

In a lighter, frothier style, the grapey, citrus-tinged

2005 Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu, SDGN (£13.95 Lea & Sandeman)

appley, tarte tatin-like

2005 De Trafford Straw Wine, Stellenbosch (£19.22 Bibendum)

toasty, multi-layered

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

Heaven on Earth Organic Sweet Wine (£6.99 Stanton Wine)

decadently luscious; rich apricot and honey tones

2007 Los Robles Carmenère, Chile (£4.99; Asd, Wai, Sai, Cam, Smith, Coe’s)

Inky dark, full of black cherries and spicy plums

2005 Thandi Sauvigon Blanc/Semillon, (£4.99; Budgens, Londis)

pleasantly crisp and citrussy, with hints of passion fruit

2007 Fairhills Rosé, (£4.99; Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose)

packed with vivacious, succulent wild strawberry fruit

2007 Maara Shiraz, (£5.49; Marks & Spencer)

full of ripe, jammy blackberries, with hints of black pepper

2007 Equality Sauvignon Blanc, Chile (£5.99; selected Spar, Tanners, Weavers)

grassy, fresh and crisp, with a long finish

2005 Equality Cabernet (£4.65-£6.99; Asd, Boo, select Spar, Tan, Wea, Thre)

rich and fruity with a long finish

2007 Origin Fairtrade Viognier, (£6.99 or three for £12; Threshers, Wine Rack)

charmingly ripe, peachy and aromatic Viognier

2005 Co-operative Fairtrade Reserva Malbec (£5.99; Co-op)

fantastically full-bodied, smooth, chocolaty 100 per cent Malbec

2007 Fairhills Shiraz-Tempranillo, (£4.99; Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose)

Well-structured, due to part of the blend spending time in French oak

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Luis Canas Rioja Blanco 2006, Spain. £6.29, Laithwaites

attractive lemon pith gloss, too. Drink with tapas or manchego

Domaine Jomain Bourgogne Chardonnay 2005. £7.99, Majestic

Crackling with minerality, it really lives and breathes

Hewitson Riesling 2006, Australia. £11.75, Berry Bros & Rudd

sharp and clear, bone dry; Just-cut lime meets granite

Les Quatre Clochers Chardonnay Reserve 2005, Limoux. £6.99, Tesco

rich and abundant, with some degree of poise

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