03-03-2014 – weekly press roundup

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Caliterra Tributo Carmenere 2011. £11.50, winedirect.co.uk

Smooth, intense, with flavours of blueberries and coffee

Beau Moulin Fitou 2010. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

packed with full-on flavours of black fruits and herbs

Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc Reserve. £7.49 until 25 March, Sainsbury’s

Peachy, lemony, citric and very easily drinkable

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine de l’Ecu Cuvee Classique Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2011 (£10.11, Vinceremos)

brilliant, piercingly fresh white, with its tang of sourdough bread

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Zind, Alsace, France 2010 (£16.99, Waitrose)

lushly textured, intricately layered and resonant chardonnay-based white

Jasper Hill Occam’s Razor Shiraz, Victoria, Australia 2009 (£25.50, Yapp Bros)

deep and dark in fruit and spice but characterised by a luminous freshness

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Aldi ‘Exquisite Collection’ Premium Italian Chardonnay 2012 (£4.99; 12.5% abv)

it’s not an oaky one, but fresh and smooth, rather in the Gavi mould

Andara Merlot 2012 (Aldi, £3.99; 13% abv)

smooth, easy-drinking

Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère 2011 (Aldi, £4.99; 14% abv)

a little softer than I would personally choose, but an extraordinary deal

Tesco Finest Fiano 2012 (£5.99 on offer)

smooth, easy-drinking white from Sicily

Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2012 (12.5% abv, £5.99 on offer)

fresh, crisp; from the Languedoc coast

Tesco Finest Frappato 2012 (13.5% abv, £4.79 on offer)

from Sicily; match with octopus and other seafood

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown


apples, honey and pears – but there is a disappointing, rather confected feel

VOUVRAY, CUVéE DE PERRUCHES 2012 Domaine des Ambuisieres (£8.99, Majestic)

wonderful honeyed and appley flavours with a nippy-sweetie acid

MONTLOUIS ‘JUMEAU’ 2012 Vincent and Tania Careme (£12.50, The Wine Society)

a beautifully crafted, vibrant wine

VOUVRAY SEC 2011 Domaine Vincent Careme (£17.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

flowers, fennel and pear skins; racy acidity and dry minerally core

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Torres Vina Sol 2012/3 Catalunya (widely available, from £6.49)

Tasting mainly of green apples, but with light hints of pineapple and citrus

Finest Godello 2012 Galicia (Tesco, £7.49)

very dry unoaked white with apple, lemon peel and a clean, fresh finish

El Rescatado Albarin 2013 Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon (Majestic, £9.99)

appealing flavour of yellow pears and a trace of both peach and cinnamon

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Marks & Spencer Vinalta Malbec 2013. £7.99

Powerful wine with flavours that keep on giving

Tesco Taste the Difference Aglianico del Vulture. £9.99

Think dried herbs and earthiness

Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012. £5.99, Waitrose

Seize this smoky, spicy big dark fruit-flavoured beauty

Asda Extra Special Viognier 2012. £5.00

No escaping the scented peachiness of this top value vino

The Cooperative Fairtrade Malbec 2012. £6.99

Fulsome red with tangy richness and chocolate spice

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Tesco Finest* Frappato, Sicily. £4.79, buying four or more Finest*

sweet-scented, youthful, cherry-juicy red with damsony bite

2011 Bowen Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. £99/6 bottles, australianwinecentre

berry-scented, elegantly expressed; polished with a delicate brush

2005 Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja. £18.71-£24.95, Drink Shop, Cambridge Wines, Harrods

smoky blackberry in its powerful bouquet and a flavour that lingers