03-11-2014 – weekly press roundup

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Skouras Saint George, Nemea 2011. £13.30, tanners

succulent; smoky, mouth-filling, raspberry and cherry fruits

Les Grands Chemins Marsanne Viognier 2013 Pays d’Oc. £8.99, virgin wines

floral underpinning of apricots and honeysuckle

Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2013. £6.99, Co-op stores

bursting with lemon-edged flavours of melons, apples and pears

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Casablanca Pinot Noir 2012 Chile (£7.99)

deliciously smooth, rounded but deeply fruity pinot

Finca Las Moras Pinot Grigio 2014 Argentina (£6.99)

Vivacious, very youthful dry wine with succulent, juicy oranges and pears

Ricossa Barbera d’Asti 2013 Italy (£7.49)

lip-smacking cocktail of red cherries, strawberries and raspberries

the Observer – David Williams

Stepp Pinot Blanc Limestone, Pfalz, Germany 2013 (£16.99, Naked Wines)

gorgeous German white Burgundy-alike from ex-M&S wine buyer Gerd Stepp

Domaine Jones La Gare Old Vine Carignan 2013 (£24.99, Naked Wines)

fabulously intense Carignan

Vincent Paris Crozes Hermitage, Rhone, France 2013 (£18.99, Naked Wines)

classically styled vivid, brambly Northern Rhone Syrah

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rochegude Domaine du Gourget, France £5.99, Lidl

bramble- and plum-infused; just as happy with some sticky sausages

2012 Malabarista Tempranillo/Garnacha, Navarra, Spain £6.25, The Wine Society

soft with an appealing lick of sweet oak and dark fruit

2013 Domaine Astruc Malbec, Pays d’Oc, France £7.35, Addison Wines

Blueberries and spice are given focus by a streak of tannin

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi £3.79; 12.5% abv)
Andara Merlot (Aldi £3.99; 12.5% abv)

still terrific buys

Venturer Costieres de Nîmes (Aldi £4.79; 13.5% abv)

rich, spicy, Rhone-like blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre

Tesco Finest Fitou Domaine Aubermesnil (12.5% abv £7.99)

Mourvedre (along with carignan)

Le Cave Coteaux du Rhone Tradition 2011 (Lidl £5.49; 13.5% abv)

beefy; traditional, as the name implies

Domaine du Gourget Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rochegude 2013 (Lidl £5.99; 13.5% abv)

fruitier, more youthful. Both would hit the spot with anything porky

Co-Op Las Moras Syrah (£6.99; 13% abv)

belting new Argentinian red

Laphroaig Select Single Malt (40% abv; Waitrose for £29.50)

richer, sweeter, fruitier whisky than the standard bottling

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Root 1 Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile. £8.99, Morrisons

plenty of juicy-textured blackcurrant fruit

2012 Bolfan Primus Orange Pinot Sivi, Croatia. £14, Marks & Spencer

deliciously spicy apple and peachy fruitiness

2012 Eben Sadie Sequillo White. £20.50, Oddbins

intense stonefruit flavour; flecked with honey; minerally acidity

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 Marquis de Saint Jean Carignan Minervois. £6.99 Waitrose Cellar

spicy nose, with flavours of cherry, blackcurrant and cloves

2013 Victoria Park Sauvignon Blanc South Australia. £8.99 Aitken Wines

zingy lime-based acidity; grassy, sherbet touches