04 September 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2015 (£13.32, Cambridge Wine; Oxford Wine)
deeply satisfying, Bordeaux-esque red Cabernet Franc
Anette Closheim Savvy, Nahe, Germany 2016 (£12.75, Oddbins)
appetising mineral freshness; delicate, verdant elderflower
Quinta de Aves Aluada Chardonnay, Spain 2013 (£11, Marks & Spencer)
gorgeously, exotically ripe but balanced

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Morrisons The Best Soave Classico 2016 (12% abv, £6.75)
altogether smoother and more satisfying
Aldi Soave Classico Superiore 2015 (12.5% abv, £4.99)
more like an unoaked chardonnay or chenin blanc; ridiculously good value
Vincentini Agostini 2015 Il Casale Soave (13% abv, £17.75 Philglas & Swiggot)
gloriously lush; would be at least a tenner more if it came from Burgundy
Pieropan Calvarino (12.5% abv at £17.50 from the Wine Society)
elegant; another favourite you’ll often come across on wine lists
Gini Soave Classico (12.5% abv, £14.95, winedirect.co.uk)
gorgeous intensity and persistence that already makes it a lovely drink
Dal Cero Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe Soave 2016 (12.5% abv. £11.08 Tannico)
well-priced; positively peachy.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Ixsir Altitudes White 2016 (13.5%; £16 www.greatwesternwine.co.uk)
Zingy fresh zip & citric flavours than you find in the Rhone.
Musar Jeune Rose 2015 (13.5%; £10.99 Majestic Wine; htfwines.co.uk)
Big chunky rose; crisp red apple flavours, floral undertones
Reserve du Couvent 2014 Chateau Ksara (13.5%; £9.50 Wine Society; £12 Oddbins)
needs aerating; herby sweet spice flavours & blackcurranty fruits
Musar Jeune Red 2014 (14%; £11.99 Virgin Wines)
Plummy youthful aromas, hints of spice, blackcurrant flavours
Chateau Ksara Clos St Alphonse 2013 (13%; £10 Marks & Spencer)
Close to Bordeaux in structure and style; Lebanese wild exotic spicy scent
Massaya Le Colombier 2014 (15%; £12.50 Wine Society; £13.50 Tanners)
A lovely supple rounded blend; high alcohol, but very balanced.
Hochar 2012 (14%; £12.95 Wine Society /£13.99 Majestic Wine)
Mature plummy fruits and gentle spice note.
Domaine des Tourelles Red 2013 (13.5%; £8.49-£9.99 www.simplywinesdirect.co.uk)
Medium-bodied with sweet spicy undertones.
Ixsir Altitudes Red 2012 (13%; £16 www.greatwesternwine.co.uk)
Impressive blend of power, tannin and fruit; violet scents; silky soft tannins

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Anda, (£7.99 Waitrose.com)
surprisingly rich and spicy tempranillo-syrah blend from Andalucia
Villa Blanche Pinot Noir (£8.99 Waitrose.com)
excellent, lighter cherry-flavoured, floral scented red
Monferrato Chiaretto (£8.50 Marksandspencer.co.uk)
juicy, full flavoured; made from the Barbera grape
A La Mode (£7 Morrisons.com; two for £12 until 12 September)
light, spicy, very dry and refreshing; a great party rose
Grenache Blanc (£7.99 Coop.co.uk)
vibrant, tangy flavours of lemons, grapefruit and some green herbs
Les Jamelles Pinot Gris (£10.99 Majestic.co.uk)
spicy and smoky, lychee-flavoured, fulsome white

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

finest* St Chinian 2015 France (13.5%, Tesco, £7.50)
spicy, pleasing red; hint of dried herbs and dark fruit
Tasca Regaleali Bianco 2016 Sicily, Italy (Wine Society, £8.25; Majestic £9.99)
tastes of basil and pink grapefruit
Aldi Exquisite Clare Valley Riesling 2016 Australia (11%, Aldi, £6.99)
dried and fresh limes, mingled with lime blossom and a hint of oud