04-03-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 04/03/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Lindauer Special Reserve NV (New Zealand). £8.99 majestic

value for money and a delicate bubbly

Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon 2008. £6.99

Luscious sweet vino like a magnificent mango

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old PX sherry. £7.99

A world of sweet figs and dates in a single glass

Arco de Esporao 2010 (Portugal). £9.39 Waitrose

Rich warming red; something a little off the beaten track

Sainsbury’s Vinho Verde NV. £3.98

Simple refresher with a spritz

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Kanonkop Kadette 2010, South Africa (14%, Sainsbury’s, £9.99)

distinctive South African twist; Think wood smoke and gravitas

Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2011 Argentina (14%, £6.99, Majestic)

the smell of brambles and bramble jelly; bouncy, slippy feel

Laura Aschero Pigato 2011 Italy (12%, Great Western Wine, £19.70)

tastes of ripe and unripe pears at once, with a dash of green herbs

the Independent Anthony Rose

2011 Cotes du Rhone Reserve, Ogier. £6.99, The Co-operative

spicy, robust number; lots of plummy fruit and a chocolatey sweetness

2010 Domaine du Rouge Gorge Faugeres. £8.99, M&S

dark berry fruit aromatics with a spice-infused cherry-fruit

2006 Chateau Monbrison, Margaux. £29.75, Lea & Sandeman

shining Bordeaux star; succulent fruit with chocolatey richness

the Observer – David Williams

Chateau de Montgueret Saumur Blanc, France 2011 (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

dry, tart apple; piercingly fresh white

Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis, France 2011 (£15.99, Waitrose)

intense, layered example, with its baked-apple richness

Millton Vineyards Te Arai Chenin Blanc, NZ 2009 (£13.50, Imbibros; Vntge Roots)

stunner; verve and honeyed depth of the best of the Loire

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Grifone Primitivo from Puglia (£7.50, Jascots)

rich, dark-fruited southern Italian red

Domaine Felines-Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2011 (£7.50 Wine Society)

far more enjoyable than a bland pinot grigio

Domane Wachau Terraces Gruner Veltliner 2011 (£7.39 on offer Waitrose)

deliciously versatile; refreshing peppery twist

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2012 Raats Original Chenin Blanc, South Africa. £9.75, Bon Vivant

delightfully textured banana flavour; soft, peach fruit

2011 Lirac Domaine de Garrigues, France. £8.99, Majestic

soft, warm wine with touches of plum and raspberry fruit

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2009 Jacobs Creek £7.49, Tesco

plum and bramble fruit side of syrah cut by cabernet’s structure

2010 Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’, Barossa Valley £14.49, nywines.co.uk

immediacy, but underneath lurks a serious wine

2009 Bernoota, Lake Breeze, Langhorne Creek £24, swig.co.uk

lush, rich fruit that manages to be mouth-filling and intense yet focused

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