04-07-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 04/07/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Mirabeau Provence Rose 2010, £8.54 Waitrose

Fragrant, fresh, vibrant, bright, crisp and lip smackerish

Thornbridge Kilpling Blonde Beer, £2.15 Waitrose

Invigorating, tangy, cool beer

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Chateau La Rose Gadis 2006 Bordeaux, France (13%, 2 @ £5.99 Majestic)

gentle scent of decay that comes from a nicely timed bit of bottle-age

Monteforte Passo Avanti Soave 2009 Italy (13%, £5.99 Waitrose)

juicy pears, lemon juice, ground almonds and sunshine

Desert Heart Pinot Noir 2007 Central Otago, (13.5%, £19.99, Real Wine Co)

faintly floral; fruit is bright and the oak gives a gentle smokiness

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Rocca Vecchia Falanghina, Puglia. £5.99, Co-op

ripe with apple and stonefruit flavours and a lemony squeeze

2009 Soave Passo Avanti Cantina di Monteforte. £8.99, Waitrose

apple and pear notes and a twist of almond kernel

2009 Extra Special New Zealand Pinot Noir, Marlborough. £10.18, Asda

ripe raspberry fruit nicely framed by vanilla

the Observer – David Williams

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Awatere Valley Riesling 2010 (£8.99)

Sweetness balances well with the pure lime and zinging acidity

Les Complices de Loire “Les Graviers” Chinon, France 2009 (£10.44, Waitrose)

aromatic, light in alcohol; beguiling snap to the succulent berry fruit

Château Clément-Termes Mémoire Blanc, Gaillac 2009 (£9.66, Underwood Wines)

rich and creamy depths with plenty of cleansing acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

2009 Malbrontes Bodegas Mauricio Lorca (13.5%, £8.45 Berry Bros & Rudd)

full of gorgeous, ripe fruit; torrontes adding just a hint of floral fragrance

Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2010 (£4.99 the Co-op; £5.49 at Majestic)
Los Nucos Carmenère Shiraz 2010 (£5.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

two well-priced Chilean reds that stay the right side of jammy

Vignobles des Aubas Colombard Gros Manseng 2010 (2 @ £5.99, Majestic)

estrained yet still appealingly crisp and citrussy

Domaine de Montrieux Boisson Rouge 2010 (£13.99, Caves de Pyrène; 12%)

gently fizzy, gamay-based; joyous, exuberant red

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2008 Morrisons Best Valpolicella Ripasso Veneto, Italy, 13 per cent. £6.99

Beautifully smooth wine with real depth to its intense bramble fruit

2010 Domaine Maby Blanc, Lirac, France, 13.5 per cent. £8.75, Wine Society

White peach fruit with a fennel centred savoury finish and touches of orange peel

2009 Chateau La Rose Tour Blanche Bordeaux, 13.5 per cent. £7.99, Inverarity 1 to 1

claret from a great year with soft black cherry fruit and a touch of vanilla

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand (Majestic, £7.99)

A fine balance between fresh, crisp citrus and richer, toastier layers

Gratien & Meyer Saumur Brut NV, France (Majestic, £8.99)

Grapefruit and lemon zest and a mineral streak; palate-wakening aperitif

Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco Treviso Brut NV, Italy (great western wine, £11.75)

mouthwatering prosecco; lemon-sherbet edge and delectable hint of clover honey

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