05 June 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Zero-G Zweigelt, Wagram Austria 2014 (£12.95, flagshipwines)
black peppery seasoning
Torres Viña Esmeralda, Catalunya, Spain 2016 (£7.50, Tesco)
A longstanding aromatic classic; expressively floral
Brancott Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2016 (£10, Sainsbury’s)
super clean and bright; green gooseberry and grassy pungency
Berry Bros & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret 2014 (£9.95, bbr.com)
fine, drinkable, crunchy; flavours of juicy ripe blackcurrants
Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer, Alsace, France 2015 (£14.99, Waitrose)
characterisic rose and lychee notes in this gorgeous gewürztraminer
CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva 2010 (£17.99, The Co-op)
typically complex, soft mature rioja from the excellent CVNE

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Sainsbury’s House Malbec (£4.60, 13.5% abv)
cheap and cheerful, from Chile’s Central Valley
Trapiche Finca Coletta Malbec (Laithwaite’s, £25, 14.5% abv)
serious, ageworthy; seductively velvety
Eggo Malbec 2015 (£16 Marks & Spencer; 14% abv)
fashionably aged in concrete eggs
Le Grand Clauzy Malbec 2015 (£6.98 Asda)
ripe, fleshy; really overdelivers in flavour for its modest 12.5% abv
Jean Claude Mas Estate Malbec (£6.99 Aldi; 13.5% abv)
from the Languedoc; robustly chunky

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

WINKELER GUTENBERG RIESLING EISWEIN 2012 Allendorf (£25.15 wine barn)
Light floral style, delicate sweetness with finesse and elegance
IPHOFER KRONSBERG RIESLING EISWEIN 2002 Hans Wirsching (£52.50 hf wine barn)
Floral notes, intense apricot and caramel fruits
Superb – poised fruits, vibrant grapefruit acidity; balancing sweetness
RIESLING EISWEIN 2015 Markus Huber (£28 hf Oddbins)
Floral bouquet with caramel and vanilla flavours; fresh vibrant acidity
ZWEIGELT EISWEIN 2009 Nittnaus (£25 hf Alpine Wines)
Pale rose with light strawberry and cranberry hints
EYHOLZER ROTER CRYSTAL EISWEIN 2008 JM Chanton (£64.66 hf Alpine Wines)
Rich intense sweetness balanced with grapefruit and caramel hints
GOLD VIDAL ICEWINE 2014 Inniskillen (£52-£53 hf Fine Wine Co; Raeburn)
Like a liquid lemon meringue pie with zippy fresh grapefruit
VIDAL ICEWINE 2008 Pelee Island (£39 hf greatwinesdirect)
pineapple and mango fruits, luscious sweet palate and length
CABERNET FRANC ICEWINE 2013 Peller Estate (£45 hf Morrisons; Luvians; Great Western Wine; www.winedirect.co.uk)
Unusual icewine with pale pink, raspberry flavours, hints of tannin
GOLDEN LABEL VIDAL ICE WINE 2009 Changyu China (£19 hf Berry Bros)
Limey freshness and succulent sweetness shows potential

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Emiliana Natura Viognier 2015. £8.75 oddbins.com
Bursting with refreshing peach and apricot flavours; gorgeously moreish
Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Blanc 2014. £12.99 jnwine; £13.95 slurp
Complex and beguiling; creamy flavours of stone fruits with honeysuckle
Aldinger Sauvignon Blanc Grand Reserve 2014. £23.50 thewinebarn
richer, fuller flavours; plenty of refreshing grassy, citrus notes