05-07-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 05/07/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Gran Tesoro Garnacha Rosé, Campo de Borja (Tesco and Booths, £3.99)

simple and easy-glugging rosé; lots of gentle, peppery, plummy fruit

Pilsner Urquell (500ml, £1.31, most supermarkets)

thirst-quenching 4.4% lager with a rich, sweet yet tangy hoppy taste

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Domaine de Coujan Rolle 2008 (£7.40 greatwesternwine.co.uk)

peach, cumin and aniseed-infused charmer

Chapel Down Bacchus 2009 (£9.49 Waitrose)

Quintessentially English, smelling of elderflowers and hedgerows

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£13.50 thewinesociety.com)

a classic match with a goat’s cheese salad

Les Alpes Domaine Belluard 2008 (£17.95 Les Caves de Pyrène)

tastes like mountain cream filtered through granite

Rioja Rosado Cune 2008 (£7.99 Majestic)

Wonderfully versatile: fresh and fruity, yet savoury, and dry

Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2009 (£5.19 until July 13 Waitrose)

Marvellous braai-friendly blend; smells of mace and cloves

Pauillac 2006 (£18.95 fromvineyardsdirect.com)

rich flavours of pedigree Bordeaux

Rafael Cambra Dos 2007 (£12.99 Oddbins)

Thick, dark and tasty Spanish blend of cabernets sauvignon and franc

Tobiano Pinot Noir 2008 (£18 Marks & Spencer)

One of the best new-world pinots I’ve tasted, it is wonderfully balanced

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Asda Australian Shiraz. £4.28, Asda

succulently juicy; blackberry fruitiness and a modicum of spicy oak

2009 Zalze Shiraz-Mourvedre-Viognier, South Africa. £5.19 until 13 July, Waitrose

wild berry-fruit characters; grip and brambly flavour

2009 Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. £13.99, Oddbins

intense nettle and herbal aromas; passionfruit and gooseberry aplenty

the Times – Tim Atkin

2007 Tim Adams Shiraz, Clare Valley. £11.49, 14.9 per cent, Tesco

soft, velvety tannins, bramble and raspberry flavours

2008 Craggy Range Zebra Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago (£13.99, Majestic)

complex, savoury finish

2008 Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc. (£17.99, 14.5 per cent Waitrose)

full-bodied, full-flavoured beast from old vine chenin blanc

2008 Sancerre, Les Anges Lots Domaine Reverdy, (£19.35, Haynes, Hanson Clark)

It’s a while since I had such a complex Loire sauvignon blanc.

2002 Chablis 1er Cru, Mont de Milieu. Billaud-Simon (£18, 12 per cent, Wine Society)

This premier cru is fresh, with undertones of nuts and yoghurt.

2004 Château Mille Roses, Haut-Médoc. (£19.95, 13 per cent, Berry Bros)

There’s a lot of hoopla about 2009 Bordeaux; Meanwhile, try this elegant claret

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Brown Bros Orange & Flora Muscat 2008 (£6.99 for 375ml, widely available)

sweet but not gloopy with an aromatic, neroli lift.

Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (£6.05, Tesco; 12% abv)

fabulous sweet wine; floral scent and vivid lime and lemon marmalade notes

Moscato Freisa Vino Spumante NV (£7.99, Marks & Spencer; 6.5% abv)

sweet, sparkling and entirely frivolous warm-weather rosé from Piedmont

Moscato d’Asti Gemma 2009 (£6.99, Oddbins; 5.5% abv)

upbeat, peachy, blissfully low in alcohol sparkle

Château la Tomaze Côteaux du Layon Rablay 2008/9 (£13.50, Yapp; 12.5% abv)

Isn’t cloyingly sweet, and it smells of orange blossom and orange zest

Sainsbury’s Muscat De St Jean De Minervois (£4.48 for 37.5cl; 15% abv)

grapey, floral and sweet – a steal

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Reserva 2001. (£16-£19 Wine Soc; Villeneuve; Berry Bros)

Soft vanilla American oak notes, bright fruits with cinnamon hints

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2001 (£33 Majestic; Waitrose; Irvine Robertson)

Superb well-rounded, soft silky fruits, great length; superb

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 1991 (£47.50 Great Western Wine)

still fresh considering its age; Tastewise it reminded me of old Burgundy

Angeles de Amaren 2006 (£18 Henderson Wines, Edinburgh)

Fresh vivid French oaked, very fruity, impressive potential

Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2004(£14 Bibendum Wine)

Clean fresh, fruit forward, vivid bright herby, well-made

Marques de Riscal Reserva 2005 (£9.99 each for 2 bts Majestic Wine)

Rounded, spicy, smooth approachable

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2008 Knappstein ‘Three’, 13.5%vol, Australia (£7.25 selected Co-op and Somerfield)

light, refreshing and fruity, with a succulent dry to off-dry finish

2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 14%vol (£10.66 until July 10; Booths)

opulent and full, with buckets of spicy vanilla, ripe apple and citrus-like fruit

2009 Brown Bros Moscato Rosa, 7%vol, Australia (£6.49; Waitrose).

Light, delicate, fragrant and low in alcohol, it’s disarmingly undemanding

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