05-08-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 05/08/2013

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the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Cava Brut NV, Spain (£4.99)

dry and lively with a good depth of yeasty flavour

Valdo Marca Oro Extra Dry Prosecco NV, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £8.49)

crisp and orange-scented; mouthwatering flavours

Workhorse Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa (M&S, £9.99)

very dry and refreshing, with green apple and melon notes

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc. £6.99, Majestic

aromatic qualities of the viognier; stony freshness of the grenache

2011 Cotes du Rhone, Romain Duvernay. £9.95, Roberson

Spicily perfumed with a dark-berry fruit middle

2009 Pago de los Capellanes, Ribera del Duero. ~£19.95, Berry Bros, AG Wines, Exel Wines

Sumptuously pure tempranillo with sweet aromas of liquorice spice

the Observer – David Williams

Poggio Argentiera Vermentino, IGT Toscana, Italy 2012 (£7.99 Majestic)

From Maremma on the coast; textbook vermentino; lemony zip

Ixsir Grand Reserve White, Lebanon 2011 (£20, Great Western Wine)

multi-layered; it has gorgeous notes of juicy ripe peach

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain 2012 (£7.99)

fleshy apricot with a subtle marine freshness

Tinpot Hut The Paddler Gruner Veltliner, New Zealand 2012 (£14.30, cambridgewine)

an orange and lime bite to go with its orchard fruit

Thomopoulos Earth & Sky, Naoussa, Greece, 2009 (£19.95, Wine Society)

powerful but aromatic Greek red with a dose of firm tannin

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Jake’s Orchard Kent Cider with Strawberries & Blackcurrants (5.5% abv)

like freshly juiced apples with a kick. 6 for £35.94 plus p&p, hushheath.com

Aspall strong Festival of Britten Cyder (£2.69 Adnams; 8.4% abv)

more like a white wine in character. Try it with fresh crab

Wilkins Farmhouse Dry (£1.75 a pint – Bristol Cider Shop; 6% abv)

I can strongly recommend with a smoked mackerel pizza

Sheppy Oakwood (4.5% abv; 6 for £12 sheppyscider.com)

from Somerset, a refreshing, medium-dry cider

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 Innocent Bystander Moscato Rosé, Australia, 5.5%. £6.99 37.5cl, Valvona & Crolla

sweetness is skilfully balanced by clean, fresh raspberry fruit

2009 Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere, Leyda, Chile, 14%. £8.79 Majestic

bramble and black cherry flavours are deep and intense; chocolate finish

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles 2011 France (12.5%, Jascots, £13.30)

soft and gentle, like ripe summer fruit; archetypal Beaujolais vigour

Finest* Fleurie 2011 France (12.5%, Tesco, £7.79)

some of the floral notes for which Fleurie is renowned

Hatzidakis Santorini Dry White 2012 Greece (Wine Soc, £9.95; Tanners £12.95)

intense, minerallic, sharp-edged wine

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

M&S Elqui PX 2011. £6.99

Breezy and zesty white; splendidly invigorating

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Barrihuelo Rioja Crianza 2008. £8.99

This quality red is gently spicy with fruity oomph

Tesco Finest Pouilly Fumé 2010. £11.49

A bit of citrus glory fired from a happy cannon

Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 2012. £15.99 Waitrose

Electrifying white that starts fruity but has a zesty finish

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2012. £7.99 Majestic

breezy, bright white packs oceans of refreshment into every glass

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