05-09-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 05/09/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

St Maurice Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009, £6.99 M&S

meaty, spicy aromas and punchy, fruity flavours

Prinz Von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2008. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

Mildly aromatic with a balanced appley and lemony freshness

Ridgeview Grosvenor Blanc de Blanc. £25.95, Berry bros

Very zesty and fresh with a wealth of fine bubbles; world class

Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2005. £33, The Wine Society

harmonious, intensely bright and richly textured

Tesco Finest Gruner Veltliner 2010, £6.99 tesco

Thrilling bright white; subtle aromatic edge

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Corriente del Bio 2010 Chile (13%, £8.99, M&S)

fine and edgy; crunchy berry taste and joyful fragrance

Tesco Finest Boranup Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2010 Australia (12%, £9.99)

white currants and flowering redcurrant leaves, and is beautifully juicy

Canaletto Chianti 2010 Italy (13%, £5.24 until September 13, Waitrose)

cherryish juiciness. As with many cheap Italian reds, it’s not precisely dry

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Marks & Spencer 2010 Fiano Sannio DOC. £5.99, until 4 September

crisp appley and pear fruitiness; clean, dry aftertaste

2009 Baron de Ley Graciano. £8.99, Tesco

rich, dark cherry and mulberry fruit characters; trenchant blade of acidity

Pol Roger Réserve NV Brut Champagne. £28 until Monday week, Majestic

stylish toasty aromas and intense baked apple mousse that explode on the tongue

the Observer – David Williams

Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy 2009 (£9.49, Waitrose)

beguilingly plump and sweet-fruited, but not in the least cloying

Manzanilla Torrebreva, Spain (£6.95, half-bottle, vineyardsdirect.com)

exhilaratingly crisp, bright sherry; characteristic saline tang

Mencía Bierzo Escondite Perfecto, Spain, 2009 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

rich and dark but gorgeously pure, with a violet edge to the deep dark fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Ursa Maior Rioja Reserva 2005 (£9.59; 13.5% abv SPAR)

deliciously plummy; fair price for a wine of this age and quality

Spar 2009 Chablis (£10.49; 12.5% abv)

award-winning; perfectly decent

Co-op Chilean Fairtrade Carmenère 2010 (£5.99; 13.5% abv)

smooth, lush; would be excellent with end-of-season barbecues

Co-op Fairtrade Chilean Merlot Rosé 2010 (£5.49; 13.5% abv)

super-fruity; serve it nice and cold. It’s a touch sweet for my taste

Co-op Pink Chill white zinfandel

confected; one of a poor-quality California range

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Las Falleras Tinto, Spain, 12 per cent. £4.49 M&S

light, easy-drinking red with smooth plum and cherry fruit.

2010 Macon-Villages La Cote Blanche Burgundy, 13 per cent. £5.99 on offer Sainsbury’s

ripeness and rounded acidity; clean and nicely balanced lemon flavours

2010 Anakena Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chile, 13 per cent. £7.99, The Whisky Trail

Smooth and intense with a mint and pepper finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Jacob’s Creek Riesling 2010, Australia (Sains, Waitr, Booths, from £7.59)

succulent lemon and lime, and a mouthwatering finish

Mullygrubber Semillon-Chardonnay 2010, Australia (greatwesternwine.co.uk, £6.75)

Well-balanced, juicy but not cloying; pineapple and papaya and a dab of butter

The Opportunist Sauvignon Blanc-Riesling, Adelaide (regencywines.co.uk, £6.99)

tangy, zesty, lime-scented; a hint of fresh fennel on the finish

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