06-05-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 06/05/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Sambrooks Wandle Beer. £2.80 AlesbyMail

Impeccable complexity, a thirst-quenchinng hoppy twist

Black Sheep Ale. £1.97, Tesco

Fruity and tangy in equal measures

Sierra Nevada Torpedo. £1.99 Waitrose

Intense turbocharged does of utter refreshment; wildly invigorating

The Kernal IPA Citra. £3.35, beermerchants

Bright, arresting verve and zesty power

Manchester Star Ale. £1.79, Sainsbury’s

A rich dark beer that’s deliciously moreish

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 Laithwaite’s Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux £8.99, Laithwaite’s

clearly has one eye on the exuberant offerings of New Zealand

2010 Vieux Chateau Gaubert, Graves £11.95, The Wine Society

Rich, tropical and with an undercurrent of dried herbs and lemon

2011 Chateau Tour Leognan, Pessac-Leognan £14.99, Waitrose Wine Direct

bright and refreshing with crisp apple fruit; savoury core

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012. ~£14.95, wine soc; majestic; nickollsandperks

full-on flavours of melons, pink grapefruit, papaya and green peppers

Mas de Victor Graciano 2011. £8.99, Sainsbury’s

lusciously juicy dark, sweet fruits, bitter chocolate touches

Manzanilla sherry. £6.99, Marks & Spencer

Bone-dry, sharp, salty, tangy and amazingly palate-cleansing

the Observer – David Williams

Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, Chile 2011 (~£8.99, Hennings; Soho Wine)

zesty, piercing, cranberry-scented sparkler.

Dom La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet 2011 (£8.70, Nickolls Perks; Corks Cotham)

tingling lemony refreshment value; a little more creamy depth and weight

Arnot-Roberts Luchsinger Trousseau, California USA 2011 (£29.95, Roberson)

light, graceful and delicately floral; sweet-and-sour red cherry tang

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

2011 Reyneke Chenin Blanc (13.5% abv, sawinesonline £14.50)

beautifully balanced; with a roast chicken or some scallops

Botanica Chenin Blanc Citrusdal 2010 (£14.95, Wine Society; 13.5% abv)

marries an attractive leafiness with some gorgeous peach and citrus fruit

Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2012 (£12.60 at Vincisive)

fresh, racy

Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc 2012 (£6.99 Tesco; 13.5% abv)

very reasonably priced (Adi) Badenhorst has made for Tesco

Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin 2012 (~£8.85 allaboutwine; slurp; sawinesonline)

A good example; drink on a warm day with a platter of fresh shellfish

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2012 Les Pierres Borders Marsanne Viognier, France. £5.75, Wine Society

attractive textured melon fruit enlivened by clean, pear drop acidity

2010 Rodolfo Bastida Semurah, Spain. £8.99, Naked Wines

juicy cherry and cranberry flavours with a warm, smooth texture

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 New Zealand (£10.99)

seductive pinot, smooth and ripe with rounded plum and black cherry

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2011, New Zealand (nzhouseofwine, 2 @ £10.99)

youthful, slightly spicy, elegant South Island pinot

Delta Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand (northandsouthwines, £12.89)

lively cherry fruitcake and juicy red-berry flavours; succulent finish

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