06-09-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 06/09/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Sunrise Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Waitrose, £4.71 until Sept 21

citrussy Chilean with juicy, flowering currant-scented sauvignon fruit

2009 Sunrise Merlot, Central Valley, Chile. Waitrose, £4.71 until Sept 21

Delicious, plummy, faintly earthy; ripe, easy-quaffing fruit

2009 Finest Tingleup Riesling, Australia. Tesco, £8.49

Gorgeous, zesty, lime-pickle-charged riesling from Howard Park

2000 Finest Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva, Spain. Tesco, £9.99

As good as rioja gets: all fat, herby, oaky, plummy fruit

2008 St Véran, Vernay, Château de Beauregard, France. Wine Society £12.50

lively, lemon and lime-scented, spritzy white Burgundy. Drink until 2013

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Justerini & Brooks Red Burgundy (£9.33)

Sweet nose, bright pinot noir fruit, fresh and savoury

Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2009 (£8.99 Tesco)

Great vintage, excellent producer; lovely now, but will develop

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£5.99 Waitrose)

Extraordinarily low price for a brilliant NZ wine

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Castelvero Barbera d’Asti. £4.65, Sainsbury’s to 14 Sept

bright, cherryish barbera with a typically Alpine nip of damsony acidity

2008 Asda Extra Special Chablis, Domaine de la Levée. £8.97, Asda

displaying the typically restrained, yet intense flavours of good chablis

2008 Journey’s End Chardonnay, Stellenbosch. Around £13.99, Quaff, Bibendum

honeyed flavours complemented by a lees-derived complexity

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 Château de Lacarelle, Beaujolais Villages. (£6.95, 13 per cent, Wine Society)

Crunchy, refreshing gamay from the best Beaujolais vintage in decades

2008 Ascencion Malbec, Salta (£7.99, 14.5 per cent, Laithwaites)

fresh, with notes of violets and black pepper and complex, savoury fruit

2008 Mayu Selected Vineyards Syrah, Elqui Valley (£8.99, 14 per cent, Waitrose)

like a mini Hermitage: spicy and bright with a smoky undertone

2001 Château Ramafort, Cru Bourgeois, Médoc (£8.99 x 2, 13 per cent, Majestic)

well-balanced acidity, mature fruit and tannins.

2008 Selfridges Selection Chianti, Salcheto (£11.99, 13.5 per cent, Selfridges)

complex and traditional with notes of leather and fresh tea.

2008 Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir (£12.99, 14%, selected Sainsbury’s)

Supple and elegant, with notes of strawberry, mint and vanilla

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Finest Palestra Rueda Verdejo 2009 (£6.99, Tesco; 12.5% abv)

Crisp and grapefruit-ish, with a tiny suggestion of fennel tops

Mas de Subira Priorat 2006 (£9.74 x 2, Majestic; 14.5% abv)

plush and scented and opens up to your nose like a deep red velvet rose

St Aubin 1er Cru 2006 (£17.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

catch a hint of autumn leaves and mushrooms on the nose

Tilly’s Vineyard Henschke 2007 (£13.95, slurp, £14.50, Noel Young; 13% abv)

textured, semillon-based blend that smells of meadows and has a fierce energy

Alex Gambal Fixin 2007 (£22.50, slurp.co.uk; 13% abv)

I’ve been dreaming of the energy and sunlight trapped in [this bottle]

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

Sainsbury House Valpolicella Veneto, Italy, 11.5 per cent. £3.79

attractive flavours of cherry overlaid with raspberry

2009 Trio Chardonnay Pinot Grigio Pinot Blanc, Chile, 13.5%. £4.99, Co-op, Scotmid

grapefruit based acidity to complement the peach-centred chardonnay

2009 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier, Chile, 13.5 per cent. £7.99, Luvians

Crisp white with a touch of ginger

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2003 Chateau Méaume, Reserve du Chateau (£10.95 From Vineyards Direct)

rip-roaring, fully mature Bordeaux Superieur at a steal of a price

2009 Tenuta del Priore Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (£5.99; Ten Green Bottles)

full of ripe, savoury red fruit and silky tannins

2009 James Millton ‘Crazy by Nature’ Cosmo Red. (£9.99; The Wine Room)

velvety-smooth malbec/syrah/viognier blend is gorgeous

2008 Chateau La Bastide. (£9.95; Hicks & Don)

soft, creamy, peachy fruit and a long finish

2009 Ancre Hill Estates Medium Dry White. (£12.10; Tanners)

light, delicate, crisp and aromatic with hints of pears and elderflower

Stéphane Breton Brut Champagne. (£15.99; D Byrne)

crisp, toasty and characterful, it’s as good as you’ll find at the price

2008 Moric Blaufrankisch. (£19.95; Berry Bros & Rudd)

fine, dark, spicy, concentrated, earthy, cherry-rich red

2009 Mauricio Lorca Lirico Torrontés. (£8.75; Private Cellar)

delicate, flowery and aromatic torrontés

2009 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Rosé. (£8.95; Real Wine Co)

tasty rosé, part oak-fermented and blended from syrah, Grenache and mourvèdre

2009 The War Horse Chenin Blanc. (£6.25; Jascots)

delightful chenin blanc; fresh, vibrant and fruity

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