8th June 2015 – weekly press roundup

The Observer – David Williams

Taste the Difference 12-year-old Amontillado Sherry (£8, Sainsbury’s)

from producer Lustau; superbly tangy and savoury

Fernando de Castilla Antique Fino Sherry (£16.89, Rannoch Scott; Hennings)

long, complex, multi-layered take on fino

Gonzalez Byass Leonor Sherry NV (£13.75, Oddbins)

Marmite-like yeastiness; smoothness of creamy toffee and nuts

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Wine Atlas Cigales Tempranillo 2011 (£5.97 Asda; 14% abv)

a deliciously vibrant, youthful, Rioja-style red from north-west Spain

Wine Atlas Grillo 2014 (£4.97 Asda; 12.5% abv)

attractively smooth white; tastes a bit like an unoaked chardonnay

Morrisons Signature Verdicchio (£5.49; 12.5% abv)


Villa Maria Private Bin Arneis 2013 (£9.99 morrisons.com; 13% abv)

fragrant; bears favourable comparison to those from the grape’s original home

Alzar Malbec 2014 (£7.49 Morrisons; 13% abv)

not as high in alcohol as some but still has plenty of grunt

Sainsbury’s 2014 Taste the Difference Sancerre (£13; 12.5% abv)

elegant and precise, with lovely delicate, summery gooseberry fruit

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Loire, France: CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT (£6.79, Aldi)

pronounced acidity and zippy freshness; creaminess on the palate

Umbria, Italy: TESCO FINEST GRECHETTO 2013 (£6.99 Tesco)

creamy honeyed palate and appley flavour

Southern France: CÔTES DE THAU 2014 (£4.97, Asda)

perfect seafood accompaniment at a very affordable price

Sicily, Italy: GRILLO SANTA TRESA 2013 (£7, Marks & Spencer)

Deliciously honeyed with pear and Sicilian orange notes

Rias Baixas, Spain: EXQUISITE COLLECTION ALBARINO 2013 (£5.99, Aldi)

a touch of aroma, plenty of crisp acidity and rich textural depth

Loire, France: POUILLY FUMÉ 2014 (£8.99, Lidl)

a touch of minerality, very young green apple flavours

Austria: TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GRUNER VELTLINER 2013 (£7.50, Sainsbury’s)

typical pear skin and celery flavours; pleasant undertone of light spice

Trentino, Italy: MARZEMINO TRENTINO 2013 (£5.97, Asda)

deep colour, rich plummy and cherry fruits, ripe succulent fruit

Douro, Portugal: DOURO RESERVA AZINHAGA DE OURO 2013 (£5.49, Lidl)

big voluptuous ripe fruits and firm tannins

Puglia, Italy: TORRE DEL FALCO NERO DI TROIA 2010 (£5.99, Waitrose)

cherry fruit bomb; spicy undertones and warm baked flavours

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2014 Porcupine Ridge Shiraz £8, Sainsbury’s

fragrant nose and brambly dark fruit. It is immense fun to drink

2012 Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Red £11.95, Swig

wonderfully gluggable, with dark cherry, blackberries and dried herbs

2012 Eben Sadie Sequillo £21.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

pure and fresh with lavender, red cherry and subtle spice

the Independent – Terry Kirby

The Society’s Exhibition Douro 2011. £13.50, thewinesociety.com

Full-bodied, deceptively elegant and complex

Domaine de Mandeville Viognier Pays D’Oc 2013. £8, Marks & Spencer

apricots and honey are shot through with a hint of spice and smoke

Viñalba Patagonian Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012. £6.29 to 30 June, Co-op

boisterous, no-frills red blend from a reliable Argentine producerct

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 2015 Spain (Whisky Exchange; Lea & Sandeman, £15.95)

refreshing and perky but with softer notes of hay, almond and yeast

Finest Special Selection Manzanilla Barbadillo (Tesco, £6 for 50cl)

An elegant, dry, light-on-its-toes sherry; fresh-breadiness and lemon hint

Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Solera Reserva Lustau (Wine Society, £14.95)

Glorious, complex sherry, light amber, with nutty nuances

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pinot Noir. £7.99, The Co-operative

sweetly perfumed with a fruitiness; tempered by its Pacific-cooled freshness

2012 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz. £9.69 to 2 June, Waitrose

an opulent mouthful of juicy, spice-infused black cherry fruits

2013 Pazo Señorans Albariño. from £14.95, Uncorked, Eclectic Tastes, Cambridge Wines

intense stonefruit is clipped by a zesty saline finish