08-10-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 08/10/2012

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Quite a few wine columns missing from the nationals this weekend

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Furleigh Estate Blanc de Noirs 2009. £25, sparklingenglishwine.com
Changyu Cabernet Gerniiscth 2011, China. £9.99, Waitrose
Pilato Malvasija Istraska 2011, Croatia. £12.49 Marks and Spencer
Tesco Finest Touriga Nacional 2011, Portugal. £7.79

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Toro Loco Tempranillo 2011 Spain (12.5%, Aldi, £3.59)

jolly, juicy tempranillo; Bright, cheery and uncomplicated

Tesco Mâcon Blanc Villages 2011 France (12.5%, Tesco, £4.99)

crisp, gentle chardonnay with a lemon tilt and trace of limestone

Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Slovenia (12.5%, Waitrose £6.74 until Oct 9)

streamlined, crisp, grass-grapefruit-and-lemon sauvignon blanc

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

J&L Charlemagne Sparkling XO. £13.50, chixandbuck

small amount of aged brandy added to create real depth of flavour

Casa Silva Chardonnay-Semillon Colchagua Valley 2011. £6.99, averys.com

concentrated, creamy wine, with flavours of peaches

Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2011. £8.95, thewinesociety.com

full-on flavours of lemons, pears and fresh brioche

Vionta Albariño Rias Baixas 2011/12. 2 @ £9.99 majestic.co.uk

aromatic and full-bodied; crisp flavours of peaches, kiwi fruit and green apples

Yealands Estate Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2011. £12.99, Marks & Spencer

green, floral and herbal aromas, thrillingly fresh acidity

Cepa Alegro Rioja Reserva 2006. £6.66 (until 16 October), Sainsbury’s

considerable power and intensity; cherries and red fruits and some vanilla

Dona Dominga Syrah El Rabaño Colchagua Valley 2011. £7.49, Waitrose

wild Syrah taste tempered by some judicious oak ageing

Leval Pinot Noir 2010. £9.65, jascots.co.uk

succulent, fruity and well-balanced wine; purity and elegance

Marques de Borba Alentejo Tinto 2011. £9.60, tanners-wines.co.uk

Smooth, soft; autumnal flavours of black fruits, a smoky, spicy feel

Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2011. £10.99, Tesco, laithwaites.co.uk

full of deep flavours of damsons, blackberries and blackcurrants

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine les Yeuses Vermentino IGP Pays d’Oc, France 2011 (£6.95, Lea & Sandeman)

full of flavour and character, but cracking value, too

Domaine Massamier La Mignarde Cuvée des Oliviers 2011 (£7.95, Berry Bros)

slightly wild flavours – spicy, herbal, dark fruit

Peter Sisseck Psi, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2009 (£23.50, Corney & Barrow)

abundant black fruit vividly presented and lifted by racy acidity

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château La Grand Maye Côtes de Castillon 2009 (12.5% abv, £95 X 12 J&B)

a father-and-son operation; lush, plummy

Château Tour de Ségur Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009 (£67.69 X 6, Bibendum; 13.5% abv)

attractively fruity

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Saint-Emilion 2006 (£20.99 some Sainsbury’s; 13% abv)

mature wine that will probably need decanting; ready to drink and delicious

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Seifried Nelson Riesling (£10.99, Inverarity Wines)

hint of kerosene; fresh and lively touches of greengage and green apple

2010 Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume Seguinot Bordet (£17.99, Majestic)

mellow and complex flavours that build on its concentrated lemon base

2011 Hatzidakis Assyrtiko (£10.99, Waitrose)

zippy, citrus-centred white with minty edges and a degree of softness

2010 Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent (£13.49, Hailsham Cellars)

generous acidity, smoothness, floral touches and raspberry fruit

2010 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon (£20.29, www.bibendumfinewine.com)

hallmark mint and blackcurrant characteristics in spades

2010 Zorah Karasi Areni Noir (around £20, Lockett Bros)

from Armenia; deep, dark colour, a menthol nose and multiple layers of flavour

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Côtes de Provence Rosé 2011, France (Sainsbury’s, £7.99)

Delicate strawberry-and-cream flavour; refreshing crisp zip

Doña Dominga El Rebaño Shiraz 2010, Colchagua, Chile (Waitrose, £7.49)

spiced blackberries and damsons on the palate

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV, Champagne, France (Majestic, £18)

good-value pink champagne; pale, coppery hue and light, crisp, biscuity style

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