09 May 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Veralda Malvazija Prestige, Buje, Croatia 2015 (£13.50, Croatian Fine Wines)
mouthfilling tropical fruitiness, olive oiliness, tingling lemon and minerals
Vina Laguna Pinot Grigio, Istria, Croatia 2015 (from £9.95, Lea & Sandeman)
a beautifully pure, fluent easy-drinking pinot grigio
Mateo Vicelic Plavac Mali, Pelješac, Croatia 2013 (£24.14, Berry Bros)
lighter juicy succulence not a million miles away from good Italian montepulciano

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Brokenwood ILR Reserve 2009 (10.9% abv, £28.25 Hennings)
Sumptuous; wonderful now, but would drink well for another 7 to 8 years
Mount Pleasant’s Elizabeth Semillon 2009 (10.5% abv, Wine Society £13.50)
very reasonable price
Keith Tulloch Semillon 2015 (11% abv, £12.39 D Byrne)
lush; delicious now and a bargain for [wine] that will age so beautifully
Margan Shiraz 2015 (£14.50 Tanners; 14% abv)
tastes of boozy cherries
Keith Tulloch The Kester 2013 (12.5% abv, £21.69 D Byrne)
headily perfumed
Audrey Wilkinson Chardonnay 2014 (£14.99 Waitrose; 13.2% abv)
nicely balances the region’s trademark acidity with subtly creamy oak
Willow Bridge Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (£7.49 Co-op; 13.5% abv)
refreshingly citrussy

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

MUROS ANTIGOS LOUREIRO 2016 Anselmo Mendes (£8.95 thewinesociety)
Very typical fresh floral example of Loureiro; prominent acidity and citric flavours
DAO BRANCO 2015 Quinta das Maias (£9.95 Drinkmonger)
Blossomy aromas, appley flavours and rich creamy palate
CICONIA BRANCO 2015 Herdade San Miguel (£8.95 Drinkmonger; Lockett Bros; Roberts & Speight; Oxford Wine Co; Wine Therapy)
Bursting with tropical fruits on aroma; palate has vivid minerally streaks
VINHO VERDE 2016 Quintas do Homem (£10 virginwines)
Herby, melony aromas with a cut-grass flavours and a touch of spritz
TAPADA DE VILLAR VINHO VERDE 2016 (£9 Marks & Spencer)
Floral aromas, sweet peachy flavours and hints of grapefruit
FP BRANCO 2015 Filipa Pato (£9.95 thewinesociety)
lemony, minerally flavours and silky nutty palate
ANIMUS DOURO TINTO 2014 Vicente Faria (£4.99 Aldi)
Bright cherry and damson fruits, initially sweet soft tannins
MONTE DAS PROMESSAS 2014 Casa Santos Lima (£8.50 Oddbins)
Mulberry and damson aromas, spicy soft rounded generously fruity
PE TINTO 2015 Herdade de Esporao (£9 Great Grog; Fine Wine Co)
Soft herby fruits, but with good definition and finish
TINTO DA ANFORA 2014 Bacalhoa (£9.99 Waitrose; SH Jones; Wright Wine)
Meaty and powerful weight, spice, chewy fruit; slightly bitter to finish
CICONIA TINTO 2015 Herdade San Miguel (£9.95 Lockett Bros; Wine Trust 100; Bottle Apostle; Reserve Wines; Caviste; Corks of Cotham; Chester Beer & Wine; Oxford Wine Co; Corks Out)
Juicy and herby, medium bodied modern style with ripe sweet fruits

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia 2015. £15.45 strictlywine
well made and enticing, with smoky flavours of peach, apricot and pear
Matosevic Alba 2015. £15.99 henningswine
full bodied and aromatic, with fresh apple and pear flavours
Kayra Narince 2015. £14.89 wineman; £13.38 greatwinesdirect
Dry, light and refreshing, with subtle citric and quince flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

De Grendel sauvignon blanc 2016 South Africa(13%, Waitrose, £8.99 until May 16)
A superior sauvignon; good with asparagus or a tomato tart or salad
Mirabeau Etoile 2016, France (13%, Sainsbury’s, £16)
A very pale and delicate rosé from Provence. Subtle as chiffon
Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti 2016, Italy (5%, Wine Society, £8.25)
effervescent, sweet wine tastes of fresh grapes and blossom
Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Malbec 2014, Argentina (14.5%, Telegraph Wine £9.74)
Rich and deep but with smooth tannins
Te Taha Pinot Noir 2014 Martinborough, New Zealand (13%, M&S, £16)
uplifting Martinborough pinot has structure along with some breezy fragrance
Robert Oatley Signature Margaret River Chardonnay 2015 (12.5%, £9.99, Co-op)
cut and bright citrus as well as roundness
Lot 23 Minervois La Livinière 2015, France (14.5%, Aldi, £9.99)
Smells of dried bay, thyme and rosemary, like a Mediterranean hillside
Saumur Les Nivières 2015, France(Waitrose, £6.69 until May 16)
These Loire reds are good with pink lamb and peas, or strawberries
Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône White 2015 (12.5%, Sainsbury’s, £7)
gorgeous with herby, summery chicken casseroles and roasts
Fefiñanes albariño 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain (12.5%, Wine Society, £14.95)
tastes of white peach and sea-spray