09-03-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/03/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Comic Relief Red Nose White, Chenin Blanc, South Africa, M&S, £4.99

crisp, punchy, Cape chenin blanc, which is blessed with lots of lemony fruit.

2007 Palacio del Marques, La Mancha, Spain, M&S, £3.99 until March 22

delicious, ripe, spicy, plummy tempranillo, with its spicy syrah-led finish.

2008 Frontera Sauvignon Blanc, Concha y Toro, Chile, Tesco, 3 @ £3.33 until March 24

vibrant, light, lively, lemony sauvignon

2007 Riesling, Grand Cru Rosacker, Cave Hunawihr, Alsace, Liberty Wine £14.99

gentle, floral, apple and pear-stashed fruit that needs time to plump up

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2008 Secano Estate Pinot Noir, £6.99 (Marks & Spencer)

Fresh, supple, cherry-scented Chilean. Great value

2007 Tasmanian Pinot Noir, £7.99 (Marks & Spencer)

Cool-climate Aussie with rose and raspberry fragrance

2007 Felton Road Pinot Noir, £26.99-£29.30 (Averys, Laithwaites, Berry Bros)

Not cheap, but it’s worth paying the extra for this stellar New Zealand pinot

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Falanghina Feudi di San Gregorio. £4.89 bin-end Oddbins

rich yet refreshing stonefruit flavours and refreshing zing

Winemaker’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. £5.99, Aldi

passion fruit and elderflower mingling on the nose, crisp and juicy

2005 Orovela Saperavi, Georgia. £16.99, Waitrose Wine Direct

vivid, modern, well-crafted red made from Georgia’s quality grape

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Colterenzio Alto Adige Pinot Grigio (£5.99, 13%, Tesco)

rich, weighty, pear-like

2007 Gavi del Commune di Gavi, Araldica (£9.99, 12%, Marks & Spencer)

crisp, aniseedy, bone dry

2007 Roero Arneis, Bruno Giacosa (£16.75, 13%, Armit)

white pepper-scented, citrus fruity

2006 Pieropan La Rocca Soave (£21.49, 13%, Noel Young)

rich, concentrated, majestically balanced; among Italy’s half a dozen best whites

2007 Greco di Tufo, Vesevo (£10.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

honeyed yet dry, a big flavoursome wine with appealing minerality

2007 Siciliano Wild Cat Catarratto, Sicily (£5.99, 13.5%, Waitrose)

spicy, almost tannic

2007 Tesco Finest Fiano (£5.99, 13.5%, Tesco)

beguiling, tropical fruity

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2007 Louis Jadot ‘Combe aux Jacques’ Beaujolais Villages (£6.74 Waitrose)

luscious jam and vanilla on the nose and spicy dark fruit on the palate

2007 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier, 13%vol, France, (£5.99 Tesco)

laden with honeysuckle and crammed with creamy peaches and apricots

2007 I Graniti Vermentino di Gallura, Pedra Majore, 13.5%vol (£75 per six; Bowes Wine)

fresh, appley, almondy, lemony white made from organically cultivated vermentino

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Peter Lehmann Low-Alcohol Semillon 2008, Australia (£6.99, Tesco; 10% abv)

sharply fresh, bright, brain-rinsing white

D’Arenberg Feathered Dinosaur Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, (£17.99, Tesco; 14.5% abv)

rich and pristine, dragging you into a vortex of dark cabernet sauvignon

McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon 2008, (£8.50, The Wine Society; 12.5% abv)

fresh, pure, unoaked, grapefruity white

Laurence Féraud Séguret 2006 (£7.99, virginwines.com; 14%)

A spicy, intense Côtes du Rhône that’s a cut above

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