9th March 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Morrisons Signature Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France 2013 (£7.99)

Morrisons’ off-dry own-label is a Turkish delightful bargain

Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2012 (£35, Wine Society)

giddy intensity

Paul Cluver Gewurztraminer, South Africa 2014 (£11.99, Waitrose; Tanners)

zip and lift to go with the ginger and rose perfume

Hofstatter Joseph Gewurztraminer (£26.99, Selfridges)

a wash of Alpine-stream freshness to the spice, fat and floral fragance

Te Whare Ra Gewurztraminer 2011 (£22.25, Lea & Sandeman)

clarity and fruit purity you find in good Kiwi sauvignon blanc

Yealands PGR 2014 (£13.95, Grt Western Wine; Noel Young; Mumbles Fine Wines)

seamless, silky, subtly spicy Alsace-alike

Torres Vina Esmerelda (£6.79, Waitrose, Tesco, Majestic)

Evergreen aromatic off-dry classic

Marcel Deiss Alsace Blanc (£16.95, Lea & Sandeman)


The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cune Barrel-Fermented Rioja 2013 (13% abv, on promo Waitrose £7.86)

a steal – it’s usually £10.49

Domaine Condamine Syrah/Mourvedre 2013 (12.5% abv, Wine Society £6.25)

a warm, spicy Languedoc red that would make great weeknight drinking

Domaine Romain Roche, Cotes du Rhone 2013 (Lea & Sandeman, £10.75)

deliciously intense

David Moreau Maranges 2013 (13% abv, Berry Bros £114 per case EP)

around £13.85 a bottle is a bargain for good red burgundy these days

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

Exquisite Collection Shiraz Australia. £5.99 at Aldi

soft but ripe bramble and raspberry flavours, rich creamy texture

2014 Waimea Estate Gruner Veltliner New Zealand. £9.99 Majestic

smooth, soft apple and pear flavours with attractive herbal depth

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Angostura Aromatic Bitters Trinidad (widely available, £10 for 200ml)

robust and very bitter in flavour

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters Germany (thedrinkshop, £14.50 for 200ml)

attractive, warming wood-spice note to this cocktail flavouring

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters New York (Marks & Spencer, £9 for 150ml)

very sour bright-red bitters makes a tangy pink prosecco cocktail

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Villa Dei Ladri 2013. £13.99, Laithwaites

Medium-bodied, woody, smoky notes underpin the cherry fruit flavours

Alamos Malbec Catena 2013. £9.99, Majestic

juicy, with sweet, ripe, dark fresh and dried fruit, plenty of structure

Chateau de La Gravelle Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013. £8 M&S

Gorgeously zingy and zesty, full of flavours of green apples and lemons

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Syrah, Pays de l’Ardèche, France £7.50, M&S

red fruit are mixed with black pepper and the forest

2013 St Joseph, Vincent Paris £14.99, Naked Wines

flavours of white pepper, flowers and plum are pretty hard to resist

2011 Crozes-Hermitage ‘Champ Morel’, Martine Vandre £15.99, Vine Trail

dark fruits give way to grilled meat and a fresh mineral core

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Madonnina Gavi del Commune di Gavi. £7.99 until 15 March Morrisons

deliciously refreshing expression of this Piedmontese dry white

2007 Orovela Saperavi Kakheti, Georgia. £12.49 until 17 March Waitrose

spicy black fruit aromas and appetisingly sappy fresh blackberry fruit

2011 Ch. Thivin, Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Godefroy. £18.95 Berry Bros, Beaujo & Beyond

succulent, mouthwatering gamay – a partner for spiced Hunan chicken