10-11-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 10/11/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 South African Pinotage, Swartland, South Africa, Tesco, £3.63

fat, ripe, spicy, inky mouthful

2008 Chilean Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Tesco, £4.69

gently grassy, grapey; over-delivers on ripe, zesty, verdant fruit

2007 Washington Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Co-op, £5.99

winning cool-climate fruit; elegant, floral, leafy, waxy sauvignon

2006 Washington Hills Merlot, Co-op, £5.99

lively, ripe, plump, plummy fruit, rounded off with a year in oak

2006 Château Le Chec Blanc, Graves, Adnams, £9.75

elegant, ripe, leafy, musky, faintly apricot and peppermint-charged fruit

2006 The Tattybogler Pinot Noir, Central Otago, Adnams, £14.99

superb, spicy, gamey and decidedly luscious pinot noir

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2008 The Ned Pinot Grigio (£9.99 Waitrose, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

Pink-tinged, medium-weight, with apple, peach, spice and a hint of sweetness

2007 Tinja Pinot Gris, £9.75 (Lowe Wines, Vin du Van, L’Art du Vin, Provender)

Crisp, zesty pear, peach and orange flavours; from Orange, Australia

2006 The Lane Single Vineyard Pinot Gris, £9.49 (Waitrose)

Rich, nutty, peachy with fine acidity; from the Adelaide Hills

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 lle La Forge Merlot, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £4.99, Aldi

vibrant dark cherry fruitiness framed with a stylish touch of smoky oak

2006 Saint Joseph, Cave de Saint Désirat. £7.99 to 2 Dec, Waitrose

aromatic fruitiness, peppery undertones and pure classic black fruits

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée des Antiques. £13.99, Majestic

spicy blackberryish red; vivid fruit richness; youthful power

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2003 Rosso di Biferno, Molise, Borgo di Colloredo (£11.95, Lea & Sandeman)

uses 20% Montepulciano to add generosity and fruit to the blend.

2006 Aglianico del Vulture, Terra di Vulcano, Bisceglia (£7.99, Bibendum)

vibrant and juicy with vivid cherry fruit.

2006 Aglianico del Vulture, D’Angelo (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

spicy, sweetly oaked, concentrated is still a very young wine

2001 Aglianico del Vulture, Alvolo (£12.95, Wine Society)

thick and chewy but with a core of dark, plummy, oak-tinged fruit

2006 Toro, Balcón de la Villa, £5.99, 14.5%, Marks & Spencer

ripe blackberry fruit, a touch of oak and succulent tannins

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2005 La Cuvée Mythique, France (£4.49 runtil Nov 16; Co-operative)

robust and concentrated oak-aged blend

2007 Shepherds Ridge Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, NZ (£6.99 Marks & Spencer)

crisp, zesty and citrussy, with plenty of gooseberries and herbs on nose and palate

2005 Waitrose Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Italy, (£9.99; Waitrose)

deliciously complex and moreish red; lovely sweet, mouth-filling ripe fruit

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Château Saye 2005 Bordeaux Supérieur (£7.99, M&S)

fleshy and easy-going.

Château Cantegrive 2006 Côtes de Castillon (£7.29 Waitrose)

light touch, great freshness, elegance and the soothing, red fruit

Château La Vielle Cure 2002 (£16.99, Sainsbury’s)

merlot-based blend that would see you well through a Sunday roast

Domaine de la Vougeraie Gevrey-Chambertin Evocelles 2001 (£29, Wine Soc)

makes you think of crunching through crimson leaves on an autumn day

Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent Les Hautes Auxey-Duresses 2006 (£14.95; Wine Soc)

gorgeous white burgundy; tastes serious and a little bit toasty.

Urban Uco Malbec 2007, Argentina (£5.99, Oddbins)

hearty, perfumed and far cheaper than it tastes

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