11 April 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Le Stelle Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy 2015 (£8.79, Waitrose)
nicely brisk, pithy example; burst of fresh lemon
Poggio al Tesoro Solesole Vermentino, Bolgheri, Italy 2015 (from £16.25, Just in Cases; Noel Young Wines; Cambridge Wine)
touch of orchard fruit fleshiness to go with the herby citrus
Delinquente Screaming Betty Vermentino, Australia 2016 (£13.50, Vinoteca; Kwoff)
delightful light, easy, breeziness with citrussy energy and charm to spare

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Oremus Mandolas Furmint 2014 (£15.41 TheDrinkShop, £19.99 Hennings)
richly textured; terrific match for beetroot-cured salmon
Disznókő Tokaji Dry Furmint 2015 (£12.95 Lea & Sandeman)
elegant; the piercing intensity of a young premier cru chablis
Patricius Tokaji Dry Furmint 2015 (£12.50 Great Western Wine)
musky, slightly spicy; would be delicious with smoked and salted fish
Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2015 (£9.99 Majestic)
An ideal introduction to the variety; made in a lusher style
Michael Wenzel Furmint 2015 (Newcomer Wines £19)
lovely, pure; made from organically cultivated grapes
Hilltop Merlot Kekfrankos (The Co-op £4.99)
A decent red; from one of Hungary’s other indigenous varieties

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

LEEUWENKUIL BUSHVINE CINSAULT 2016 (£8 in April Marks & Spencer)
Cherry-fruited, very spicy Cinsault from unirrigated bushvines
TE HAUPAPA PINOT NOIR 2016 (£8.99 Aldi)
On the light side; ripe cherry and strawberry aromas, soft elegant palate
PANIZA GRAN RESERVA 2009 (£9.99 Virgin Wines)
drinking at its peak with a soft approachable palate and succulent fruits
PATA NEGRA GRAN RESERVA 2008 Bodegas Las Llanos (£5.99 Aldi)
Expect spicy smoky aromas, robust sturdy palate, vanilla notes
Puglia, Southern Italy: NEGROAMARO 2015 (£8 Marks & Spencer)
Juicy unoaked red with intense plummy chocolate aromas, blackcurranty
PRIMITIVO MASSERIA METRANO 2014 (£7.99 Lidl)
Damsony and plummy, it almost smells like a port blend
INNOCENT BYSTANDER SYRAH 2015 (£14.99 Rannochscott; thewinereserve; Fine Wine Co; Cornelius)
Violets, raspberries and white pepper undertones, punchy & weighty
CHATEAU MOULIN DU BOURG 2012 (£11.75 thewinesociety)
Plummy, smooth and soft claret from mainly Merlot-base
MONTEFALCO ROSSO 2012 Scacciadiavoli (£11.50 thewinesociety)
Loved the cherry and blackberry aromas, soft oaking, firm tannins
MAZZA CINQUE 2009 (£22.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Damson, plum aromas and a soft smoky palate
PLANTAGENET MOUNT BARKER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 (£19.50 thewinesociety)
Minty eucalyptus undertones with smooth fine tannins
NERO DI TROIA CANACE 2013 Cantina Diomede (£21.95 Valvona & Crolla)
soft velvety, coffee & liquorice, powerful intense and spicy

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 ’43 Degrees’ 2014. £17.55 strictlywine
incredibly full flavours of tropical fruits and green herbs and a long finish
Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2007, Saint Emilion. £22 Sainsburys
full bodied, with juicy black fruits, gentle tannins, a lingering finish
Nectar Pedro Ximenez​. £14.75 Oddbins
layers of intense, deep, dried fruit flavours of figs and dates

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Clare Valley Riesling 2015 Australia (M&S, £13)
vivid, transparent, a dazzling starburst of lemon & lime sorbet flavours
Hill-Smith Estate Chardonnay 2015 Eden Valley, Australia (Waitrose, £10.99)
very gently oaked; contemporary, sculpted chardonnay
Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Chile (Sainsbury’s, £12)
perfumed leafy redcurrant scent; dark-fruited spice
Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas Origine 2013 France (Yapp, £18.25)
smells of confit fruits, rears out of the glass like a hot flame
Lot 23 Minervois La Livinière 2015 France (Aldi, £9.99)
all herbs & lavender & dried figs
Lidl Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Italy (Lidl, £15.99)
warming & reassuring, very loose-knit & blowsy, with a whiff of bonfires