11 July 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Tbilvino Qvevris, Kakheti, Georgia 2015 (£10, Marks & Spencer)
subtly chewy, moreishly spicy character
Jakeli Khashmi Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia 2011 (£18.50, Meadowdale Wines)
black cherry and blackberry, violets, herbs, rosehip
Pheasant’s Tears Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia 2015 (from £22, Highbury Vintners; Tannico; Just in Cases; AG Wines; Les Caves)
sappy, crunchy and curranty with a nutty streak

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Surfer’s Path Shiraz 2016 (£8 Morrisons)
bright, breezy and utterly delicious South African.
Aldi Exquisite Collection Australia Shiraz 2015 (14.5% abv £5.79)
very decent; all the lush, ripe fruit you’d expect from Down Under
Majestic Loves… Shiraz (14% abv, Majestic £5.99)
not the subtlest of bevvies, maybe, but the price is good
Tesco Côtes de Gascogne Blanc 2016 (11% abv, £5.00)
All the bright citrus and passionfruit aromas of a New Zealand sauvignon
Fire Tree Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (12.5% abv, Aldi, £4.69)
easy-drinking; Fresh, zesty and it won’t break the bank

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

LA GUITA MANZANILLA NV Bodegas Hijos de Rainera Perez Maron (£8.99-£11.75 bt www.ministryofdrinks.co.uk; www.greatwesternwine.co.uk)
Distinct appley aroma, almondy flavours and a mouthwatering salty tang
LA GITANA MANZANILLA NV Bodegas Hidalgo (£10.99 Wait; £6 Sains on offer)
very pale, pungently dry, almondy with a fresh crisp finish
ALEGRIA MANZANILLA NV Williams & Humbert (£5.50 hf Oddbins; £8.50 Wine Society)
A touch richer in colour with an elegant and nutty character
LA GOYA MANZANILLA NV Bodegas Delgado Zuleta (£7.95 hf Goya23, Edinburgh)
Very distinct salty aromas, a touch herby, dough notes
PASTRANA MANZANILLA PASADA NV Bodegas Hidalgo (£11.95 Wine Soc; Wait; Maj)
more texture, richer, fuller with a hint of sourdough and nuts

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Rutherford Hill Merlot 2013. £29.99 simplywinesdirect; winetreasury
deep, concentrated wine, needing time to breath and to be sipped slowly
Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. £18.50, honestgrapes; stannarywine
Packed with dark, jammy raspberry and blackberry fruits; satisfying long finish
Underwood Pinot Noir 2015. £14, marksandpencer.com
Fresh blueberry and raspberry fruit flavours; velvety mouth feel

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Chateau Jouanin 2012 Castillon, France (13.5%, Co-op, £8.99)
lovely redcurrant leaf scent to this very good blend
Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Goldtröpfchen Kabinett 2014, Germany (8.5%, Co-op, £10.99)
Think crystallised lemon, atomized nectarines, and apple snow
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016 Clare Valley (12%, Co-op, £9.99)
It tastes of lime zest and lime juice, and has a sandy dryness. Invigorating.