11-03-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 11/03/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Finest White Burgundy 2011. £8.99 Tesco

sensitively oaked so as to preserve the zesty fruit character

Muga Rioja Blanco 2011. £8.99 on offer Majestic

Huge creamy texture; balanced enough to allow the arresting zing to shine through

Villiera Traditional Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011. £11.49, M&S

wonderful honeyed aromas and a mellow richness; fresher twist on the finish

Ghost Corner Elim Sauvignon 2009. £13.95, Bancroft

A complex gem; will plunge you into a vibrant world of ping

Finest Gigondas 2010. £12.99, Tesco

Elegantly spicy with oddles of warming flavour

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Zilzie Viognier 2010, Victoria, Australia (Asda, £5.48)

Affordable, generously fruity white; Peachy, succulent and unoaked

Heartland Dolcetto & Lagrein 2010, Australia (greatwesternwine, £13.50)

fascinating layers of dried cherry, ripe plums, chocolate and liquorice

Marks & Spencer Vermentino 2011, South Australia (£9.99)

zesty grapefruit and lemon verbena finish. A palate-wakening aperitif

the Independent Anthony Rose

2012 King Valley Vermentino, Australia. £6, down from £8.98 Asda

shows aromatic fragrance and the juicy zip of the grape variety

2010 Le Limoux, Château Rives Blanques£11.95, Great Western Wines

stonefruit richness and a clean streak of freshness

Oeil de Perdrix NV Champagne. £15, down from £29, Majestic

delicious champagne from Devaux with its raspberry mousse flavour

the Observer – David Williams

Tabali Late Harvest Muscat, Chile 2010 (£4.95-£6.99, Selfr; Virg; Wine Soc; Hlfax)

unctuously sweet wine; extraordinary lift and floral, muscat perfume

Producteurs Plaimont Pacherenc St Albert, France 2011 (£13.79, Corney and Barrow)

tang and acidic bite of grapefruit, lusciously crystallised tropical-fruit

Henriques & Henriques 15-year-old Bual, Madeira (~£19.95, Harrods; Nickolls & Perks)

nutty, figgy, toffeed wine from the excellent H&H is hard to beat

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Hidalgo La Gitana (15% abv, £7.99 per 50cl Sainsbury’s and others)

it’s crisp and fresh, saltier than a fino; terrifically good value

Hidalgo La Gitana en rama (~£14.00, Nickolls & Perks; Lea & Sandeman; Tanners)

makes you feel you haven’t tasted sherry properly before

Gonzalez Byass Leonor (£10.90-£12.99 Tanners; SH Jones; Cambridge Wine)

gloriously nutty but with a seductively creamy edge

Marks & Spencer’s Dry Old Amontillado (£7.49; 18.5% abv)

wonderfully rich, complex, from top producer Lustau

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2012 Carmen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca, Chile, 13.5%. £8.69, greatwinesdirect

crisp green apple and grapefruit; tangerine-centred substance

2009 Chianti Riserva Tuscany, Italy, 13%. £5.99, Lidl

traditional assertive nut and cherry fruit, embellished by a tannic twist

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2010 Zalze shiraz/mourvedre/viognier, South Africa £7.99, Waitrose

burly, spicy plum-infused red lent finesse by viognier

2009 Yalumba shiraz/viognier, Eden Valley, Australia £11.99, slurp

fresh cherries, delicate spice; heady perfume of viognier

2010 Clonakilla shiraz/viognier, Canberra, Australia £52.99, agwines

fragrant, ethereal nose has something of the finest Burgundies about it

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