11-04-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 11/04/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Extra Special Viognier, IGP Pays d’Oc, France. Asda, £4.48

Seductive, perfumed, spiced peach of a spring-into-summer white

2009 Extra Special Shiraz, IGP Pays d’Oc, France. Asda, £4.48

oozing delicious, plum and black pepper fruit.

2000 Finest 10-Year-Old Grand Tawny, Australia. Tesco, £7.99 until April 19

gorgeous tangy, oaky, raisiny sticky

2008 Finest Pouilly-Fumé, Fournier Père et Fils, France. Tesco, £10 until May 31

fine, fat, waxy — and now richly verdant — fruit get my vote.

2008 Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc, Domaine Rollin, France. Wine Society, £18

glorious, long, leafy, herby 2008, with oodles of ripe, nutty, tangy fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Nyetimber Rosé 2007 (£34.95 henningswine.co.uk)

Lime and raspberries.

Chapel Down The Union Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2006 (£25 englishwinesgroup.com)

Special wedding cuvée, impressive and substantial

Pebblebed 2006 Sparkling Rosé (£25 pebblebed.co.uk)

Deliciously savoury, from a coastal vineyard in Devon

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Alain Grignon Carignan Vieilles Vignes. buy 2 = £5.49, Majestic

vivid fruitiness is succulently, cherryishly gluggy and appetising.

2008 Château Jolys Jurançon Sec. £9.99, Waitrose

apricoty aromas and a zesty pink grapefruit quality on the palate.

2009 M3 Chardonnay, Shaw and Smith, Adelaide Hills. £24.99, Cooden Cellars; Majestic

subtle oak, limey acidity and Burgundian-style winemaking.

the Observer – David Williams

Mas de Montagnes Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France 2008 (2 @ £5.99, Majestic)

appealing aniseed/liquorice edge to its red fruit and slightly dry, grippy tannins

Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia 2009 (£11.99, M&S)

terrific purity of black fruit, some vanilla and coconut

Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2009 (£15.99, Noel Young)

utterly charming Dolcetto; ripe, crunchy and vividly red-cherry fruited

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

2010 La Finca Pinot Grigio (£6.49, Marks & Spencer; 12.5% abv)

from Argentina, crisp and bright as a Granny Smith

2010 Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris (£16.60, Swig; 13.5% abv)

from Marlborough, 7g of residual sugar, which makes it off-dry

The Ned Pinot Grigio (the 2010 costs £9.99 at Majestic and Waitrose; 13.5%)

musky, peary note. But it’s attractively crisp, too

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Extra Special Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 14%. £4, Asda

rounded banana flavours mellowed by touches of pineapple and honey

Burlwood Californian Cabernet Sauvignon California, 12.5%. £3.99, Aldi

soft, blackcurrant and caramel red with nicely oaked smoothness

2009 Scottish Ballet Limited Edition Bordeaux, 14%. £12.49, Inverarity One to One

cabernet franc-dominated claret with dark plum flavours and firm but rounded tannin

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Villa Magna Primitivo di Manduria 2008, Puglia, Italy (£9.99 M&S)

Beautifully rich; packed with ripe plum and sweet blackcurrant

Balbi Pinot Grigio 2010, San Juan, Argentina (£6.99 M&S)

vivacious, fresh flavours of lime and kiwi fruit, and a hint of ginger

Champagne de Montpervier Blanc de Noirs NV, France (£23 M&S)

bags of flavour, both juicy red-berry fruit and hints of Marmite and biscuit

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