11-05-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 11/05/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Neblina Sauvignon Blanc, Chile Majestic, 2 @ £3.99 each

bold, grassy, herby; lots of mouthwatering bosky summer party and apéritif fruit.

2007 Marco de Pegões, Terras do Sado Tinto, Portugal Majestic, 2 @ £4.99 each

all aromatic, elegant, lively, juicy and surprisingly complex raspberry fruit.

2007 Les Orris Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, Marks & Spencer, £7.99

Everyone loves the Orris red but now it’s the turn of the spicy, oak-laden white.

2007 Rasteau, Perrin & Fils, France Marks & Spencer £9.99

bold, earthy red is magnificent

2004 Château Terrey- Gros-Cailloux, St Julien, Bordeaux, Montrachet £16

fine, ripe, beefy claret that is delicious now but will develop seductive smoky scents

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Chinon Tradition Graves 2006, Lambert (£11.99 thewineryuk.com)

lightish red wine develops rich, herby undertones as you drink it

Pinot Blanc 2005, Rieffel (£8.75 Berry Bros & Rudd)

shy at first, but opens up with yellow plums and bracing minerality

Encantado Chardonnay Reserva 2007, Tabali (£8.99 Waitrose)

unashamed but elegant chardonnay

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Spanish Garnacha Shiraz. £3.99, Marks & Spencer

no oak here brings out the berried fruit and lively peppery quality.

2006 Roches Noires, Macération, Saint Chinian, Languedoc. £7.99, Tesco

spicy blend has undertones of rosemary combined with dark berry fruitiness.

2001 Cune Viña Real Oro Rioja Reserva. £11.99 until Tues Waitrose

smokily aromatic, vanilla-infused, ultra-traditional rioja.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Chilean Syrah Elqui Valley (£5.75, 14.5%, The Wine Society)

spicy, well-priced, made by Viña Falernia

2006 Maycas del Limarí Reserva Especial Syrah (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

elegant, pepper-spicy

2007 Errázuriz Max Reserva Syrah (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

rich, minty, blackberry fruity

2006 Montes Alpha Syrah, Colchagua (£10.99, 14.5%, Waitrose)

and the powerful, fruit-packed; also contains a little Cabernet and Viognier.

2007 Matetic EQ Syrah, San Antonio (2 @ £14.79 each Majestic)

spice, structure, cellaring potential, seamless oak and a finish that goes on and on

2007 Chartreuse de Bonpas Réserve Côtes du Rhône £8.99, 14%, Sainsbury’s

opulent, unoaked, Grenache-based red with aromatic berry fruit.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Cave de Turckheim Gewurztraminer 2007, Alsace (Majestic, £8.99)

roses, honey and ginger pervade this off-dry white

Averys Pioneer range Yarra Valley Shiraz 2005 (Averys £6.66)

Deeply perfumed, complex red with hints of leather, spice, blackcurrant and treacle

Flaxbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marks & Spencer, £7.99)

ripe, cooked gooseberries galore. Grass and green pepper are in there, too

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Pinot Grigio Palataia 2008 (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

a layer of succulence and a suggestion of tangerines

Gascogne Cuvée Spéciale Red 2008 (£4.99; M&S)

gutsy, spiky, virile and tastes of iron, rather than silkily fruity

Monte Schiavo Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno 2007 (2 @ £5.99 Majestic)

a cheap Italian red with edge and bite

Cantina di Monteforte Soave 2006 (£5.24 until 17 May, Waitrose)

tastes of pears and peach stones and is squashy, like a cushion

Gaba do Xil Godello 2007 (£8.75, Adnams)

tangy, textured, blossomy Spanish white

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