11-07-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 11/07/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Balbi Pinot Grigio 2010, £6.99 M&S

Blossom and lemon peel; a really soft and easy wine to sup

Mauricio Lorca, Malbrontes 2009, £8.45 Berry Bros

Malbec with a squirt of aromatic Torrontes; plenty of juicy fruity flavour

Mendoza Malbec Rose 2010, £7.49, Tesco

Feels like sinking a whole bowl of ripe strawberries in one go

Asda Vinalba Malbec Syrah 2009, £6 Asda

Big powerful red wine with a mountain of spice and oomph

Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner Terraces 2010, £8.49 Ocado

Stacked with bright zing, mineral, fresh lasting flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2009 Australia (14.5%, 2 @ £8.79 Majestic)

smells of black coal tar, red licorice bootlaces and concentrated bramble jelly

Brundlmayer Berg-Vogelsang Gruner Veltliner 2010, Austria (£15.99, selected Waitrose)

Real poise, nerve and edge. Still very young, but opens slowly

Chasseur des Brousses Pays d’Oc 2010 France (13%, £9.25, Stone, Vine & Sun)

reeks of the Languedoc’s olive, thyme and pine-strewn scrubland

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Extra Special Beaujolais-Villages. £5.97, Asda

more depth of strawberry and cherry fruitiness than your average Beaujolais

2010 Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc. £7.99, Sainsbury’s

fresh palate of gooseberry fruit tinged with a smoky, nettley quality

2009 Clos Poggiale, Vin de Corse, Skalli. £17.25, Jeroboams

refreshing, lemony vermentino; fruit concentration and flavour

the Observer – David Williams

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Awatere Valley Riesling 2010 (£8.99)

Sweetness balances well with the pure lime and zinging acidity

Les Complices de Loire “Les Graviers” Chinon, France 2009 (£10.44, Waitrose)

aromatic, light in alcohol; beguiling snap to the succulent berry fruit

Château Clément-Termes Mémoire Blanc, Gaillac 2009 (£9.66, Underwood Wines)

rich and creamy depths with plenty of cleansing acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Léon Beyer Alsace Sylvaner 2009 (£7.95, The Wine Society; 12% abv)

attractive; really refreshing. It’s a good summer drink with seafood

Luss Alsace Riesling 2008 (£13.40, Vine Trail, 12.5% abv)

brilliant bargain; delicately fruity riesling from biodynamic producer

Tesco Finest Alsace Riesling 2008 (£7.79 larger branches, 6 @ £44.40 online; 12% abv)

perfectly decent from the very good 2008 vintage

Bruno Sorg Pinot Blanc 2009 (£11.49 from Palmers Wine, 12.3% abv)

exemplary wine at a very fair price

Scotland on Sunday – Rose Murray-Brown

GIRO SOL 2009 (£10.99, Raeburn Wines)

aromatic and expressive, with floral notes and fleshy palate

QUINTA DE SANT’ANA RIESLING 2009 (£9.99, www.adnams.com)

Beautiful lemony, grapefruit-flavoured lively riesling with taut length

TONS DE DUORUM WHITE 2010 (£8.49,www.realwineco.co.uk)

Tropical fruit notes, fresh limey, vivid pure fruit

PINHAL DE TORRE FERNAO PIRES 2009 (£8.99, www.justerinis.com)

Grapey, pineapple notes, quite muscaty, herby, typical weighty

QUINTA DE LA ROSA DOURO RESERVE 2006 (£10.99, Waitrose)

rich, damsony, structured Douro wine

PEDRO BASTA 2008 (£12.50, www.thewinesociety.com)

blackberry-flavoured, spicy, smoky blend

CORTES DE CIMA SYRAH 2008 (£10.91, Waitrose)

More syrah than shiraz; such a good, succulent, juicy wine


very approachable modern fruit-forward style

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2010, NZ (Majestic, £7.99)

bright aroma and well-balanced, tangy gooseberry and lime

Domaine du Colombier Chinon 2009, Loire, France (Sainsbury’s, £6.29)

raspberry fruit, a sprinkle of black pepper, hint of mint and fresh lift

Vino de la Tierra de Extremadura 2010, Spain (Marks & Spencer, £5.99)

inky purple and dancing along to spicy cassis and liquorice notes

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