11-10-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 11/10/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Viña Maipo Merlot Reserva, Chile Sainsbury’s, £4.99 from Wednesday

Chilean merlot with just enough plump, plummy, autumn-into-winter fruit.

2005 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth, Hunter Valley Semillon, Sainsbury’s, £8.99

Stunning, spicy, creamy, lemon-meringue pie-stashed white.

2007 Château Bourjaud, Bordeaux, Wine Society, £6.25

merlot-dominated claret blessed with lots of juicy, plummy fruit.

2007 Chivite Gran Feudo, Selección Especial, Spain Wine Society, £6.95

cracking velvety, truffle and plum-stacked, tempranillo-based red

2004 La Fleur de Quinault, St émilion, France Montrachet, £16

New-wave St émilion; sandalwood-scented, smoky, red bordeaux

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Bruno Sorg Riesling 2009 (£13.50-£14.75 bottleapostle; thewinecompany)

Fruity, with a hint of sweetness, and good with fishcakes

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 (£9.86 nakedwines)

Open a day early so that the slight bottle stink gives way to perfumed velvet

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.99 Sainsbury’s)

waxy classic blossoms with flavourful food

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Sainsburys Taste the Difference Casablanca. £4.99 until Tue then £5.99

from Errazuriz; herbal fragrances with tropical undertones

2009 The Co-operative Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. £7.99

gooseberry-tinged flavour is enlivened by a grapefruit zestiness

2009 El Quintanal, Cillar de Silos, Ribera del Duero. £10.99, Oddbins

Subtly stylish oak and the crisp acidity of the region’s high vineyards

the Times – Tim Atkin

Sainsbury’s Sparkling Alcohol-Free Aromatised Wine (£2.95, 0 per cent)

Frothy, light and elderflower-fresh, this is crisp and refreshing fizz

Sainsbury’s Asti (£4.79, 7 per cent)

sweet, grapey and refreshing, like alcoholic lemon sherbet

2009 Giardini Merlot, Veneto (£5.49, 9.5 per cent, Marks & Spencer)

light, cherryish and appealing with very soft tannins

Ombra Prosecco (£10.99 or £8.79 by the case, 11 per cent, Oddbins)

Aromatic, just off-dry and appealingly savoury on the palate.

2009 Willi Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett (£11.95, 8.5%, Wine Society)

A lovely, featherweight, apple and pear-like Mosel riesling

2002 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon (£25, 10 per cent, selected Majestic)

creamy, waxy, yet bracingly acidic white is just getting into its stride.

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Fief Guérin Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2009 (£6.49, Waitrose)

reminds me of surf breaking on a rough sea under a grey sky

L d’Or de Pierre Luneau 1999 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie (£14.99, lescaves)

Eleven! And it does merit drinking without food, thoughtfully, blissfully, even

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009 Vignoble Paul Mas Vermentino Languedoc, France, £5.99, Majestic

An unusual white with floral and lemon flavours and a touch of minerality

2009 Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Colchagua Valley, Chile, £5.99, Morrisons

Warm and intense red with skilfully used oak to complement its damson-centred fruit

2007 Grove Mill Chardonnay Marlborough, NZ, £9.49, Inverarity One to One

Super stuff with a smooth, buttery texture, minty nose and a lemon finish

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa 2008 Navarra Spain (14%, 2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

tumbling rush of brambles and would be delicious with home-made lamb burgers

Leitz Rüdesheimer Rosengarten Riesling Kabinett 2009 (10.5%, £10.49, Waitrose)

medium-dry and juicy, it has such a light touch it almost floats.

Serol Cote Roannaise Vieilles Vignes 2009 France (12%, £7.95, Wine Society)

impressive gamay, from a brilliant vintage, on a par with a Beaujolais Cru

Asda Pays d’Oc Marsanne 2009 France (13%, £3.98, Asda)

refreshing white with the faintest hint of almond blossom and orange peel

Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2005 New Zealand (14%, £13.49, M&S 45 stores)

The scent of cigar boxes, an assured first impression and an elegant structure

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