11th April 2016 – weekly news roundup

Use our weekly press roundup to plan your wine shopping

the Observer – David Williams

Pizarras de Otero Mencía, Bierzo, Spain 2014 (£7.99, Majestic)
delivers a burst of cherryish acidity and freshness
Muga Rioja Rosado, Spain 2014 (£9.99, Waitrose; Majestic)
punchy but cranberry-fresh rosé from fine old producer
Bodegas Ameztoi Txakoli, Spain 2014 (from £11.95, Slurp; Noel Young)
a style that revels in its uncompromising spine of acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Tesco Finest Vintage Cava (£7; 12% abv)
Tesco Finest Tingletip Riesling (£8)
from Western Australia, is particularly delicious
Las Lomas Merlot 2015 (Tesco £6, 14% abv)
a full-bodied red from Chile’s Colchagua valley
Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva 2011 (Tesco £8; 13.5% abv)
a more traditional oak-aged red

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

hint of green fruits, creamy soft palate with a honeyed undertone
FLEUR DU THENAC 2013 Chateau Thenac (£11.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Honeyed nose with floral undertones, refreshingly dry
LA CHANDELLE MERLOT 2014 (£5.99 Waitrose)
Soft juicy and smooth Merlot with rich ripe plummy fruit
CHATEAU TOUR DES GENDRES 2014 (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Just a shade more complexity here than with Waitrose’s La Chandelle
MONBAZILLAC, LES PINS 2012 Chateau Tirecul La Graviere (£12.99 Raeburn)
deep burnished gold colour, toffee and nut aromas, rich honeyed sweetness
MONBAZILLAC 2014 Domaine du Haut Rauly (£6.99 for 37.5cl bt Co-op)
citric fruits, fresh vibrant sweet cheap alternative to Sauternes
MONBAZILLAC 2011 Chateau Pech la Calevie (£11.95 Wine Society)
Licquorice aromas with odd sherbetty undertones

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Marques de Alarcon 2014, Spain (Marks & Spencer, £8)
dry but soft with flavours of fresh strawberry and white peach
Taste the Difference Barrihuelo Rioja Rosado 2015 (Sains, £6)
Youthful, slightly rosehippy, and good value
Monferrato Chiaretto 2014 (Marks & Spencer, £7.50)
pale red, cherryish
Tagus Creek 2014, Tejo, Portugal (Asda, £4.25)
not discernibly sweet but satisfyingly rich in texture
Miraval 2015, Côtes de Provence (Majestic, £17.99)
redcurrant, yellow pear and a white-pepper finish
Mirabeau 2014, Côtes de Provence, France (Waitrose, £9.79)
Mouthwatering. Match with prawns and salty snacks
Sancerre Rosé 2014, Joseph Mellot France (Asda, £9)
dry and tangy, marrying clean lemon with subtle raspberry

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Codici Negroamaro Puglia, £5.99 until 12 April Waitrose
concentrated black cherry fruit and graphite depth
2015 Zalze Reserve Chenin Blanc South Africa, £7.50 until Tue Sainsbury
crisp, and smooth with an acidic lime prickle

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Axis Clare Valley Riesling 2015, Australia £5.99 Lidl
soused in ripe lemon and lime juice and fnishing dry
Polgar Therapia Villanyi 2013, Hungary £6.99 Lidl
blackberry-rich and robust red with a mocha tone
Montagny Les Carlins 2014, Burgundy, France £11.99 Lidl
rounded and slightly buttery with a clean streak of Seville orange