11th March 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Fief Guérin Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2017 (£7.49, Waitrose)
just the right level of almost-tart lipsmacking salted-citrussiness
Domaine Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sèvre et Maine VV 2015 (£12.95, Lea & Sandeman)
pristine subtly herbal expression
Jo Landron Clos de la Carizière, Muscadet 2017 (£14.95, Vino Vero; Caves Pyrene)
seashells and salts and citrus

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Berry Bros & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret 2016. £9.95
If ever there was a ‘does what it says on the tin’ wine, this is it
Chemin des Cigales Grignan-Les-Adhémar 2017. £4.99, Lidl
Gutsy Rhône red. Makes great winter drinking
Grecanico Terre Siciliane 2017. £5.99, Lidl
A lush, almost tropical Sicilian white
Don David Blend of Terroirs Malbec 2016. £9, Co-op
try this joyously juicy example It’s Fairtrade, too

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Milder side of Nero d’Avola; light sweet damson fruits, smooth texture
NERO D’AVOLA LA FERLA 2017 Canicatti. £7.25 The Wine Society
Wild plum and silky cherry fruited example
NERO D’AVOLA 2017 Mandarossa. £9.99 Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh
A step up in quality to a damson, sweet chocolate and savoury red
NERO ORO APPASSIMENTO 2017. £8.99 Majestic Wine
Sweet rich dense, generous broad palate, soft texture
NERO D’AVOLA LA SEGRETA 2017 Planeta. £11.69 V&Crolla, Grt Wstrn Wine
Plummy spicy powerful example with dry tannins; rich cherry and blueberry fruits.
Raisiny with licquorice hints, deep complex layers of flavours
NERO D’AVOLA SIREN 2016 Alpha Box & Dice. £24 Woodwinters; Drinkmonger; Vincognito
Raisiny sour-acid cherry fruited red; savoury, spicy
NERO D’AVOLA 2015 Chalmers. £16.30 theaustraliancellar; Grt Wstrn Wine
Vibrant juicy example with delicious raspberry fruit and cherry

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Brindle Ridge Merlot (£5.75 Spar)
dependable, crowd pleasing guzzler with lots of smooth, plummy fruit
Wildflower Pinot Grigio, (£5.75 Spar)
much more complex and interesting than some of the Italian takes
Burebista Feteasca Neagra Shiraz 2017 (£9.99 laithwaites)
juicy, with spicy, herby, brambly with a touch of chocolate
Solevari Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 (£11.99 virginwines)
terrific introduction for its range and the perfect wine for a Sunday lunch
Kronus Pinot Noir (£8.99 ocado)
fullish-bodied, velvety, silky and herby
Prince Ştirbey Tamâioasa Româneasca Sec 2016 (£10.50 thewinesociety)
muscat-like fragrance and a lovely full bodied mouthfeel
Prince Ştirbey Novac Sec 2015 (£13.95 thewinesociety)
rich, strong, aromatic and full bodied wine
Sole Orange Wine, Recas Estate 2016 (£12.50 tanners-wines)
richly nutty, spicy, citrusy and very, very distinctive

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine Boyar Deer Point chardonnay 2017 Bulgaria (Booths, £5)
very clean chardonnay, with hints of ripe pear; outstanding value
Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2018, Italy (Waitrose, £5.99)
Hints of lemon, herbs and lemon pith make it very refreshing
finest* St Mont 2016, France (Tesco, £6.50)
flavours of beeswax, greengage, pink grapefruit and toasted pumpkin seeds
Duo des Mers Sauvignon-Viognier 2018 (The Wine Society, £6.75)
Think sweet lemon sorbet with a waft of honeysuckle cordial
Aldi Exquisite Clare Valley Riesling 2017-18, Australia (£6.99)
Think lime sorbet and Rose’s lime jelly
Taste the Difference Pinot Grigio Trentino 2018, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £7)
crisp, with watery reflections of orange and crab-apple
Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône White 2017, France (Sainsbury’s, £7)
think bread sauce, white flowers, peach and almond
Taste the Difference Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2017 (Sains, £8)
almost salty crust over a wonderfully creamy texture
EH Booth & Co Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2018 Loire (£7.50)
mouthwateringly fresh, like gooseberries, green grass, greengages
La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2017, 
France (Around £7.75 Co-op, Waitrose, Booths)
think almond blossom, peach, melon and pear juice
Smederevka Belo Tikveš 2018, Macedonia (Around £8 slurp; Great Wines Direct)
piercingly fresh, with yellow and green citrus and a waft of white flowers