12 February 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

No column this week

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2016/17 £8.99, Co-op, Sainsbury’s
Classic Kiwi SB at a good basic price. Often on offer, too
Blank Canvas Grüner Veltliner on offer at £12.99, simplywinesdirect
Stunningly fresh for a 2013; versatile white
Left Field Albariño 2016 £9.99, Wine Rack; £10.49 New Zealand House of Wine
New Zealand’s take on the Spanish classic, pairs brilliantly with seafood
Ward Valley Mt Victoria Block 2015 £20, The Antipodean Sommelier
Silky, seductive pinot – at £20, which is all too rare these days.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Juicy fresh moreish style, gently oaked, very refined for the price
PORCUPINE RIDGE SYRAH VIOGNIER 2015 (£5.99 on offer Waitrose; also Maj, Sains)
Everyday easy-drinking Shiraz, slight rustic edge, spicy, smooth
BASTIONS V SHIRAZ 2016 (£9.99 Virgin Wines)
Fruit forward ripe Shiraz with rich voluptuous damson and black cherry fruit
DE MORGENZON DMZ SYRAH 2014 (£12 Great Grog, Lockett Bros; £8.50 Wine Soc for 201))
Rich mouthfilling spicy peppery Syrah; sweet fruits and heavy weight
Restrained Syrah with herby, light spice and plum notes; smoky undertones
FAIRVIEW SHIRAZ 2013 (£12-13 Fine Wine Musselburgh)
Fruit forward soft commercial in style, slightly lacking in refinement
INTELLEGO SYRAH 2015 (£17.50 Oddbins; www.lescaves.co.uk)
Fresh Rhone-like Syrah; wonderful peppery notes, still youthful
TOPIARY SHIRAZ 2014 (£17.70 Great Grog; Lockett Bros)
Perfumed, complex, hefty Shiraz from French owned estate
STRANDVELD VINEYARDS SYRAH 2015 (£17 Marks & Spencer)
A very attractive refined Syrah with bitter chocolate and pepper notes
BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF SYRAH 2015 (£38.99 Selfridges; Waitrose; H Nichols; Valhalla’s Goat)
Spice, liquorice, floral and clove aromas, velvet smooth tannins
LISMORE SYRAH 2016 (£29 Oddbins)
Such delicacy with crisp poised fruit, finishing with firm tannic grip
CRAVEN FAURE VINEYARD SYRAH 2016 (£21.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Very floral, white pepper, fresh high acid style; beautifully refined
KEVIN ARNOLD NADINE SHIRAZ 2013 (£24 Woodwinters, winedirect.co.uk)
Fleshy ripeness and power with smoky peppery Rhone-like undertones

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Balfour Brut Leslie’s Reserve (£24.99 waitrosecellar.com)
flavours of brioche, apple and red fruits; elegant and enlivening
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV (£25.99; normally £34.99 waitrose.com)
very traditional champagne style: creamy and toasty, with a citrus lift
Nyetimber Rose NV (£29.99; normally £39.99 waitrose.com)
brimming with elegant red fruits. Stylish, refined
Camel Valley Classic Cuvee, (£28 marksandspencer.com)
fresh as a sea breeze on the palate, rich as a Cornish cream tea
Langham Classic Cuvee 2014 (£25 marksandspencer.com)
seriously toasty with great depth of flavour
Château de l’Aulée Crémant de Loire ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ NV (£13.50 Oddbins)
made on an historic estate by a former Bollinger winemaker
Chateau Leoube Organic Sparkling Rose (£30 Ocado.com)
sprightly pink bubbles, red fruits with a real smack of warm, herb strewn hillsides
Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel (£16.99 waitrosecellar; £24.99 majestic)
crisp, light and ethereal and again perfect with any seafood

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Krug Grande Cuvée NV France (Fortnum & Mason, £160)
In its detail and magnificence, Krug Grande Cuvée resembles a fine artwork
Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé NV England (Berry Bros & Rudd, £36.50)
creamy, fresh coolness; red cherries; suggestion of grilled raspberries
Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée 740 Extra Brut NV France (Laithwaites, £46.95)
precision and energy; bracingly dry, with a dosage of just 1.5g/l