12 December 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Marco de Bartoli Vigna la Miccia Marsala Superiore (£23.90 tannico)
dried and fresh fruit with hazelnuts and hints of toffee
Casa Mariol Vermut Blanco, Catalonia, Spain (£20, Bottle Apostle)
Gorgeously light, fragrant, herbal vermouth from Catalonia
Maynards 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugual (£9.99, Aldi)
glorious mix of baking spice, sweet figs and dried fruit
Siren Barrel-Aged Caribbean Chocolate Cake Stout (£6, 330ml, Oddbins)
superbly rich, complex and winter-warming brew
Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva (£40, Waitrose)
flavours of molasses, vanilla, and spicy Christmas cake

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Pencarrow Chardonnay 2014 (£9.95 winedirect, £11 Oddbins)
I’d bet (your guests) will have it down as a Puligny-Montrachet
Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 (£12.50; 13.5% abv)
You’d be hard pushed to get a more powerful pinot for the price
Bolney Estate Pinot Noir 2015 (£12.79, on offer Waitrose)
incredible richness and depth of flavour
Hedges CMS Red (£14 Booths; robersonwine; 13.5% abv)
will stand up better to the turkey trimmings than most médocs
Iona One Man Band (£16 Marks & Spencer; 14% abv)
opulent; a worthy alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Aldi Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec 2016. £1.99 magnum
great value
Kyperounda Commandaria 2008 (£17.95 50cl Berry Bros; 14% abv, )
historic sweet wine from Cyprus; fantastic with a Christmas cheeseboard

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Easy crisp dry quaffer with lemony acidity and a touch of creamy lees
Silky smooth rounded palate and good natural acidity
apple and citrus fruits, soft creamy texture and good affinity to oak
RIESLING ALTE REBEN 2014 Carl Loewen (£13.50 Raeburn Fine Wines)
Lovely floral notes, youthful blossomy fruits, mainly dry
ROUSSETTE DE SAVOIE, CRU FRANGY 2015 Domaine Bruno Lupin (£13.40 Les Caves de Pyrene; Henris of Edinburgh; Highbury Vintners)
Literally bursting with mountain freshness, spicy gingerbread notes
HAWKES BAY PREMIUM VIOGNIER 2015 St Clair (£13 strictlywine)
apricot aromas, smooth texture to the palate and a nutty spicy length
ST VERAN EN FAUX 2014 Chateau de Beauregard (£13.50 The Wine Society)
Superb value single vineyard St Veran.
GREYWACKE DRY RIESLING 2014 (£19.80 Majestic; Drinkmonger; Woodwinters; Lockett Bros; Exel Wines; Fine Wine Co)
Stunning tension between ripe fruit and natural acidity
GRECO DI TUFO 2015 Feudi di San Gregorio (£15.99 Luvians; winedirect)
Grapefruit limey fruits, crisp, dry with a streak of minerality
NEUDORF NELSON CHARDONNAY 2014 (£16.50 The Wine Society)
delicious zesty moreish fruit character and finally judged acidity
CULLEN MANGAN SEMILLON/SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£19 Cornelius; Drinkmonger)
Delicious lemony cinnamon textural blend
GEWURZTRAMINER GRAND CRU BRAND 2011 Turckheim (£17.99 Drinkmonger; Virgin)
Typical rose petal honeyed lychee aromas and a touch of sweetness

the Telegraph – wine writers

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pignoletto Spumante, Italy (£7 until Dec 13)
frothily fine-bubbled, very light and slightly sweet.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Vintage Cava 2013, Spain (£7 until 1 Jan)
toasty depths beneath a crisp snap of green apple peel
Codorniu 1872 Vintage Cava 2012, Spain (Telegraph Wine from Waitrose, £7.99 until Jan 3)
well-balanced with a note of juicy baked apples; not too tart or austere
The Society’s Cava Reserva Brut, Spain (thewinesociety, £8.25)
Finest ‘1531’ Blanquette de Limoux 2013, France (12%, Tesco, £9)
dry and fresh with rich hints of brioche and biscuit
Conte Priuli Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (Marks & Spencer, £12)
crisp and whistle-clean, with an appealing soft dab of apricot
Prosecco La Gioiosa NV, Italy (11%, Majestic, mix six price £9.99)
A lively and attractive prosecco that’s good for a tenner
Sainsbury’s Taste the difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore 2015 (£10)
One of the best supermarket proseccos
L’Extra par Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut NV, France (Majestic, £12.99)
Stylish, sharp; green apples, lemons and faintly, brioche