14-10-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 14/10/2013

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the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Finest* Côtes Catalanes Carignan 2012 France (13.5%, Tesco, £5.59 until Oct 22)

rush of flavour is all ripe brambles and dried herbs

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2011 Central Otago, New Zealand (14%, Majestic, £17)

pinot noir from a biodynamic estate; calm strength; autumnal red

Kumeu Hand-Harvested chardonnay 2010 New Zealand (13.5%, Wine Society, £9.50)

control of Burgundy meets the lemon succulence and luminescence of Down Under

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Portillo Malbec. £6.99, until 14 October, Majestic

Excellent-value Argentine malbec, perfect with pesto-sauced pasta

2010 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva. £13.99, Marks & Spencer

The real Tuscan deal: classically textured sweetness with sour cherry

2011 McHenry Hohnen Calgardup Chardonnay Margaret River. £16.75, Whole Foods

Richly textured Western Australian chardonnay

the Observer – David Williams

Masseria Li Veli Askos Susumaniello, Puglia, 2011 (£17.99, armit)

unusually elegant and refreshing with its sappy red and black fruit

Cramele Recas Feteasca Regala, Romania 2012 (£5.99, Adnams)

dry white with melon, pear and lemony freshness

Dei Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy 2011 (£12.99, lea & sandeman)

vibrancy of aromatic cherry fruit and a lively, uninhibited juiciness

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Mas Coutelou Le Vin des Amis 2012 (13.5% abv, Roberson £29.95)

fun, funky, a blend of organic syrah and grenache from Languedoc

Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon no 2 (12.5% abv, 259 Hackney Road, £13)

Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet’s lovely wine

Bioca Godello Selección 2012 (£11.99, Cambridge Wine Merchants)

Spectacularly lush; a good next move if you’re an albariño fan

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown


orange peel, a candied fruits aroma, rich luscious citric fruit

South Africa JORDAN CHENIN BLANC BARREL FERMENTED 2012 (£8.95, Wine Society)

an example of a very well-made, carefully oaked Cape Chenin.

Austria GROOVEY SALOMON GRUNER VELTLINER 2011 (£9.75, Oddbins)

good as an aperitif and with light Asian dishes.

Italy PECORINO TERRE DI CHIETI 2011 (£6.49, reduced from £8.79, Waitrose)

Nutty, pear notes, creamy, honeyed with a sweet/sour note


voluptuous ripe cherry fruits and earthy notes

France DOMAINE DE LARZAC SYRAH/MARSELAN 2011 (£7.95, From Vineyards Direct)

imagination a combo of spicy syrah, deep gutsy cabernet and aromatic grenache

Argentina EL ESTECO TANNAT 2012 (£7.49, Marks & Spencer)

incredible fruit concentration and chocolate undertones

Portugal PORTAL DA AGUIA 2009 (£7.25, Oddbins)

This is one of the best bargains in Oddbins

Brazil AURORA PINOT NOIR 2012 (£9.75, Vinos, Edinburgh)

remarkable balance, ripe fruits and elegance

Chile TABALI LATE HARVEST MUSCAT 2010 (£7.49 hf, Virgin; £7.99, Waitrose)

luscious honeyed late picked grapey scented muscat

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2012 Dolcetto d’Asti £6.99, M&S

savoury elements allied to ripe, dark cherries; brilliant value

2012 Barbera d’Asti La Villa, Olim Bauda £9.99, Fine Wine Company

plum and blackberry are cut with meaty, spicy notes

2008 Barolo, Fontana £32.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

classic Barolo with flowers, cherry, spice and leather

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Aldi Oliver Cromwell Premium Gin. £10.99 from Nov 3rd

Lemony, soft and bright with aromatic spicing

Sacred Gin. £30.33 Sacred Spirits Co

Tastes so pure I’ve been known to sip it neat

Gin Mare. £38.35 Waitrose

Savoury twist; breathtaking Spanish gin is oustanding for G&T

No 3 London Dry Gin. £34.80 Waitrose

My pick for a dry martini; a hint of aromatic intrigue

Hilltop Malbec 2011, Hungary. £5.95 The Wine Society

Berry scented, fruity, easy drinking joy; vibrant

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