14th November 2016 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Araldica Corsini Barbaresco, Italy 2013 (£11.99, Waitrose, Booths, Ocado)
captures that late autumnal feeling nicely at a remarkably accessible price
Pecchenino Botti Nebbiolo Langhe, Italy 2014 (£18, Oddbins)
elegant succulence
Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo, Italy 2012 (£33, Marks & Spencer)
ethereal; a soft focus glimmer of that seasonal mellow fruitfulness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

The Hedonist 2015 (Waitrose, on offer £10.99)
gloriously lush McLaren Vale shiraz; biodynamically cultivated vineyards
Peter Lehmann’s Portrait Shiraz 2013 (£9.99; Waitrose)
classic, big, ripe Barossa shiraz that’s a real crowd-pleaser
Wrattonbully Shiraz 2015 (Aldi)
big, ripe and lush; not so overbearing that you couldn’t have a glass on its own
D’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache 2013 (£11 Morrisons, Great Western Wine)
three years on from harvest, is nicely mellow and ready to drink
Apostrophe Possessive Red 2014 (£12.50 from Oddbin)
a more elegant style from a cooler region
Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Shiraz 2014 (£13 from Marks & Spencer)
from the Clare Valley, a region better known for its rieslings

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CREMANT DE JURA 2012 Philippe Michel (£7.49 Aldi)
Crisp, creamy with good length and beautifully packaged
CREMANT DE JURA 2009 Domaine Grand (£18.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Richly fruity and toasty 2009 vintage
CREMANT DE LOIRE CUVEE JEANNE D’ARC NV Chateau de l’Aulee (£13 Oddbins)
Rich creamy, good fruit richness in comparison to other cremants in the tasting
sweet creamy mid-palate and less austerity than the brut
CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT 1864 Gratien & Meyer (£15.50 The Wine Society)
The most sophisticated and most elegant cuvee in our tasting
CREMANT DE SAVOIE BRUT NV Domaine de L’Idylle (£15.60 Yapp Bros)
Attractive fresh creamy cuvees, pricey, but interesting
Creamy citric fizz, well balanced fruits, good length
CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE BLANC DE BLANCS NV Cave de Lugny (£13.99 Wait; £14.75 Odd)
Citric and sleek palate, but lacks depth on finish
CREMANT D’ALSACE CUVEE JULIEN NV Dopff au Moulin (£15.64 strictlywine.co.uk)
Pear and apple flavours and crisp refreshing finish of this cuvee
CREMANT DE LIMOUX NV Francoise Antech (£11.95 Berry Bros)
Toasty, creamy, leesy textured and spicy cuvee
CREMANT DE BORDEAUX BRUT 2013 Calvet (£8.98 Asda; Ocado)
this Entre deux Mers Brut offering is the best on the market

the Independent – Terry Kirby

La Tirela Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013. £22.00 laithwaites
chocolate, tar, figs, coffee all feature here; will only improve with age
Bodegas Arráez Vivir Sin Dormir Organic Monastrell 2014. £10.90 toscanaccio.co.uk
freshness to the brooding ripe, but very black, fruit flavours
Calmel & Joseph Terrasses du Larzac 2014. £13.99 waitrosecellar

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV (12%, Telegraph Wine from Waitrose, £29.99)
elegant, pristine, energetic and dry without being arid
Wine Atlas Marsanne 2015, France (12.5%, Asda, £5.49)
hints of almond blossom and oranges. A really good value white
Tierra Y Hombre Pinot Noir 2015, Chile (13.5%, M&S, £8.50)
This is a bright and crunchy but also rather elegant pinot noir

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Masseria Pietrosa Verdeca 2015, Puglia, Italy. Morrisons, 2 for £12 until 27 Novr
Dry but with a soft, creamy texture, fresh apple and apricot
Wm Morrison Palo Cortado Sherry, Morrisons, £6 for a half bottle
Smooth, mellow, nearly-dry; lingering flavours of hazelnuts and butterscotch
Caliente Rojo Tempranillo 2014, Campo de Borja, Spain Morrisons, £7
Red berries and a note of mocha – a crowd pleaser at a party