15-09-2014 – weekly wine roundup

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Rouge 2012. £16.95 slurp; £16.67 thefinewinecompany

fungal, earthy aromas; juicy, chewy red fruits

Negroamaro 2013. £7.49, Marks & Spencer

packs a terrific flavourful punch, has a lovely freshness

Tiger Horse Old Vine Cinsault 2013. £6.99, morrisons

light in body, but heavier in flavour, with a real cherry-fruit kick

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2011 De Bortoli, Yarra Valley (Majestic £8.99)

soft and chocolatey, with a sprinkle of ground clove over red cherry

Winemakers’ Selection Australian Shiraz 2013 (Sainsbury’s, £4.75)

easy and smooth, tasting simply, but appealingly, of black wine gums

McWilliam’s Silverwood Pinot Noir 2013 (Waitrose, £6.99)

fresh red-cherry and blackcurrant tang; tannin and alcohol in check

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine de l’Ecu ‘Gneiss’ Muscadet, France 2011 (£15.99, Market Row Wines, h2vin)

superbly salty-mineral and nervy dry white

Robert Plageoles Mauzac Nature, Gaillac, France NV (£17.99, Joseph Barnes)

lipsmacking dry but rich, slightly honeyed and green apple-flavoured fizz

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany 2013 (£10.49, The Oxford Wine Co)

rich but rippling quince-laden dry white

Les Cepages Oublies Marsanne-Roussanne, Pays d’Oc, France 2012 (£7.35, slurp)

it mixes fleshy peach and blossom with brisk acidity

Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo d’Alba, Italy (£17.50, shop.vinoteca)

friendly, fragrant take on the sometimes astringent nebbiolo grape

Craig Hawkins ‘Z’ Zinfandel, Swartland, SA 2012 (~£10.15, ampsfinewines; vinovero)

particularly succulent; bright and juicy natural Cape red

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Reserve de Fonsalis Fitou 2011 France (13.5%, Lidl, £5.99)

open, warm and loose, redolent of herbs and ripe figs

Bissinger Champagne Brut NV France (12%, Lidl, £6.99 for 37.5cl)

not a hugely finessed wine; clean and refreshing and a little bit toasty

P. de Marcilly Macon-Villages 2011 France (12.5%, Lidl, £7.49)

creamy texture and the glow of golden autumn afternoon light

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Mionetto Prosecco (11% abv, 6 @ £41.86, Costco)


Costco Kirkland Signature Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (£16.78)

a whopping 15% abv, but it’s a gorgeous, smooth, tobaccoey mouthful

Kirkland Californian Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£11.86 in magnum, Costco)

more structure and balance than you’d find in most Cali cabs at the price

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012 (£9.58, Costco; 13% abv)

lush, creamy

Godeval Godello 2013 (£9.22, Costco; 13.5% abv)

crisp, citrussy

Castello di Tassarolo Barbera ‘Titouan’ 2013 (£8.98, Costco; 13.5% abv)

a natural wine; vibrant juicy; no added sulphur

Errazuriz Don Maximiano 2008 (14.5% abv, £29.99, Costco)

handsome wooden box; opulent

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Frappato, Terre Siciliane. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

fragrant fruit quality; extra zing and sweet tannins

2013 Rolf Binder Highness Eden Valley Riesling. £11.99, Waitrose

intense lime-scented aromas and a delicate citrus-crisp fruit

2009 Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial. £21.9, Uncorked, slurp, Majestic

this tempranillo blend gives a concentrated, rich mouthful

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 Cave Bel Air, Bordeaux. £5.99 Lidl

mid-weight, leafy wine with moreish fresh fruit. Textbook claret

2011 Chateau Venus, Graves £8.99. Lidl

a modern style with a slew of ripe fruit, but it is delicious

2009 Chateau Haut-Chaigneau, Lalande-de-Pomerol £14.99. Lidl

rich and opulent; damson and blackberry. But it is not over the top

the Scotsman – Brian Elliot

2013 MontGras Reserva Merlot, Colchagua, Chile. £6.49 on offer Waitrose

black cherry and spice components to underline its pedigree

2013 Les Abeilles de Colombo Cotes du Rhone Blanc.

floral nose; textured melon fruit bolstered by green apple. £8.49 Aitken Wines