16-01-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/01/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Cava Arestel Brut, £4.45, Lidl

Fun fizz with an appley-pear light flavour

Bushland Premium Barrossa Shiraz 2010. £4.99 Aldi

Simple, soft fruity red with a full body

Tagus Creek Red. £5.99, Tesco

Spicy, rich powerful red is hearty and robust

Taste The Difference Curico Valley Merlot 2010. £5.99, Sainsbury’s

Ripe, dark and fruity with a hint of spice.

Marks & Spencer Cotes de Nuits Villages 2008, £12.99

Fragrant with lasting, magical flavours and a light, deft elegance

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Old Vines Grenache Noir 2010 France (14%, M&S, £6.99)

stewed damsons, fresh purple plums and mulberries all at once

La Clape Blanc Château Roquette sur Mer Arpège 2010 (13.5%, Wine Society, £9.95)

herbaceous more than floral, like dried daisies with almonds and camomile

Les Nivières Saumur 2010 France (13%, Waitrose, £5.99 until Jan 24)

sappy, brightly redcurrant-ish, with leafy hints of undergrowth

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Chapoutier Petite Ruche Crozes-Hermitage 2009. £14.99, Waitrose

huge summer fruit aromas and flavours, lots of peppery undertones

La Prendina Estate Corvina Red 2010. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

briskly approachable, cherry-flavoured, easy-drinking lightweight red

Château D’Angles La Clape Classique 2009. £9.99 until 31 January, Wine Rack

Full-bodied, complex, serious wine-making

the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Finest Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy 2010 (£6.99, Tesco)

summery lilt to the bold cherry and plum flavours

Summerer Grüner Veltliner Langenlois, Austria 2010 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

concentrated lime and lemongrass mixing with floral aromas and mineral flavours

Wilson Family Comald Merlot Cabernet Shiraz, Australia 2010 (£13.99, Virgin Wines)

sumptuous Australian red; rich, dark pure blackcurrant and damson fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Yering Station Little Yering 2009 (13% abv, £8.50 Oddbins)


Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard 2009 (£16.99, Laithwaites; 13% abv)

gloriously creamy single-vineyard chardonnay

Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2010 (£17 Wine Soc, £18.50 Great Western Wine; 13% abv)

elegant, minerally; knocks spots off many comparably priced burgundies

Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay 2009 (£20 auswineonline.co.uk; 13% abv)

richer, more opulent but still beautifully balanced; great ageing potential

Forest Hill Chardonnay 2010 (£18, auswineonline.co.uk; 14% abv)

juicy, white nectarine fruit and crisp, citrussy finish

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay Limari, Chile. £5.99 until 29 Jan, Morrisons

light in texture yet brimful of greengage and green apple flavours

2010 Blackburn & James Shiraz Lodi California. £5.99 until 24 January, Waitrose

Relatively gentle and soft; but excellent rich and smooth flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Vermentino 2010, Sicily (£6.99)

Thyme and lime mingle here in a tangy, succulent, slightly peppery white

Marks & Spencer Falanghina 2010, Benevento (£5.99)

soft but fresh-tasting; yellow pears – clean and easy-drinking

Mandrarossa Fiano 2010, Sicily (Great Western Wine, £7.25)

mouthwatering citrus-zest scent; refreshing kick of tangerine and grapefruit

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