16-03-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/03/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Finest Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Tesco £4.59 until April 14

simple, lively, peach-and- citrus-stashed fruit is easily worth a fiver

2008 Finest Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. Tesco £5.99 until April 14

classic Marlborough sauvignon with lots of herby, gooseberry tropical fruit

2008 Esperanza Mendoza Merlot, Majestic Wine 2 @ £3.99 until March 30

bold, earthy, fat, prune-ripe red, perfect for the end of winter

2008 Neblina Merlot, Central Valley, Chile. Majestic 2 @ £3.99 until March 30

oakier, sweeter and more cassis jam-laden

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2004 Meerlust Red, £9.99 Handford Wines, sawinesonline.co.uk

A Cape take on a ripe, velvety Saint-Emilion

2007 Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Raptor Post, £11.50 capewineandfood.com

A succulent, peppery blend of syrah and cabernet

2005 Lammershoek Roulette Rouge, £11-£11.65 Bintwo, Bowland

Rich, cherry-scented, Rhône-like blend

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rosé. £4.66 Sainsbury’s until 17 March

summer-pudding fruitiness; spring-like, new- vintage Chilean pink.

2005 Bourgogne Blanc, Buisson-Battault. £9.99, Majestic

mealy characters to the baked-apple, fruity qualities.

2006 John Duval Entity Shiraz. £17.95-£20.99, Bennetts, Cooden Cellars

pure quality of blackberry fruit tempered by pepper

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés, Cafayate (2 @ £5.99, Majestic)

refreshing, grape and rose petal-like

2008 Gran Lurton Corte Friulano, Uco Valley (£18.45, Cavas de Gaucho)

elegant, lightly oaked, northern Italian-style wine

2006 Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Villafañe (£24.99, Noel Young)

a cellar-worthy stunner with enough acidity to give the wine freshness

2005 Pulenta Estate Gran Corte, Mendoza (£17.99, Philglass & Swiggot)

as good as many classed growth clarets, but at half the price

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2006 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes (£9.99; Sainsbury’s).

full of crisp, citrus acidity, soft honeyed peach flavours and a nutty finish

2008 d’Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier. £10.99; Bibendum, Wine Society

peachy, apricot and grapefruit viognier, full of vibrant fresh fruit

2006 Evans & Tate Margaret River Chardonnay. (£10.99; Tesco).

hints of melon and citrus and just the gentlest touches of oak

2007 Benson Rise Cygne Blanc. £10.99-11.99; Dorset, T Platt, Vineyard, Weavers

Intense yet delicate, perfumed and fruity

2007 Stonier Pinot Noir. £13.99; Bibendum, Noel Young, Wimbledon

cherries, plums and whiffs of savoury game

2006 Petaluma Shiraz. Adelaide Hills (£17.99; Waitrose).

smooth and supple with spicy dark fruit and an elusive mint character

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2008 (£9.99, or £7.99 by the case, Oddbins

in store next month; tremendously perfumed and fresh

Doña Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega 2005 (£31.65, Cavas de Gaucho)

broad, sweeping cloud of perfume, a suggestion of prunes, panoply of spice

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2007 (£9.99, Laithwaites)

deep, dark as black ink and reeks of violets

Pulenta Estate Malbec 2005 (£13.65, Berry Bros)

a beauty, structured like an elegant chateau, bold, with a floral scent

Inycon Fiano 2007, Sicily (£4.39, down from £5.99, Waitrose)

Good-value marzipan- and pear-tinged white to have with seafood.

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