16th March 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

J-P Moueix Corney & Barrow Company Reserve Bordeaux 2010 (£11.95)

superb-value effort from the people behind Petrus

Chateau Margerots Bordeaux Superieur 2009 (£9.99, Tesco)

a mellow example of the fine 2009 vintage

Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes 2009 (£11.99, 37.5cl, Majestic)

the exotic Castelnau is flat-out gorgeous

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Oxman (€3.15 Martins, €3.19 McHugh’s; 5.8% abv)

sultry, dark brown ale; brilliant match for wild boar stew

Kinnegar Rustbucket Rye (5.1% abv; widely available across Ireland ~€3.29)

rip-snorting ale; nicely judged combination of hoppiness and spiciness

Porterhouse Plain Porter (£1.99 beersofeurope.co.uk, €1.80 drinkstore.ie)

beats Guinness hands down

Porterhouse Oyster Stout (4.6% abv from Porterhouse bars inc. Covent Garden)

excellent, salty

Marks & Spencer Irish Stout (4.5% abv, £2.29 a 500ml bottle)

richer, more espresso-like

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Stepp Riesling ‘S’ Kallstadter Saumagen 2013 Pfalz, Germany (M&S, £15)

mouthwatering riesling with grapefruit and lemon peel, and an off-dry finish

Freeman’s Bay Pinot Gris 2013 New Zealand (Aldi, £5.69)

Melon, green apple and pear meet in this off-dry white with low acidity

Domaine Bruno Sorg Gewurztraminer 2013 Alsace, France (Wine Society, £11.50)

Rich in texture; intriguing; notes of rose petals, Turkish delight, gala melon

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Frares Priorat 2012. £13, Marks & Spencer

spicy, juicy flavours of liquorice, plums and mulberries

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc. £7.50 until 24 March, Sainsbury’s

grassy, herby, zesty flavours

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV. £24.99 until Tuesday Waitrose

poised, balanced fruit-and-brioche flavours

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2014 Aracauria Riesling/Pinot Grigio, Campanha, Brazil £8.99, M&S

pretty, floral blend of riesling and pinot grigio is a reviving aperitif

2013 Viognier Domaine Muret, Languedoc, France £9.95, Caviste

signature perfume of peach blossom; fine line of acidity

2013 Te Whare Ra Toru, Marlborough, New Zealand £19.99, North & South Wines

gorgeous interplay of gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot gris

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 François Lurton Janeil Gros Manseng and Sauvignon. £7.75, Oddbins

sherbet-grapefruit zest; spring-like crackle of freshness

2013 Iona Chardonnay. ~£15, Marks & Spencer, Hennings, Davis Bell McCraith

beguiling chardonnay made in the burgundian mould, with an elegantly nutty finish

2012 The Lane Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz, Adelaide Hills. £24.50, Corney & Barrow

herby mint and lavender fragrance; blackberry richness and peppery-fruit edge

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

Exquisite Collection Shiraz Australia. £5.99 at Aldi

soft but ripe bramble and raspberry flavours, rich creamy texture

2014 Waimea Estate Gruner Veltliner New Zealand. £9.99 Majestic

smooth, soft apple and pear flavours with attractive herbal depth