16-05-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/05/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Cono Sur Viognier, Chile, Waitrose £5.99 until May 24

Exotic, perfumed peachy pretty white

2010 Taste the Difference Clearwater Bay Sauvignon Blanc, NZ. Sainsbury’s, £8.49

Hang on until Wednesday week and buy two for a fiver

Waitrose Brut Champagne, P&C Heidsieck, £16.99 until May 24

ripe, elegant, pinot noir dominant non-vintage Champagne

2010 Taste the Difference Fairtrade Carmenere, Chile, Sainsbury’s, £5.24 until May 31

lush, smoky, damson plum-packed 14.5 per cent alcohol Italian

2008 Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martin, Bruno Lorenzo. Lea & Sandeman £25.25

stunning, rose-perfumed, lively, leafy; fruit first

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Les Cruzes Old Vine Carignan 2008/9 (£5.19 The Cooperative)

Brambly and earthy

Yali National Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009 (£8.19 Morrisons)

Spicily delicious

The Crossings Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009 (£9.95 Wine Society)

Pure fruit flavours

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Marks & Spencer Margaret River Sémillon Sauvignon. £9.99

intensely herbal with equally juicy herbaceous fruit

2009 Quinta de S Francisco Branco. £9.95, Jeroboams

concentrated peach-like flavours; etched by a refreshing juiciness

2010 Iona Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin. 2@£9.99, Majestic; £10.99, Waitrose

restrained Pouilly Fumé-like herbaceous scents

2008 O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling. £9.99, Waitrose

superb dry aromatic white; undertones of grapefruit and lime zest

2010 La Guardiense Grecco Sannio, Campania. £6.75, The Wine Society

refreshing spritz, flavours of apple and pear and a lively bite

Marks & Spencer Bluff Hill Sparkling Rosé, New Zealand. £9.99

headily scented with redcurrant and raspberry; edged with toasty flavours

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature. Around £25, Berry Bros; Oxford Wine Co

seriously good, bone-dry champagne of full-flavoured complexity

2008 Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River. £10.99, Morrisons

fresh leafy nose and blackcurranty-fruit quality tinged with mint

2006 Joffré Reserva Merlot, Mendoza. buy 2 = £9.99, Majestic

a ringer for Right Bank Bordeaux if you close your eyes

2007 Tinpot Hut Hawkes Bay Syrah. £13.49-£15, Highbury; Secret Cellar; Villeneuve

smoky, tarry, paprika-like scents and a spicy, mulberryish fruit

2008 Celler Espelt, Saulo, Emporda. £13.75, Vagabond Wines

ripe in cherry and blackberry fruit richness; vivid and gently spicy

Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana Sherry. £11.99, Waitrose

wonderfully fresh, yeasty, savoury, tangy and bone dry

the Observer – David Williams

Palais des Anciens Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2009 (£7.59, Tesco)

full, weighty palate is like just-ripe white peaches

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.99, Wine Rack; £10.70 slurp)

alluring freshly sliced green beans, and a hint of toasty maturity

Yalumba Virgilius Viognier 2008 (from £23.50, selected Maj, Harrod, Self, slurp)

apricots and a whisper of honey on the nose; the palate is much sharper

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

2010 Tormentoso Chenin Blanc Reserve,South Africa (£9.55 Great Western Wine)

deliciously peachy

Tormentoso 2010 Pinotage (£7.60, Great Western Wine)

not at all rubbery, as pinotage can be

Olivier Cousin Anjou Pur Breton (£12.90, Caves de Pyrène)

fragrant, brambly cabernet franc; benefits from being served cool

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009/10 Gascogne Cuvée Speciale, 11.5 per cent. £5.49, M&S

light, juicy blend with a lemon and herb finish

2009 Finest Block 19 Barossa Shiraz Cabernet, 14.5 per cent. £5.99 until 17 May, Tesco

lively, minty blackcurrant fruit; attractive cinnamon and sweet spice finish

Toso Brut, Mendoza, Argentina 12.5 per cent. £7.50, Peter Green

appealing soft, fresh fizz from 100 per cent chardonnay

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Denbies Estate English White 2010, Surrey (£8.79)

In larger Tesco stores, bursting with juicy peach and tangerine fruit

Camel Valley Darnibole Bacchus 2009, Cornwall (F & M, camelvalley, £14.95)

Whistle-clean, bone-dry bacchus with a white-pepper edge

Ridgeview Bloomsbury Merret 2008, Sussex (Waitrose, £23.99)

fresh, mineral streak and mouthwatering citrus; yeasty, toasty depths

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