16-07-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/07/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

House Pinot Noir NV, Romania. £4.49 Sainsbury’s

A light, cherryish red to pair with grilled tuna

La Umbra Merlot 2010/11, Romania. £6.49, Waitrose

Cracking value with enough structure for a brilliant barbecue all-rounder

Errazuriz The Blend Ltd Edition 2008, Chile. £17.99, Waitrose

Clever kit that works a treat with bold, charry flavours

Marsanne 2011, France. £4.47, Asda

peachy white with a soft texture and plenty of refreshment

Workhorse Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa. £7.99, M&S

Texture, richness and zip in every sip; perfect summertime wine

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Dr L Riesling 2011 Germany (8.5%, Sainsbury’s, £7.39)

Think apple snow with mouth-tingling acidity that fences with the sweetness

Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (10.5% Sains, Tesco, Asda, Ocado, £8.49)

gentle spritz, a light, lemony touch and is very easy drinking

The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand (9.5%, Adnams, £12.50)

intense, off-dry wine; naturally low in alcohol wine. Result

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2011 Taste the Difference Languedoc White. £2 for £12, Sainsbury’s

brimming with peach flavours and a dry flourish

2010 Vidal-Fleury, Cairanne, Rhône. £10.99 Oddbins, 2 @ £9.99 Majestic

grenache, syrah and mourvèdre; beautifully balanced young red

2009 Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula. £24.99, waitrose

berry fragrance and a touch of mint lie behind this Burgundy-style pinot noir

the Observer – David Williams

Bellingham The Bernard Series Grenache Blanc Viognier, SA 2011 (£10.99, Tesco)

lose yourself in the gorgeous nose of honeysuckle and ripe tropicalh fruit

Laurent Miquel L’Artisan Faugères, France, 2010 (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

succulent, savoury blend of syrah and grenache

Viña Mayu Selected Vineyards Syrah, Elqui Valley 2008/9 (£9.99, Waitrose)

powerful but elegant red is a great expression of the distinctive terroir

Le Mas des Masques Les Silex Chardonnay, Bouches du Rhône (£14.50, Swig)

nutty, complex chardonnay; a region not usually associated with the variety

The Society’s Exhibition Chardonnay, Auckland 2010 (£12.50, Wine Society)

scintillating oaked chardonnay; made for the Wine Society by Kumeu River

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Bodegas Palacio Rioja Glorioso Crianza 2008 (£7.95, the Wine Society; 13.5% abv)

incredibly lush; definitely in the super-fruity camp

Contino Rioja Reserva 2007 (£23, the Wine Society; 14% abv)

beautifully poised, elegant; totally worth the money

Beronia Rioja 2005 (£16.95, winedirect; £18.95, Whalley Wine; £19.50, Ocado)

one of the best-value examples for the quality I’ve come across

Beronia Rioja 2001 (Amps Fine Wines £20.80)

superb; I’d snap it up if you can

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Contessa Pecorino (£7.99, Majestic)

floral nose, smooth texture and white peach flavours

2011 Pecorino Colline Pescaresi Contesa (£8.95, The Wine Society)

all the summery freshness that propelled pecorino into the spotlight

2011 Pecorino (£9.99, M&S)

retains the trademark freshness but is a little more fruit-forward

2011 Terre Alte Pecorino (£12.95, Valvona & Crolla)

begins with a violet-perfumed nose but moves into soft red apple flavours

2011 Gran Sasso Alta Quota Pecorino (£11.50, WoodWinters)

excellent acidity and a twist of concluding minerality

2010 Safari Pecorino IGT Terre di Chieti (£11.53, greatwinesdirect.co.uk)

fresh pear-drop flavours unfold and acquire touches of lime and then lemon

2010 Trabocchetto Pecorino (£13.95, Valvona & Crolla)

incredible length that makes the most of its grapefruit-centred flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Henri Bardouin Pastis Provence, France (Waitrose, £20.75 for 70cl)

gentle character and plenty of anise aroma, but a honeyed, creamy hint

Aperol Aperitivo Barbieri, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £12.15 for 70cl)

Bright scarlet-orange, sweetish and rich, with an orange flavour and full texture

Manzanilla Solear Barbadillo, Sanlucar, Spain (tesco.com, Waitrose, £5.09 for 37.5cl)

Tangy lemon and grapefruit zest, with a taste of salty, just-baked bread

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