16-08-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/08/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Tierra y Hombre Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Marks & Spencer £4.99

Zesty, greengage-charged, cheap Chilean sauvignon with lots of fruit

2009 Tierra y Hombre Pinot Noir, Chile. Marks & Spencer, £4.99

spicy, plummy, yetsurprisingly classy Chilean pinot noir.

2008 Tim Adams Semillon, Clare Valley, Tesco, £7.86 until Aug 24

tuck in to this gorgeous, lemon-meringue-pie wine.

2007 Tim Adams Shiraz, Clare Valley, Tesco, £8.61 until Aug 24

burly, earthy, truffle- and-chocolate-layered, barbecue-friendly red

2007 Villa des Quatre Soeurs, Margaux, Luc Thienpont, Justerini & Brooks £16.67

lots of delicious leafy, floral, fragrant Margaux fruit

the Sunday Times – Kate Spicer

Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosé (£8.99 Majestic)

reliable corner-shop rosé, with notes of Spanish holiday

Balfour Brut Rosé (£31.50 Marks & Spencer)

Strawberry, yeast, cream. award-winning sparkling stands up to Veuve

MiP* (£9.50 Lea & Sandeman)

The perfect Provençal rosé

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Sainsbury’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. £4.29

refreshingly summery; floral fragrance and juicy, ripe green apple fruit

2009 Mas des Mas Corbières. two for £7.99 each, Majestic

liquorice spice and blackberry complemented by a chocolatey richness

2007 Passopisciaro Rosso, Sicily. £27.99, Corney & Barrow

fragrant red with its intense fraise du bois and cherry flavours and spicy oak

the Times – Tim Atkin

2008 Goats do Roam Red, Paarl (£5.75, 14 per cent, www.slurp.co.uk)

blackberry and raspberry fruit flavours and a hint of spice.

2008 Fat Bastard Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d’Oc (£7.99, Cranbrook Wines)

hugely drinkable, deftly-oaked chardonnay with notes of apricot and citrus

2008 Coopers Creek Cat’s Pee on a Goosberry Bush, (£7.59, Booths)

flavours of lime and tropical fruit. Crisp and tangy with good acidity.

2006 Arrogant Frog Organic Ribet Red (£8.29, 13.5 per cent, Tesco)

structured, cassis-scented, organic red from the wonderful Jean-Claude Mas

2008 d’Arenberg, The Hermit Crab, McLaren Vale (£11.99 13.5 per cent, Oddbins)

Peach, honeysuckle and toasty vanilla oak are stylishly integrated

2005 Le Cigare Volant, California (£23.99, 13.5 per cent, agwines.com)

savoury and elegant with fine-grained tannins and a core of sweet red fruits

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Domaine Gardrat Pineau des Charentes Reserve (£18.50, yapp.co.uk; 17% abv)

plump, alcohol-soaked raisins, prunes, walnuts and the smell of freshly ground coffee

Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (£4.79, Majestic, £5.99 Tesco; 12% abv)

deep lemon and lime marmalade taste, but there’s a squeeze of freshness too

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ASDA PINOT GRIGIO 2009 (£4.28 Asda)

Crisp, taut, refreshing acidity & well-balanced fruit

BOURGOGNE LES SETILLES 2008 Olivier Leflaive (£14 Luvians; £15 Corney & Barrow)

creamy citric with gentle oak notes


Unoaked, minerally with beautifully poised fruit.


very ripe limey fruits, juicy, tangy

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2008 Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’, (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

complex mix of tropical fruit, vanilla and spice. It lingers in the mouth

2008 Barbera d’Alba, Poderi Colla, 13.5%vol, Italy (£8.50; Wine Society)

full-throttled, rich, dark fruit, hints of liquorice and chocolate

2009 Taste the Difference Gavi, 12.5%vol, Italy (£7.99; Sainsbury’s)

smooth, supple; elusive peach and apricot flavours and touch of aromatic spice

2007 Chateau Unang, Cotes du Ventoux, 14%vol, France (£9.35; Hicks & Don)

vibrant and full of spicy, dark, cherry fruit

2009 Domaine de Léry, Cheverny, 12.5%vol, France (£9.99 Oddbins)

crisp, fresh and aromatic wine underpinned by a soft creaminess

2008 Waitrose Chianti Classico, Barone Ricasoli, 13.5%vol, Italy (£9.99; Waitrose)

warm and inviting, and full of sour as well as fresh ripe cherries

2009 Domaine de l’Idylle Cuvée l’Orangerie, 12.5%vol, France (£8.95; Yapp Bros)

delicately scented, zesty and apple-crisp with a refreshing dry to off-dry finish

2009 Allegrini Valpolicella, 13%vol, Italy (£9.95; Corks Out, Bennett’s)

soft, ripe and juicy and utterly charming

2007 Trimbach Pinot Blanc, 12.5%vol, France (£9.99 Majestic)

gently honeyed, rounded and fruity with a dry mineral finish

Tesco Finest Prosecco, 11.5%vol, Italy (£7.99 reduced from £9.99 until Sept 7)

Deliciously light and crisp on its own; great with fresh white peach juice

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