16th November 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Wine Atlas IGP Côtes de Thau, France 2014 (£4.97, Asda)

nicely light but zippy dry white for parties and fishy starters

Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling, Australia 2014 (£6.99)

captures the trademark hit of lime juice and citrus pith beautifully

Paul Mas Clairette, IGP Pays d’Oc, France 2014 (£8, Morrisons)

ripe and round with a mix of blossom and ripe peach and pear cut with citrus

Taste the Difference Godello, Bierzo, Spain 2014 (£8, Sainsbury’s)

apricot flesh and lemon curd richness to go with the salty freshness

Golden Valley Graševina, Slavonija, Croatia 2014 (£9, Marks & Spencer)

viognier-like white that shimmers with ripe exotic fruit and honeysuckle

Muenzenrieder Heideboden Chardonnay, Burgenland, Austria 2014 (£8.99, adnams)

crisp, gently creamy, apple-scented example

Domaine Lyrarakis Mistirio, Crete, Greece 2013 (£9.50, bbr.com)

wonderfully evocative nose – a waft of wild herbs such as tarragon, thyme and mint

Dom. des Forges 1er Cru Chaume, Coteaux du Layon, Loire, France 2011 (£8.49, 37.5cl, Waitrose)

gorgeous toffee, butter and baked apple flavours of this liquid tarte-tatin

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla 37.5cl. £5.29, Waitrose; £5.50, Oddbins

wonderfully tangy, salty and palate-tingling

Tesco Finest Amontillado Sherry 50cl. £5.50, Tesco

flavours of spices, nuts and hints of citrus

El Candado Pedro Ximénez Valdespino 37.5cl. £8.59, thedrinkshop, rannochscott

Dark and rich, full of Christmas spice flavours, with a long, long finish

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Apothic (around £10 Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Wine Rack; 13.5% abv)

would actually work well with the classic Thanksgiving turkey

Pasqua Passimento 2013 (£8.99 Majestic, £10 Morrisons; 13.5% abv)
Villa Vincini Il Gran Rosso 2014 (£10 in bigger Asda branches; 14% abv)

They’d go well with cheese or sticky, gelatinous beef or oxtail stews

Aldi La Sogara Amarone 2012 (15% abv for £14.99)

a wine that would be lovely to sip by a fire

Amarone della Valpolicella Villa Annaberta 2012 (15% abv, Co-op, £17.99)

rich, porty

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Winemakers’ Selection by Sainsbury’s Muscat de St Jean de Minervois (15%, £5)

joyfully floral, sweet white wine; tastes of fat, fresh white grapes and orange blossom

D’Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled riesling 2011 McLaren Vale Australia (10%, Majestic)

very satisfying flavours of frangipane and crystallised lime

Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso 2014 Italy (15%, Oddbins, £10.75)

Tastes like liquidised sfogliatelle with roasted apricots

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

The Exquisite Collection Shiraz 2014, Aldi, £5.99

concentrated blackberry fruit and a sprinkling of clove and black pepper

Winemakers’ Selection Petit Verdot 2013, Riverland, Sainsbury’s, £6

soft layers of red liquorice, mocha and ripe raspberry

La La Land Tempranillo 2014, Murray Darling, Majestic, £7.99

vivacious, brisk mouthful of red cherry, blueberry and vanilla

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown


Delicate, vibrant and refreshing it falls a touch short on the finish

Slovenia: VERUS DRY FURMINT 2013 (£12 The Real Wine Co)

full and quite sweet; might suit drinkers who usually enjoy Kiwi Sauvignon

Slovenia: BENEDICT SLOVENIAN WHITE 2013 Dveri Pax (£7.50 The Wine Society)

Very floral with a musky note; herby spiciness, vibrant acidity and good length

Austria: TRIEBAUMER FURMINT 2012 (£13.94 Alpine Wines)

Elegant unoaked Furmint with pear and papaya aromas, a lovely creamy texture

Hungary: ROYAL TOKAJI DRY FURMINT 2012/2013 (£9.99 2012 Majestic; 2013 Laithwaites)

Wet stone, honey, vanilla and toasty spice – very dry with distinct minerally and oak notes

Hungary: DOBOGO DRY FURMINT 2013 (£18.99 Exel Wines; Aitken Wines; St Andrews Wine Co; Fine Wine Co; eclectictastes)

Rich bouquet of pears and lime with a dense smoky, almost steely palate

Hungary: DISZNOKO DRY FURMINT 2014 (£12 Richard Granger Wines, Newcastle)

Apple, grapefruit and lime aromas, very flinty dryness, vibrant and fresh

Hungary: TOKAJI DRY FURMINT 2012 (£9.50 The Wine Society)

Hints of pear and exotic fruits on the aroma, very dry, but zesty and juicy

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Wine Atlas Marzemino, Trentino. £5.48, Asda

bright in berry fruit aromas with a juicy cherryish flavour

2013 Juliénas, Domaine du Clos Fief, Michel Tête. £11.70, Tanners Wines

This gamay from the Beaujolais cru of Juliénas is wonderfully opulent

2012 Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay. £14.99, Majestic

shows toasty, rich aromas and creamy-textured fruit