17-10-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 17/10/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Asda Extra special Champagne, £18

Fine bubbles, balanced with perfect weight and texture

Sainsbury’s Brut Rosé, £19.29

Summery red fruit flavours and a jubilant freshness

Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne 2004, £25.99

Toasty aromas; fuses creaminess impeccably with zing

Herbert Beaufort Carte d’Or grand Cru, £30 M&S

Richly flavoured with a fresh, polished finish

Mayu Selected Vineyards Syrah 2008, Chile. £9.49, Waitrose

Punchy, peppery flavours with bold, smoky depth

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Asda Extra Special Crozes Hermitage 2008 (12.5%, £6.50 on offer)

inky and dark, thick with black fruit and aged in French oak

Amalaya de Colome Malbec blend 2009 Salta, (14%, Majestic, 2 @ £6.99)

has rare finesse to its meaty depth

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (14%, £14.99, Waitrose Direct & 2 branches)

curranty, just-beginning-to-relax cabernet; better than any claret at this price

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest* Muscadet Sur Lie, £5.99, Tesco

Sea-breezy on the nose; crisp, appley tang to the fruit

2006 Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia, 2 = £9.99, Majestic

spicy undertones of vanilla to the dark fruit concentration

2008 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay, Auckland, £19.92, Tanners

burgundian-style complexity enhanced by a lively freshness

the Observer – David Williams

Marks & Spencer Negroamaro, Puglia, 2010 (£5.99, marksandspencer.com)

dried and fresh cherry and plum with a twist of dark coffee

Howard Park Madbay Shiraz, Western Australia 2008 (£9.99, Tesco)

spicy red and black fruit, a little vanilla and a freshness

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay, New Zealand 2008 (£19.92, Tanners)

refined but concentrated; carefully oaked and slightly savoury

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Waitrose Seriously Plummy Maury. £9.99 50cl

quite a bit lighter than port and good value at £9.99 a 50cl bottle.

Brown Brothers’ Cienna Rosso (Waitrose, £9.99; 7.5% abv)

off-dry; works well with dark chocolate

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (£8.99 – £9.99 50cl Morrisons, Waitrose, Majestic)

rich, marmaladey

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez (£7.99 50cl)

keep the sweetest of sweet-toothed guests happy

Bleasedale The Wise One Tawny 10-Year-Old (£10.50, The Wine Society)

most sublime drink; drier than liqueur muscat; less spirity than tawny port

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown


Grassy nose, vibrant, clean and crisp; lacks depth, but good value

SECANO ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Vina Leyda (£8.49, Marks & Spencer)

Gooseberry and lime, succulent and fresh, well priced


Green fruit aromas, full ripe citric palate, minerally undertones

RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Casa Silva (£8.50, Inverarity; Jobling; Stainton)

Vanilla notes, hints of herbs, tropical fruits with a fresh dry finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Sparkling French Medium-Dry Cider (Sainsbury’s, £1.99)

subtle sweetness, a fine froth and a soft, gentle finish

Kingston Redstreak Cider, Herefordshire (onceuponatree.co.uk, £5)

true, natural apple intensity, and ripe, slightly tannic finish

Somerset Cider Brandy, Five-Year-Old (F&M, selected Waitrose, from £19.29)

gorgeous, mellow-yet-warming, richly fruited spirit; Sip and savour

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