18-01-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 18/01/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Errazuriz Chardonnay, Chile Sainsbury’s, £5; Majestic, 3 @ £4.99 on offer

Delicious, buttery Chilean chardonnay with real class and elegance.

2008 Torres Viña Sol, Spain Waitrose, £3.99 until February 16

comforting winter white, made from the parellada grape, a sunny, citrusy fruit.

2008 Errazuriz Merlot, Chile Sainsbury’s, £5 until January 19

impressive rich, juicy, plum and creosote-stashed merlot

2009 The Whale Caller Shiraz-Cabernet, South Africa Waitrose, £3.89

tasty, oak-chipped, shiraz- dominant South African red with simple, jammy fruit.

2007 Chablis, Isabelle et Denis Pommier, Private Cellar £13.50

lively, verdant, tongue-tingling fruit; try tucking it away for a few years

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache 2006 (£9.20 bibendum)

Pure fruity lusciousness

Yalumba Hand-Picked Shiraz Viognier 2006 (£16.50 henningswine.com)

textbook Rhône lookalike, lacking only the elusive minerality

Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 2005 (£19.95 hailshamcellars.com)

classic, deep, dark flavour-bomb with 15.5% alcohol and a long life ahead

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Les Crouzes, Vieilles Vignes Carignan. £3.99 until 19 Jan large Co-op; Somerfield

vibrant scented red with juicy blackberry fruitiness. stores

2008 Whirlpool Reach Pinot Noir, Tasmania. £9.99, or £7.99 by the case, Oddbins

raspberry-fragrant pinot noir; akin to a good red Burgundy

2005 Barbaresco Cru Montestefano, Rivella Serafino, Piedmont. £36, Berry Bros

seductive perfume; full of sour cherry and rose-petal flavours

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine Raimbault-Pineau, Cuvée Cassandra (£13.49, 13%, Laithwaites)

crisp, refined

2008 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley (£9.99, 13%, Majestic)

fuller, fruitier

2007 Marks & Spencer Saint-Romain (£10.99, 13%, selected M&S)

complex, lightly oaked

2007 Carmen Winemaker’s Reserve, Casablanca Valley (2 @ £7.99, 14%, Majestic)

broader, toastier

2008 Dr Loosen ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett, Mosel (£12.49, 7.35%, Waitrose)

grapey, refreshing, off-dry

2003 Peter Lehmann Wigan, Eden Valley (£16.99, 11%, Oddbins)

mature, honeyed

2008 Fina Vini Grillo, Sicily (£8.99, 13.5%, Sainsbury’s)

notes of green olive and fresh pear

2008 Brigantia Albariño, Rías Baixas (£9.99, 12.6%, Waitrose)

tangy, ideal aperitif material

2008 Morgenhof Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch (£10.99, 13.5%, Waitrose)

appley, creamy, spicy and lightly oaked

2006 Tesco Finest Denman Vineyard Semillon, Hunter Valley (£5.99 until 2 February, 10.5%)

unoaked, citrus-fresh; shows you how well Semillon from New South Wales develops

2008 Ten Minutes By Tractor X Range Pinot Noir (£19.99, 14.5%, Oddbins)

floral, full-bodied, yet elegant, with lovely red-fruit flavours

Lilbert Blanc de Blancs NV Brut Perlé (£31.92, 11%, Vine Trail)

finely crafted, focused fizz at the dry end of the spectrum

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Tesco Australian Red NV (£3.77; 12% abv)

I don’t like this; pungent reek of the Arnold Laver plank-cutting department

Tim Adams The Fergus 2006 Clare ­Valley (£10.41, Tesco; 14.5% abv)

beautiful: a gorgeous, luscious blend based on grenache

Viña Herminia 2004 ­Rioja (£9.49, Waitrose; 13.5% abv)

broad, ample spread; makes me think of a tan-coloured, old horsehair sofa

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

E Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2006 14% £6.95 each when you buy two (Majestic)

rustic, heady wine to see you through this cold snap.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5 per cent £4.75 (Tesco)

over achieving red from Chile;wonderful spicy character

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2007 14 per cent £18.99 (Waitrose)

crisp, clear purity makes it a wonderful mid-winter treat.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2009, South Africa (Waitrose, £6.99)

fresh citrus scent and snappy, crisp flavours of passion fruit and lime

Los Nucos Chardonnay 2009, Chile (Marks & Spencer, £4.99)

Ripe, tropical notes of peach and pineapple, and a hint of toffee popcorn

Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough (Majestic, £7.99 for two)

cool, elegant citrus and gooseberry fruit and a clean, mineral finish

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