18-02-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 18/02/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Workhorse Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa. £7.99 M&S
Yalumba The Scribbler Caberenet/Shiraz 2009. £12.59 Selfridges
Perez Cruz Caberenet Sauvignon Reserva 2009, Chile. £9.99 Virgin Wines
Arc du Rhône Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011, France. £7.99 Waitrose

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

The Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon 2011(12.5%, Aldi, £4.99)

refreshing, faintly lemon-tasting, slightly grassy white

Domaine des Forges Coteaux du Layon 2010 (13%, Waitrose, £7.99 for 37.5cl)

eating apple sprinkled with sugar, drizzled with honey and gently cooked

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur Brut NV (12.5%, Majestic, £9.99 until March 18)

Beautiful, taut, wild-honey-tinged, pristine fizz

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz, Australia. £6.99, down from £9.99, Tesco, Asda

full of opulent dark blackberry; infused with a smooth sheen of spicy oak

2010 Cerro del Masso Poggiotondo Chianti. £8.99, Waitrose 220 branches and online

herb and cherry aromas and a typical twist of sour cherry

2010 Salmos, Priorat, Torres, Spain. Around £16.99, Peake Wines

smooth-textured, spicy fruit; richness that turns lipsmackingly savoury

the Observer – David Williams

Château Pennautier Terroirs d’Altitude, France 2009 (£8.99, Majestic)

classy Bordeaux-style red from the Languedoc

Viña Leyda Gewurztraminer Reserva, Chile 2010 (£9.99, Virgin Wines)

incisive and fresh, with apricot and a cleansing pink-grapefruit zestiness

Iona Chardonnay, Elgin South Africa 2011 (£14.99, Marks & Spencer)

bright nervy twang beneath the rich fruit and the subtle oaky flavours

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

McWilliams’ Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Sémillon (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

brilliant; Fragrant and limey, it’s fantastic with seafood

McGuigan Sémillon Blanc (Tesco until Tuesday £5.99, £7.99 Sainsbury)

bright, breezy; would easily do duty for sauvignon blanc

Tim Adams 2010 Sémillon (£11.49 larger Tesco, 6 @ £69 australianwinecentre)

seductive; textbook example

Evans & Tate Split River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (£9.99 Sainsbury’s)


Le G de Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc 2011 (£11.95 Wine Society, £13.25 bbr.com)

smooth, sophisticated; just lovely

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Stone Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux, France, 12%. £7, Oddbins

zingy, balanced tangerine fruit; hint of sherbet

2009 Wakefield Estate Merlot Clare Valley, Australia, 14.5%. £9.99 Majestic

dense prune and cherry fruit, a soft, chocolate finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Manzanilla La Gitana Sherry, Hildago, Spain (Majestic, £9.99)

zippy lemon, yeasty depth and subtle briny hint

Morgenhof Estate Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa (Waitrose, £11.99)

Baked apples and yellow plums here, with a little oak

Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Tesco, Sainsbury, Majestic, Waitrose, from £18.99)

A cool glass of mellow, sweet and nutty tawny port, long aged in oak casks

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