18-08-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 18/08/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Oddbins Own White, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France, £3.99

citrusy verdant style has a mouthwatering lemon and celery finish

2007 Oddbins Own Red, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France, £3.99

bursts with ripe, crunchy, plum and cherry fruit

2007 Il Clandestino Buglioni, Bianco Veronese, Great Western Wine £8.55

delivers some delicious, fine, waxy, grapey fruit.

Elatis Vino da Tavola, Rosato, GB Burlotto, Italy, Great Western Wine, £9.55

14 per cent alcohol Italian pink; smoky, curranty, raspberry-scented fruit

2005 St. Joseph Rhône, France, tesco, down £4 to £8.99 until August 26

gorgeous, seductive, elegant, peppery syrah spice.

2004 Finest Hermitage, Cave de Tain, Rhône, France, tesco, £18.99

oozing with the distinguished blackberry and black-pepper spice

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2004 La Riada Limited Release Crianza, £4.99 Wine Rack

Nicely oaked Spanish red, with supple cassis fruit.

2004 Mas des Dames, Coteaux du Languedoc, £7.95 Berry Bros

Full-bodied, smoky, spicy, berry flavours; southern warmth and no oak

2007 Reschke Fumé Sauvignon Blanc, ~£10.99 Old School, Wine Library, H&H Bancroft

Fine, floral Coonawarra white, with a hint of oak

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Australian Shiraz. £4.49 from £5.99 to 17 August, M&S

vibrant, blackberryish, oak-tinged Australian shiraz

2005 Tesco Finest Alsace Crémant. £8.99, Tesco

Like a sparkling lime cordial, only with extra zip and body

2001 Chinon, Charles Joguet. £13.99, Majestic

pepper-tinged aromas blend in with the mellow fruit quality

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Asda Cava Brut, Cordiniu (£3.98, 11.5%, Asda)

crisp, slightly peppery fizz at an unbelievable price

2007 Côtes de Gascogne, Producteurs Plaimont (£4.99, 11.5%, Marks & Spencer)

zesty and unoaked with crisp, refreshing acidity and restrained alcohol

2007 La Différence Viognier/Muscat, (£5.25, 13%, Tesco)

floral, grapey, just off-dry white with bags of personality

2007 Casa Mia Fiano, Sicily (£5.29, 13%, Sainsbury’s)

ripe melon and mango flavours and a soft, mouth-filling texture

2007 Asda Extra Special White Burgundy, Cave de Buxy (£5.98, 12.5%, Asda)

citrus fruit and peach and a refreshing minerality

2007 Tagus Creek Shiraz/Touriga Nacional Rosé, Ribatejo (£5.49, 13%, Waitrose)

notes of cherries and raspberries and a nip of tannin for backbone

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2007 Viajero Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, 13% vol, Chile (£3.99; Lidl)

surprisingly refreshing, with decent fruit and a savoury, bitter cherry finish

2006/7 Fetzer Valley Oaks Syrah Rosé, California (widely available £6.99)

crammed with peppery strawberry/blackberry fruit

2007 CVNE Rioja Rosado, 14%vol, Spain (£5.49 x 2 Majestic)

fresh, fruity, flavoursome and surprisingly high in alcohol

2007 Foncaussade Les Parcelles Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£5.69; Waitrose)

awash with ripe red and dark berries. Although sweet-edged, it has a good dry finish

Pinot Rosa Frizzante Di Paolo (Sacchetto), Italy (£6.99; The Real Wine Co)

delicate, beguiling pale pink, it almost doesn’t count as a rosé

2007 Rousseau Frères Touraine Noble Joué Rosé, 13.5% vol, France (£7.99 Telegraph Wine)

fragrant aromas on the nose and luscious juicy fruit on the palate

2007 Château de Sours Rosé, 13% vol, France (£94.80 per dozen, Private Cellar)

silky smooth, red berry fruit blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon

Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£11.99; Oddbins)

vibrantly fresh and invigorating; sophisticated alternative to the more famous fizz of northern France

2006 Château Simone Rosé, 12.5%vol, France (£22.75; Yapp Bros)

Fuller-bodied that most rosés, it has spicy cherry fruit and a firm, dry finish

Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV (from £34.99; Maj, Odd, Sain, Tesco, Threh, F&M)

both creamy and zesty, with hints of wild strawberries

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Pinot Blanc Barriques, Ostertag 2005, Alsace, £12.25, Berry Bros

reminiscent of white peach, just-baked pear tarts and mandarins

Collioure Cornet & Cie Blanc 2006, £9.99, M&S

full-flavoured, cumulonimbus textured, oaked blend.

Taste The Difference Gewürztraminer 2006, France, £6.99, Sainsbury

floral, rosewater scent and spiciness; doesn’t make agreeable drinking without food

Tesco Finest Albariño 2007, Rias Baixas, £6.49, Tesco

river rock and apricot flavours are extremely mild

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