18th April 2016 – weekly news roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante Superiore NV (£7.49, Aldi)
the one I’d choose for mixing with Campari or Aperol
Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore 2014 (£10, Sainsbury’s)
classic style with a nice streak of freshening lemon-sherbet
Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Prosecco Frizzante 2014 (£17, Huntsworth Wine)
delicate pear and white flowers joined by tropical richness
Zanotto Col Fondo Prosecco 2012 (from £14, Natoora; Aubert & Mascoli)
a distinctive mix of apple, lemons, yeast and salty minerals
Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco 2014 (£29.70, Sommelier’s Choice; Hedonism)
racy clarity, fruit intensity and tropical juiciness
Ferrari Brut Trento DOC, Trentino, Italy NV (£20, Marks & Spencer)
beautifully poised mix of brioche, lemon and crisp apple

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Mar de Frades Albariño 2014 (12.5% abv, £15.45 drinkfinder)
pure, clean flavour and its affinity with raw shellfish
Bienbebido Pulpo Albariño 2015 (£7.99 Majestic, £9.99 Wine Rack)
lively; fair enough for the price
Terra de Asorei Albariño 2015 (£10.95, Gerrard Seel)
a more complex wine; will benefit from a few months longer in the bottle
Most Wanted Albariño 2014 (£6.99 Bargain Booze, £7.99 Co-op)
a good one for pinot grigio lovers to move on to
Soalheiro alvarinho 2015 (£8.55 Prestige Wines Portugal)
a wine I always like; would benefit from being tucked away

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2015 Paul Mas (£6.99 Co-op; Waitrose)
Soft easy rounded, a light quaffer with subtle new oak notes
Le Marin Blanc Marsanne/Roussanne 2014 (£7.99-£8.99 Majestic)
Fresh style, pineapple and lime fruits; soft and undemanding
2014 Domaine La Croix Gratiot (£10.99 Fine Wine Co, Exel Wines, Valhalla)
limey aromas, honeydew melon flavours, creamy palate and length
Roussanne de Madonne 2014 Gilles Bonnefoy (£13.95 The Wine Society)
white blossom aromas and appley fruit flavours; angular & austere
Chignin-Bergeron Exception 2011 D&D Bertholier (£20.40 Alpine Wines)
Delicious dried apricot and nectarine aromas, vibrant acidity
Chignin-Bergeron St Anthelme 2010 D&D Bertholier (£21.60 Alpine Wines)
Quite opulent with candied fruit and an interesting mellow nuttiness
St Joseph Blanc 2013 Pierre Gaillard (£23.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Tastes like sucking stones sprinkled with pepper, deliciously dense
St Peray Roussanne 2014 Domaine du Tunnel (£29.99 Fine Wine Co, Exel Wines)
intense white flower aromas, pearskin flavours, piquant lively acidity
The Liberator Special Edition ‘A Motley Cru’ 2014 (£10.95 Wine Society)
rounded creamy palate has a good balance of tropical fruit notes
Bellingham Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2015 (£10 Sainsbury’s)
Light apricot and herby, starts smooth & full; finishes bitter and clumsy
Jamsheed Beechworth Roussanne 2013 (£24.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)
rich yeasty leesy undertones; melting butterscotch and ripe melon

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Mosiac Pale Ale, Suffolk (Marks & Spencer, £2.39)
plenty of punch and a citrussy, even tropical fruit flavour
Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer (widely available, £1.19)
subtle sweetness and peppery kick on the finish
Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder (Sainsbury’s, £2)
A pale, dry cider with refreshing, crisp flavour

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 Bienbebido Queso. £6.49 until 25 April Majestic
soft, tempranillo-derived, black cherry and cassis fruit
2014 Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Gris Reserve. £9.99 Waitrose
crisp, apple-centred fruit, lively pink grapefruit acidity

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Hey Malbec Matias Riccitelli 2014, Argentina (Majestic £11.99)
surprisingly elegant, smooth; smells of blueberries and violets
Gaia Wines Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2015 (~19 Halifax; N Young; Highbury)
A gorgeous, succulent incarnation of the pithy assyritko grape
Tandem Ars Nova 2012, Navarra, Spain (corkingwines, £69.60 per six)
cassis flavour of the blackcurrant; also a roundness and brightness