18th January 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

BK Wines Syrah Nouveau, Lobethal, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2014 (£19.95, Swig)
fluent, floral, red-fruited red with a shake of black pepper and low (12%) alcohol
The Exquisite Collection Hawkes Bay Red, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 2014 (£5.99, Aldi)
a juicy Bordeaux-style red with a dark cassis-and-cocoa character.
Meyer Pinot Noir, Okanagan, Canada 2014 (£18, Marks & Spencer)
lovely example, too, supple, silky and bright with red fruit and subtle oak spice
Gaia Notios Red, Nemea, Greece 2014 (£12.50, Oddbins)
plump, polished red blend of the local agiorgitiko with a little syrah
Château Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc, France 2014 (£9.95, fromvineyardsdirect.com)
a pure-and-racy, citrus-and-nettles dry sauvignon blanc
Majestic Definition Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2014 (£11.99)
lustrous, inky blackberry with pepper spice and herbs

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

McWilliams Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014 (£12 Marks & Spencer; 12% abv)
rich, creamy, barrel-fermented Chardonnay
Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2010 (£15.79 Booths, £17.99 Frazier’s)
brilliant, a wine whose complexity comes from old vines rather than wood
Degli Ulivi A Demua Bianco 2013 (£19.40 Les Caves de Pyrène, 13.5% abv)
Delicious; from Piedmont; a blend of riesling, verdea, bosco, timorassa and moscatella
La Grange des Combes 2013(£9.74 if you buy six or more bottles, Majestic; 14% abv)
a gutsy Languedoc blend of syrah, grenache and mourvèdre

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2011 Spain (11.5%, Waitrose, £5.49 until Jan 22)
floral, grapey; gewürztraminer and muscat blend is juicy as a ripe pear
Dolcetto Diano d’Alba Vigneto Vantrino Albarella Andrea Oberto 2010 Italy (14.5%, Lea & Sandeman, £13.75)
Compact and assured, as if it has a fine layer of granite inside it
Atlantis Santorini 2011 Greece (13%, M&S, £10.49)
bright and narrow as a shaft of morning sunlight glittering across the water

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Winemakers’ Selection Riesling 2013/14, Rheinhessen, Germany Sainsbury’s, £5
Super value for a lighter white that’s racy and snappy with fresh apple and citrus
Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2008, FW Gymnasium, Mosel Majestic, £9.99
Tangerines and grapefruit with a little green apple’ a shade off-dry
Dr Loosen 2014 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Waitrose, £15.99
vivaciously fruity, with tropical hints of mango and peach

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (£14.95 Wine Society; Villeneuve Wines, Woodwinters, Valhallas Goat, Aitken Wines, Lockett Bros, Fine Wine Co, Henderson Wines, Luvians, Drinkmonger, Ellies Cellar)
Bright acidity, pungent, grassy, beautifully incisive limey flavour; grapefruit undertone
FROMM LA STRADA SAUVIGNON BANC 2014 (£13.50 thenewzealandcellar)
Gooseberry fruit aromas, flinty minerally bone dry style
Nettly, capsicum flavour; lime fruits and characteristic pungency
NEUDORF SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (£18 thenewzealandcellar; Woodwinters; Raeburn; BBR)
Sweet pea, pea pod, herby aromas, very zappy, vibrant but a lovely rich texture
Very sleek example with gooseberry and lime aromas, whistle clean purity
RIPPON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£20 thenewzealandcellar)
Less pungent aroma, old oak adds mouthfeel and texture. Limey, white currant flavours
HUNTERS ‘KAHO ROA’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 (£16.99 laithwaites; laytons)
Intense yeasty nose, rich butterscotch notes with a tangy freshness
Complex Sauvignon with grassy, ripe fruit aromas and a soft creamy texture
DOG POINT ‘SECTION 94’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (winedirect.co.uk)
more passionfruit and tomato herby notes alongside white blossom and peach
CLOUDY BAY ‘TE KOKO’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (£33.75/£37.50 Majestic Wine)
Floral, beeswax and dried fruit flavours with gingernut and smokey undertones
GREYWACKE ‘WILD’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (£21.50 same stockists as straight SB)
Beautifully made, textured, complex, nutty, long rich leesy flavour

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Leyda Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. £9.50 at Oddbins
ripe peach and orange centred texture and touches of savoury herbs
2013 Truly Irresistible Fairtrade Malbec, Argentina. £6.99 The Co-op
bold, bright cassis and loganberry; liquorice and cinnamon roundedness

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Brown Brothers Cienna 2013. £8.99, sandhamswine.co.uk
gently fizzy, sweetish red; Bursting with rich but fresh berry flavours
Fontanafredda Moscato d’Asti DOCG Moncucco 2014. £9.25, greatwesternwine
gorgeous, fizzy flavours of fresh flowers and orchard fruits
Syrah Blancat Natur 2013. £5.24 (until 1 February) marksandspencer
de-alcoholised; Vibrantly fruity, with raspberry and redcurrant flavours

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Viñalba Reservado de la Familia Malbec, Mendoza. £10, Morrisons
floral fragrance unfurls to reveal a depth of spicy fruit and a fine smooth texture
2013 Zensa Nero d’Avola, Sicily. £9.95- £10.50, slurp.co.uk Oddbins
aromatic rosso whose cherry fruit is supported by a rustic tannic twist
2014 Meyer Pinot Noir, Canada. £18, Marks & Spencer
made in red Burgundy mould; mulberry fruitiness; subtle vanilla adds elegance