19 February 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

No column this week

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Quisco Malbec 2016. £6.99 Aldi, 13.5%
Smooth, lush Chilean malbec at a terrific price.
Tandem Inmune Garnacha 2016. £11.95 strictlywine.co.uk, 14%.
A big, luscious red from Rioja’s next-door neighbour.
Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2014. £15.95 Lea & Sandeman, £17.32 Ocado
Chile’s impressive answer to bordeaux, made by the Bordelais.
Our Fathers Barossa Shiraz 2015. £25 ourfatherswines.co.uk
So much elegance and finesse, it’s an absolute joy to drink

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ALAIN GRIGNON CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES 2016 (£7.99 Majestic)
Dark inky rugged version; luscious cherry fruit character for the price
SOIF DE PLAISIR 2010 (£15.99 Raeburn Wines)
Mellow earthy bouquet, forest fruits, complex, silky smooth
LE CARIGNAN MONT BAUDILE 2013 Domaine Auphilac (£16 wine society)
Enticing bouquet with liquorice and smoke, but lacks complexity
CLOS DU LO VIELH CARIGNAN DE 100 ANNS 2015 (£22 Les Caves; Noble Green)
Earthy leathery rich liquorice flavours and complex fine tannins. Superb
DE MARTINO OLD VINES CARIGNAN 2014 (£12 Marks & Spencer)
Very ripe dense chewy concentrated Carignan
TIERRAS COLORADAS OLD VINE CARIGNAN 2015 (£10.49 Waitrose)
Cherry and damson fruits, creamy, prominent tannins; slightly bitter finish
SPICE ROUTE TERRA DE BRON CARIGNAN 2014 (£19.99 Fine Wine Co)
Rich ripe lush spicy, fine tannins and a smooth finish.
PORTA FLAVIO CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS 2015 Calasetta (£9.99 on offer Laithwaites)
Mulberry spicy, lovely rounded flavours, lush velvet smooth palate

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon 2014 (~£17.70 winepoole; winedirect)
zippy freshness…but made complex and deeper with barrel ageing
Roqueta Lafou El Sender 2014 (£10.99 waitrose; £14.99 fraziers)
as the balsamically inflected, dark fruits and pepper.
Brouilly Domaine Lathuilière Gravallon 2015 (£13.50 Corney and Barrow)
succulent, medium-bodied Beaujolais Villages red
Tuscan Stile di Campriano Toscana 2015 (£18.20 hhandc.co.uk)
smooth, sweetly spiced and cherry fruit flavours; warming and enlivening
Vieux Chateau Guibeau 2015 St Emilion (£14.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
plummy, brambly merlot-dominated blend; Terrific value
5 Year Old Finest Medium Rich Madeira (£14 marksandspencer.com)
packed with intense dried fruit flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner Granit 2016 Austria (12.5%, Lidl, £7.99)
crisp-edged white, with gentle citrus, reminiscent of rock salt and spice
Catena Malbec 2015 Argentina (13.5%, Waitrose, £9.99 until Feb 20)
plenty of roasted plum, and redcurrant jelly flavours
Riesling Laissez Faire Porongorup 2015 Australia (corkingwines; strictlywine, £14.99)
lovely dry riesling that lilts along singing of mandarins, limes and bergamots