19 September 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Marks & Spencer Chablis, France 2014 (£12.50)
mineral notes; fresh apple and a swish of steel
Morrisons The Best Priorat, Spain 2014 (£10)
refreshing edge to the rosemary, liquorice and blackberry
Duc de Belmont Coteaux Bourguignons, France 2015 (£8.99, majestic)
fresh, crunchy red; bright, summer-berry fruit
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albariño, Spain 2016 (£8.50)
white-peachy juiciness and blossomy floral characteristics
Champagne Tarlant Zero Brut Nature NV (£36, dulwichvintners; thesampler)
invigorating; without added sugar. Age it for a few years
Waitrose Solera Jerezana Fino del Puerto Lustau Sherry (£10.29)
salted nuts and Marmite on sourdough toast combine with a racy freshness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

50S Shiraz Touriga 2016 (£16.99, Virgin Wines; 13.5% abv)
an intensely lush red; very un-PC picture of a sultry woman smoking a fag
SC Pannell Field St Shiraz 2015 (£16.95 justincases.co.uk; 14% abv)
textbook McLaren Vale shiraz with deep, voluptuous fruit
Black Star (14% abv, £6.99 Aldi)
dark, full-bodied red; from Germany’s Pfalz region
Smart Dog Syrah Trincadeira 2015 (£8.95 House of Townend, £9.40 Manor Wines, £9.70 Tanners; 13.5% abv)
cheerful, juicy red to swig with a pizza?
Xeco Fino (£16.99 Master of Malt; 15% abv)
super-fresh, with its square-shouldered, clear bottle and cool-looking label

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Dafni Psarades Vineyard 2015 Domaine Lyrarakis (13%; £10 M&S)
Herb & floral aromas with distinct pine undertones
Ocean Thrapsathiri 2015 Idaia (12.5%; £14 wineandthevine; £16 spiritedwines)
Perfumed crisp white with a rich soft palate
Dafni 2016 Domaine Lyrarakis (12.5%; £12.50 Berry Bros)
Herby and piney with an interesting ginger spice note
Assyrtiko Voila 2016 Lyrarakis (13.5%; £11.99 Majestic; Berry Bros)
Attractive fresh style; grapefruity flavours and minerally undertones
Okto Red 2013 Domaine Lyrarakis (13%; £11.95 Berry Bros)
Deep colour, firm tannins with spicy plummy gamey notes

the Independent – Terry Kirby

La Croix De Chaintres Saumur-Champigny 2014 (£12.79, Waitrose.com)
a medium bodied, juicy, lip smaking Cabernet Franc from the Loire
Paul Mas La Forge Marsanne, 2016 ( £10.99, Majestic.co.uk)
a little oak, mellow, rounded fruit flavours; fresh and lively
Oxford Landing Marty’s Block Chardonnay (£10.96, Amazon.co.uk)
not over oaked and well balanced.
Rioja Vega Limited Edition Crianza (£13.99, Houseoftownend.com)
splendid, sandalwood scented, richly smooth and satisfying
Serasin Rachel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 (£22.00, wine society)
lingering flavours of dense fruit, spices and herbs

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Argentinian Malbec 2016 
Mendoza (13.5%, Tanners, £7.95)
pits a gentle coffee-like background against sweetly plummy fruit
Peter Lehmann Art & Soul Chardonnay 2014
 Australia (12%, Majestic £9.99)
fresh and bright, all lemon blossom with toasted cashews and unripe nectarine
Contesa Caparrone Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2016 
Italy (12.5%; Noel Young, £9.75; Taurus Wines, £9.99; Woodwinters, £9.50)
preserved lemons, grapefruit pith and bay, with citrus oil and roasted almond