19-01-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 19/01/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Berrys’ Good Ordinary White, Bordeaux, France, Berry Bros £4.95

mouthwateringly vibrant, herby, grapefruit zest-spiked fruit.

2006 Berrys’ Own Selection Australian Shiraz, Berry Bros £5.75

astonishingly ripe, sweet, creamy, perfumed shiraz

2007 Les Orris Rouge, Château de Calce, Marks & Spencer £5.99 until Jan 31

delivering fat, spicy, herby fruit with wide winter appeal.

2008 Clairault Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, M & S £7.99 until Jan 31

flowering currant-stashed sauvignon, a welcome change from the Kiwi version

2008 Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Oddbins, £11.99

sparky sauvignon with leafy flavours to the fore and tropical fruit on the finish

2007 Blind River Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, Oddbins, £17.99

has Burgundy in its sights, and oozes ripe, plummy, gamey, feral spice

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2008 Finest Tapiwey Sauvignon Blanc, £3.99 (Tesco)

Great half-price offer on this zesty, gooseberry-scented Chilean sauvignon

2007 La Sabrosita Old Vine Garnacha, £4.39 on offer (Marks & Spencer)

Big, spicy, juicy Spanish red. Good value even at its usual price of £5.49

2006 Richard Leroy Anjou Le Clos des Rouliers, £14.82 (Vine Trail)

Superb dry white Loire to drink now or lay down. Price held for January only

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Balcon De La Villa, Toro. £4.79 to 31 January, Marks & Spencer

powerful red has cherryish flavours enhanced by maturation in American oak

2007 Spy Mountain Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand. £9.23, Tesco

classic dry style; sweet touch makes it perfect with mild green Thai chicken

2004 Barolo, Zonchera, Ceretto £25, Majestic Fine Wine stores

ripe plum and damson fruit quality with savoury acidity adding a stylish balance

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2004 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia (£25 per 50cl, Majestic)

luscious, abundantly aromatic, orange marmalade-scented

2005 Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch (from £17.99, larger Tesco; Wine Society)

elegant, finely crafted Bordeaux blend

2004 Meerlust Pinot Noir, (from £18.99, everywine; F&M; Planet OTG; sawinesonline)

gamey, Burgundian-style

2005 Rustenberg Peter Barlow (£24, waitrose.com/wine)

super-ripe, blockbuster, all-Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 St Mont, Cave de Plaimont £6.49, Marks & Spencer

tangy, grapefruit and mineral notes and a bone-dry finish.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Ardbeg 10 year old (oddbins, £31.99; Waitrose, £28.49)

upfront, peaty, malty aroma and rich, spicy finish

The Macallan 10 year old (widely available, about £28)

rounded, fruity character with floral notes on the aroma and a smooth finish

Robert Burns 250 years (thedrinkshop.com, £49.99)

peppery, even slightly fiery, yet a honeyed, satisfying dram

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Asda Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2007 (£3.75, Asda)

although fairly neutral, it’s crisp, fresh and clean with a hint of lemon

Balcon de la Villa Toro 2006 (M&S, £5.99)

attractive, easy, knockbackable and good value red

Riesling Steinmassel Willi Bründlmayer 2005 (£14.60, Tanners)

beautiful, freewheeling

Mascarello Barolo Cru Santo Stefano di Perno 2000 (Berry Brothers, £42.55)

granite cliff softened by dried rose elegance

Simon Coulshaw Single Vineyard Coteaux du Languedoc 2007 (£8.99, virginwines)

rich, throaty red carries its savoury flavours well

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