19-03-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 19/03/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

St Joseph 2009, France. £12.99 M&S

plenty of black olive richness and savoury depth

Odjfell Orzada Carignan 2008, Chile. £15.19 Waitrose.com

bold with a wild smoky hit; arresting flavours of black and red fruit

Casa Marin Cipreses Vinyeard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Chile. £16.15 Harvey Nicols

Intense exprience with the fragrance of elderflower, lashings of tropical peach

Blind River Pinot Noir 2010, NZ. £14.99 Majestic

Juicy, round, velvety Pinot Noir; hint of aromatic, tingly spice

Valdemara gran Reserva 2006, Spain. £8.99, M&S

Bold fruit with some chunky structure and savoury layers

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Pasion de Bobal 2009 Spain (~ £11 Highbury Vintners; Vagabond Wines; Virgin)

this is such a bargain: fragrant and gently oaked

St Hallett Poacher’s Blend White 2010, Australia (2 @ £4.99 Majestic)

baked earth, sharp lime juice, focussed, refreshing.

Beaujolais Lantigniée 2010 France (12.5%, M&S, £7.99)

classic bright, light, edgy red wine, best served slightly chilled

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo. £8.74, buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

inky red from Bierzo with blackberryish fruit and damson-fresh bite

2009 Marks & Spencer, Hunter Valley Shiraz. £9.99

berry aromas and cherry fruitiness; spiciness; succulent freshness

2009 Domaine Chanson Meursault. £24.99, Sainsbury’s

fresh, leesy aromas; dry aftertaste and lemony, mineral bite

the Observer – David Williams

Vinarius Viura-Verdejo, Castilla y León Spain 2010 (£6.95, Vineyards Direct)

Mixing pungent tropical fruit and crisp acidity

Bodegas La Val Villa Ludy Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain 2010 (£7.48, Asda)

trademark peachy character with a nip of lemony citrus freshness

Castell del Remei Blanc Planell, Costers del Segre, Spain 2010 (£9.99, Virgin)

mouth-puckeringly citrus-fresh; almost medicinal green herbs

Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain 2010 (£15.99, selected Waitrose)

Blossom, a gentle touch of apricot, fennel and dancing acidity

Benjamín Romeo Macizo, Catalunya, Spain 2009 (£19.99, Corney & Barrow)

great mineral and wild-herb complexity alongside the rich orchard fruit

Finca Allende Blanco, Rioja, Spain 2008 (£20.40 Berry Bros; £20.99 Secret Cellar)

rich, round and full-flavoured with luscious tropical fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

John’s Lane Irish Whiskey. £45.95 whiskyexchange, £51.99 simplywinesdirect

big, spicy, after-dinner whiskey, the kind to to have with a cigar

Jameson’s Redbreast Pot Still Irish Whiskey. £38-£40 masterofmalt, whiskyexchange

glorious, brown sugar and tarte tatin flavours, almost like a dark rum

Connemara Peated Single Malt (Booths on offer £20.30)

peat-smoked, laced with a lovely, bourbon sweetness

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Dun Leire 8-Year-Old Single Malt (£19.99)

rich, fragrant; outstanding

Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey (Aldi £14.99 while stocks last)

appealing, spicy, charred bourbon character; too much caramel sweetness

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2007 Unico Brindisi Riserva Southern Italy, £4.99 until 27 March Sainsbury

cloves, cinnamon and vanilla; ripe blackcurrant and bramble fruit

2011 Tiki Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, £5.99 until 20 March, Waitrose

fresh, green pepper flavours and lime-centred acidity

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Laurent Miquel L’Atelier Vermentino 2010, France (Waitrose, £9.99)

Herbal touches – basil, fennel – on this peppery dry white

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2010, Eden Valley, Australia (Majestic, 2 @ £8.49)

A hint of honey spooned over ripe, tangy lime fruit

Six Hats Fairtrade Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa (Marks & Spencer, £7.99)

juicy, fruity; Yellow apples, pears and citrus abound

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