19-08-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 19/08/2013

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the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Grele Rose 2012 France (13%, Lea & Sandeman, £12.95; stjohngroup.uk.com)

perfect dry pink – with a heart

Chateau Bauduc Bordeaux Blanc 2012 France (12.5%, bauduc.com, £9.33)

as crisp as a bite of green apple

Finest* Côtes Catalanes Grenache 2012 France (13.5%, Tesco, £5.49)

soft, smooth, a little bit fiery – redolent of stewed plums and chalk dust

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Asda Extra Special Chianti Classico Riserva. £9, Asda

sangiovese-based blend that’s invitingly aromatic and full-flavoured

2009 Skilogalee Basket Pressed Shiraz, Clare Valley. £17.95, Grt Wstrn Wine, harperwells

Smoky, dark berry aromatics and ripe sweet and blackberry fruit

2011 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay. £35, Hedonism Wine

complex aromas and delicate toasty oak bringing texture and nuttiness

the Observer – David Williams

St Tamas Mad Dry Furmint Tokaji, Hungary 2012 (£13.99, Solent Cellar; Worth Bros)

headily peachy, rich but fluent example

Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico, Italy 2010 (£10.45, Rannoch Scott; Nick & Perks; Valvona & Crolla)

paradoxical mix of structural heft and aromatic refinement

Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Tinto, Portugal 2010 (£19.95, Corks Out; Philglas & Swiggot)

this red is pinot noir-like in its cherry-scented silkiness

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Pais, Marcillac, France 2012 (£7.95, Caves Pyrene; Wine Soc; Corks; J Barnes; Bottle Apostle)

crunchy, spicy red-fruited thirst-quencher

Semeli Feast White Moscofiliero, Greece 2012 (£8.50, Oddbins)

notes of white flowers and exotic fruit; crisp, zesty palate

Prince Stirbey Tamaiosa Romaneasca Sec, Romania 2012 (£9.50, Wine Society)

distinctive dry white; comparable in quality to dry muscats from Alsace

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Fiona looks at buing wines on cross-channel routes in France

Domaine la Grangette l’Enfant Terrible Picpoul de Pinet (€5.60 Cave a Vins, Agde)

Excellent; less than half what you’d pay back home

Vranac Montenegro Dry Red (£5.18

robust, spicy

Tyrrells Old Winery Verdelho 2012 (£6.69, The Wine Society near Calais)

deliciously limey

Torres Viaa Sol 2012 (€4.18, Majestic Calais)

very serviceable light, creamy

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Hilltop Cserszegi 2012 Hilltop Estate Neszmely (£5.95, Wine Society)

freshness, fragrance, grapey muscat-like flavours and easy-drinkability

Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 (£5.99, Waitrose)

combines freshness with lots of tropical fruit with a decent length of flavour

Vinho Verde 2012 Quinta de Azevedo (£5.99 Majestic Wine; £6.95, The Wine Society)

delicate floral whites reminiscent of dry rieslings

Society’s Saar Riesling Von Kesselstatt (£9.50, The Wine Society)

Lightly aromatic, nippy high acid, crisp and grapey with a soft fleshiness

Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2012 Domaine Guillaume Cabrol (£7.99 Majestic Wine)

extremely high vibrant acid balanced with a lightly creamy leesy palate

Taste the Difference Greco di Tufa 2012 (£10.46, Sainsbury’s)

nutty citric example; try the style at a relatively affordable price

Assyrtiko 2011 Hatzidakis (£10.99 bt, Waitrose)

Very fresh, zesty, pristine dry white

Robola 2012 Gentilini (£14 www.thedailydrinker.co.uk)

spicy citric whites with spicy pear and almond notes

Albarino 2003 Pazo de Barrantes (£14.99, Villeneuve, Raeburn Fine Wines)

green apple and tropical fruit aromas, mineral streaks and high acid

Pouilly Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2011 Christophe Cordier (£18.99 Majestic Wine)

fabulous example of cool climate chardonnay from southerly Maconnais

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2012 Cotes du Rhone Reserve, Les Dauphins, France £7.95, Asda

juicy Cotes du Rhone with its flavours of thyme and damson

2010 Stonier Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Australia £14.99, Waitrose

all bright-red fruits, perfume and a dusting of spice

2010 Chanson Cotes de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy, France £20.30, Tanners

ripe strawberries, black cherry and pinot’s signature perfume

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Asda Chateau Salmoniere Muscadet sur Lie 2012. £6.50

Zesty, tangy, crisp and shrill. This is ace value

Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2012. £7.49

Exuberant, light and lemony. Awesome with oysters

Elegant Frog Viognier 2012. £7.99 Sainsbury’s

Peachy, deft and delicious

Lidl Comte de Brismand Champagne. £12.99

alive with fruit, froth and zip

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pic St Loup 2011. £9.99

This meanty wine is brimming with powerful, dark flavour

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