19th November 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Ostorosbor Egri Pinot Noir Hungary 2016 (£6.50, thewinesociety)
elusive forest floor earthiness and juicy red berry fruits
Villa Vincini Il Gran Rosso Veneto, Italy 2017 (£6.50, Asda)
Rich, smoothly upholstered red from north-eastern Italy
Carta Roja Pura Organic Monastrell Jumilla, Spain 2016 (£7.50, Morrisons)
abundant tangy red and black fruit seasoned with peppery spice
Tikves Winery Kratosija Tikves, Macedonia 2017 (from £7.85, wineman; noblegrape)
deeply coloured, deeply black-and-red-berried and spicy style
Aldi Dão Reserva Dão, Portugal 2015 (£7.99, Aldi)
bright forest-floor fruit mingling with savoury oak
Clos Montalbanie Pécharmant France 2015 (£8, The Co-op)
cassis-scented, roast meat-friendly red blend
Kilikanoon GSM South Australia, Australia 2017 (£8.79 until 27 Nov, Waitrose)
Wonderfully ripe, plump and seamless with liquorice-inflected spicy brambly fruit
Château Jouanin Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France 2014 (£9, The Co-op)
fragrant, fresh and fluent alternative to St-Emilion
Adnams Malbec El Dominio, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 (£9.99, Adnams)
sensual, silky feel and utterly pure violet-scented cherry and plum fruit
Morrisons The Best Priorat Priorat, Spain 2015 (£10, Morrisons)
gutsy, powerful with roasted fruit and the region’s trademark mineral finish

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

L’Extra par Langlois Crémant de Loire £9.99 (on mix-six) Majestic
blanc de blancs-style fizz from an estate owned by the Bollinger family
Corvezzo Organic Prosecco £8.25 Morrisons
A definite step up from bog-standard prosecco; organic, too
Cuvée Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux. £8.99 on offer Waitrose
a lovely, creamy, chardonnay character
Maison du Cirque £12 (on offer) Sainsbury’s
Smart, contemporary southern French fizz in a cool bottle

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

‘MOULIN BLANC’ BLANC DE NOIRS 2017 Jeremie Mourat (£11.50 thewinesociety)
Elegant, apricot and citrus, very dry white Pinot Noir with fabulous freshness
EGGO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 Zorzal (£15.29 Exel Wines; Strictly Wine; Corking Wine)
Zippy herby minerally with creamy palate texture
GRINGET LES ALPES 2016 Domaine Belluard (£33 lescaves; buonvino; josephbarnes)
Mountain freshness, minerally with rich ripe fruits, soft and round
SIDEBAR SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (£20 www.bbr.com)
Rich weighty well-structured American Sauvignon Blanc
MUSCADET ORTHOGNEISS 2015 Domaine de L’Ecu (£13.75 L’Art du Vin)
Elegant, subtle, flinty notes with spicy undertones and creamy texture
MUSCADET TERRE DE GNEISS 2015 Vincent Caille (£22.50 Henris of Edinburgh)
Rich mature ripe fruits, fabulous texture, fresh, vivid
COTES DU ROUSSILLON BLANC 2016 Domaine de Bila-Haut (£11.50 noblegreenwines)
Chapoutier’s creamy textured herby toned blend
EGGO TINTO DE TIZA MALBEC 2016 Zorzal (£18.49 Exel; Strictly Wine; Corking Wine)
Vibrantly fresh silky textured Malbec
HAYWIRE WHITE LABEL PINOT NOIR 2016 £24.99 novelwines; redsquirrelwine)
Bright vivid raspberry aromas with delicious spicy finish

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Greyfriars Sparkling Rose Brut Reserve 2014 (£21.00 greyfriarsvineyard)
fabulous aperitif or an accompaniment for fishy canapes
Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£19.00 Tesco)
racked up three awards in the 2018 IWC
Brazin Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel (£10.49 until November 27, ocado; waitrose)
bold and intense, with flavours of mocha, vanilla, chocolate and red fruits
Vinalba Gran Reservado 2015 (£16.99 majestic.com)
IWC Gold and a 2018 International Malbec Trophy
Stellenrust, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2017 (£8.50 sainsburys)
gorgeous, ripe, tropical fruit flavours, cut through with lovely citric acidity
Berry Bros.& Rudd Chablis 2017 (£17.95 bbr.com)
crisp, mineral, some restrained orchard fruit and ideal as an aperitif
Chateau Argadens 2015 (£11.50 tanners-wines.co.uk)
robust, elegant, balanced merlot dominated blend

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015. £55 BBR, Lea & Sandeman, Swig, Uncorked
sweet as nectar, dancing across the palate all poached pears and baked apricots