20-01-2014 – weekly press roundup

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the Independent – Anthony Rose

2011 Luigi Bosca Testimonio, Mendoza. £7.99 until 3 February, Majestic

Intensely flavoured; oodles of juicy ripe plum and mulberry fruit

2012 Vent del Mar Garnacha Negra Syrah, Terra Alta, Bodegas Abanico. £11.99, Laithwaites

powerful richness of blackberry fruitiness; rounded out by oak

2011 Bourgogne Blanc La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet. £19.20 Jeroboams

rich complex peachy chardonnay; elegant dry mineral character

the Observer – David Williams

Paseo White, Portugal 2012 (£5.75, Oddbins)

racy, floral white and its juicy berry-scented red partner

Finest Sauvignon Blanc Furmint, Slovenia 2012 (Tesco, £7.99)

fleshes out the zesty green sauvignon blanc with the plump peach

Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tinta, Campo de Borja, Spain 2012 (£6.75, Swig)

deep and juicy, brambly jam and blackberry-flavoured red

Casillero del Diablo Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£5.75, 37.5cl, Asda)

lusciously desert wine tastes like tropical fruit marmalade and honey

Domaine de la Cadenette Costieres de Nîmes, France 2011 (£7.95, Adnams)

evocative, succulent, herby, black-fruited red

Les Hauts de Bergelles Blanc, Saint-Mont, France 2011 (£6.99 Majestic)

superbly tangy mix of grapefruit and mango with a livewire streak

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

GD Vajra Barolo Le Albe 2009 (£31-£36 Eclectic Tastes, Highbury Vint, M&S)

gloriously fragrant

Berry Bros’ Berry’s Barolo 2009 (14.5% abv, £24.95 Berry Bros)

silky-textured; worth snapping up

Gemma Barolo 2009 (14% abv, £20.50 Oddbins)

very drinkable

F Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2011 (14% abv, £20.90 Harper Wells, £23.99 Noel Young)


The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2011 McWilliams Hayfield Verdelho, Australia, 12%. £8.99, Tesco

lemon tanginess coupled with a building grapefruit acidity

2012 Pech Matelles Merlot Gilles Louvet Languedoc, France, 13.5%. £9.99, Lockett Bros

nutty damson and blaeberry fruit; flavours of mocha, vanilla and nutmeg

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Thatchers 2012 Vintage Oak-Aged Somerset Cider, England (widely available £1.60)

medium-dry cider with a rounded and full flavour

Domaine des Forges 2010, Coteaux du Layon, France (Waitrose, £8.29 for 37.5cl)

Delectable flavours of apple, quince, honey and nuts

Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine, Quebec (Harv. Nichols, Partridges, oxfordwine £27.99)

Deep copper-gold; very ripe, luscious, juicy apples and honey

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

La Petite Vigne Viognier 2012, france. £6.99 Tanners

Soft white wine with scented stone fruit glory

Yalumba Organic Viognier 2012, Australia. £9.49 Waitrose

Mellow and generous white that’s bursting with fruity flavours

Creation Viognier 2013, South Africa. £12.50 Wine Society

Glittering freshness, as bright as a diamond

Elegant Frog Viognier 2012, France. £8.49 Sainsbury’s

Packed with fruit and lightly oaked, it’s gorgeous

Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc 2009, France. £13.99 Co-op

Classic Bordeaux blackcurrant richness

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 Viñalba Malbec/Syrah, Patagonia £6, Asda

blended with syrah adding spicy edges to its rich fruit

2012 Felino Malbec, Viña Cobos, Mendoza £13.99, Hennings

This is all blackberry, earth and charred meats

2010 Quimera, Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza £25.95, Corney and Barrow

not just blueberry fruit but savoury nuances of dried herbs and earth