20-04-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 20/04/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2006 Champteloup Crémant de Loire Brut, France. Tesco, £6.99

lively, floral, lemony Loire sparkler with sufficient froth and soft fruit.

2008 Finest Nero d’Avola, Cantine Settesoli, Italy. Tesco, £4.49

joyous, bold, burly, inky palate with lots of ripe, spicy fruit

2007 Santorini Assyrtiko, Hatzidakis Winery, Greece. Waitrose £7.99

terrific, strong, steely, smoky, lemony white

2006 Primitivo del Salento, Donna Marzia, Conti Zecca. Waitrose £5.59

limited stocks, so race for this ripe, spicy, prune and bitter chocolate red

2005 Averys Pioneer Range Yarra Valley Shiraz, Australia. Averys £6.67

big, fat, savoury, briary shiraz with some chocolatey spice

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Basa 2007, £7.99 Adnams

cocktail of bright flavours including plums and grapefruit.

Dehesa Gago 2008, £8.99 Adnams

Earthy, brambly and powerful; A wine to match masculine food

Pintia 2006, £41.95 Roberson

elegant, bright, polished, fruit-filled and drinkable young

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Marlborough Hills Sauvignon Blanc. 2 = £4.99, Majestic

tropically fruity, gooseberryish fruit salad of a dry Kiwi white

2007 Porcupine Ridge Limited Collection Syrah/Grenache. £9.99, Oddbins

irresistibly spicy and rich red.

2007 Henry, Brouilly, Cuvée Georges Fessy. £11.99, Handford

Essence of beaujolais at its purest; cherryish fruit flavours

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 La Différence Carignan (£4.99, 13.5%, Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda, Co-op)

sun-kissed, plummy, herby

2008 La Grille Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc, Anjou (£5.99, 11%, Majestic)

appley, off-dry

2008 Paul Mas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (2 @ £6.49 Majestic)

lightly oaked, seamlessly structured

2007 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier, Vin de Pays d’Oc (£7.99, 13.5%, Tesco)

best of all; creamy, peachy

2007 Fleurie, Paul Sapin £8.99, 12.5%, Marks & Spencer

juicy cherry and raspberry fruit and gentle nip of tannin.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tanqueray Gin (widely available, £16.49)

fairly robust flavour of juniper and citrus

Hendrick’s (Waitrose, Oddbins, Sainsbury’s, £20.79)

Pretty, summery notes of cucumber and aromatic rose

Martin Miller’s (Oddbins, Majestic, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, £19.99)

clean, pure, smooth taste. There’s a citrus tang, too

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Laura Aschero Vermentino 2007 Riviera Ligure di Ponente (£18, swig.co.uk)

all smooth, undulating green curves stretching into the distance

M&S Langhe Arneis 2007 (£7.99; 13% abv)

has a juiciness that is brought into mouthwatering focus

Cristina Ascheri Langhe Arneis 2007 (£13.29, Noel Young, 13% abv)

Even more concentrated

Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2007 (£16.75, armit.co.uk; 13% abv)

complex, but so fine it almost floats, like a spider’s web, invisibly suspended

Asda Extra Special Gavi 2007 (£7.03, Asda; 12% abv)

has the weight of a chablis and would be delicious with chicken

Château Ka Source Rouge 2005 (£7.99, until 17 May, Waitrose; 14% abv)

Lebanese red is a feisty blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah

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