20-10-2014 – weekly press roundup

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chemin De Moscou Pays d’Oc IGP 2011. £19.13 cambridge wine; £22.99 htfwines

rich, ripe fruits; enough structure to improve over the years

Paul Mas Estate Sauvignon Blanc Pepiniere Vineyard 2013. £9.99, majestic

zesty grapefruit and tropical-fruit flavours are terrific

Domaine Astruc Malbec Pays d’Oc IGP 2012. £7.35, addisonwines

luscious black fruit, but with some herbal French notes

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Suffolk Cyder Hall Farm, Aspall (Sainsbury’s, £1.90)

Good value, lightish (4.6 per cent), smooth and rounded

Single Orchard Herefordshire Vintage Cider 2010 (Marks & Spencer, £2.20)

crisp green apples, very dry with a slightly tannic edge

Thatchers Vintage Oak-Aged Somerset Cider 2013 (Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, £1.60)

scented and rich cider with a dry finish and not too fiercely fizzy

the Observer – David Williams

London Cru SW6 Red Wine 1 (£15, London Cru)

superbly fresh, vividly fruity, natural-tasting red

Clos des Augustins Le Gamin, Pic Saint-Loup 2011 (£16.95, Caviste)

elegant but fleshy and spicy red

Franck Massard Mas Sardana Cava Brut Nature NV (£12.99, Naked Wines)

a distinctive, dry, graceful apple-scented delight

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2012 Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia £7.98, Majestic

mid-weight, leafy wine full of fresh blackcurrants – typically cabernet

2012 Heartland Cab Sauv, Langhorne Creek/Limestone Coast, £13.50, greatwesternwine

a richer style, without being overblown; dark and ripe, balanced

2008 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cab Sauvignon, Australia £15.99, Waitrose Cellar

subtle complexity – pencil lead, coffee and fragrant spice

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013 (13% abv; £6.66 Majestic)

could easily pass for a white burgundy twice its price

Curator’s Choice White 2014 (13.5% abv; £7.99 larger Co-ops; £8.99 Booths)

incredibly young; tasted smooth and well-integrated

Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013 (£9.90 Bottle Apostle, £9.99 Noel Young; 12.5% abv)

gorgeous, grapey; would make a great aperitif

Soalheiro Premeiras Vinhas Alvarinho 2013 (£22.26 Lay & Wheeler; 13% abv)

from Vinho Verde; pure, pristine

Recas Estate Solo Quinta 2012 (£11.70 Tanners; 13.5% abv)

aromatic muscat ottonel and feteasca regala give it aromatic lift

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Curator’s Choice White. £7.99, The Co-operative

unoaked blend of chenin blanc, chardonnay and semillon

2011 Cuvee d’Automne, St Joseph. £14.99, Tesco

syrah with nice elegance and a welcoming freshness

2012 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay. £28.95-£40, slurp, australianwinesonline, freerunjuice

superbly crafted dry white combines the rich, the delicately and the toasty

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TRAMONTANE GRENACHE 2013 (£7.99, Luvians; Inverarity One to One)

Rich intense red fruits, warming rich palate, good length


Deliciously juicy, savoury notes with herby undertones

CALMEL & JOSEPH COTES ROUSSILLON VS 2012 (£10.99, Ellies Cellar; Daniel Lambert)

Deep dark cherry fruits, figgy, aniseed and dried pruney notes

TABALI RESERVA ESPECIAL SYRAH 2011 (£10.50, The Wine Society)

Nothing jammy about this, just beautifully judged peppery ripe syrah

VINALBA GRAN RESERVADO MALBEC 2011 (£13.99 Majestic Wine)

all the plummy damson ripeness you expect from malbec made in Mendoza

WARWICK OLD BUSH VINES PINOTAGE 2008 (£13.49, Raeburn Wines)

a rather interesting meaty wine; savouriness mingled with minty chocolate

CHATEAU BEL AIR, GRAVES DE VAYRES 2009 (£13.99, Corney & Barrow; Luvians)

hints of pepperiness, silky opulence and lush ripe fruits

FLEURIE VIEILLES VIGNES 2012 Jean-Marc Despres (£14.99, OW Loeb; Luvians)

robust with firm but ripe tannins and rich intensity from the old vine fruit


Juicy, rich, well balanced, well-judged oak with elegance

MUGA RESERVA SELECION ESPECIAL 2009 (£20 Majestic Wine; Ocado)

wonderful combination of vanilla and cherry flavours