21 March 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Extra Special Douro, Portugal 2014 (£5.48, Asda)
sweet dark berry fruit with a dusting of oak; easygoing
Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro, Douro, Portugal 2014 (from £16.99, Fareham Wine Cellar; Uncorked; Bottle Apostle; Handford Wines; Hennings Wine)
structured, powerful but wonderfully succulent red
Quinta Pellada Outeiro, Dão, Portugal 2014 (£11.49, Quaff; Honest Grapes)
gently grippy, exuberantly red-fruited

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Felugan Feliciana Lugana 2015 (£14.25, Lea & Sandeman)
mouthwatering; would make a lovely aperitif
Andrea Oberto Barolo Vigneta Albarella 2011 (£44.95, Lea & Sandeman)
sensuously silky; one special bottle and it will age beautifully
Melis Bovale Isola dei Nuraghi 2015 (£11.50 Tanners; 14% abv)
really intriguing red from Sardinia; perfect with roast lamb
Morrisons’ Valpolicella Ripasso 2014/15 (£7.50; 13% abv)
Richer and sweeter than valpolicella, but not as alcoholic as amarone
Cantina di Negrar Corvina 2015 (£8.99/£7.99 Majestic)
bitter cherry flavours; light enough to serve with salumi
Araldica Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2014 (Waitrose £6.99, down from £8.99)
generous, fleshy; a good example

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CORTE IGNACIO VIOGNIER 2015 (£8.50 The Wine Society)
An incredibly rich intense textured Viognier for this price range
QUARA ESTATE TORRONTES 2015 (£9.99 Luvians; Michael Jobling)
Classic nectarine, floral and honey notes with citric undertones
MATETIC CORRALILLO SAN ANTONIO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 (£7.95 Wine Society)
Juicy fresh green apple and grapefruit notes, savoury undertones
AMALAYA TORRONTES/RIESLING 2015 (£9.99 Aitken Wines; Cornelius Wine; Ellies Cellar; Exel Wines; Fountainhall Wines; Gloagburn Farm Shop; Henderson Wines; Lockett Bros; Luvians; Markinch Wine Gallery; St Andrews Wine; Peckham’s; Valhalla’s Goat; Valvona & Crolla; Vino Wine Shops)
Bananas and lychee notes with a distinct smell of air-freshener
VINALBA PATAGONIA MALBEC RESERVA 2014 (£12.49 Waitrose)
Edgier version of Malbec with plummy ripe fruits, rich with chocolate and vanilla
BOYA PINOT NOIR 2015 Garces Silva (£9.99/£11.99 Majestic Wine)
New six-month oak aged cherry fruited; what great value Chilean Pinot can be
FALERNIA CARMENERE RESERVA 2014 (£11.99 Luvians; Field & Fawcett, Great Western Wine, Champion Wines)
Delicious figgy raisiny, sweet sour flavoured; spice and liquorice
MONTES OUTER LIMITS WILD SLOPES CGM 2013 (£19.50 Woodwinters)
Delicious blackberry and fig notes, smooth structure, toasty spicy
HUMBERTO CANALE CABERNET FRANC SELECCION DE FAMILIA 2013 (£16.99 Luvians; Fine Wine Co; Hailsham Cellars; Great Western Wine)
Ripe berried spicy jammy Cabernet Franc with a distinctly Old World feel
ZUCCARDI ‘EMMA’ BONARDA 2013 (£23.99 Luvians)
Baked fruit aromas with coffee, cherry fruit and licquorice flavours
DE MARTINO ‘VIGNO’ OLD VINE CARIGNAN 2012 (£23.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Deep colour, intense ripe fruits, high acidity and herby undertones
TABALI PEDREGOSO LIMARI SYRAH GRAN RESERVA 2013 (£12.99 Virgin Wines)
Beautifully restrained, balanced with peppery undertones

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Chateau Cadenette Costières de Nîmes 2015France, 14%; Adnams, £7.99
An easy, perfumed, soft, velvety red made near the ancient city of Nîmes
Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla Gialla 2016 Slovenia, 13%; Majestic, £7.99
slight astringency that gives pleasing punctuation to this refreshing white
Tim Adams Protégé Riesling 2012 Clare Valley, Australia, 11.5%; Tesco, £8
Vigorous and bone-dry; beginning to have some of the petrol-like smell

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Les Ruettes Sancerre 2015. £16.00 (case of 6 £96) Marksandspencer.com
fresh and flinty minerality of Loire Sauvignon; boost of extra citrussy fruit
Seresin Marlborough Chardonnay Reserve 2014. £17.00 Wine Society; £18.70 bcfw
mouth filling and well balanced, with green apple and citrus flavours
Sonnenuhr Riesling Trocken 2014. £15.70 (minimum purchase 6 bottles) stannarywine
gorgeous floral aromas lead to rich flavours of quince, apples and stone fruit