21-01-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 21/01/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Taste the Difference Gruner Veltliner 2011 (Austria) £7.49 Sainsbury’s

a sparky white with subtle aromatic edges

Charles Smith ‘Kung Fu Girl’ Riesling 2011 (US) £11.95 Slurp

brilliant wine with a fruity wow factor

Yali Reserva Gewurztraminer 2011 (Chile) 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

intensely fragrant and with a fantastic zingy freshness

Finest ‘La Francese’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 (Italy) £6.99 Tesco

juicy, mellow red is a good all-rounder

Castillo Andaluz Tempranillo Shiraz 2011 (Spain) £5.99 Sainsbury’s

great value week night sipper with a decent fruity oomph to it

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest* Saint-Mont, Plaimont. £5.49 on offer Tesco

intense tropical fruit zest is great value even at the list price

2010 The Hedonist Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia. £12.99, Waitrose

smoky, biodynamic Aussie red has opulent, blackberry-fruit flavours

2009 Château Boutisse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. £25, Marks & Spencer

youthful, fragrant, modern; succulence with a stiffening backbone

the Observer – David Williams

Paul de Albas Ribera del Duero, Spain 2011 (£7.98, Asda)

deftly oaked; glossiness of texture and plenty of bright red and black fruit

Terra d’Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejo, Portugal 2011 (£9.95, Lea & Sandeman)

filled with the flavours of ripe strawberries, cherries and plums

Tamaya Halcón Reserva, Limarí Valley, Chile 2010 (2 @ £8.79, Majestic)

complex, minerally red blend; flavours of crushed black fruit and black pepper

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Copper Fox, Single Malt Barrel Kit. (£120, Milroy’s, the Whisky Exchange)

two-litre charred oak cask and two 70cl bottles of 62% unaged spirit

Milroy’s Finest Blend Malt (£19.95; 40% abv)

Not complex or thought-provoking, just a very drinkable whisky

Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend (£23.45 masterofmalt, Whsky Exnge, Royal Mile)

fragrant, heathery; a whisky to try even if you think you don’t like whisky

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2011 Chateau de Cléray Muscadet Sur Lie, 12 per cent. £7.99, Majestic

clean and fresh grapefruit flavours; some nutty, mineral touches

2010 Pecchenino San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani, Italy, 13 per cent. £12, Oddbins

delivers vibrant spice and nutty undertones; pronounced plum and cherry fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Biberius Temperanillo 2011, Ribera del Duero, Spain (£9.99 James Nicholson)

Smacks of fruitcake and plum, with a note of mocha

Domaine Bellier Cheverny 2011, Loire, France (£10 James Nicholson)

fresh and succulent sauvignon blanc, with a bright note of tangerine

Massaya Classic Red 2009, Lebanon (£12.75, James Nicholson)

Mingles ripe red berries with spicy, savoury, leathery hints

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2011 Spain (11.5%, Waitrose, £5.49 until Jan 22)

floral, grapey; gewürztraminer and muscat blend is juicy as a ripe pear

Dolcetto Diano d’Alba Andrea Oberto 2010 Italy (14.5%, Lea & Sandeman, £13.75)

Compact and assured, as if it has a fine layer of granite inside it

Atlantis Santorini 2011 Greece (13%, M&S, £10.49)

bright and narrow as a shaft of morning sunlight glittering across the water

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