21-03-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 21/03/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Mount Edward, Wanaka Road, New Zealand. Jeroboams, £11.95

superb Central Otago pinot; delicious ripe, gamey, rose-scented spice

2010 Cuvée de Richard, France. Majestic Wine, £4.79

herb-and-celery-stashed zesty, fruity Gascon white

2010 Neblina Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile. Majestic, 2 @ £4.49

Terrific velvety, cassis-laden Chilean cabernet

2006 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia. M&S £12.99 until April 3

fine, ripe, blackcurranty cabernet from the Margaret River wine pioneer

2009 Vin d’Alsace Gewürztraminer France. Marks & Spencer, £8.99

Seductive, spicy; classic rose petal and lychee-layered fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

2009 Hugel Gentil Classic (£9.55 cambridgewine.com)

Lightly spicy Alsatian blend

2009 Auzells Costers del Segre (£12.49 Oddbins)

Catalan blend; fine perfume and breeding

2009 Chapel Down Flint Dry (£8.99 Waitrose)

English pears and aniseed balls

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

De Bortoli Melba Lucia Yarra Valley 2008. £16.99, Oddbins

typically bold Aussie production, but an elegant structure

Marqués del Romeral Reserva 2005. £7.99 until 3 April, Marks & Spencer

Full-bodied, rich, mellow, lots of crunchy fruit and vanilla

Stellar Organics Sauvignon Blanc 2010. £4.48, Asda until Tues, £5.99, Booths, Nisa

crisply refreshing wine, full of zesty green fruit and vegetal flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Ciconia, Portugal 2009 (£7.99, Oddbins)

succulence to the juicy red fruit; effortless smoothness

Paul Mas Gardemiel Vineyard Malbec, France (£8.99, or 2 @ £6.49, Majestic)

stonking good value: lots of classically plummy fruit; chunky stuff

Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc, Slovenia 2009 (£6.74 until 5 April, Waitrose)

pure, limpid and aromatic version of sauvignon, with zippy acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

McWilliams Mt Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.19-£9.99 some Sains, Cambridge Wine, Tesco Wine)

lush, slightly smoky. Will age another eight to 10 years

Yabby Lake 2008 Pinot Noir (£24.05, swig.co.uk; 14% abv)

gloriously ripe

Yabby Lake Block 5 (£39, swig.co.uk, Harvey Nichols; 14% abv)


Jacob’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 (£9.99 yourfavouritewines.com, £10.25 Sainsbury)

dark and dusky, rather than jammy, and would be great with crispy duck

Paxton Quandong Farm Shiraz 2009 (£21.50 Noel Young, £22.95 Jeroboams)

intensely vibrant, unfiltered

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvee. £8.99, Sainsbury’s

Classy, complex; intense, rounded flavours of lemon with orange

2010 Fragoso Merlot Mendoza, Argentina. £4.99 until 3 April, M&S

light, fresh, juicy red with attractive cherry flavours

2010 McPherson Basilisk Chardonnay, Australia. £9.99, Rhymers Fayre Melrose

Smooth, creamy and rich with generous tropical fruit and a touch of spice

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Sainsbury’s Anjou Blanc, Loire, France (£4.79)

off-dry and with a juicy flavour of apples and quinces

La Croisade Réserve Grenache 2009, France (Majestic, two for £9.98)

packed with sweetly ripe red plums and perfumed with the scent of cloves

Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (Tesco, £6.29 37.5cl)

Subtle, sweet stuff, crisp with lemon and grapefruit zest

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