21-11-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 21/11/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Cardelo Crianza Eibera del Duero 2008, Spain. 2 @ £8.99, Majestic

earthy tang, strata of rich, savoury flavour

Fiano Sannio 2010, Italy. £7.99 M&S

a peachy, juicy white with some richness of texture

Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez, £7.99 Sainsbury’s

intense dark falvours – figs, dates and raisins

Emiliana ‘O’ Syrah 2010, Chile, £7.99, Tesco

rasiates peppery, spicy and deep brambley vibes

Thornbridge Jaipur India pale Ale, £2.25 Waitrose

uplifting, zingy aromas and intense bright fruit flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Montgravet Cabernet Merlot 2010, France 13%; Waitrose 170 branches, £4.99

gentle, graphite-and-blackcurrant scent; Generous and juicy

Domaine Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sur Lie 2009 France 12%; Fortnum & Mason, £8.90

This is very special; slightly chalky, saline, glowing, rounded in the mouth

L’étoile de Romanin Les Baux de Provence 2007 France 14%; M & S 150 stores, £13.99

glorious, herbaceous, warming blend

Torres Viña Sol 2010 Spain 12%; £5.97-£6.99, Asd, Boo, Co-op, Mor, Sain, Tes, Wai

bright, light spritz of sherbet, lemon and clean spring air

Viñalba Reserva Malbec 2009, Argentina magnum 15%; Majestic, £17.99

Dried roses, violets, wave upon wave of dark purple berries

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Domaine des Garennes Minervois La Livinière 2008. £10.99, Marks & Spencer

magnificently intense and characterful southern French blend

Las Mulas Sauvignon Blanc 2011. £8.99, Waitrose

sprightly, effervescent, organic; refreshing tropical-fruit flavours

Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Cava Brut. £60 for 6 (normally £90) tesco.com

packed full of peachy, toasty, nutty flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Asda Extra Special Fiano, Sicily, Italy (£7.98, Asda)

ripe peachy fruit and perky citrus acidity

Bolfan Primus Rajnski Rizling, Croatia (£11.10, Jascots)

elegant, dancing acidity, it’s a dry riesling to match many from Alsace

Odfjell Orzada Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile 2008 (£15.99, waitrosewine.com)

inky, dense and packed with explosive blueberry and black cherry flavours

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper Ale 2011 (10.9% abv, £15.99 Cask in Pimlico)

sumptuously rich, dark brew; hints of lingonberry, red wine and dried fruits

Marks & Spencer’s new Greenwich Hospital Porter (£9.99 a 750ml bottle; 6% abv)

aged for four months in Islay whisky casks; surprising richness; smokiness

Bad King John Dark Ale (6% abv, £2.09 Sainsbury’s)

satisfyingly full-flavoured brew with a subtle hint of toasted sesame oil

Merlin’s Magic (£4.29 a 660ml bottle, westcountryales.co.uk; 4.5% abv)

lighter, more crowd-pleasing style; refreshingly citrussy, hoppy best bitter

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 South Eastern Australia Cabernet Shiraz Australia, £4.48, Asda

Juicy, fruity, crowd-pleasing blend that represents exceptional value

2010 Yali National Reserve Gewürztraminer, Chile, £6.79, Majestic

fresh, floral aromas and lively lemon and lime acidity

2009 Nerello Mascalese Agrigento, Sicily, £5.99, larger M&S stores

relatively light red that offers spicy fruit and a nice mellow finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Six Hats Fairtrade Shiraz 2010, South Africa (Marks & Spencer, £7.99)

spicy and minty aroma, and packing in blackberries and cassis

Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010, France, (Waitrose, £7.99)

More savoury than fruity; warming, soothing hints of clove and black pepper

Tesco Finest Block 19 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Australia (£7.99)

bristling with blackcurrants and finishing on a sweetly ripe note

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